Born in Simcoe, Ontario in 1939, Paul Fournier studied a variety of art techniques at the Central Secondary School in Hamilton under local watercolourist Jean Wishart, then went on to study printmaking at McMaster University (1967), where he was invited as the guest of Professor George Wallace. In 1969-70, he was artist in residence at Waterloo Lutheran University. Since 1961, Fournier has exhibited extensively in both solo and group exhibitions in Canada, the US and Europe. His works hang in the Art Gallery of Ontario, the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, the Art Gallery of Hamilton and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C., as well as in many university and private collections across Canada and the US. In 1996, Fournier was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Sir Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario.
Fournier's work is characterized by a dramatic colour dynamic: "I like dramatic things with sharp contrasts. They seem to represent the mystery of life and the forces that lie behind a thing - that energy there. I am drawn to mystery, but through my art, I like to explore and reveal it." Images appear to emerge from the colour, as if to suggest a form seen indistinctly through the mist. Underlying Fournier's work there exists a fine balance between spontaneity and intuition. The artist explains: "there is a beauty and a sense of rightness about things that happen immediately," yet behind the fluid lyricism lies an exacting precision. Fournier says that "paint is a wonderful substance" and, as an artist, he is able to transform this substance in order to take the elements of nature to a more poetic realm. Fournier's inspired artistry and talent undoubtedly place him amongst the most significant artists in Canadian art today. Hover and click on the images below.
Lila Lewis Irving
Originally a resident of New York City, it was in 1969 that Canada's now famous abstract artist made Mississauga her home. Already an established artist, she painted still-life, scenery and portraits. It would not be until 2000 that Irving discovered her passion, and excelled in the abstract. “My art had been recognizable subject matter, in mostly watercolours and was selling pretty well in the '80s,” she explains. “But I was bored with landscapes and seascapes – they became too easy. I like a challenge and the only one left was abstract expression. After I tried it I never went back.”
Lila Lewis Irving is an instinctive painter. In kindergarten she was thrilled when her teacher told her she was a true artist. A childhood fan of Jackson Pollock, Irving recalls the thrill she felt upon his fame. Helen Frankenthaler became her teacher and friend from whom she gleaned more technique which has brought her to her present style of work. She remains current in the art world and she continues to paint while teaching and giving workshops throughout the U.S. and Canada.
It would be decades years later that she'd discover a keen sensation creating her own abstracts. “My painting is an energetic and intense process which results in emotional and abstracted work, deeply felt. The impetus is a response to a visual or an emotional world. The shapes are simplified and bold; the colours are saturated; the brushstrokes, energetic.” Hover and click on the images below.
E. Robert Ross
E. Robert Ross has been a full time artist since 1975, exhibiting primarily in Southern Ontario. He has had solo exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Hamilton; the Burlington Art Centre; the Beckett Gallery, Hamilton; McMaster Gallery, Dundas; the Art Gallery of Hamilton and the Wellington Gallery, Aurora, Ontario. His work is included in art collections locally, nationally, and internationally: i.e. Collection of HRH the Prince of Wales, and the Duchess of Cornwall; Collection of President Bill Clinton; City of Itabashi, Japan; Canon, Japan; Patriarch of the Christian Orthodox Church, Bartholomew II; GTS Industries, France; Barclays' Bank; Dofasco; K.P.M.G., and Saturn of Hamilton East.
Ross also has large scale paintings in public spaces around the Hamilton area in the lobby of St. Joseph's Hospital (Charlton St.); the lobby of the Juravinski Cancer Centre; the office of the Dean of Medicine, McMaster University; the David Braley Research Institute at the Hamilton General Hospital and Mohawk College, Hamilton. His works also hang in the headquarters of the Royal Botanical Gardens and the headquarters of the Hamilton Region Conservation Authority. Hover and click on the images below.
Janet has been deeply interested in painting the spirit or 'supersense' experience of the landscape since graduating from York University with a B.F.A. This was the main focus of her art for over 30 years until recently, when this spirit and energy ‘translated’ into abstract painting. Her paintings have been exhibited across Canada, and in Mexico, Colombia, London, England; and Paris, France. The work represented Canada in a group exhibit at the XXI Olympics. Janet's work is also in private collections of respected collectors and companies as well as in public collections such as ArtBank and the Government of Ontario.
India; London, England; Paris, France; Florence, Rome and Milano, Italy are all places she has traveled to and spent time. Janet has also lived or traveled extensively throughout Canada, the U.S and Mexico. These many social, cultural and scenic influences are reflected in her landscape and abstract paintings. Janet has served as President of the Ontario Society of Artists receiving the OSA President’s Award for Service and artistic merit in 2013 and continues to actively contribute to the art community as a member of the Board of the John B. Aird Gallery. Hover and click on the images below.
Guennadi Kalinine was born in Russia in 1957 in the town of Zelenodolsk near Kazan. He graduated from the Art College of Kazan and earned a BA in History from Kazan State University. Later, for 15 years, he instructed courses on computer graphic design. Also, a passionate artist producing dynamic landscapes and traditional orthodox icon paintings. Guennadi had numerous exhibitions in Russia, and his works can be found in many galleries and private collections. He also has exhibited his works throughout Europe and North America.
He immigrated to Canada in 2003 and started a full-time career as an artist and founder of GK Studio in downtown Dundas, Ontario. Guennadi is also a co-owner of McMaster Gallery with Bert Dorpmans and Stephen Landers. The gallery is located at the same place as his studio. He teaches several courses on drawing and painting at the Dundas Valley School of Art. Since 2003 he has participated in 14 group exhibitions and 5 solo art shows. He was a finalist in the International Artist magazine art competition of February/March 2010 and he was feature artist in October/November 2010 edition of the same magazine. There also were many articles about his work in local and nationwide press: “Hamilton Spectator”, “Arabella” magazine, “Hamilton” magazine and others. Hover and click on the images below.
Chelo Sebastian was born in Spain and moved to Canada in 1969. Though primarily self-taught, Sebastian has taken numerous workshops, and she has studied under many prestigious artists. These artists include Anne Meredith Barry and Telford Fenton. Her introduction as an artist was in a 1981 group exhibition. In her 19 years working as a professional artist Sebastian has attained international repute because of her singular style, and many achievements.
Her most recently won "Award of Excellence" came from the International Society of News Design, for her commissioned seven paintings for the Hamilton Spectator Daily News. Sebastian is sought after for corporate collections because her work, though stimulating and spontaneous, offers a measure of tranquility, thereby offering a brief refuge from the hectic corporate lifestyle. Sebastian's collectors include: The Governor General of Canada, Bell Canada, M.D. Management, and the City of Fukuyama (Japan). Hover and click on the images below.
Elizabeth Myles Elliott
Elizabeth is an award winning artist who has been exhibiting in solo, juried and group shows for many years. She is a member of the Ontario Society of Artists, SCA (Society of Canadian Artists), the continuum.og, The Etobicoke Art Group, Neilson Park Creative Centre, Visual Arts of Ontario, Arts Etobicoke, The Art Gallery of Mississauga and the Art Gallery of Ontario.
Elliott has served on many executive boards, including 10 years on the executive of the Ontario Society of Artists and 12 years on the executive of the Society of Canadian Artists. She is currently on the executive of continuum.og, and has sat on many juries. She was on the Board of Directors of the John B. Aird Gallery for over fifteen years. Her work is included in corporate and private collections throughout Canada, the United States, Mexico, England and France. She works in many disciplines including printmaking, drawing and mixed media. Hover and click on the images below.
Barbara grew up in Toronto when at the age of 5, her painting skills were first recognized. In 1971 Barbara went to Europe, for 5 years. Finally settling in London in the fall on 1974, she became a member of The Arts Club Mayfair. and Chelsea Arts Club. Returning to Toronto in 1976 she worked with Columbia Pictures Television until 1981 when they stopped producing TV programs in Canada. She then started painting at her first art studio in downtown Toronto. Her work at that time was very naive and she was inspired by the English artist Beryl Cook. Barbara is a graduate in Experimental Arts of the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD), where she studied under famous Canadian artists such as Graham Coughtry and Ian Carr-Harris.
In 1992, Barbara went to Russia where saw the shows of the Impressionist artist Matisse at the Hermitage and Fernando Botero at the Pushkin, Moscow. During the same trip, Barbara saw the Barnes Collection at Musee D'Orsay, Paris and was inspired by such master pieces. She produced a series of paintings based on the Impressionist, with her own interpretation of The Barnes Collection, which was later shown at Musee Hotel Baudy in Giverny.
Throughout the 90's McGivern was represented by galleries in Yorkville, Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton as well as Zurich, Berlin, London, Paris and Madrid. Hover and click on the images below.
Kathryn Smith is one of the area’s best loved artists, painting scenes that reflect city life and the beauty of the Southern Ontario landscape. Smith knew that she wanted to be an artist at the early age of six. “The kids in my class all had to paint a picture of what we wanted to be when we grew up and I painted myself standing in front of a lake and trees with an easel in front of me. It was a very immature drawing, but that was my dream.”
Living in the City of Hamilton, Ontario gave her the opportunity to attend the Dundas Valley School of Art where she studied under master artist Gordon Perrier for 3-1/2 years, after which she started doing private commissions of people’s homes, children and pets. Kathryn has a realistic style with a painterly approach to all of her subjects. She works in oils, watercolor and acrylic, but most of her limited editions have been reproduced from her watercolor paintings of well-known buildings, steeped in history and filled with memories. Her works hang in private and corporate collections across North America. Hover and click on the images below.