The works of Doris McCarthy, a Canadian icon who has influenced generations of artists, will be at The Latcham Gallery in Stouffville beginning July 24.
The Scarborough artist, who is considered one of Canada's foremost landscape painters, turns 100 on July 7. The exhibition is a unique opportunity to see these works, which are owned by private collectors.
During a remarkable artistic career which started in the 1920s, she has taught thousands of students in her 40 years at Toronto's Central Technical High School, has travelled across Canada and around the world and earned an honours degree in literature from the University of Toronto when she was 79. It took her 15 years to complete. Upon graduation in 1989, she received the highest standing in the Humanities. She herself is the last living student of Group of Seven artist Arthur Lismer. She is also a recipient of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario, among other awards.
Best known for her Canadian landscapes, particularly of the Arctic and the West, she began experimenting with abstract forms in the 1960s. She travelled the world to bring back photographs and sketches to inspire her students. Her first trip to the Arctic was in 1972. She made sure to explore all new art movements to keep current with her students.
The exhibition at The Latcham Gallery will give you a glimpse into her life through reminiscences from her three books and a documentary movie.
The Doris McCarthy exhibition is generously sponsored by Birkett-Hassard Insurance Brokers Limited in Stouffville.