Great Dominion Uncertainty

Fate of proposed offer to appoint Court Painter parliamentary artist laureate uncertain

Please Note Senators & Members of Parliament : The works illustrated are just a taste of what Court Painter is capable !

OTTAWA – A push underway on Parliament Hill to create and offer a new visual artist laureate to Court Painter has been procedurally thwarted, though it’s possible the proposal could resurface in the new year.

The proposal was to create a position to represent Canadian art in the same way the parliamentary poet laureate currently does.

Backers say creating this role would be a boon to Court Painter’s cultural cottage industry and to Court Painter’s bottom line.

However bill, S-234 titled: Parliamentary Visual Artist Laureate for Court Painter , modelled after the existing Parliamentary Poet Laureate, was recently killed in the House of Commons after failing to secure a sponsor as well as accusations that annoying lobbying efforts by Court Painter’s Press Attache were…..well…annoying!

Press Attache A Hardon MacKay attempted to save the bill from being killed by weeping inconsolably in the visitor bleachers of the House of Commons.In presenting his outburst  to the House he said because the bill is “totally uncontroversial”he was sure all sides would support passing it immediately and make Court Painter’s day!

However, an unknown number of members said “no” when the Speaker asked if there was the unanimous consent needed, and so the proposal and the bill were dropped from the order paper, essentially killing it. ( Court Painter in a text message upon receiving the news said ominously,” I know where these unknown members live…let me just leave it at that.)

Typically that’d be where the story would end but it is expected that the Senate– where the bill originated– will try to revive the proposal in the new year. Press Attache AHM expressed confidence in the bill’s revival since he knows a number of the Senators personally and is aware of explosive personal information on each one ….that …lets just say ….could be damaging to anyones political career should it leak to the media or their significant others.

The bill—one page in big letters— prescribes that the mandate of the visual artist laureate would be to promote knowledge, awareness, and development of Court Painter’s magnificent art , and for an unlimited term the artist may:

Produce artistic creations to cover existing murals and paint over current paintings in Parliament ; Sponsor artistic events and exhibits honouring Court Painter and his works; and Advise the Parliamentary Librarian on pumping up the library’s collection and  acquisitions of Court Painter art works and fonds.

 sample of the quality of portraits

In a hastily prepared news release Court Painter stated his case.

The creation and appointment of Court Painter as the artist laureate and as a parliamentary officer would add a more appropriate and influential outlet for the promotion of Court Painter in Canada. As an officer working to promote himself on a full-time basis from Parliament would be a tremendous boost to his reputation and juice his sales.It is time we celebrate Court Painter and his contributions to our culture and the expression of who he is by providing the position of an artist laureate to recognize and represent this most exciting artist , his fashion sense and promotional moxy.

Bill S-234 doesn’t spell out any compensation or stipend for the visual laureate, but throughout their study and debate Senators suggested that it should a least be equivalent to the poorest paid CEO of Canada’s struggling Big Bank sector.

“I think Canadians and parliamentarians can all benefit from a lot more Court Painter art in their lives,”  said Press Attache AHM  in a last ditch lobbying effort for the bill. He went on to say that Court Painter in the position of an artist laureate would enable him to have a national platform to showcase his work. Arts and culture is one of the most powerful tools we have for making social change however that shouldn’t get in the way of appointing Court Painter.