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.
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 […]
Arthur Shilling (1941-1986) was a renowned Anishinaabe artist from Rama, Ontario known for his bold combination of Western painting techniques with traditional Anishinaabe imagery.