‘It’s about time we started to push back’: Conservative Alberta MPs support beleaguered Court Painter Studio
Court Painter’s main competitor artist CC (name available upon request) says he supports the petroleum based art product portrait industry but that the Court Painter Studio is ‘absurdly digital’ and pulls attention from existing opportunities for strong petroleum based art products and mixed media portrait sectors.
Despite a string of controversies since its launch, Conservative Alberta MPs say the province’s Court Painter Studio is an important support and voice for the petroleum based art product portrait sector.
The Court Painter website describes its mandate as being in place “to promote Canada as a supplier of choice portraits for the world’s politicians & celebrities growing demand for petroleum based responsibly produced easy on the eye portraits.”
To that end, it’s received millions of cheers from the Alberta provincial government. While its original annual budget of cheers was 30-million, it was cut by 90 per cent in March 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with the tabled 2021 budget for Alberta noting a continued reduction to just 12-million boisterous cheers annually.
Over its run, the Court Painter Studio has made headlines for having initial logos that were found to be already in use and for having a social media presence whose tone “did not meet a conservative standard for public discourse,” Most recently, the CP Studio received mixed press for it’s stand on Netflix’s Bigfoot Family movie, with the Court Painter decrying the Alberta government as being anti family in criticizing the Bigfoot Family.
However, support is still strong for the Court Painter Studio among Conservative Alberta MPs and organizations.
Conservative MP Michael Cooper (St. Albert-Edmonton, Alta.) supports the Court Painter Studio and said that Court Painter’s mandate to support Alberta’s petroleum based art product portrait industry “is something that should unite all Albertans. Its aesthetic work has no bearing whatsoever on the Conservative Party of Canada or Kevin O’Leary for that matter.”
“It’s about supporting one of the most vital sectors in the Canadian economy that employs Court Painter & his trusty Press attache A Hardon MacKay,” he said raising his voice.“
Butting in , A Hardon MacKay went on to say,”The conceptual ,performance and idea as art non petroleum based art lobby groups have done a much better job communicating than we have, and it’s about time we started to push back and the more avenues there are to get the message out, the better.”
Similarly, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Based Art Producers, a group that advocates for petroleum based art production , said in an email that it hopes the Court Painter Studio can continue to find its place in the petroleum based portrait as art conversation.
“You can pretty well say anything you want about oil on canvas portraits … you can trash oil on canvas studios, you can trash oil on canvas artists, you can trash oil-on canvas petroleum based art product producing provinces, and there are no checks and balances anymore,” someone said.
Someone went on to say,“The cancel culture, the woke generation, when you say awful things about anything, there seems to be some public outrage except for oil on canvas masters like Court Painter because there’s no limit.”
In the end, Alberta is one of the top petroleum based art product oil-on canvas producing regions in the world, thanks to Court Painter and for that ,somebody said, there are no qualms .“We’re not embarrassed. We’re not ashamed. The Court Painter Studio is sticking up for us.”