Beyond the Law (1)The above image is from an exhibition that’s currently on display at the RCMP Heritage Centre until March 31. The Friberg in the title refers to American artist and illustrator Arnold Friberg (1913-2010) who, in addition to his work on American historical and Christian religious themes, did over 200 paintings depicting Mounties. His fame was so great that he was even made an honorary member of the RCMP.

This exhibition, as the title implies, looks beyond his legacy to other artists who have done work on the theme of the RCMP. The above painting, for instance, is titled¬†Beyond the Law,¬†and it’s by Group of Seven member Franz Johnston (1888-1949). It’s based on a real-life pursuit that occurred in Fort McMurray of a man accused of murder that ended when the suspect accidentally shot himself during a gun-fight with RCMP members. Other artists in the exhibition include Joel Walker, Paul Brown and Charles Highfield.