Legally Blind Painter,
Actor and Playwright Bruce Horak
PAINTS YOUR PORTRAIT LIVE
as he uncovers the truth and lies behind the mysterious death
one of Canada’s greatest artists.
and Performed by: Bruce Horak
Directed by Ryan Gladstone
Critically acclaimed Visually Impaired visual artist Bruce
Horak lives with 9% of his vision and has, over the last two years, painted a series of over 400 unique
portraits which attempt to capture the way that he sees, aptly named The Way I See It.
As he tells
the story of The Way I See It, the tale of Canadian painter Tom Thomson’s unsolved murder is
interwoven throughout, including the truth and lies behind the mysterious death of one of Canada’s greatest artists
and the subsequent rise of The Group of Seven. The mystery takes you from the tiny community of Canoe Lake, to the hallowed
halls of our nation’s capital, and eventually on to the World stage.
Art, politics, greed, ambition, love and murder are intertwined in a one-man tour-de-force as Horak exploits icons
of Canadian History, including Tom Thomson, Lawren Harris, and William Lyon Mackenzie King.
As he reveals his controversial perspective on Canadian Art History, he shares the unique way he sees the world
through an original portrait of each new audience.
What the critics are saying about Bruce Horak the actor… the painter…the creator…
“Horak crackles with energy…he’s unbelievably fast on
his feet.” - The Chronicle-Herald
“All anyone could talk about after the show” - The Peak
“Delivering lines with timing to set your atomic clock by. The
man was impeccable.” - Plank Magazine
and almost shocking in its originality…I haven’t quite seen through the eyes of a blind man, but I’ll probably
never get closer.” -Kelowna Daily Courier, in response to The
Way I See It at the Kelowna Art Gallery
ASSASSINATING THOMSON IS COMING TO A FESTIVAL
Ottawa Fringe Festival June 20-30, 2013
Toronto Fringe Festival July 3-14, 2013
Winnipeg Fringe Festival July 17-28, 2013
Edmonton Fringe Festival August 15-25, 2013
Victoria Fringe Festival August 22-September 1, 2013
Media, please click here for EPK
The Portrait Series:
I See It" is an attempt to capture the unique way that I see the people in my life, and the world in general. As
a result of a childhood cancer I am Legally Blind, which is a fancy way of saying that I don't have enough vision to drive
a car; one eye remains, with a cataract, tunnel vision, astigmatism, extreme light-sensitivity, and a whole heckuvlota' floaters.
The end result of this
project will be a series of portraits that attempt to give the viewer some insight into the way I see. It can be a bit
Each portrait is meant to be viewed through my glasses (a very high prescription) through one eye, and very close.
Say - 2 inches away.
This Series has been featured at the Harborfront Centre in Toronto, Ontario, The Auburn Saloon in Calgary,
Alberta, the Caravan Farm Theatre in Armstrong, B.C., The Pacific Theatre in Vancouver, and the Kelowna Art Gallery (Kelowna).
I'm posting the photos
on Facebook in a couple of seperate albums (links below). Feel free to peruse. And, if you'd like one done up, feel
free to contact me!
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