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 […]
Gregory Hardy is a Canadian painter who primarily concentrates on prairie landscapes. His hobby farm near Meacham, Saskatchewan provides inspiration for his canvases. Weather and the exectation of change are vivid elements in Hardy’s work, giving a sense of shifting movement to his signature clouds and open vistas. […]
Jack Chambers (1931-1978) was a groundbreaking artist and filmmaker whose photo-realistic style was influenced by his contact with surrealism during early study in Spain. It was his diagnosis with leukemia in 1969, at age 38, which prompted him to work relentlessly on paintings, prints and film while he travelled the world in search […]