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Coburn, Frederick Simpson (1871-1960)

Frederick Simpson Coburn was born in Melbourne on 18 March 1871. After attending Saint Francis College in Richmond, he trained as an artist, studying first at the Arts and Crafts School in Montreal and then at several American and European institutions, including New York's Carl Hecker School of Art and the Royal Academy in Germany. Coburn achieved recognition first as an illustrator and then as a painter. From 1898 to 1913, he illustrated many literary works, including those of William Henry Drummond, Charles Dickens, Edgar Allan Poe, and Louis Fréchette. Coburn returned to Canada from residence in Europe in 1913. He set up his studio in Melbourne, but maintained a dwelling in Montreal. At this time, he began painting Quebec landscapes, in particular winter scenes with horses, which became some of his most well-known work. While living in Antwerp, Belgium, Coburn had stayed with the Scheepers family, during which time he fell in love with one of their daughters, Malvina Scheepers. During the WWI, she joined Coburn in Melbourne, where they later married. Malvina passed away from cancer in Paris in 1933.

Many institutions hold works by Coburn: the National Gallery of Canada, the National Archives of Canada, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and Bishop's University. As well, his work is found in private collections in the USA, Belgium, Germany, and Japan. A.R.C.A. 1920, R.C.A. 1927. He died in Melbourne on 26 May 1960.

Ross, W. Gillies (1931-2019)

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William Gillies Ross, most commonly known as Gil Ross, was born in 1931. He married Anne MacIver and together they had four children: Deborah, Lucy, Peter, and Ian. Gil was a graduate of Ashbury College, the Royal Military College of Canada, McGill University and Cambridge University. In 1961 he founded the Department of Geography at Bishop's University and was named Emeritus Professor of Geography in 1992. Gil was known as a passionate teacher to several generations of Bishop's students in whom he instilled a love of learning, intellectual curiosity and academic integrity. He was also an all-around athlete, an avid skier, an accomplished photographer, a scholar of international repute, an authority on Arctic whaling and exploration, an Eastern Townships historian, and a prolific author. Among his published works are: Three eastern townships mining villages since 1863 : Albert Mines, Capelton, and Eustis, Quebec; Arctic whalers, icy seas : narratives of the Davis Strait whale fishery; This distant and unsurveyed country : a woman's winter at Baffin Island, 1857-1858; Hunters on the track : William Penny and the search for Franklin.
Gil passed away on October 7, 2019, in Sherbrooke, Quebec.

Forrestall, Tom (1936- )

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Thomas deVany Forrestall is a Canadian painter born in Middleton, Nova Scotia in 1936. After graduating in 1958 from Mount Allison University (where he studied with Alex Colville), Tom Forrestall was assistant curator at Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton in 1959. The following year he became a full time painter. His realistic works, often done in egg tempera, convey his ideas of the East Coast landscape and its dwellings. From the early 1960s, Forrestall experimented with panel shaped from triangle to T-forms; each chose to fit his painterly ideas. He also painted a large number of out-of-doors watercolours, which express much the same ideas as his egg tempera work, but in a more relaxed, and joyous mood. His watercolours, in contrast to his more metaphysical and individual canvases, form one long series and deal with sense of place. He became an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1986.

Lewis, Stanley (1930-2006)

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  • 1930-2006

Stanley Lewis, a Jewish Canadian sculptor, photographer and internationally renowned art teacher, was born in Montréal in 1930. He trained at the School of Art and Design at the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts under such well-known Canadian artists as Arthur Lismer and Jacques de Tonnancour. He graduated first in his class with Honours diploma in graphics, design and sculpture. Lewis is a Canadian pioneer in colour stone-cut prints, using a technique of printmaking in which he produces separate stone-cuts for each colour of the print and uses transparent inks to achieve subtle colour relationships. His works are held in many public collections such as the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Québec, the National Gallery of Canada as well as in numerous private collections. Since the 1950s, Lewis' sculptures and lithographic works have been displayed in the galleries and museum around the world. Lewis died in 2006 at the Montréal Jewish General Hospital.

Mullavey, Dean and Doreen Lindsay, & 18 other artists

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Dean Maxfield Mullavey was a potter, artist, teacher and mentor. He was born in 1927 in Concord, New Hampshire. He served in the US Navy and spent time in Japan after WWII. He graduated from Syracuse University with a BFA and went on to earn an MFA from Tulane. He came to Canada and taught pottery at the The Pottery in North Hatley, Quebec and art at Champlain College and Bishop's University in Lennoxville. He died in 2015.

Slack, George (1810-1874)

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  • 1810-1874

George Slack was born in London, England in 1810. He came to Canada in 1836. He was ordained as an Anglican priest in 1843 and appointed to a mission in Granby, Québec. Slack took a prominent part in founding of Bishop's University. In 1872 he was badly injured in a railway accident. He died in Montréal in 1874.

MacLeod, Alexander Samuel (1888-1956)

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Alexander Samuel MacLeod also known a A.S. MacLeod was painter and print-maker. A Canadian by birth, Mr. MacLeod studied art in San Francisco, was with the A.E. F. in wartime France, doing mapping and panoramic sketching with the Engineers. He went to Honolulu in 1921 and this is where he had has made his best known pictures in watercolour, oil and lithography. He has won prizes with the California Society of Etchers in 1930 and with the Northwest Print Makers in 1934. He retired to Palo Alto California where he died in 1956.

Luquiens, Huc-Mazelet (1881-1961)

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  • 1881-1961

Printmaker Huc-Mazelet Luquiens was born in Massachusetts in 1881, grew up in New England, and attended Yale University before moving to Paris to study art. He came to Hawaii in 1917, where he taught art at the university of Hawaii in 1925 – the first year the subject was offered at the school. Eventually, he became head of the art department and was largely responsible for attracting qualified instructors and pupils.

In New England, Luquiens had focused primarily on portraiture and architectural subjects. In Hawaii he discovered a newfound passion for landscapes, being a major voice in community affairs concerning nature during the decade he resided there. In this time he created 330 etchings, drypoints, aquatints and woodcuts, and co-founded the organization of "Honolulu Printmakers", which continues today.He died in 1961. He remains a major figure in the art history of Hawaii.

Foley, Cornelia Macintyre (1909-2010)

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  • 1909-2010

Cornelia MacIntyre Foley (1909-2010) was born in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, began her art training under Huc-Mazelet Luquiens at the University of Hawaiʻi, continued at the University of Washington, and spent two years in London at the Slade School as a pupil of Henry Tonks. She returned to Honolulu in 1934, whereupon she befriended and studied under Madge Tennent. In 1937, she married Paul Foley, a lieutenant in the Navy. From 1937 to 1942, the couple lived in Long Beach, California, and Seattle, Washington. Her oils and acrylics include portraits and landscapes. Besides numerous exhibitions around the country, her artwork is held in public places such as the Honolulu Museum of Art, the National Print Collection at the Library of Congress, and the University of Hawaiʻi.
With an extraordinary mastery of figurative drawing, Foley was able to fuse the sensuous with the hypnotic in her unique views of the human essence. Her famous Hawaiian Woman in White Holoku (1937, Honolulu Academy of Arts) epitomizes the elements of her drawn and painted works, which continue to enchant and inspire viewers to this day. She died in 2010.

Miller, Lilian May (1895-1943)

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Born in Japan in 1895, Miller was the daughter of an American consular official. She received training in Japanese painting styles at an early age, and after schooling in America returned to Japan for more painting studies. She published many of her prints in the 20's and 30's, and later moved to Hawaii. She died in 1943 during the time of the second war.

Kelly, John Melville (1877-1962)

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John Melville Kelly was born in Oakland, California on November 2, 1877. Raised on a ranch outside of Phoenix, Arizona, Kelly decided to return to the Bay Area as a young adult to pursue an education in art and design. He studied at the Mark Hopkins Institute of Art and the Partington Art School, and with artist Eric Spencer Mackey. Kelly's work as a freelance artist came on the heels of a fourteen year career as an illustrator and graphic designer for the San Francisco Examiner. In 1923 developer Charles Frazier offered Kelly an opportunity to illustrate Frazier's Lanikai building plans. It was meant to last a year, but Kelly and his wife, sculptor Kate Kelly, ended up staying there after falling in love with the landscape and people of the islands.

It was Kate's pursuit of printmaking, under the tutelage of Huc-Mazelet Luquiens, that sparked John's own interest in the decidedly different artistic medium. John began pursuing etching with great interest, eventually working almost exclusively in dry-point and then aquatint. His work shows his fascination with the subtlety allowed in the aquatint technique, his experiment with the manipulation of color directly on the plate producing a tonal effect not achieved with etching. His subject matter was nearly entirely images of the people and surroundings he'd grown to love. John Kelly was the author and illustrator of "Etchings and Drawings of Hawaiians" published in 1943 and also "The Hula as Seen in Hawaii" published in 1955.
The Hawaii State Art Museum, the Honolulu Academy of Arts, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City, Missouri), Saint Joseph College Art Gallery (West Hartford, Connecticut) and the San Diego Museum of Art (San Diego, California) are among the public collections holding his work. John Melville Kelly died in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA in on September 9, 1962.

Fraser, Juliette May (1887-1983)

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  • 1887- 1983

Honolulu-born artist Juliette May Fraser is perhaps best known for the murals she painted around the world. She also portrayed Hawaiian legends and other themes through linoleum cut, oil painting, ceramic, and fresco.
Juliette May Fraser was born on January 27, 1887 in Honolulu. After graduating from Wellesley College in Massachusetts, she worked as an educator, like her mother and father who had come to the islands to teach. "That was practically the only thing a woman could do then," she told an interviewer a few years before her death in 1983. But her heart since childhood had been captured by art, so she saved her salary to study at the Art Students League in New York.
Fraser is also noted for her print-works, and was associated with Honolulu Print-makers, which is said to be the oldest continuously active printmaking organization in the United States. The group was founded in 1928 by a group of local artists in an effort to encourage the art of printmaking in Hawaii. Each year, one of the organization's members is selected to create a special print. Along with Juliette May Fraser, some of the print-makers of yesteryear - John Melville Kelly, Huc-Mazelet Luquiens, Cornelia Macintyre Foley, Isami Doi, Madge Tennant, Jean Charlot, John Young and others - became world-renowned artists, their prints now demanding much higher sums than the original $5 price.
Juliette May Fraser died in July of 1983 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Source: Excerpted from The Annex Galleries

Simon, Peter James (1950-)

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James Simon was born in Montréal in 1950. He has been painting official portraits and portrait art since 1984.

Wark, Catherine (1929-2009)

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  • 1929-2009

Catherine Wark, daughter of James Wark (1897-1969) and Florence Bryant (1901-1993), was born in Sherbrooke in 1929. During her childhood, she pursued music and performance but in adulthood Catherine moved away from her interests in the arts in favour of a career at Bishop’s University as a secretary. Catherine occupied her post from 1955 until her retirement in 1992 and over the course of her career, left a positive impression on her coworkers and faculty. Upon her retirement, the Bishop’s University Staff Newsletter ran an article praising Catherine for her contributions to the University. Catherine died in Sherbrooke in 2009.

Nicholson, Christan (1948--)

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Mr. Christan Nicholson is a portrait artist who was born in 1948 in New Brunswick, Canada. He graduated from Mount Allison University with a B.F.A. with Distinction in 1973. His first official commission was the portrait of Chancellor J. V. Clyne for the University of British Columbia. He is known for his Canadian Author series--portraits for 32 well known Canadian Authors such as Hugh MacLennan and Margaret Atwood. He lives and continues to paint in Ottawa Ontario.

Ladd, Gordon (1929-2018)

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Born and raised in the heart of the Eastern Townships of Québec, Gordon Ladd has had a lifelong love of nature. Working mainly in oils, the colour sense and pleasing characterizations of his striking, yet tranquil nature studies have become the trademark of his art. In 1967 he decided to study art under the direction of the late Ron Davies, a distinguished Canadian artist. After a time of instruction and developing his own unique style, he then spent a period teaching art in various local schools. In 1977 he stopped teaching to devote more time to his paintings. A major project of Gordon's was recording in oils, the vanishing and vanished water or steam powered mills of the Eastern Townships of Québec. Gordon Ladd paintings have been show in exhibitions in Montréal, Lennoxville, Toronto and through the Southern Québec Region. Paintings are also hanging in galleries in Québec and Ontario. His works are found in numerous private collections. He died in Knowlton, Québec in 2018.

Bompas, George J. (1812-1889)

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Dr. G. J. Bompas was born in Bristol, England on September 12, 1812. Studied medicine in Cambridge and Edinburgh, F.R.C.S. . Married Marianne Bedonne in 1838. They had twelve children. Came to Canada in 1860 and settled in Bury Township; did not practice medicine. Taught Botany and Art at Stanstead College and Bishop's College. He did a great many drawings and paintings of the Eastern Townships. Died in Lennoxville, on June 23, 1889.

Wheeler, Orson (1902-1990)

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Orson Wheeler (1902-1990)
Born in the village of Way’s Mills in 1902, Orson Wheeler was a professor in the fine arts department at Concordia University in the Montréal for much of his Professional career. A sculptor by training, he is perhaps best known for his bronze busts of noted Canadians. Wheeler was also a talented designer, however, and produced some 200 architectural models. The McGill School of Architecture owns many of these.
During his lifetime, Orson Wheeler’s work was exhibited at venues around the world, including London’s famous Tate Gallery, the New York World’s Fair in 1939 and the Brussels World’s Fair in 1958. His bronzes may be found in collections at Concordia University, Bishop’s University, (Lennoxville), the National Gallery (Ottawa) and the Supreme Court of Canada (Ottawa), among others.
One of Wheeler’s best-known pieces is the magnificent bronze relief map that he produced of the Eastern Townships for the Pioneer Monument on Dufferin Heights. Many of the Wheeler’s plaster casts, including one of actor Christopher Plummer as a young boy, as well as the artist’s own personal archives, are in the collection of the Colby-Curtis Museum in Stanstead.

Russell, G. Horne (1861-1933)

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George Horne Russell was born in Banff, Scotland in 1861 - son of George and Susan (Conn) Russell. He made an early career choice and began to study art at a local school. His talent quickly developed and he was sent to the more advanced Aberdeen Art School, where again his progress outpaced the teaching. He moved to London and became a pupil at the celebrated South Kensington Art School, studying under Prof. Legros and Sir George Reid. He was what might be called a "sound" pupil and with native Scottish tenacity acquired a thorough grounding in the technique of his profession. He developed a decided flair for portrait painting and was encouraged to concentrate on that branch of his art.
Russell executed a few local commissions, but was advised by a friend to move to Canada and "grow up with the country." Accordingly in 1889, at the age of twenty-eight, Russell arrived in Montreal, rented a studio, and established himself as a portrait painter. Among his numerous pictures were the portraits of Sir Alexander Lacoste, Dean Goodwin, Dr. Barbour, Sir Wilfrid Laurier and Lord Strathcona. His circle of sitters grew wider year by year, but Russell was not content to be exclusively a portrait painter. He had a profound love for the country, and more particularly the sea, which made a constant and irrepressible call to his brush. Happily, in 1909, the Grand Trunk Railway made him an offer to paint the Rockies and the Skeena River district of British Columbia. Russell gladly accepted, spent several months in the Rockies, and, on his return, painted some large and impressive canvases of these "unpaintable mountains," several of which (including the great Mount Robson) were sent to the International Exposition at Brussels. A series of canvases of great size and boldness were the result of the Skeena expedition, the well-known Mount Kitselas and Snowshoe Mountain being considered the finest landscapes of their type that had ever been painted in Canada. Russell always looked upon this western experience as of great importance in his development as a landscape painter. The large size of the canvases demanded a breadth of execution, a simplification of detail and the development of a color-scheme that could be carried across a broad space. While these canvases were frankly commissioned as "portraits of the Rockies," they are by no means uninspired transcriptions of the scene but reveal the vision of an artist who was tremendously impressed by what he saw, and succeeded in transmitting that feeling to the beholder. He went west as an illustrator, but returned as an artist.
It seems to the writer that no artist in Canada had a more ideal life than Horne Russell. Portrait commissions came to him in an endless succession, making him independently secure from the usual hazards of the landscape painter's life. Lover of nature as he was, he could quietly indulge his fondness for painting pastoral scenes and seascapes without concern for a future buyer. An approach to landscape painting of this sincerity, motivated by some obscure inner necessity, could only result in work that had the glow of an inspired artist. The result was that such pictures found an appreciative and patronizing public awaiting them. Russell soon reached the position where he could enjoy the comforts of a country house at St. Andrews by the Sea, where, year after year, he spent the summer. Thus his life alternated delightfully between the painting of duck-ponds, fishing schooners, salty little harbors, ribbed sea-shores breaking waves, blue summer seas and, in the winter, the portraits that awaited him. Could an artist ask for more?
Russell struck no profound chords, attempted no criticism of life, but painted his sitters in attitudes of their external best and seascapes that have the charm of poetry. This attitude could be quite expected from so rounded and well-balanced a personality as Russell possessed. His early Scottish training, his very blood, eschewed any departure from the sane and normal point of view. His portraits pleased his sitters, his landscapes and seascapes are undisturbing and pleasing to live with. Russell was a very successful artist.

His academic confreres recognized his essential soundness, and in 1909 he was elected Associate of the Royal Canadian Academy and in 1919 to full Academician. In 1922, he became President of the R.C.A. He was in many ways admirably suited to this post; his dignified manners, his ability to say a few words extempore, and his long association and familiarity with the routine of the Academy made him an ideal president. In 1924, during the Wembley Exhibition (British Empire Exhibition) he crossed swords with Mr. Eric Brown of the National Gallery on the question of the selection of pictures (and other works) for that show. As President of the Academy, Russell considered that he was upholding the privilege and tradition of the R.C.A. in being the sole selective body for pictures sent for exhibition abroad. In this case, the trustees of the National Gallery, in conjunction with artists they selected, were to decide on the pictures to be sent to London. A vote taken at a general meeting of the academy almost unanimously supported the action of their executives. Russell, in his famous letter to the London Daily Telegraph wrote, "the question is of course, one of principal as to whether laymen or professional artists are the best judges." The result of the controversy had wide ramifications, and a considerable number of the academicians refused to send pictures at all. The smoke of this fire is still in some eyes, and the sort of schism created has not been wholly resolved. It is here mentioned as a matter of biographical record.

Russell had no direct pupils, but his efforts to help and direct young artists were never failing, and he seldom missed a meeting of the Women's Art Society, giving constructive advice and all the help he could. He was a member of the Pen and Pencil Club of Montreal. Russell has a secure footing in the realm of Canadian Art. That he was our greatest marine painter may be readily conceded, and he was undoubtedly one of the best portraitists. He knew and painted some of the most distinguished men of his day, and many of these men will be remembered in their physical aspects by Russell's portrait of them. Some of his marines, painted with enjoyable gusto, touch the edge of greatness while his nocturnes are unique in their poetic imaginative quality. Time alone, which winnows without favor, will assign him his ultimate niche in our halls of fame. It is certain, however, that Russell greatly enriched the art of his adopted country, and brought to many homes some glamour of the sea, some aspect of our natural beauty that would otherwise have been missed.
Russell had a quiet and pleasing personality and during his pilgrimage gathered many friends. He was a born "mixer," and could put a nervous sitter at ease with a few words. He never entirely lost his Scottish accent, and his richly rolled R's reminded one of homespun and heather. He was a friend of Sir William Van Horne and might have changed places with him as a great executive, as Van Horne might have been an artist. He was a "big" man, and one suspected his personality had hidden possibilities of achievement in almost any sphere. His reticence was that of a natural gentleman, with all that that proud and dying word connotes.

After a brief illness, he died at St. Stephen, NB on June 24, 1933, and was buried in St. Andrews NB. He was survived by his widow, Miss Elizabeth Morrison; one son, Norman Wells; and a daughter, Mrs. A. J. Mackenzie of Detroit, MI.
Source: Alan Klinkhoff Gallery website

Wolf, Joseph (1820-1899)

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Joseph Wolf (21 January 1820 - 20 April 1899) was a German artist who specialized in natural history illustration. He moved to the British Museum in 1848 and became the preferred illustrator for explorers and naturalists including David Livingstone, Alfred Russel Wallace and Henry Walter Bates. Wolf depicted animals accurately in lifelike postures and is considered one of the great pioneers of wildlife art. Sir Edwin Landseer thought him "...without exception, the best all-round animal artist who ever lived"'.

Correia, Jean Michel (1958- )

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  • 1958-

Originally from France, artist Jean-Michel Correia (1958- ) has been established in Montréal for many years. His academic background in architecture and fine arts led him to studio arts, which he has been practising for 35 years. At once colourful and minimalist, his works have been exhibited in cities such as Paris, New York, Miami, and Seoul. Jean-Michel Correia has taught in the Design department of the Faculté de l’aménagement at the Université de Montréal, and in the Master’s program in Pratiques artistiques actuelles at the Université de Sherbrooke. He is also a curator, an art critic, and a doctoral candidate in Études et pratiques des arts at UQAM.
Excerpted from La Galerie Blanche website Correia biography

Wilson, Richard D., (1920-1994)

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  • 1920-1994

Richard W. Wilson was born in Montréal in 1920. He has traveled across Canada and to most parts of the world, sketching architecture. He is known for his sketches of Old Montréal, which were published in 1964 in the book called "The Living Past of Montréal", with text by Eric McLean. In the early 1970’s, he visited Bishop’s University, and using the dry-brush illustration technique, he captured fourteen familiar views of Bishop's Campus and Community landmarks. He died in 1994.

Call, Frank Oliver (1878-1956)

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Frank Oliver Call, poet, travel, write and professor, was born in West Brome, Québec in 1878. A life-long academic, Call received his BA with first class honours in French and English (1905) and his MA (1908) from Bishop’s University. He later attended the universities of Paris and Marburg, earning his DCL (Doctor of Civil Law), and conducting his post-graduate studies at McGill University. From 1908 until his retirement, Call served as a professor of modern languages at McGill and Bishop’s University. He is considered a key transitional figure in the evolution of Canadian poetry. Call’s poetic style is seen as a bridge between the Victorian-styled Confederation poetry of Bliss Carman (1861-1929), Archibald Lampman (1861-1899) and Duncan Campbell Scott (1862-1947) and the modernist work of such poets as E.J. Pratt (1882-1964) and Dorothy Livesay (1909-1996).
Frank Oliver Call won the Québec Literary Competition Award in 1924 for his sonnet collection Blue Homespun. He served as president of the Eastern Townships Art Association (1942-43) and was a member of the advisory council on awards for Canadian Poetry Magazine (1936-45), the Canadian Authors Association and Pen Club.
Professor Call died at Knowlton Québec in 1956.

de Molina, Valentino [Count] (1879-1954)

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Born at Savannah, Georgia. Studied at the Académie Julian, Paris, under Jean Paul Laurens and Lucien Simon. Lived for a time (c. 1915-16) at Lennoxville, Québec.


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Forbes, Kenneth Keith (1869-1980)

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Kenneth Keith Forbes was born in 1869 in Toronto, Ontario. He studied at the Newlyn School in the United Kingdom where he won a four-year scholarship to the Hospitalfield House School, Arbroath, Scotland. He won a Chase Scholarship in London with a portrait sketch, he attended the Slade School of Fine Art. By the young age of nineteen he had a portrait exhibited at the Royal Academy. He became a master of realism and used oil paint.
Forbes had been in military service. He served with the 10th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. In 1917 Forbes received a commission by Lord Beaverbrook (Max Aitken) to paint a series of official war pictures of the front.
In the late 1950's Forbes resigned from both the Ontario Society of Artists and The Royal Canadian Academy due to personal displeasures with the groups, he was not fond of the popularity and recognition of the more abstract modern art that was being produced. He published a short book, "Great Art to the Grotesque", as a full statement of his rejection of the artistic worth of abstract or what was considered Modern Art.
In 1958, Forbes, Manley MacDonald, Victor Llewellyn Child, Gordon Roy Conn and others established the Ontario Institute of Painters, a group that supported traditional realist artists. Members included Douglas Ferguson Elliott, J. R. Tate, and Marion Long.
Forbes was awarded the Thomas R. Proctor Prize for portraiture by the National Academy of Design, New York in 1932 and 1939. In 1967, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. He is still recognized as an academician of The Royal Canadian Academy.
His works are held by The Canadian War Museum and The House of Commons in Ottawa, Ontario among other institutions.
Forbes died in Toronto on February 25, 1980.
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Hudspeth, Robert Norman (1862-1943)

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Robert Norman Hudspeth (1862-1943) was born in Caledonia, Ontario. As a young man, he studied Theology at Trinity in Toronto, but was never ordained. Bishop’s Principal Adams appointed him as a lecturer in Natural Sciences and then, three years later, he was appointed lecturer in Physics and Chemistry.
Mr. Hudspeth was a man of considerable musical ability, organizing the Choral Society in Lennoxville as well as directing the Lyric Club at Bishop’s. He played the piano, cello and organ. For a time he was the organist at St. George’s Church and his name appears on many musical programs as a cello soloist or with a string ensemble.
In 1895, Mr. Hudspeth took two years off to study art and sculpture in Paris. He was a member of the Ontario Society of Art and exhibited at the Toronto Industrial Exhibition at the turn of the century. He was primarily known for his portraits, landscapes and miniatures. In 1908, The New York Water Color Club accepted a landscape by him for its annual exhibition. One of his miniatures was accepted by the Pennsylvania Society of Miniature Paintings and in 1933 one of his miniatures won Honourable Mention at the Salon in Paris. Mr. Hudspeth’s interest in art included making pottery, which was known as Kilnburn Pottery, of which a number of pieces were shown at the exhibition of the Royal Canadian Art Association in Montreal in 1909. He experimented in his lab with various chemical combination to make rare and unusual glazes that made his pieces unique.
In 1909, he moved to Concord, Massachusetts, where he continued to teach and pursue his career in art. Before he left Lennoxville, he did this portrait of The Reverend Archibald Campbell Scarth, Rector of St. George’s Anglican Church and presented it to the church.
He died in 1943 at the age of 81.
(Excerpted from notes by Christine Ljungkull and Janet Motyer, 1993)

Goltzius, Hendrick (1558-1617)

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Hendrick Goltzius was a Dutch artist born in Muhlbracht, The Netherlands in 1558. Goltzius arrived in Haarlem at age nineteen. Two years later, he married a rich widow who helped him set up a workshop. He left Haarlem only once to visit Germany and Italy in 1590 to 1591, bringing home a more classical, naturalistic art that shifted Dutch artists away from the eccentric Mannerist style. His panoramic, open-air drawings of Holland's scenery, among the earliest Dutch landscapes, paved the way for younger artists like Rembrandt van Rijn.
Famous for his printmaking, Goltzius worked in secret and never showed an unfinished work. By 1600 he had abandoned the burin for the brush. His eyesight was failing due to years of painstaking work with engraving tools, and, like his contemporaries, he believed painting to be superior to printmaking. He died in 1617 in Haarlem, Netherlands, never achieving the same quality on panel as he had on paper.

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Gagnon, Yechel (1973- )

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Yechel Gagnon was born in Longueuil (Québec) in 1973. She began her studies at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, then received a Master's degree in visual arts at Concordia University in Montréal in 2000. Since 1996, she has participated in many collection exhibitions as well as doing solo exhibitions in Québec, Ontario and France. The quality of her work was awarded with scholarships and prizes. Her pieces currently lie in private and museum collections. Notably in the Nova Scotia Museum of Fine Arts, the Gotland Museum of Fine Arts (Sweden), the Osler Hoskins & Harcourt collection in Toronto.
In 1996, while studying in Ontario, Gagnon discovered the infinite qualities that plywood's stratifications had to offer. She also discovered Paterson Ewen's artwork that same year at the Ontario Museum of Fine Arts. Though she mostly sculpts in plywood, Gagnon also used other techniques such as drawing, engraving and installation. In her artistic work, she explores the tension between what is natural and artificial. Her pieces are often very spacious and evoke timeless moment of introspection and getting in touch with nature.
Excerpted from Yechel Gagnon Art Public Montréal https: //

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