Lesser Known Canadian Artists

by FVWS Member, Denis Halliwell

Let’s Look at Some Lesser Known Canadian Painters

Ask who is the most famous Canadian painter and you may hear many names…Jean-Paul Riopelle (1923-2002) is said to be one such painter. Now ask who the least well-known Canadian painter is. The answer is up for grabs. But there are reasons to remember such mildly forgotten heroes who wielded paints and brushes over the years. Some of these artists have influenced other Canadian artists and art lovers the world over. Here are some brief biographies of such painters along with commentary on their lives and the art they made. Let’s not forget those painters who truly deserve to be remembered.

Featured Artist or Artist Group

Peter Clapham Sheppard 1879 - 1965

Instead of views of Algonquin Park or Georgian Bay, Sheppard saw scenes in Toronto that demanded the attention of an accomplished artist. Gregory Humeniuk writes "... Sheppard skillfully manipulated paint to rewarding effect."   Read More 


Maud Lewis - 1903-1970 Born in a small seaside village in Nova Scotia in the early nineteen hundreds.  Read More

Beaver Hall Group - (Montreal 1920) Have you heard of the
Beaver Hall Group of Canadian painters?   Read More 

David Milne (1882-1953) David was from the town of
Pailsey, Ontario.  Read More 

Homer Watson Born 1855 and spent his early years preparing
to become a successful artist.   Read More 

Molly Lamb Bobak  (1920-2014) Molly was from Lulu Island,
part of Richmond, B.C.   Read More 


Peter Clapham Sheppard

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