Nights Like These – Art 101

January 25, 2015

Chris Scully here with my last planned post of the day. I’ll be hanging around for a bit in case anyone wants to chat or get in on the comments. And I’ll be doing my giveaway draw at 10pm ET and contacting the winner directly. A reminder if you’re not a winner today, the discount code (use Scully0125 at checkout) is still valid all day Monday, January 26 as well.

As mentioned in an earlier posting, the office building in Nights Like These where Miles goes to work as a security guard is closely modeled on a place I spent many years in and know well. Right down to the detail of the corporate art collection. Without revealing any spoilers, art plays a big role in this novel, although I’ve tried to work it in so that it’s not too boring if you’re not really into the subject.

Once upon a time (think Mad Men) it was common for major corporations to build an art collection; not only was it a prestige thing, but many thought of themselves as patrons of the arts and even went so far as to commission original artwork and murals for lobbies and boardrooms. This was the case in the company I used to work for.

With the focus turned to corporate bottom lines, those days are long gone. As Miles learns, maintaining a collection is expensive and the trend toward open-office environments has killed the need to hang art on the walls. Sadly, my former employer, who was one of the last remaining corporations to boast a collection, recently announced they were auctioning off a large part of their collection for charity. But while I worked there, the walls were crammed with contemporary Canadian art—much of it lesser known and of limited value. Still, for an art lover like me, it was literally like being in an art gallery every day.

The Canadian art scene is fairly vibrant—but only within the country. With some exceptions, our artists are not well known on the world market, so I thought some readers might be interested in seeing some of the art and artists mentioned in the novel.

Jackson Beardy print

Jackson Beardy print


Serge Lemoyne-Bleu, Blanc, Rouge


Norval Morriseau print


Tom Thomson oil sketch *This is the painting hanging in Colton’s office


Jean-Paul Riopelle print


6 Responses to “Nights Like These – Art 101”

  1. Susan says:

    I share an art history degree with your MC and I know Canadian art from visiting Toronto and Montreal and their museums. I own several carved or cast animal figurines from my visits.

  2. Angela says:

    It is always nice to see some art from all over the world.
    Although i´m from the Netherlands, (and we are well known for our art) i don´t have an artistic bone in my body.

    Thanks for sharing this release party with us and for answering my questions.


  3. Waxapplelover says:

    I’m not very artistic myself and admit to not really knowing much about it. However, I admire those that can paint, draw, sculpt or create. I think it’s admirable for a writer to include something so visual like art, when the reader cannot see it, but must envision it. One of my favorites, Good to Know, includes an artist as a MC and also describes some pieces he creates very successfully.

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  4. scullywrites says:

    For me when it comes to art, it’s all about what I like, and my taste runs the spectrum.

  5. scullywrites says:

    Very nice. I used to go to the Art Gallery of Ontario very frequently, and also the National Gallery in Ottawa, but not so much these days. I was a History major and art, music etc. plays such a big role in history.

  6. Trix says:

    I’m an art history major, but not too well-versed in Canadian painters (except maybe Sloan’s Andrew Scott, sorta…)

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