Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights to Auction Original Justin Trudeau Sketch of Museum


Winnipeg, MB – On February 5, 2016 an original sketch of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights drawn by none other than Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be auctioned off in support of Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (Friends).

The framed, signed sketch will go up for auction on eBay on February 5, 2016 at 9:00 pm (EST). The auction will close on February 15, 2016 at 9:00 pm (EST).

“We’re always thrilled by the incredible, unique inventory sellers bring to the eBay marketplace. This one-of-a-kind art piece by Prime Minister Trudeau is a great example, and we can’t wait to see what interest the auction gets,” said Andrea Stairs, Managing Director, eBay Canada.

The sketch was drawn in early 2015 after The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau visited the Museum. Postcard prints of the sketch, entitled “Canadian Liberty”, were given to Liberal party donors in March 2015.

The sketch is the first time the Prime Minister has publicly revealed his drawing ability. While not formally trained, The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau often finds time to draw, with a specific interest in engineering projects – buildings, bridges and other pieces of infrastructure.

When asked about the quality of the sketch, David Silcox, art historian and former president of Sotheby’s Canada said, “I find it very well done indeed. From a technical point of view it’s at a professional level, although Trudeau has dodged the complexity that watercolour can present to the artist by cleverly isolating the colours from each other. Still it works strongly as an image and an arresting one. The strength of the work is in the drawing, which is precise, controlled, and done with accurate and impressive perspective – not always easy to achieve. It’s a well executed piece of work. As a rendering, I’d give it an A or an A+.”

The framed, signed piece is 41 cm x 31 cm and includes a quote taken from a speech the Prime Minister gave at the 2015 Montreal LGBTA Parade in August 2015 – “As Canadians, we know that protecting and promoting fundamental human rights must be an imperative for governments and individuals alike.” It also includes the personal note he sent to Gail Asper, Museum developer and national campaign chair when she asked him to donate the piece to Friends. The piece is appraised at $2,000. A partial charitable gift receipt may be available should the successful bid qualify pursuant to Canada Revenue Agency regulations.

“This is definitely an extraordinary painting for art lovers, human rights champions or for people looking to enhance their collections with an item that is the only one of its kind in the world. We hope the bidding will be fast, furious and generous,” said Diane Boyle, CEO of Friends.

The auction can be found here – – after 9:00 pm (EST) today.

Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights is the non-profit organization that engages donors, so that together with the Museum, we can achieve its mandate and empower human rights champions in Canada and other countries. The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is a national museum dedicated to helping people understand, celebrate and promote human rights through a uniquely Canadian perspective.

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Viv Draward
Director, Communications and Marketing
Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights