Vancouver art exhibit explores rise of rage and racism

Interview with Cathy Kearney, CBC News, March 24, 2019

“An A-frame sign with a painting of an angry, white man outside a Westside Vancouver art gallery is a jarring juxtaposition to the spring morning calm.

The image, which elicits double takes and stares from passersby, shows a spiked-haired man in a green jacket, with eyes bulging, mouth open, yelling in fury.

It’s one of a series of portraits called Angry White Men by Vancouver artist David Haughton, who says he wanted to explore the rise of rage and evil among hate groups and some disenfranchised people.

“They are appalling images and they are saying stuff that is deeply disturbing,” said Haughton of men depicted in the series.”


READ IN FRENCH Une exposition d’art à Vancouver dénonce la montée de la rage et du racisme


Article BC Medical Journal

A black-and-white photo shot at the end of his final night shift in the emergency department speaks volumes. Sitting on a gurney, arms crossed, grinning ear to ear, Dr David Haughton has a face that confidently says, “I did it!”

BC Children’s Hospital emergency physician Dr David A. Haughton took the plunge and dove into painting as of 7:30 a.m. on 29 October 2017. And once he plunged, he wasted no time. He gave way his medical equipment and textbooks, took a few things off the wall, and left the hospital with a box containing just a few items—including his stethoscope in case he needed to check his lood pressure. The next day he canceled his medical licence and CMPA insurance and stopped practising as a physician.

The move wasn’t a surprise. Haughton had been an artist for 40 years and a physician for 32. His plan all along had been to become successful enough as an artist, in parallel to medicine, to eventually become an artist full time

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Press Archives

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Just for Canadian Doctors, May-June 2007

A doctor bikes and paints his way through the European countryside and finds that the landscape and his perspective has changed with each decade.