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Baptized Halifax, Nova Scotia June 25, 1806. Died January 13, 1866.
She was educated in England and continued her studies in art. She began
drawing in the 1820’s She married Lieutenant Colonel James Frederick
Love July 16, 1825 while he was stationed in New Brunswick. It was after
her marriage that her interest in art deepened. In
her works were reproduced by lithographs in the U.S.A.
She is considered the first Canadian born artist to have works lithographed.(drawn on stone for printing and reproduction) Her husband was posted to Great
Britain and the Mediterranean before returning to settle with his wife
in Lower Canada. In 1856 Mary joined her husband in England where he was
Knighted for his military career achievements in 1856,and she became
Suggested source: The Dictionary of Canadian Biography (Toronto:
The University of Toronto Press) Vol. lX..
Born Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1813. Died 1875. A woman of talent and
determination she used her artistic abilities to open a school in Halifax
to teach the young refined women the fine art of drawing. Combining her
interest in flora and fauna with her drawing she published 146 paintings
of Nova Scotia wildflowers in 1840. “Wild Flowers of North America”
was published in 1867. Her works were widely accepted with and exposition
at the 1867 Paris exhibition. She is
considered the first professional woman artist in Nova Scotia.
She was able to have financial earnings to support herself and to gain
recognition of her work at a time when women were just beginning to come
forward as accomplished individuals and not just daughters and wives!!
Born Woodham, England 1834. Died 1922. A painter of the Victorian
sentimental era she painted landscapes and figures. Her works exhibited In
London, England and Paris, France. She was the loan woman charter member of
the Royal Canadian Academy. One of the first women book illustrators in
Canada, three children’s books were published in Toronto.
She was the first woman on the board of the
Ontario School of Art and Design.
Mary Augusta Hiester Reid
née Hiester. Born Reading, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. 1854. Died October 4,
1921. While studying art at the Pennsylvania Academy of Art in the USA she
met her future husband, Canadian artist George A. Reid. There was time to
study in Paris before the Reid’s settled in Toronto. She was an elected
member of the Ontario Society of Artists, an associate of the Royal
Canadian Academy (women were not allowed to be elected to the Academy) in
1896, and was the first woman painter to have
a solo show. In 1916 she became the first woman to serve on the
executive council of the Ontario Society of Artists. Her art legacy
includes interiors and murals as well as her landscape paintings. Largely
forgotten today, her still life and floral paintings were shining examples
of art that was considered acceptable for women of the Victorian era. When
she died, the Art Gallery of Toronto launched the largest single
retrospective show in its history, a memoriam featuring her works. In
2000-2001 a successful showing of her works was called Quiet Harmony.
Katherine Elizabeth Wallis.
Born Peterborough, Canada West (Ontario) 1860.
Died December 14, 1957. She studied art in Scotland and England as a young
woman. It was her that she would come to love sculpting. She moved to
Paris and continued her studies. Her art career was interrupted during
World War i when she served as a nurse in the Canadian Hospital in Paris.
She was honoured and decorated by both the French and British governments
for her services. Her first Canadian exhibition of her work was in 1920.
She returned to Paris and in 1929 she received her highest recognition as
an artist when she was the first Canadian to be
elected Societaire of the Societé Nationale de Beaux Arts for
her sculpture titled "La Lutte pour la Vie". She fled from France at the
beginning of World War II and settled in Santa Cruz, California in the
United States. Samples of her work are held at the National Gallery in
Ottawa. She also enjoyed writing verse and published Chips From the Block:
Poems in New York in 1955.
Born November 24,
1881. Died 1968. A sculptor, she preferred to work in her studio, which
was once a church. She was a founding member of the Sculptor's Society of
Canada in 1928. She was the first woman
sculptor to become a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.
She had a love of nature that was reflected in her published poems.
Born Oshawa, Ontario October 10, 1903. Died November 26, 2002. An
important early modernist painter in Canada she used bright colours in her
highly subjective paintings. In 1939 she
was the first woman to hold the position of president of the Canadian
Group of Painters.
Ontario June 30, 1931. Died June 27, 1998. This
artist had her first exhibition in 1960. She went to New York City with
her husband and experimented with films. She took her inspiration from
Canadian history, politics and ecology. Her artistic works covered a
multitude of media from canvas, quilting, and embroidery to film. Her
works came in all sizes from large murals to a commissioned Canada Post
World Health postage stamp. While she exhibited her works all over
the world she was the first living Canadian
woman artist to have a solo exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada
name Agnes Nanogak Goose) Born Baillie Island, Northwest
Territories, November 12, 1925. Died May 5, 2001. This Inuit artist is
known for her energetic and colourful representations of native myths and
legends. She was the first Inuit to
receive an honorary degree from a university in Canada.
see her work in the book she illustrated Tales from the Igloo, a
book of Inuit stories.
February 25, 1920 Vancouver, British Columbia. Died March 2, 2014. Her father was a geologist by
profession but he also had a profound interest in the arts and the circle of
family friends included many Canadian artists. This family association was
no doubt a welcoming atmosphere for a young artist who studied at the
Vancouver School of Art. In November 1942 she enlisted in the Canadian
Women's Army Corp. Her talents did not go unnoticed and she became
woman to be officially designated as a Canadian war artist.
During the War in London she met her husband Bruno Bobak. The couple
would have two children. After VE-Day she
went to Holland to record the devastation of the war. It was during her
service years of World War II that she met her future husband. In 1950, with
a grant from the French government she painted her impressions of this
European country. In She would return often to paint in France. At home in
Canada, she is busy at the design department at the Vancouver School of Art,
the University of British Columbia and the Art Centre at the University of
New Brunswick. She has also used her artistic talents to illustrate several
books including her own Wild Flowers of Canada. 1995 she and her artist
husband Bruno were inducted with the Order of Canada.
Source: The Canadian Encyclopedia Online
Born Collingwood, Ontario May 28, 1947. The creator of the comic
strip that appears in newspapers across Canada and around the world called For
Better or Worse. The storyline and the characters lead real lives with
friends admitting to being gay and the family dog dies after rescuing a
child. Lynn continues to work from her home. She
became the first woman to win the Reuben
Award for outstanding cartoonist of the year in 1985 from the
Cartoonist Society and in 1988 she became
the first woman to be president of this
society. She was appointed to the Order of Canada in 1992 and
nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1994.
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