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. Let’s put together 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.

David Milne

I'm very excited about this essay about David Milne (1882-1953). I discovered Milne quite a few years ago when I discovered the town of Paisley, a dinkytown in sleepy part of Ontario. How could Paisley, population ???, have ever given birth to this amazing Canadian artist: David Milne.   Read More 

David Milne

Homer Watson

Born in 1855, Homer Watson spent his early years preparing to become a successful artist. He made landscapes with his gravy and mashed potatoes and he spent more time drawing his teacher than listening to him. ”Remembering Homer Watson, Homer Watson House and Gallery, Kitchener, Ontario, Community Stories, Virtual Museum.CA.2019.”   Read More 

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Molly Lamb Bobak

Molly (1920-2014) was born on Lulu Island, part of Richmond, 25 minutes from Vancouver. Molly’s mother, Mary Williams, encouraged her daughter’s interest in art and she enrolled in the Vancouver School of Art (Gewurtz, Michelle, Molly Lamb Bobak: Life & Work, The Canadian Art Library, 2019).    Read More 

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Credo: The creation of Art in Canada ought to reflect the way Canadians live--without excessive and restrictive rules and regulation. We are born with a sense that we are all in this together. Successful living comes from being relaxed with our differences. There is no ruling class here. We try to be people who step up to the challenges to make life better for us all...all of us, all the time. --Hawkeye 2019