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Born in Quebec City in 1931, Edmund Alleyn attended the École des beaux-arts in Quebec City and studied with the painter Jean-Paul Lemieux. Remarkably versatile, Edmund Alleyn was an innovator whose stylistically diverse paintings, drawings and multimedia installations are all critically regarded as superb examples of their genre. An intellectual painter, his oeuvre resonates with the tensions that exist between the figurative and non-figurative, sometimes playfully marrying Pop and Formalist art together. In his later work, he invoked an elegiac, cinematic quality, inviting viewers to locate their place within his work. By the age 24, the mercurial artist won the Grand Prix aux Concours artistiques de la province de Québec and a grant from the Royal Society enabling him to move to France in 1955. He won a bronze medal at the Sao Paulo Biennial in 1959 and the following year he represented Canada at the Venice Biennial. His art is collected by the most prestigious institutions in the contemporary art scene as well as by private collectors in North America and Europe. Edmund Alleyn passed away in Montreal in 2004.

Creator Id: 13
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Year of Birth: 1931
City: Montreal
Province: Québec
Country: Canada
Country of Birth: Canada
Province of Birth: Quebec
Gender: Male
Living Status: Deceased
Mediums: painting

Douglas currently lives and works in Toronto, Ontario.

Creator Id: 636
City: Toronto
Province: Ontario
Country: Canada
Gender: Male

Margaret Priest was born in England in 1944, where she completed an MA at the Royal College of Art. She has been living and working in Canada since 1976, and is Professor Emeritus at the School of Fine Art and Music, University of Guelph, Ontario.

Creator Id: 487
Year of Birth: 1944
City: Toronto
Province: Ontario
Country: Canada
Country of Birth: England
Gender: Female
Mediums: drawing, installation, painting

Renée Duval graduated with Honours from Emily Carr College of Art (1986) and completed an M.F.A. at Conrcordia University in Montreal. (1991) Her work has been exhibited across Canada and she has participated in exhibitions in the United States, France and Mexico. Her work can be found in numerous public as well as private collections and she has received several grants from both the Canada Council for the Arts as well as the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Quebec. Renée's work was included in the Canadian painting survey publications Carte Blanche Vol 2-Painting (2008) and The RBC Painting Competition:10 years (2008).

Creator Id: 188
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City: Montreal
Province: Québec
Country: Canada
Gender: Female
Mediums: painting

David Charles Bierk RCA was an American-Canadian realist painter. During the year that he lived in Toronto, Bierk immersed himself in the local cultural scene, which he described as exploratory. Then he moved to Peterborough, Ontario in 1972 to take up a teaching position at Kenner Collegiate Vocational Institute, and later at Fleming College. Along with poet Dennis Tourbin, Bierk founded and directed Artspace between 1974 and 1987, which was one of Canada's earliest artist operated art centers. Bierk's early painting drew on sources such as diverse as American West Coast Pop and Photo Realism. In Canada, he expanded his West Coast Pop into Canadian images as well as painting a Canadian Rock series, and a multiple fold painting series. In the early 1980s, he began his Repaintings, quoting from famous artists of the past. His solo shows included exhibitions at Artspace, Peterborough (1976), the Art Gallery of Peterborough (1981–1983), and Museum London (1983). The travelling exhibition After History: The Paintings of David Bierck organized by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama in 2002 toured in Canada. His group exhibitions were extensive.

Creator Id: 67
Year of Birth: 1944
City: Peterborough
Province: Ontario
Country: Canada
Country of Birth: USA
Province of Birth: Minnesota
Gender: Male
Living Status: Deceased
Mediums: painting

Kathryn Bemrose RCA trained at Ontario College of Art and Art’s Sake from 1973 to 1979, under noted Toronto painters Gordon Rayner, David Bolduc, Robert Markle, Dennis Burton and Robert Hedrick. Since 1986 she has exhibited in many private and public galleries. Bemrose was represented for six years by Christopher Cutts Gallery, one of the top Toronto galleries, where she had a ‘sell-out’ exhibition. She was featured there in a Two-Person show alongside the work of Tom Hodgson (Hodgeson & Bemrose Sneak Preview 1991). Bemrose was also featured alongside Ray Mead at public galleries Robert McLaughlin Gallery and Frederick Horseman Varley Museum (Paint and Ink: The Tools of Kathryn Bemrose and Ray Mead 2001-2). Mead and Hodgson are both members of the Painters Eleven. Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery presented a retrospective of Bemrose’s work titled “Ten Years” (1999). After this she had a large solo show called “Restraining Order” at the Art Gallery of Mississauga (2002). She was inducted into the Royal Academy of Canadian Art (R.C.A.) in 2003. Bemrose also guest-curated ‘Now Now’ Five Generations of Artists exhibition (2006), which was reviewed by Globe and Mail critic, Gary Michael Dault. Her work has received critical attention often and her paintings are in several private and corporate collections.

Creator Id: 61
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Year of Birth: 1950
City: Toronto
Province: Ontario
Country: Canada
Country of Birth: Canada
Province of Birth: Ontario
Gender: Female
Mediums: painting

Ann Beam is a multimedia artist based in M'Chigeeng First Nation, Manitoulin Island. Born Ann Elena Weatherby in 1944 in Brooklyn, New York, she is the spouse of artist Carl Beam. She has a BFA from State University of New York at Buffalo. She taught at the Art Gallery of Ontario in the late 1960s and 1970s and later managed the Neon Raven Art Gallery on Manitoulin Island. Themes covered in her art have been described as "cultural histories of women's labour in building homes, in motherhood, cooking and teaching." She has worked with various mediums, including oil and acrylic, found art, recycled materials, pottery, paper and cloth.

Creator Id: 52
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Year of Birth: 1944
City: West Bay
Province: Manitoulin Island, Ontario
Country: Canada
Country of Birth: USA
Province of Birth: New York
Gender: Female
Mediums: ceramics, mixed media, painting, textiles

Marian Penner Bancroft RCA has been a practicing artist in Vancouver for over thirty years. She studied at the University of British Columbia, the Vancouver School of Art (now Emily Carr University of Art + Design) and Ryerson Polytechnical Institute (Now Ryerson University) in Toronto. National and international exhibitions include those at the Vancouver Art Gallery and at the Centre Culturel Canadien in Paris. She is represented in the collections of the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography (the National Gallery) in Ottawa and the Canada Council Art Bank. In addition to photography, her work has included text, sound, drawing, sculpture and more recently, video. Her current interests are the intersections of the photographic image with history, music and mapping strategies in relation to representations of landscape. Bancroft is an Associate Professor at Emily Carr University, where she has been teaching since 1981. She is a member of the board of Artspeak Gallery and is represented in Vancouver by Republic Gallery.

Creator Id: 46
Year of Birth: 1947
City: Vancouver
Province: British Columbia
Country: Canada
Country of Birth: Canada
Province of Birth: British Columbia
Gender: Female
Mediums: photography

Originally a painter and mixed media artist, since 2001 Pamela Allen has focused her practice on fibre art. Throughout her career, Pamela has explored many aspects of the arts community. In international exhibitions, writing articles for magazines, proposing solo exhibitions to galleries and museums, and teaching, she has become an active member of the arts community. She has been a full time artist since 1981. Pamela has taught art at all levels of education, from grade school to university. She began conducting fibre art workshops in Canada, the United States, and South Africa. She loves teaching and traveling, and both have informed her practice throughout her career. Many experiences soothed the angst and assuaged the competitive spirit, thus today Pamela finds great pleasure in expressing her own personal voice with her own personal style. She is confident that scale, colour, and spatial logic can be arbitrary if she wishes it. Pamela’s interest in Folk and Outsider art has persuaded her that sincerity of intent carries more impact than sensational technique. Abandoning linear thinking has opened up infinite possibilities for visual expression. She allows the work itself to direct the progress of its own development: for her, this is the most creative aspect of art making.

Creator Id: 11
City: Kingston
Province: Ontario
Country: Canada
Country of Birth: Canada
Province of Birth: Ontario
Gender: Female
Mediums: collage, fibre

Especially pertinent to John Abrams' overall program of work is the strategy of using existing cultural objects – film, art, and narratives – that already have systems of signs and signifiers, existing languages. These languages or codes can then be applied – like the artist’s palette of colours – to reconstruct, remake or alter the dynamic of the conversation. This approach allows the artist a chance to communicate to viewers in a common vocabulary and offers a point of entry into the ongoing dialogues that make up contemporary culture. Some of Abrams' wildlife paintings can be found in the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, the Agnes Etherington in Kingston or the Art Museum at the University of Toronto.

Creator Id: 3
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Year of Birth: 1959
City: Toronto
Province: Ontario
Country: Canada
Country of Birth: Canada
Province of Birth: Quebec
Gender: Male
Mediums: installation, painting, video

Stan currently lives and works in Toronto, Ontario.

Creator Id: 508
City: Toronto
Province: Ontario
Country: Canada
Gender: Male
Mediums: painting

Winnipeg, Manitoba Aliana Au was born in Guangdong, China. From 1967-1970 she studied Chinegse painting with Professor Au Ho-Nien in Hong Kong. From 1970-1973 she studied with professors R. E. Williams, Arnold Saper, Bob Sakowski, Ivan Eyre, George Swinton, and Robert Bruce at the School of Art, University of Manitoba. From 1977-1978 she studied painting with Ivan Eyre and graduated in 1978 with a Diploma in Art. The CCCA Winnipeg Artists Project was generously supported by the Winnipeg Foundation.

Creator Id: 32
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Year of Birth: 1949
City: Winnipeg
Province: Manitoba
Country: Canada
Country of Birth: China
Gender: Female
Mediums: painting

Robert Achtemichuk studied fine arts at the University of Manitoba and the National Autonomous University of Mexico, specializing in printmaking. Back in Canada Achtemichuk taught in universities and then became the executive director at Open Studio in Toronto, a Canadian fine art printmaking gallery and studios. His prints and paintings have been shown in public and private galleries across Canada, most recently at Open Sesame. Robert is based in Kitchener, Ontario. Robert Achtemichuk acknowledges funding support from the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund and the Ontario Arts Council.

Creator Id: 4
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Year of Birth: 1948
City: Kitchener
Province: Ontario
Country: Canada
Country of Birth: Canada
Province of Birth: Saskatchewan
Gender: Male
Mediums: printmaking

Dennis Ekstedt is a painter who lives and works in Vancouver, Canada. He received my Diploma in Fine Arts in 1986 from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, B.C and my M.F.A in 1993 from Concordia University in Montreal. Ekstedt was the Eastern Canada winner of the RBC Canadian Painting Competition in 2002 and my paintings are included in many public, corporate and private collections. He has had many exhibitions and have recieved numerous artist grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Quebec. The artist's work is included in the publications Carte Blanche Vol 2-Painting (2008) and The RBC Painting Competition: 10 years (2008). He has worked with many art consultants, including Soho Art Consulting, Kalisher, Art and Objects, DAC Art Consulting and Tatar Art Projects. He is currently represented by Herringer Kiss Gallery in Calgary, Alberta and Mark Moore Fine Arts in Los Angeles, and have work with Nancy Toomey Fine Art in San Francisco.

Creator Id: 193
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Year of Birth: 1961
City: Montreal
Province: Québec
Country: Canada
Country of Birth: Canada
Province of Birth: British Columbia
Gender: Male
Mediums: painting

Especially pertinent to John Abrams' overall program of work is the strategy of using existing cultural objects – film, art, and narratives – that already have systems of signs and signifiers, existing languages. These languages or codes can then be applied – like the artist’s palette of colours – to reconstruct, remake or alter the dynamic of the conversation. This approach allows the artist a chance to communicate to viewers in a common vocabulary and offers a point of entry into the ongoing dialogues that make up contemporary culture. Some of Abrams' wildlife paintings can be found in the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, the Agnes Etherington in Kingston or the Art Museum at the University of Toronto.

Creator Id: 3
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Year of Birth: 1959
City: Toronto
Province: Ontario
Country: Canada
Country of Birth: Canada
Province of Birth: Quebec
Gender: Male
Mediums: installation, painting, video

Laura currently lives and works in Calgary.

Creator Id: 628
City: Calgary
Province: Alberta
Country: Canada
Gender: Female
Mediums: installation

Pat Badani draws from the fields of art, science, and technology to explore the intersectionality of environmental and social justice issues. She experiments across media to create artistic arguments that blend aesthetics and criticism, charting connections between theories related to art as object, as medium, and art as critique of political and technological networks. Over the past 40 years she has exhibited broadly in museums and art centers, and in dedicated Art, Technology and Science platforms in North and South America, Europe, and Asia including ISEA, Transmediale, ELO, FILE, CURRENTS, and Balance-Unbalance, to name a few. Projects have been distinguished with awards from the Canada Council for the Arts; Illinois Arts Council; DCASE; National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship @ MacDowell, The Robert Heinecken Trust; and recognized with nominations by Creative Capital, Art Matters, and AWAW.

Creator Id: 38
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Year of Birth: 1951
City: Chicago
Province: Illinois
Country: United States
Country of Birth: Argentina
Gender: Female
Mediums: earthwork, installation, painting, web

Vikky Alexander RCA is a Canadian contemporary artist based in Vancouver, British Columbia who is a member of the Vancouver School and was a Professor of photography in the Visual Arts Department at the University of Victoria in Canada. She has retired from teaching and now holds the title professor emerita. She has exhibited internationally since 1981 as a practitioner in the field of photo-conceptualism, and as an installation artist who uses photography, drawing, and collage. Her themes include the appropriated image, and the deceptions of nature and space. Her artworks include mirrors, photographic landscape murals, postcards, video and photography. Her work can be found in the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the International Center of Photography in New York City, the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, and at the Deste Foundation, Athens. Alexander is represented by Trépanier Baer Gallery, Calgary, Wilding Cran, Los Angeles, Cooper Cole, Toronto, and Downs & Ross, New York.

Creator Id: 10
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Year of Birth: 1959
City: Montreal
Province: Québec
Country: Canada
Country of Birth: Canada
Province of Birth: British Columbia
Gender: Female
Mediums: collage, installation, photography, sculpture

George was born in Marseille, France in 1948. He currently lives and works in Millbrook, Ontario.

Creator Id: 497
Year of Birth: 1948
City: Millbrook
Province: Ontario
Country: Canada
Country of Birth: France
Gender: Male
Mediums: printmaking

Stonewall, Manitoba [Winnipeg, Manitoba, 1948] William Pura received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Manitoba followed by a Master's of Fine Arts degree from Indiana University in the U.S. He subsequently returned to Manitoba where he has taught Printmaking, Drawing and Painting at the University of Manitoba School of Art. Pura has exhibited widely in Canada and internationally. Locally he has had solo exhibitions at the Winnipeg Art Gallery and the Centennial Concert Hall as well as private galleries such as the Thomas Gallery, and the Uptown Gallery. He has been included in many international exhibitions in centres such as Chicago, Illinois; El Paso, Texas; Charlotte, North Carolina; Indianapolis, Indiana; Rockford, Illinois; cities throughout Australia; Maastricht, Holland; and Kiev, Ukraine. His work is part of many corporate and private collections in both Canada and the United States. William Pura is represented by the Ken Segal Gallery in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The CCCA Winnipeg Artists Project was generously supported by the Winnipeg Foundation.

Creator Id: 493
Year of Birth: 1948
City: Stonewall
Province: Manitoba
Country: Canada
Country of Birth: Canada
Province of Birth: Manitoba
Gender: Male
Mediums: painting, photography, printmaking