Farquhar McGillivray Knowles
Shoreline Scene, 1880
Aside from having the best name of all time, Knowles was also a prolific Canadian painter with a career that spanned over 40 years. Knowles developed his skills painting photos in the famous Notman & Fraser studios and made a killing during murals for rich peoples’ homes.
Knowles is perhaps best remembered for his impressionist seascapes.
Andreas Christian Gottfried Lapine, A Stroll Through the Woods, n.d.
Lapine immigrated to Canada from a part of Russia that is now Latvia in 1905. He was hired at Brigden’s, a commercial art house in Toronto, and worked as an illustrator making images for the Eaton’s catalogue.
Toronto Victory Garden, c. 1937
Pegi Nicol MacLeod, Canadian, 1904 - 1949
Watercolour on paper mounted on card
Overall: 37.2 x 27.7 cm
Gift of Mrs. L. Marguerite Vaughan, Toronto, 1983
© 2013 Art Gallery of Ontario
Has Anyone Seen This Guy’s Dad?, 2011-2012
The Dawn Shall be Good, 2005
The Evolution of Angelic Species, 2006
Vincent is an artist from London, Ontario who seemingly paints nothing but these bizarre, winged fairy/angel figures. I’m not too sure how to interpret them so I am just going to sit back and enjoy them. Vincent’s website, which contains a lot of interesting works, can be viewed here.
John B. Boyle
Canadian Martyr Box, c. 1974
Boyle was born in London, Ontario in 1941. He is often associated with artists like Greg Curnoe who were involved in the London Regionalism movement. Like many of his contemporaries, Boyle is greatly concerned with fighting for artists’ rights and founded Canadian Artists Representation Ontario (CARO) in 1971.
Boyle’s work often deals with aspects of Canadian identity, history and culture with a pop art aesthetic and quirky sense of humour.
Duncan was born in Paris, Ontario in 1917. Although not an official Canadian war artist, she spent a lot of time during WWII painting the Canadian Women’s Army Corps. Duncan was hired by the National Film Board of Canada and she worked both in the Graphics Division and later in the Animation Department. There she met photographer Audrey McLaren, who would become her lifelong romantic partner and collaborator. They often worked under the name “Dunclaren,” predating supercouples like Bennifer by 50 years.
This sculpture, located on the corner of Bank St and Spark St (Ottawa,ON), was created by Sorel Etrog, a Romanian-Canadian artist, writer and philosopher. Named “Flight Vol”, it is made out of bronze and was part of the Canadian Pavilion during Expo 67 held in Montreal. It caught my eye as I was walking with Newton the other day. It’s a very abstract and interesting sculpture to draw. To me it evoque the embrace of a couple.