Why do we look at art?

Beyond beautiful or garish, surprising or offensive - art is above all powerful. It can change the way we see, feel, and think. Even when its meaning isn’t readily apparent, it sparks our curiosity, trains our analytical minds, and helps us navigate our increasingly visual world.

TVO Arts decodes and demystifies iconic works of Canadian art. By learning about the artists, their backstories, and their diverse perspectives, you’ll discover why and how they create and share their love of art. No art history degree required.

Small white church surrounded by a tall green forest.
Black woman in a long red gown wears a Miss Canadiana sash against an industrial background.
An illustration of an owl looking forward.
An Indigenous group canoeing with military men in the background.