Series: GORTA MÓR - The Irish Diaspora In Toronto
Artist Brandon Steen’s paternal side of his family’s journey in Canada started in 1850 when John and Frances Steen arrived in the Famine years. This is where Brandon wanted his series on the Irish Diaspora to begin. It was natural to visit the city’s Irish Famine Memorial Park, ARRIVALS. When he visited Rowan Gillespie’s sculptures it was an emotional experience for the artist. This park itself is the here out of the passion of Robert G. Kearns of the Canada Ireland Foundation. Located on Éireann Quay at the foot of Bathurst Street it is a must site to visit. There is one sculpture that really stood out to Brandon Steen and that is the one painted in his ARRIVALS painted on a birch panel measuring 127 cm x 127 cm or 50” x 50” of the pregnant Irish Mammy grasping her tummy with a look of both hope and utter fear. Steen has captured her being watched over my Morrígan in purposely overgrown lawn. Brandon says; “I wanted to paint the wind that filled the sails that brought my ancestors to Canada”.