The Fun Of Alternative Art In Canada

February 12, 2015   /   byElizabeth Moore  / Categories :  Alternative Canadian Art, Uncategorized

Canada is often known for a lot of things but art and culture (at least in my experience) are not often near the top of the list. I suppose I should offer up some credit where it’s due to the artistic talents of Canada that have been given recognition though, as in the world of acting, we can all see some of the biggest A-list celebrities come from Canada. The first names that come to mind there would be the veteran songstress Celine Dion, highly popular funny man Jim Carrey, or the surprisingly talented (it’s surprising how talented a good looking actor can be) Ryan Gosling. That aside, there’s plenty of ways that Canadians like to express themselves artistically, often through fashion and jewelry, but dressing up your family pet to make a statement is pretty fun as well as you can see below.


This photo of someone’s pug clearly shows a joyous celebration of Canadian nationalistic pride. I can’t quite tell if the pug’s facial expression is one of embarrassment, or of confusion, or maybe the little guy just wants to know why everyone is laughing and taking pictures? © DaPuglet.

Dressing up puppies may not exactly be the coolest sort of artistic medium out there, but I’ve got to give at least some credit out to tattoo artists out there. Having human skin for a canvas is probably a pretty difficult task, and for someone like me who has never had a tattoo, pretty intimidating as well. The tattoo below shows one of the coolest designs I’ve seen used in tattoos, called a Celtic knot.


Now as I mentioned above, here we see a clever little artistic blending of the Canadian national symbol of a red maple leaf and the traditional Celtic knot strewn about the design. © Gord Webster.

You know I can go on and on about jewelry (I’m sure I have in the past and I likely will in the future) but I think Canada deserves to be called out on some of the other great artistic contributions to global culture at large.


Now I’m sure I couldn’t possibly describe a Celtic knot in a way that would truly do them justice but as they say, ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ so here we are. In this case, we can see what is generally considered to be a much more traditional example of the usage of a Celtic knot; the iconic symbol of Christianity: the cross. © Patrik Ottosson.

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