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Art Start

Art Start

For athletes, losing a race by a tenth of a second isn't pretty. But for art collectors, a split-second finish is pretty in paint.

Drawing inspiration from Olympic competition, Toronto artist Anda Kubis has turned the canvas into a kind of TV screen that captures the swift blur of bodies striving to beat the clock. Like a Monet for the digital age, she uses bright streaks of oil paint to freeze frame an abstract moment in time. So it's apropos that she should show her work here in Vancouver during the Games.

If only the agony of defeat looked this beautiful.

On now until March 13, 2010 at Elissa Cristall Gallery, 2245 Granville St., Vancouver, 604-730-9611,