Cobalt Fine Art Gallery offers a expansive collection of artworks ranging from the eighteenth century to present times. Of particular note are holdings of works by celebrated artists such as Paul Healey, Gerard Collins, Garfield Saunders, and Paul Vanier Beaulieu. We are always adding new artists and works to the website as we photograph and document our enormous collection. Non-local Pottery, Persian rugs and glass works can be found on the "Collections" page, including our Deichmann collection.
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1964-, Toronto, ON (Lives in Rothesay, NB)
Local artist Paul Healey's trademark paintings are light filled interiors, ambient landscapes and sultry provocative figure studies painted in exquisitely subtle tonalities. His paintings invite the viewer into a world of repose and serenity, far from the bustling dynamics of modern life. Critics have described his work as reminiscent of a younger more contemporary Joseph Plaskett.
1952-, Hall's Harbour, NS (Lives between Saint John, NB and Maine, USA)
A native of Nova Scotia, Neville was born in Halls Harbour, on the Bay of Fundy, to a family of boat builders and fishermen where hard work was taken for granted. He grew up fishing with his father, building boats, and listening to the tales of men and women in the local villages. There were stories about bootlegging, bad luck, record catches, rivalries, and drunken husbands—all of which became the basis for his rich pictorial language.
1957-, Saint John, NB
Gerard (Gerry) Collins' work is bright, sometimes impressionistic and often composed with characteristically wild strokes that his collectors have come to love. His paintings often come from scenes around his home, including florals. Collins' work features both vibrant colous of paint, uniquely dark pastels and, occassionally, unique subject matter. A unique note about this artist is that he often paints cats into his paintings and is a great cat lover himself.
1866-1952, UK (Lived in Montreal, QC)
Jack studied at York School of Art and won a national scholarship to the Royal College of Art in 1886. There he received a gold medal and in 1888 a travelling scholarship to the Académie Julian. He was awarded silver medals at both the 1900 Paris International Exhibition and Pittsburgh Carnegie International in 1914. In 1916, he painted for the Canadian War Records Office. He has painted a portrait of King George V that was later purchased by the Monarch himself.
Canada's First Official War Artist
1910-1996, Montreal, QC
In 1927 Beaulieu enrolled at the École des Beaux-Arts de Montréal and studied there for two years. He left for Paris in 1938. His work would be influenced by local politics, philosophies and fellow artists including Pablo Picasso. Beaulieu was imprisoned during German occupation. After living in France for 30 years he settled in the Laurentians, North of Montreal.
1914-1968, Saint John, NB
Brittain studied in Saint John and New York City. In 1932, he opened a studio in Saint John while working clerical and construction jobs. He captured scenes of life in the city, incorporating social commentary. Brittain joined the Royal Canadian Air Force during WW2 and served two years as a war artist. He was a founding member of the Federation of Canadian Artists in 1941. After the war, his paintings became more surreal and abstract.
Federation of Canadian Artists Founding Member
Alexis Arts immigrated to Canada with his parents in 1955. His father was a well-known painter in the Netherlands, and it was under his father`s guidance that he began to paint. He studied Fine Arts in Montreal. Over the years, the artist has traveled widely throughout Quebec, familiarizing himself with the countryside and deepening his understanding of the province. He loves to paint anything that is close to nature and he has a very poetic vision of his environment.
1901-1967, Saint John, NB
Humphrey studied art at numerous institutions including the school of the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), National Academy of Design, the Arts Students League (New York), Charles Hawthorn's Cape Cod School, Grande Chaumiere Academy (Paris) and the Hans Hofmann School (Munich). Humphrey's paintings of the harbour, streets and workers of Saint John in Canada established his reputation as a regional artist.
Canadian Group of Painters Founding Member
1910-1990, Calgary, AB (Lived in Montreal, QC)
"Each individual is alone, cut off. Each wonders how others cope with life. A work of art is a particularly complex statement, valuable because packed with meaning... Like icebergs, four-fifths of our personalities lie below the surface; of the fifth that shows, only part can be expressed in conversation. The only effective outlet for all deeper feelings and thoughts is art."
(Philip Surrey, c. 1949)
Philip Surrey, a founding member of the Contemporary Arts Society, was a figurative painter with an enduring interest in human subjects within urban nightscapes.
1904-1949, Listowel, ON
Pegi Nicol MacLeod was a Canadian painter whose modernist self-portraits, figure studies, paintings of children, still lifes and landscapes are characterized by a fluidity of form and vibrant colour. Born Margaret Kathleen Nichol, she was a teacher, war artist and arts activist.
Canadian Group of Painters Member
1921-2012, Saint Paul, MN, USA (Lived in New York City, NY, USA)
Leroy Neiman was known for his brilliantly colored, expressionist paintings and screen prints of athletes, musicians, and sporting events. He studied at the St. Paul School of Art, then at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago.
Neiman was listed in Art Collector's Almanac, Who's Who in the East, Who's Who in American Art, Who's Who in America, and Who's Who in the World. He was also a member of the Chicago Society of Artists.
1866-1952, Skujene, Latvia (Live in Minden, ON)
André Lapine was noted for his accurate depictions of horses as well as landscapes and portraits. He studied under various artists throughout Europe and at the Imperial Academy of Arts in Saint Petersburg.
Lapine was a member of the St. Lucas Art Society, the Ontario Society of Artists, the Graphic Arts Club, the Toronto Arts, the Letters Club, the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and a founding member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour.
1871-1951, Glasgow, Scottland (Lived in Fort Qu’Appelle, SK)
James Henderson was a Scottish-born Canadian painter, lithographer and engraver. He is best remembered for his landscapes, particularly those in which he captured the charm of his beloved Qu’Appelle Valley in all its moods and seasons.
Henderson was also known as a painter of First Nations portraits expressive of innate dignity. Fort Qu’Appelle’s Standing Buffalo Reserve named Henderson as Honorary Chief Wicite Owapi Wicasa, “the man who paints the old men.”
Member of the Ontario Society of Artists.
1909-1996, Winnipeg, MB (Lived in Toronto, ON)
Winter became known in the 1950s for his lively city scenes, many depicting children in a modern realist style. He studied under Frank H. Johnston and Lionel LeMoine Fitzgerald at the Winnipeg School of Art. From 1930-1935 he worked as a commercial artist. Winter moved to Toronto in 1937, and established an advertising firm. His commercial work included painting cover illustrations for New World Illustrated. In 1955, He left his career in commercial art to work as an independent artist.
Royal Academy of Arts Member, Canadian Group of Painters Member, Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour Member, Treasurer
Glenn Priestley attended the Vocational Arts Program at Cedarbrae Collegiate Institute in Scarborough, Ontario.
He is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art Fine Arts Programme, where he studied in Florence. Glenn's understanding of the figure was further enhanced through study of Anatomy at the University of Toronto. He has taught at numerous institutions including the Ontario College of Art.
In 1996 he left Ontario and moved with his family to Fredericton, New Brunswick.
1935-2010, Cape Dorset, Nunavut, Canada.
Pootoogook was born at an Inuit camp called Ikerasak, near Cape Dorset. His family hunted and trapped while living in an iglu in the winter and a sod house in the summer.
After settling in Cape Dorset, Pootoogook made carvings, prints and lithographs for other artists. He didn’t become a full-time artist until the 1970’s. Pootoogook was influenced by the works of his uncle, photographer and historian Peter Pitseolak.
He was a founding member and president (1959-1964) of the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative, the first Inuit owned co-op, now part of the Arctic Co-operatives Limited
Born at Sako, a traditional Inuit camp on the southwest coast of Baffin Island, Northwest Territories, Canada, Napatchie Pootoogook is the only surviving daughter of one of Inuit art’s most important figures, Pitseolak Ashoona. Along with her sculptor brothers, [Namoonai, Koomwartok, Ottochie,] Kiawak and Kaka Ashoona, and her graphic artist sisters-in-lawm Mayureak and Sorosiluto Ashoona, Napatchie belongs to a family with a strong artistic identity that has contributed significantly to the reputation of Cape Dorset art and the printmaking studio of the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative.
1887 - 1956
Wallace R. MacAskill is one of Nova Scotia's best-known photographers, valued especially for his seascapes and images of sailing vessels.
During WW II, MacAskill's images became coveted by homesick Nova Scotians abroad and were very popular wedding presents.20 This popularity probably grew out of a world in flux - people began to thirst for the homey and familiar security of the past as captured on MacAskill's film. The age of sail, Cape Breton hills and dales, picturesque fishing villages, boating on the North West Arm - all were cherished by displaced Nova Scotians in Canada and abroad.
1935- , St. John's, NL
Pratt has received many awards and honours. He became an Associate of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and a member of the Canadian Society of Graphic Art. Pratt was also named an Officer of the Order of Canada and in 1983 he became a Companion of the Order.
Norwell was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. He came to Kingston, Ontario in 1914 and studied art under Arthur Lismer, George Reid, J.W. Beatty and Robert Holmesat at the Ontario College of Art.
He also studied in London and Paris. Working in oil and watercolour, he is best known for his Quebec winter landscapes.
1933-, Toronto, ON
Earle's experience with art began after his grandfather gave him a simple camera. He had learned to develop film by age 13. Since then he has studied at the Danforth Collegiate and Technical Institute and been successful in numerous disciplines including drawing, watercolour, oil painting, linocuts, and acrylics.
Jamie MacDonald is a graduate of Queen’s University, B.A. (Hons.) and B.Ed., and a resident of Halifax, Nova Scotia. He paints landscapes and illustrations, but also enjoys the occasional portrait. His goal is to reveal the unique story of each place person, and to tell that story as best he can.
Jamie finds time to paint while acting as a fencing coach, pursuing guitar and piloting, practicing the craft of writing, and working full-time as a junior/intermediate teacher of art and history.
Currently resides on Deer Island, West Isles, New Brunswick.
Jerome has been a painter, illustrator, and graphic designer since 1978. His work has ranged from land and seascapes to surrealistic fantasies and impressionistic watercolours and drawings. His art is represented in many American and Canadian corporate and private collections.
Member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour.
“If, after the first hours or days in a painting, I am successful in capturing the thing I saw or felt, I am amazed, and thank Providence for the gift of the ability to do this. I tell you, this is great work if you can get it, but I could use two lifetimes to paint all the things I want to paint.”
- Jackson Ehrlich
Aldwinckle was a designer, illustrator and well known war artist. In World War II he registered as a conscientious objector, and created several well-known war posters, then became a camouflage designer. He visited the Soviet Union as part of the first Canadian cultural exchange of the Cold War. He was a student of comparative religion, an accomplished chef, raconteur, composer, playwright, writer, and social critic.
Canadian War Artist, Royal Canadian Academy of Arts Member
1950-2019, (Woodstock, NB)
Saunders was well known in the Maritime art community, as both an artist and art educator. He is a Nova Scotia College of Art and Design BFA graduate. In 1977, he received a BEd from Art Ed. Saunders also taught at NSCAD and a variety of workshops. He created an all age’s summer arts school for Memorial University, and made a video on engraving/print making, which toured Canada.
Born in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada in 1950 -- of Lithuanian ancestry.
Herzl Kashetsky's work in the early 1980s tended to reflect subjects common to the magic realist school, especially still life, focusing on every day objects with an intensity that inevitably invests them with new and deeper meaning... In 1997 he received the New Brunswick Red Cross Humanitarian Award, and a best picture award at the 53rd annual exhibition of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour.
Leighton studied at the Brighton School of Art and the Slade School before perfecting her preferred medium, wood engraving, at Britain’s Central School of Arts and Crafts. She favored depictions of rural and working class activities. In the 1920's Leighton traveled across Europe and to America where she ultimately settled.
Born 1964, Robert studied Fine Art at Sunderland University and is currently living and working in Northumberland, England.
“I describe my work as ‘Painting Nature’, as a direct response to my immediate surroundings, exploring colour, composition and expression yet maintaining the very traditions of painting. Making sketches as well my own visual notes I paint intuitively and expressively with bold sweeping brushstrokes that sum up whole passages of the landscape that is before me. Painting on location and in the studio, I often rework paintings intuitively to produce a completed work.”
Cornelius is an artist from the woody wilderness of New Brunswick, Canada who lives an almost "stereotypical Canadian" lifestyle. In his cabin in the woods, where he resides year-round, mostly off the land. He comes into the gallery to deliver his work personally and always has a big bushy beard and a great big friendly smile.
Cornelius's art is a fun and, usually, iconically Canadian.
Joseph Purcell, born in Halifax in 1927, received his art training at the Nova Scotia College of Art. Early in his career he developed a style of his own with dramatic use of light and composition. At the age of 18 he completed three 18 foot murals for Canadian National hotels and at 23 won the O’Keefe Art Award, a national competition. In the same year he was chosen to interpret Halifax for the Seagrams Collection, “Cities of Canada,” which toured major capital cities of the world. In more recent years, Joseph completed a major collection of on-the-spot paintings of gold mines of Nova Scotia, entitled the Seabright Collection, which now hangs at the Museum of Industry in Stellarton, Nova Scotia.
1874 - 1941
Born in Montreal, Quebec, he studied drawing and painting under William Brymner, Maurice Cullen and Edmond Dyonnet at the school of the Art Association of Montreal. He worked 11 years in the stained glass industry making drawings for ornaments and figures and then for La Presse and the Montreal Star doing pen and ink drawings. He was a designer and illustrator for magazines but eventually turned to full time painting particularly of old buildings and ancient areas of Montreal and Quebec City
Brian Kelley was born in Fairfax, Virginia, USA. He has an MFA in Painting from Indiana University and a BA from the College of William and Mary. He has exhibited nationally and lectured at several schools, including George Washington University, the College of William and Mary, George Mason University, Anne Arundel Community College, Prince George’s Community College, Northern Virginia Community College, and the Washington Studio School.
Canadian artist born in Barbados during his parent's stay in their summer home. William Goodridge Roberts was a Canadian painter known for his landscape paintings and unassuming still lifes and interiors. Goodridge Roberts was the son of poet and novelist Theodore Goodridge Roberts and Frances Seymour Allen.
Catharine McAvity (1915-1999) was a prolific and well established artist based in New Brunswick, Canada. She studied with many important artists including Jack Humphrey, Miller Brittain, Tony Onley, Christopher Pratt, Ken Louhhead, Ron Bloor among others.
Her work has been exhibited widely in the Maritimes and featured in an exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada. Her work is found in many museums and galleries as well as prominent collections (add link). The University of New Brunswick honoured her by naming a lecture room after her at the Saint John campus.
Born 1887, died in Montréal, Québec, Canada 1980.
Full member of the Royal Canadian Academy in 1944.
Adam Sherriff Scott was born in Perth, Scotland and began his art education in 1903 at the Edinburgh School of Art. He was awarded the Allen-Fraser Scholarship to continue his studies for four years at the Allen-Fraser institute, which was a finishing school for talented young artists, and studied under George Harcourt A.R.A. He was one of only ten artists who qualified for the scholarship.
1929-, Manila, Phillippines (Lives in Vancouver, BC)
One of Canada’s most celebrated artists, Trinidad has built an international reputation as far reaching as the sources of his inspiration. He studied and painted extensively in France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland and England.
Trinidad currently resides in Vancouver which provides the ideal environment for his oil paintings which are entrenched with joyful colours, vibrant flowers and the uncanny play of sunlight and shadow. Although poetic at heart, José approaches his art with the seriousness of a disciplined craftsman with painstaking care and details.
Fortin worked as a graphic artist with the federal Department of Energy, Mines and Resources and taught art briefly at the University of Ottawa. His work, originally non-figurative, gradually evolved into a naïve folk art style heavily influenced by his rural surroundings. After deciding to do art full time he would teach independently around Ottawa as well as tour Europe studying techniques and selling his art.
Michael's art is characterized by masterful drawing, and an unusual sensitivity to the subtleties of detail, form, colour, and composition. Wildlife Art magazine founder, Robert J. Koenke acknowledges both the uniqueness and international recognition of Dumas' art when he says, ' I can recognize a Michael Dumas work from across a room, or pick it out from among a crowd of other artists.
1899 - 1987
Raphael Soyer (December 25, 1899 – November 4, 1987) was a Russian-born American painter, draftsman, and printmaker. Soyer was referred to as an American scene painter. He is identified as a Social Realist because of his interest in men and women viewed in contemporary settings which included the streets, subways, salons and artists' studios of New York City. He also wrote several books on his life and art.
His brothers Moses Soyer and Isaac Soyer were also painters.
1882 - 1953
For David Milne, painter, printmaker, and writer, the process of art and not the content was paramount. His austere work and his pure aesthetic depended on the formulation and solution of certain formal, artistic problems and the consistent development and concentration of his inner self. In simple terms, Milne sought to reduce a painting to its essentials.
Milne was strongly influenced by both American and French Impressionism, especially the work of Claude Monet and by Henri Matisse. Milne integrated these influences into his own special way of seeing and painting. He painted the simplest subjects - houses, barns, flowers, trees and still lifes - but it was the landscape that dominated much of his production.
Jewish Polish-Canadian, born in Montréal, Quebec, 1936.
Member of the Royal Canadian Academy
Printmaker David Silverberg has been concerned with a variety of subjects, in particular nature, erotica, scenes from the many countries he visited and Jewish themes, as in his illustrations for The Song of Songs and The Psalms of David (1967). In an interview with Nancy Bauer in 1980, the artist describes how Judaism generally affects his art, for as a Jewish man he is constantly preoccupied with the commandment, "Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image." He enjoys the resistance of metal in the engraving process perhaps because it reflects the tension between the artist and this ancient belief.
F. B. Taylor was a Canadian artist, born in Ottawa, Ontario in 1906 and died in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico (by suicide ) in 1987, where he had been trying his had at silk screen painting and scultping.
e was born in Ottawa and mostly raised there; living briefly in London, England from 1916 to 1918 after his father was transferred there during the First World War. Upon returning to Ottawa, he graduated from Lisgar Collegiate in 1918. He became a student of McGill University in 1925 after his parents asserted that he must complete university before embarking on any sort of artistic career.
Albert Rousseau was born in Sainte-Étienne-de-Lauzon, Quebec in 1908. He is often associated with important Quebec landscape painters René Richard and Léo Ayotte; although Rousseau experimented with many genres of painting, including portraiture and gestural painting, he found landscapes and images of quaint neighbourhoods most intriguing to paint.
1923 - 2001
Born in Toronto. As a teenager he attended classes at the Children’s Art Centre of the Art Gallery of Ontario, where he was encouraged by such artists as Arthur Lismer, Erma Sutcliffe, Dorothy Medhurst, and A. Y. Jackson. He later studied at the Académie Julian.
Appointed an official war artist in 1944. Joined the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1958. Made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1979.
1940 - 2010
Bruno Côté was born in Quebec City in August 1940. His youth in a family where art held a strong significance encouraged the development of his artistic talents.
In 2008 the Canadian Parliament gave Côté's painting, The Portage Trail to the Parliament of Scotland to mark the opening of the Scottish Parliament Building.
Brigid Toole Grant stands among those Fredericton artists whose painterly direction and style was informed and influenced by the presence of the UNB Art Centre and, particularly, the resident artists who impacted activities there in the short and long term since the 1940s.
The variety of media she uses which include drawing, watercolor, oil and acrylic paint, and woodcut prints reinforce one another in her work Her subjects, too, have always been close to home - intimate interiors, scenes around home and garden, environments around Fredericton and Grand Manan, self-portraits and those of her family and friends. They are expressive representations not of singular moments or perspectives, however, but rather a synthesis of multiple impressions, feelings and associations gathered into a single tableau.
James Wilson has been an artist working in the medium of photography for more than 30 years. James works from his heritage home and natural light studio in the beautiful Kennebecasis River Valley near Hampton New Brunswick, Canada. He uses large format cameras mostly, making images of the land or to document people in great detail. James’s new work involves digital photography, merging image layers and textures to create new images that challenge your emotions.
Canadian, active. Lives in St. Andrews and New Hampshire, Maine.
John Amos studied Fine Art in New Brunswick at Mount Allison University, from 1970 to 1974, where he embraced the watercolour medium for which he is so highly regarded.
Born in Dorchester, New Brunswick, John grew up watching the coastal waters of the Bay of Fundy, where the tides rise and fall twenty-eight feet twice a day. These ever changing surroundings provided his affinity for depicting New Brunswick’s evolving shoreline.
Eric Goldberg was born in 1890 in Berlin, Germany. Goldberg was influenced by the art of Pierre-Auguste Renoir at an early age. He studied at Paris, France's École des Beaux-Arts and Académie Julian. He taught at the Prussian Academy of Arts, the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem and in then British Mandate of Palestine. He began working in Montreal in 1928. In 1939, Goldberg became a founding member of the Contemporary Arts Society, a group of Canadian artists intent on sensitizing the public to modern art.
His work has been exhibited in Europe, Asia, and North America.
Dusan Kadlec is a Czech-Canadian painter, born in Prague (1942), Czechoslovakia and studied art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague.
Soon after the success of the Worlds Fair pavilion, political unrest began to affect life in Czechoslovakia. When the Soviet Union invaded during the Prague Spring revolution of 1968, Kadlec fled his homeland and immigrated to Canada, settling in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He immediately began to look for work as an artist, and within two weeks secured his first commission - a portrait. He found the historic charm of his newly adopted port city inspirational and began at that time what would subsequently become the focus of his life’s work. Re-creating maritime history on canvas.
Julius Griffith was born in Vancouver, BC in 1912, later moving to England with his family where he studied art. His studies were interrupted by the outbreak of WWII. During the war he worked with the “Air-raid Precautions” for a time and eventually joined the Red Cross. In 1941-42 he worked in a country-house hospital in Sussex. While there, he taught art and learned Russian. He joined the Royal Navy as an interpreter under the rank of Sub-Lieutenant. From 1942 till the end of the war Griffith was stationed in Murmansk and Archangel.
Griffith passed away in 1997.
Léo-Paul Tremblé is a Quebec-born painter.
Born into a family of 13 children, he soon became interested in drawing and coloring Imitating the illustrations found in books and magazines. Later, thanks to a job in the lumber camps, he began to paint on spruce bark .
He discovered painters and fine art by visiting the Museum (national) of Fine Arts in Quebec City, and a year later, a Montreal art gallery had an exhibition of paintings by Canadian artists members of the Group Seven.
Elizabeth Marjorie Smith was born on [April] 7, 1898 at Iden, near Rye, Sussex, England, the daughter of Edwin James Smith and Beatrice Neeves. In 1901, the family, including four boys and three girls, moved to Fredericton, New Brunswick. Smith graduated from Fredericton High School in 1917. It was during this time that Smith became interested in photography. She began taking snapshots with a box camera and a vest pocket camera. Smith went to work at Harvey Studios and remained there until 1930. Finally, in 1936, she became proprietress of her own shop at 518 Queen Street. She sold hand-coloured photographs and she also introduced Deichmann pottery to her customers.
René Richard (1 December 1895 – 31 March 1982) was Swiss-born Canadian painter known for his semi-abstract landscapes of the Canadian wilderness and of the country around Baie-Saint-Paul in Quebec.
Unlike other Canadian landscapes, Richard's pictures often included trappers, hunters and the Inuit and First Nations people who lived in the north country, with their homes and sled dogs. Richard's landscapes became highly valued by collectors. When Queen Elizabeth II visited Canada in 1959 she was given one of Richard's paintings by the mayor of Chicoutimi.
Ronald Jackson was long recognized for his masterful depiction's of British Columbia's magnificent coastal region. In his themes, his flowing quality of line and his subtle use of colour, one can see that Ronald Jackson was deeply involved in interpreting the power of the Canadian Landscape - a Canadian tradition he shared with such eminent painters as Lauren Harris, A.Y. Jackson and Emily Carr. One of the things Ronald prided himself on was that he never had a complaint about any of his marine paintings from a sailor or anyone who knows anything about boats - and some sailors roar with laughter at some marine paintings.
Born in Sainte-Flore, Mauricie, Quebec to a family of modest means, he began his studies at the College Séraphique and at Trois-Rivières Seminary, and finally, in Nicolet. He abandoned his studies at the end of his rhetoric and began to compose poems and paint.
In 1938, Ayotte moved to Montreal and worked as a model at the École des beaux-arts de Montréal and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Not being registered, Ayotte could not follow the lessons, but his work there as a model and as a janitor allowed him to listen in on classes. Without money, he also picked up the half-empty tubes left by careless students and used them to paint. The director Maillard told him later after he saw one of his paintings: "You are my best student."
Bruce Heggtveit was born in Maidstone, Saskatchewan 1917. In 1938 at the age of 31 he became a Canadian National Ski Champion. Later Bruce began teaching painting in Ottawa, Ontario. He taught many of Canada's best landscape artists and many recognize him as being the reason for their success. In the 1970's he turned down lucrative skiing contracts to keep up with demand for his art. He passed away in 2002.
Angel Gómez was born in Carbonero el Mayor (Segovia) Spain in 1942.
Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Gómez’s canvases were filled with familiar images of slate roofs over centuries-old stone buildings with stone-carved archways and wrought iron railings, narrow cobbled streetscapes in sun-dipped colors of gold, blue and purple. Rich, bold brush strokes created vibrant “paisajes” (landscapes) of Spanish countrysides.
However, since Gómez’s arrival in Canada in 1980, and as one vastly influenced by his surroundings, he has sought to reconcile his Spanish roots with the feeling of isolation he has experienced since moving to Fredericton, New Brunswick, and to describe these experiences in paint.
In 1953 Cosgrove received a Canadian government fellowship to continue his studies in France where he fostered an early interest in the work of the French painters Braque and Rouault. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s Cosgrove was involved in other pursuits besides his painting.
b.1906-1971, Glace Bay, NS
Lawley graduated from Mount Allison University and then McGill University in Montreal. He pursued his interest in painting as a student of Agnes Lefort in Montreal and Aldro Hibbard of the American National Academy.
John's paintings are represented in numerous private and corporate collections throughout Canada.
Beth Powning (Putnam, Connecticut, USA. 1949) lives in New Brunswick, Canada and is both an author and photographer. Her latest bestselling novel, A Measure of Light, was called by the Globe and Mail “shatteringly exquisite…extraordinary…visceral and intense.”
Powning majored in creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College in New York. She moved to an old farm near Sussex, New Brunswick in 1972, where she ran a pottery business with her husband, artist and photographer Peter Powning.
Dr. Martin L. (Marty) Demaine (born 1942) is an artist and mathematician, the Angelika and Barton Weller artist in residence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Martin Demaine is the father of MIT Computer Science professor and MacArthur Fellow Erik Demaine; in 1987 (when Erik was six) they together founded the Erik and Dad Puzzle Company which distributed puzzles throughout Canada. Erik was home-schooled by Martin, and although Martin never received any higher degree than his high school diploma, his home-schooling catapulted Erik to a B.S. at age 14 and a Ph.D. and MIT professorship at age 20, making him the youngest professor ever hired by MIT. Demaine has 3 pieces of mathematical origami in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Martin and Erik are also featured in the movie Between the Folds, a documentary on modern origami.
1941-, Hamilton, ON (Lives in St. Andrews, NB)
Michener enrolled at the Ontario College of Art in 1964. After graduating he took on freelance work for various ad agencies and publications including T.V. Guide, The Financial Times and the Toronto Star. He has studied under numerous artists including some members of the group of seven. Michener has been the recipient of many awards throughout his career and continues to produce new work. He now owns and manages The Gables Restaurant (and Gallery) in St. Andrews, NB.
Born 1992 in Saint John, NB and is son of sculptor Jim Boyd.
Angus attended the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design when he was 19, and began painting, as a hobby, at 22, and eventually started selling in his first gallery (us!) at 23.
Currently he is the youngest selling artist in the gallery by more than a decade.
1927–1999, Hamilton. Ontario, Canada.
McElcheran was a Canadian designer and sculptor and created the Royal Military College Club of Canada’s centennial gift, Truth Duty Valour, in 1976. The miniature statues are now known as ‘Brucie.’ McElcheran was commissioned to sculpt statues across Canada (mostly in Toronto) at universities,public and federal-owned buildings. His works are considered valueable collectors pieces.
1884-1963. An English-born Canadian painter and printmaker. He is credited with popularizing the colour woodcut in the style of the Japanese, in Canada.
Phillips lived in Manitoba for 28 years, and died in British Columbia; his ashes were spread in the Rocky Mountains.
Member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.
English painter Thomas Malton "the younger" (1748-1804) is son of equally-famous Thomas Malton "the older". This highly acclaimed artist is famous for his watercolour and ink works, mostly of notable churches, landmarks and government buildings. His works can be found in several notable museums in London.
Ivan Wheale's paintings are strong studies in realism, capturing the atmosphere, texture and nature of the landscape. His landscapes are in watercolours and oils.
Ivan was born in Sunderland, England in 1934 and settled in Canada in 1957. He moved to Manitoulin Island in 1975 where he now lives and works. Ivan is a self-taught artist whose work hangs in numerous public and corporate collections including the Queen’s Collection.
John Wood Beckwith Maxwell was born in Fredericton where the fledgling UNB Art Centre loomed influentially in his introduction to art as a child and later creative development. Lucy Jarvis, Pegi Nicol MacLeod, Fritz Brandtner and Madge Smith were among his early teachers and mentors. He also absorbed the presence and impact of Goodridge Roberts in his formative years and later that of Molly Lamb Bobak. He studied literature at the University of New Brunswick . A Canada Council grant in 1959 funded a trip to Paris, where he studied at the Academie Julienne and at La Grande Chaumière. He would then return to Fredericton.
Maxwell emphasized that being in or out of current fashion was irrelevant to his painterly concerns. What mattered, ultimately, was to make art that resonated with “truth” and thus have lasting value.
Born in 1896. / Died in 1965
Nicholas Hornyansky was born in Budapest in 1896, studied art in Budapest at the Academy of Fine Arts, at the Munich plein-air school, in Amsterdam under Professor Mendlik, and also studied landscape painting in Belgium in the school of Franz Hens, then immigrated to Canada arriving 10 August 1929; he became a Canadian citizen in 1934. He was based in Toronto (55, Huntley Street, etc., etc.), but traveled extensively from coast to coast. He became a member of the Society of Canadian Painters, Etchers and Engravers (elected 29 November 1929), the Ontario Society of Artists, the Canadian Society of Graphic Art, and Associate of the Royal Canadian Academy.
Born in Upper Melbourne, Quebec in 1871/d. there 1960.
Frederick Simpson Coburn was an illustrator, a painter and a print maker. In 1887–1888, Frederick Simpson Coburn RCA studied at the Conseil des arts et manufactures in Montreal and went to the Carl Hecker School of Art in New York City. The following year, he went to Germany, where he enrolled at the Berlin Academy. In 1892, he was to be found in Paris taking courses at the École des Beaux-Arts in Gérôme’s studio. In the years that followed, Coburn studied in London, in Belgium and travelled a great deal in Europe. While abroad, he not only mastered a variety of art techniques, he also became fluent in the French, German, Dutch and Flemish languages. His frequent trips back home enabled him to maintain a close connection with Quebec. It was in Antwerp that he met his future wife, the talented Belgian artist, Malvina Scheepers. Together, they established a studio-home in Coburn's village of Upper Melbourne and a pied-à-terre in Montreal.His drawings appeared regularly in American magazines, and he illustrated many works by American, English and Canadian authors for G.P. Putman Publishing of New York. In the 1910s, he quickly developed a reputation for his winter landscapes, and his level of success was unprecedented for a Canadian artist, at the time.
Levente Kovács (1922-1992) was a painter who lived in Canada between 1957 to 1985 and moved to France to stay until his death in February 1992. Levente Kovacs has produced (...) paintings of all kind in Hungary, Italy, Germany, Canada and France. These paintings represent portraits, landscapes or still lifes
Born Narajow, Galacia in 1904. Died Montréal, QE, Canada in 2001.
With an acute eye for character and a profound humanity, Montreal draughtsman and painter Louis Muhlstock created a portrait of the Depression in gentle, intimate drawings of marginalized people. His paintings of deserted streets and houses, done before and after the Second World War, are spare images that convey silence and memory.
Among Muhlstock's many national and international exhibitions was a solo show held in 1949 at the National Gallery of Canada, which travelled to several venues. Muhlstock was a member of the Canadian Society of Graphic Artists, Canadian Group of Painters, Contemporary Arts Society, Federation of Canadian Artists and Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour. He held an honorary doctorate from Concordia University (1978) and was an Officer of the Order of Canada (1991) and Chevalier de l'ordre du Québec (1998).
B. 1947 (Quebec)
Gaëtan Hovington is a talented sculptor from Tadousac, Quebec who studied under the Canadian Master carver, Jean-Julien Bourgault. Gaëëtan is known for his carved wooden scenes of early Canadian days and present day rural scenes as well as for his uniquely carved statuetteaééé of rural east coast genre.
Gaëtan only sculpts works to commisions and makes his living entirely from his artistry, and as such, his sculpted figures and scenes are rarely found for sale in any art galleries.
Self-taught Eduardo Vincente Pérez (1909 - 1968), younger brother of painter Hispanic-American Esteban Vicente, was Spanish painter and lithographer. After the Spanish Civil War, he participated in the exhibitions and shows organized by the Brief Academy of Art Criticism . In 1932 Vincente was eventually being selected as one of the artists to be commissioned to make reproductions of the Black Paintings of Goya. There are reports of an unknown disagreements with the painters involved in the traveling museum, which led him to resign from and abandon the project.
Since 1957, the emergence of the group " El Paso", the informalismo, the "Arte Otro" and pop art, his painting fell out of fashion with the forgotten group. In the spring of 1968, In Madrid, when a piece of his work was to be shown at the Quixote Gallery, friends, anxious having not seen him for several days, found his body in a corner of his studio where he apparently had been dead for three days (causes unknown).
Greek Canadian, born 1926.
Paul (Paleologos) Soulikias was born in Komotini, Greece in 1926, and raised in Volos. After the hardships of the German Occupation and the Greek Civil War, he spent time studying art in Athens and in Paris and ultimately settled in Montreal in 1959. In 2004, he was honoured by the Olympic City of Nea Ionia with an exhibition as part of the cultural events of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.
Souliakias's art has always had popularity, though the geography would change. Souliakias' most recent exhibition was in 2008, though he has had 2 honourary exhibitions, the most recent in 2016.
b.1923 Wawelowska, Poland - d.2012, Saint John, NB
Brunislaw Jacob Bobak studied in Ontario at Central Technical School and the Art Gallery of Toronto under Arthur Lismer. Joining the Canadian Army following high school, he was the youngest official war artist during WW2. Afterward, Bobak taught at the Vancouver School of Art. In 1960 he moved to New Brunswick and became artist in residence at the University of New Brunswick. He served as Director of the UNB’s Art Centre until 1986.
Order of Canada Member
1925-, Poland (Lives in Montreal, QC)
Rita Briansky is an award-winning painter, printmaker, etcher and teacher, who studied at the Montreal School of Fine Arts and New York’s Arts Student League.
Her work is included in the permanent collections of the National Gallery in Ottawa, the Winnipeg Art Gallery and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
She often uses landscape, portraiture and still lifes as a passionate response to the world around her, speaking fundamentally to the human condition.
b.1900-1994, Edinburgh Scotland (Lived in Winnipeg and Ontario)
Charles Comfort was a Canadian painter, sculptor, teacher, writer and administrator. He worked as a commercial artist for Brigdens Limited and taught at the Ontario College of Art and Design as well as the University of Toronto,
Comfort served on the Board of Directors and various committees at the Art Gallery of Toronto, and was Director of the National Gallery of Canada. He was also a member of the Canadian Society of Graphic Art, Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour, Canadian Group of Painters, and the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.
Among the earliest craftspeople in Canada to set up a studio and to make a living by selling their work were Erica and Kjeld Deichmann. Although many potters since have become full-fledged professionals, the Deichmanns were the pathfinders. Their careers span a critical period - from 1935 until Kjeld's death in 1963 - that represents a turning point in the history of crafts in Canada. It was the point at which the traditional crafts gave birth to the crafts as an artistic endeavour.
Frederick Joseph Ross (1927-2014), born and died in Saint John, New Brunswick. In 1944, he began his art studies with Ted Campbell at the Saint John Vocational School, then in 1949, studying in Mexico, returning there once more a year later, where he met artist Diego Riviéra. In 1970, he resigned from his position at the Saint John Vocational School so that he could paint full-time.
In 1993 the Beaverbrook Art Gallery retrospective, The Art of Fred Ross - A Timeless Humanism, secured his reputation nationally. In 2002 he was made a Member of the Order of Canada.
Ernst Lorenzen (1911-1990, born in Denmark).
Alma Lorenzen (1916-1998, born in Cocagne, NB).
Ernst and Alma Lorenzen started making pottery as a hobby in the mid-1940s when they lived in Dieppe, New Brunswick, but soon produced it on a commercial basis, and relied on this craft for their livelihood by the time they were established in Lantz, Nova Scotia, in 1950. Initially, the Lorenzens relied on commercial sources of clay and glaze ingredients when they began making pottery in the 1940s. With time the Lorenzens increasingly made use of local materials to make their pottery. The Lorenzens moved back and forth from NB and NS.
Born 1941, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Chinese name: 曹惠文
now living in Pleasantville, Nova Scotia, Raymond Chow studied art at UBC and received his Bachelor of Ed. and his degree in Piano Performance. At age 12 he was winning art awards, at age 30 he owned three art galleries, twelve antique automobiles and three grand pianos as well as started his 16mm documentary films.
Using his Chinese brushes, acrylics and canvas, he painted his daughter in every location that he has traveled across Canada, California, Shanghai, England, Holland and France. Lisa was a regular subject of his art.
b. Victoria Island, BC, 1946.
Elsie was born on Victoria Island, and has been drawing since the early 1960s. Her father, Victor Ekootak, was an artist and inspired her to draw through his drawings, as well as his stories. Elsie’s son, Stanley (Elongnak) Klengenberg is a graphic artist and sculptor in Holman.
b. Glasgow, Scotland, 1938. Currently living in Fort Langley, BC.
Alan Wylie is a remarkably versatile artist using various mediums and paints on a variety of subjects such as landscapes, figures and still life. He is well known for his grand murals in public and private institutions across North America and Europe.
1917-2005, Montreal, QC
Jacques studied at the École des beaux-arts de Montréal in 1937 and the Contemporary Art Society of Montreal in 1942. He taught at the Université du Québec à Montréal, the University of British Columbia and Mount Allison University. Among his students were Claude Tousignant and Graham Coughtry.
His work is in many public collections including the National Gallery of Canada, Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Concordia University, Carleton University Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Confederation Centre Art Gallery and Museum, Museum London among others.
Royal Canadian Academy of Arts member.
Chris Lloyd graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1999. Between 2001-2003 he was director of the Khyber Centre for the Arts in Halifax, NS. Since 2001 he has been writing (almost) daily email to the Prime Minister of Canada while trying to become the official Prime Minister portrait painter. In 2015 he ran as an Independent candidate in the 42nd General Election but lost badly to Justin Trudeau. He still writes the Prime Minister, almost daily.
1936-, Middleton, NS
Thomas DeVany Forrestall, C.M., O.N.S., B.F.A. LL.D., RCA attended Saturday morning art classes at the Nova Scotia College of Art in Halifax in the 1940s. In 1954, he was awarded a scholarship to the Fine Arts department at Mount Allison University, where he studied with Lawren P. Harris and Alex Colville.
He graduated in 1958 and received one of the first Canada Council grants for independent study which provided him with the opportunity to travel throughout Europe. Upon his return he became assistant curator of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. He has been a freelance artist since 1960.
Caiserman-Roth was a Canadian artist born in Montréal, Québec. She was a founder of the Montreal Artist School and has work in the National Gallery of Canada. Caiserman Roth was also a member of the Royal Canadian Academy (RCA) and the first artist to receive the Governor General Award.
Walter Wenzel Pranke, (1925- )
Born in the former Czechoslovakia, Pranke studied at the Dresden Art Academy; with Scott in Utah (1945); and in Hanover and Dusseldorf, Germany (1947). He came to Montreal, Quebec in 1955, before settling in Ottawa, Ontario in 1981. Working in oil and ink, he paints Old Montreal and Old Quebec City as well as the Laurentian landscape especially in winter.
Biography courtesy of The Collector's Dictionary of Canadian Artists at Auction: Volume III: M-R
Born in Lanvéoc, Finistère, France in 1865, Georges Chavignaud watched Corot paint as a boy and later came under the influence of this artist. He arrived in Toronto in 1884 and became an art director for a Canadian publishing firm. He studied at the Académie royale des beaux-arts in Brussels in 1903, studied black and white in Paris and painting in Antwerp in 1904.
Henri Leopold Masson (OSA, CGP, GSPWC) was born in Spy, Belgium in 1907. He came to Canada with his family in 1921, settling in Ottawa working as a silver engraver for several years. He painted during the evenings and weekends.
Largely self-taught, Masson combined his narrative abilities with a fluid Group of Seven style. He lived in Ottawa from 1921 and began exhibiting nationally in 1938 and internationally in 1946. His themes reflect his belief in the unity of nature and art.
1946-, Canada (Lives in New Zealand)
Born in Canada in 1946, Wyatt studied painting at the Alberta College of Art and Hornsey College of Art. He has done collaborative research with Dr. Eric Brodie, of Glasgow Caledonian University, in drawing and perception.
His interest is in the natural conveyance of meaning in the pictorial arts as well as the interrelationship between the biological and the socially-constructed aspects of aesthetic cognition that effect both artist and spectator.
1937-2009, Cincinnati, OH (Lived in Halifax, NS)
Gerald Ferguson was a highly influential conceptual artist who taught at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design for over forty years. There he mentored generations of developing artists including our own Gerard Collins.
Ferguson was also a perceptive collector. He amassed a significant and widely varied collection of folk art and the art of Nova Scotian painters from the first half of the twentieth century.
Molson Prize Recipient
Remi Clark was born in Quebec City in 1944. He first studied applied sciences at the Institute of Technology and then painted for several years before exhibiting.
Strongly inspired by our Quebec landscapes, he mainly paints scenes representing the family and the daily life. His work is full of luminosity and the happiness that emanates from it.
Born in 1957, Antoine Bittar has been passionate with art since 1981 when he began full-time painting. His main interest lies in the challenge of capturing and creating atmospheric impressions. In accordance with his aesthetic taste, the artist feels a true contentment with the enduring qualities of simplified-realism or impressionist styles adapted to present day subject matter.