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Artist’s Talk: Russna Kaur

Celebrate the launch of Vancouver-based painter Russna Kaur’s project for the RBC Emerging Artist Series at Remai Modern. Titled it is not easy to find a dark place when the sky seems four times greater, Kaur’s abstract painting extends from the canvas onto the museum wall. Rather than a fixed, singular object, Kaur’s paintings are expansive, unbound and adapt to their surroundings. She describes her process as “exploring how a surface can reveal a narrative that addresses complex personal and cultural histories.”

Reception with cash bar to follow

Event/Exhibition meta autogenerated block.


Remai Modern – 2nd Level Elevator Alcove

The evening will begin with a reading by Kaur who uses text as part of her creative process. This will be followed by a discussion with Tarah Hogue, Remai Modern’s Curator (Indigenous Art). The event will conclude with a casual reception and cash bar.

The annual RBC Emerging Artist Series provides funding to support an emerging artist at Remai Modern. Taking full advantage of the museum’s architectural spaces, these projects are be situated throughout the museum, and include site-specific installations, new-media works, publishing initiatives, interventions and performances.


Russna Kaur (b. 1991, Brampton ON) is an artist living and working in Vancouver. Kaur is the recipient of the Takao Tanabe Painting Prize (2020) for emerging painters in British Columbia and the IDEA Art Award (2020). She was awarded the Gathie Falk Visual Arts Scholarship (2019), the University Women’s Club of Vancouver Graduate Scholarship (2017), and an Audain Faculty of Art Graduate Teaching Fellowship (2018). She has been an artist-in-residence at the Burrard Arts Foundation (2020) in Vancouver which concluded in a solo exhibition, Suddenly her lips sharpened – it was splendid. Kaur received the Centrum Emerging Artist Residency (2020) in Port Townsend, Washington.

Her work is a part of several collections including the Audain Art Museum, Vancouver Art Gallery and the Surrey Art Gallery. She holds an MFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design (2019), and a BA (Honours) with a studio specialization from the University of Waterloo (2013). 

November 3, 2022 at 7:00PM