If an instant reminder of let-your-lesson-be-learned childhood story, The Emperor’s New Clothes, isn’t what comes straight to mind when you see Margaret Sutherland’s portrait of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, then … well… you need to read more children’s stories.
The painting, called Emperor Haute Couture, is on display at the Wilson Room of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library’s central brance until May 29, in Kingston, Ontario. It is one part “the modern man” and one part “The Emperor’s New Clothes”.
Sutherland, a Kingston resident (and graduate of Queen’s University with a Master of Fine Arts from the New York Academy of Art), says she’s gotten nothing but good feedback and that viewers have seen the humour in it. For those who have taken to it poorly, she says “it’s all grist for the mill”. She painted the piece in early 2011, but it just came to my attention moments ago thanks to Miranda Nelson of the Georgia Straight. The piece is for sale for $5,000.