Bryce Kanbara

Region: Hamilton Ontario
Born 1947, Ontario


Bryce Kanbara is a visual artist, and the curator and proprietor of you me gallery ( in Hamilton, Ontario. He was a founding member and first administrator of Hamilton Artists Inc. and held curatorial positions at the Burlington Art Centre, the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant. He was the Executive Director of the Toronto Chapter of the National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC) and was Chair of the NAJC Endowment Fund and National Executive Member of the NAJC. He was the Visual Arts, Crafts & Design Officer for the Ontario Arts Council; Co-chair of the Board of Directors of the Workers Arts & Heritage Centre; Governing Council member for the Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion.

He is currently the curator/chair of the Arts Committee at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre in Toronto. Kanbara’s work as a visual artist/curator, and his involvement in community art and public art projects are discrete activities that merge into the mainstream of his art practice. Kanbara is also the proprietor of a storefront gallery (opened 2003) which he views as an intervention project that addresses the divide between art and the general public.

Artist Statement

In my personal work (painting, sculpture, printmaking), I like when I can combine two or more of the following: Japanese Canadian-ness, abstract expressionism, Hamilton, literature, a sense of communality. The community projects (which have included members of Muslim, Hindu, Aboriginal, Japanese Canadian communities) incorporate the voices and talents of others, which seems antithetical to the creation of my personal work, yet equally represent what I do.