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The Kingston Prize 2011

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Phantoms of the Front Yard

PHANTOMS IN THE FRONT YARD is a touring art collective that brings together the work of Vancouver artists Michael Abraham, Jordan Bent, Jeremy Birnbaum, Chad Krowchuk, Marcus Macleod and Jay Senetchko boldly challenging the contemporary Canadian art scene, to revive the human subject as muse.

Figurative art has become the phantom of the fine art world, haunting both Modernism and Postmodernism with its ties to a classical tradition, refusing to be dismissed, ignored or forgotten.

Founded in 2010, Phantoms in the Front Yard (PITFY) is a Vancouver-based figurative artist collective focused on elevating the human figure’s role as muse in the Canadian contemporary art scene. The diverse collective features artists from a broad range of career stages, and takes a unique, collaborative approach to developing and exhibiting figurative work. PITFY shows take place in unusual settings and are shorter than typical exhibitions, creating excitement around figurative art for all, not just among academics and industry veterans.

For each of our shows one group member artist proposes a theme that the entire group then develops work around.

The collaborative nature of this process continues to result in exciting work from exhibition to exhibition.