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Top 25 Canadian Artists to Watch in 2017

2016 was quite a year for many of these emerging Canadian artists. For some, it was simply solidifying their pedigree with shows in new markets, increased sales, and renewed interest. For others like Ally McIntyre it meant sold out shows in the UK, thanks to her international pursuits. Vancouver artist Johnny Taylor returned to Canada from Tokyo with a debut show in Edmonton called Tokyo Lights, and photographer Allan Bailey snagged nearly every top photography award in the country, while putting his energy and focus into his daughter's battle with cancer. Here are the top 25 Canadian artists you should be watching and collecting this year:

25) Brian Kokoska (Vancouver, BC) - last years ranking: -
24) Chris Millar (Calgary, AB) - last years ranking: -
23) Brian Jungen (Vancouver, BC) last years ranking: -
22) Casey McGlynn (Toronto, ON) last years ranking: 16
21) Michael Abraham (Vancouver, BC) last years ranking: 8
20) Brian Hunter (Winnipeg, MB) last years ranking: -
19) Scott Plear (Vancouver, BC) last years ranking: 7
18) Rad Hourani (Montreal, QC) last years ranking: 6
17) Bradley Harms (Calgary, AB) last years ranking: -
16) Andrew Maize (Lunenburg, NS) last years ranking: -
15) Curtis 'Talwst' Santiago (Sherwood Park, AB) last years ranking: -
14) Angela Teng (Victoria, BC) last years ranking: -
13) Karen Yurkovich (Vancouver, BC) last years ranking: -
12) Jamie Evrard (Vancouver, BC) last years ranking: -
11) Caroline Mousseau (Vancouver, BC) last years ranking: -
10) Ryan Quast (Vancouver, BC) last years ranking: -
9) Jeff Depner (Vancouver, BC) last years ranking: -
8) Alex Peck-Whyte (Vancouver, BC) last years ranking: -
7) Fiona Ackerman (Montreal, QC) last years ranking: -
6) Daniel Toumine (Edmonton, AB) last years ranking: 10
5) James Verbicky (Edmonton, AB) last years ranking: -
4) Zachari Logan (Saskatoon, SK) last years ranking: -
3) Allan Bailey (St. Albert, AB) last years ranking: 3
2) Johnny Taylor (Vancouver, BC) last years ranking: 1
1) Ally McIntyre (Edmonton, AB) last years ranking: 5

Lots of new names on this years list, including many from the national RBC painting competition, as well as artists who have had extensive relationships with institutions like James Verbicky in Southern Calfiornia, or Curtis Santiago with the AGO in Toronto. For more information on these artists or to find out who represents their work in Canada, please contact us.

Is there someone that you think we missed? Make sure to share your thoughts in the comments below!