The Nanaimo Art Gallery has received a major gift donation to the gallery’s permanent collection. The 90×60 inches oil on canvas piece Clear Cola (1994) by Vancouver artist Chris Woods was generously donated by Ken Nielson of Abbotsford, BC, where the painting’s suburban scene was captured. Wood’s photo-realist work deals with the effects of consumer culture on the individual. His best-known painting, McDonald’s Nation (1996), featured in Naomi Klein’s No Logo, has become an icon of the anti-corporate movement and reproduced numerous times in print, electronic, and guerilla media around the world.
“I’m very excited about this donation,” said Woods. “It means a lot to me to have my work find a great home like the Nanaimo Art Gallery. I have many fond memories of creating Clear Cola which is a pivotal work in my career as an artist.”
The donation was organized by Patricia Blakney Huntsman, a local arts management consultant. “Donors of works of art play a vital role in enhancing a gallery’s permanent collection,” noted Huntsman. “After speaking with other regional galleries, I recommended the donation go to the Nanaimo Art Gallery as I knew the gift would represent a unique opportunity for the gallery to receive a critical work by an important contemporary Canadian artist.”
Clear Cola will be on-view to the public at the Nanaimo Art Gallery, VIU campus location, 900 Fifth Street, from March 24 to April 3, 2010. For more information, contact Ed Poli at 250-754-1750.