The Salt Spring
National Art Prize


— About the Artist

Sherry Park
Brampton, ON

Sherry Park was born in South Korea and grew up in Ontario. She has always been doing some sort of arts and crafts growing up. She learned to knit and crochet from her mother and photography from her father who always had a camera in hand. Sherry studied Fine Arts at the Ontario College of Art (OCAD) and also at the Off-Campus program in Florence, Italy. Based on her figure drawing, she received an Elizabeth Greenshield Grant. She has won several awards, including the Mary Pratt Crystal award from the Society of Canadian Artists 52nd Open International Juried Exhibition. Currently, she is living in Brampton, Ontario, while creating art at the Alton Mills Arts Centre, Alton Village Caledon, Ontario.

— The winning piece


Oil on canvas, framed

30" x 40"

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Artwork Statement

I wanted to paint my parents to tell their story. They left their home in Korea with my two older brothers and me to start a new life in Canada. My parents went through a lot of hardships trying to make a living to support the family. Through the years, they survived the turbulence and conflict in their marriage. My mother, to the end, took care of my father until his death recently. This simple image of them eating together shows their love and commitment to each other.

Curator Notes

In the statement accompanying “Lunch”, Sherry Park tells us that she wanted to paint her parents to tell their story; her ability to infuse layered narrative into these two quiet figures is truly remarkable. Park’s beautifully rendered composition gently pulls us into relationship with the artist’s intimate family circle, but at the same time, she has created an image of universal connection and recognition for anyone whose parents made great sacrifices to give their children a better life.

– Michelle Jacques