British actor Sally Hawkins is turning heads and creating Oscar buzz for her role as Nova Scotia folk artist Maud Lewis (1903-1970) in a movie that also stars Academy Award nominee Ethan Hawke. (It opened April 14 in select cities). Maudie (trailer below) tells one of the most compelling stories […]
Paraskeva Clark (1898-1986) was a unique artist with leftist political leanings who focused on social and political turmoil, including the consequences of war and fascism. Born in Russia, where she worked in a shoe factory
John Hammond (1843–1939): An adventuring artist, and an important chronicler of the opening of Canada’s railways, Hammond was a world traveller. This painting was commissioned by Canadian Pacific to show easterners (and investors) scenes of westward expansion.
The Arts & Letters Club of Toronto has just opened Pat Fairhead @90, a retrospective on the life work of this Muskoka-based artist. During decades of travel, she has captured the primeval majesty of the Arctic, the rhapsodic colours of Muskoka’s landscape and the hypnotic nature of Haida Gwaii.
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.
Toronto artist Tony Taylor’s paintings interpret politicians and celebrities as animals. This piece is his interpretation of the country’s first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, for Canada’s 150th Anniversary this year. I saw his fascinating work this weekend at the One of a Kind show, many of them […]