Bruce Horak's ASSASSINATING THOMSON
Created and Performed by: Bruce Horak
Directed by Ryan Gladstone
Critically acclaimed Visually Impaired visual artist Bruce Horak lives with 9% of his vision and has, over the last five years, painted a series of over 500 unique portraits which attempt to capture the way that he sees, aptly named The Way I See It.
As he tells the story of The Way I See It, the tale of Canadian painter Tom Thomson’s unsolved murder is interwoven throughout, including the truth and lies behind the mysterious death of one of Canada’s greatest artists and the subsequent rise of The Group of Seven. The mystery takes you from the tiny community of Canoe Lake, to the hallowed halls of our nation’s capital, and eventually on to the World stage.
Art, politics, greed, ambition, love and murder are intertwined in a one-man tour-de-force as Horak exploits icons of Canadian History, including Tom Thomson, Lawren Harris, and William Lyon Mackenzie King.
As he reveals his controversial perspective on Canadian Art History, he shares the unique way he sees the world through an original portrait of each new audience.
What the critics are saying about Bruce Horak the actor… the painter…the creator…
"This show is a one man performance at its very best. It’s theatre at its very best. I’ll be thinking about many ideas brought up here for years to come." - Plank Magazine (Vancouer)
“Horak crackles with energy…he’s unbelievably fast on his feet.” - The Chronicle-Herald (Halifax)
"You'll never look at Canadian Art the same way again" - CBC Winnipeg
“Bold and almost shocking in its originality…I haven’t quite seen through the eyes of a blind man, but I’ll probably never get closer.” -Kelowna Daily Courier, in response to The Way I See It at the Kelowna Art Gallery