Contemporary artist Alex Janvier was influenced by painters Wassily Kandinsky (Russian) and Paul Klee (Swiss) but his ultimate style is a unique Canadian combination of Indigenous and modern art. A retrospective of his career is on exhibit at the National Gallery of Canada.
Michael Snow (b: 1928) remains a giant, renowned in film, sound, sculpture, photography and painting. He may be best known by the general public for the spectators sculpture on the side of the Rogers Centre and the Canada geese in flight at the Eaton Centre. But he has always been a whirlwind, […]
André Biéler (1896-1989) brought a modernist approach to his traditional rural Québec subject matter in paintings, prints and murals. Biéler was an important cultural figure because his personal vision of a national arts funding organization eventually led to the creation of the Canada Council.
Oscar Cahén (1916–1956) fled Nazi Germany in 1939 and settled in Canada. One of the founders of Painters Eleven, Cahén was in the vanguard of the Canadian abstract art movement while working as a successful commercial illustrator. Cahén supported his painting with the success of his commercial illustrations. He […]
Ottawa photographer William James Topley (1845–1930) was an important chronicler of people and events in Canada’s capital in the 50 years after Confederation. In effect, he was Canada’s first celebrity photographer, recording Royal visits, Prime Ministers and the lives of leading citizens. But he also documented significant social issues, including immigration. For […]
Susan Collett, one of Canada’s foremost ceramic artists, explores the tension of strength against fragility in her hand-built clay sculptures.