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Masters Gallery Ltd.  Dealers in Fine Canadian Art since 1976. The art of collecting quality.

Beaver Hall member, Prudence Heward, passed away today in 1947. She’s largely recognized for her strong, sombre figurative works. Past Masters Gallery sales highlight, “Tonina”, was painted at the height of Heward’s career and demonstrates her use of simplified form and bold colour to capture compelling portraits of women in the Jazz age.
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(Prudence Heward, “Tonina” 1929, oil on canvas, 26x26 in.)

We're deeply saddened today by the loss of our friend, Joe Fafard. His passing marks a tremendous loss for Canadian art and for all that had the privilege to know and work with him.

The works in Chris Flodberg’s new Objects series take their form in many textural layers of paint, drawing upon minimalist themes and Japanese wabi-sabi design principles. These contemplative pieces demonstrate Flodberg’s long-standing but rarely showcased interest in non-representational artwork and are a testament to his incredibly versatile artistic skill set.
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(Chris Flodberg, “Samurai” 2019, oil and acrylic on board, 36x36 in.)

Born today in 1935, Mary Pratt is well-known for her remarkable high realist scenes from within the domestic realm. A recent sale of ours, “Brass, Glass, Peaches and Cream”, is a piece from Pratt’s later career that exhibits her mastery of rendering light and material in a radiant composition. Her career spanned over five decades amidst a changing social landscape and her work remains an important female voice within Canadian art.
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(Mary Pratt, RCA, “Brass, Glass, Peaches and Cream” 2008, oil on canvas, 24x36 in.)

Norval Morrisseau’s vibrant acrylic paintings draw from traditional Anishinaabe knowledge and were some of the first modern Indigenous works to receive national recognition. A work once sold by Masters Gallery, “Fish Laying Egg in a Circle” shows Morrisseau’s use of pure colour and dark line work to segment his subjects, expressing the internal structuring of people and animals. He was born today in 1931 and in his lifetime established an important career that continues to influence generations of Woodland artists.
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(Norval Morrisseau, “Fish Laying Egg in a Circle” acrylic on canvas, 24x36 in.)

Bill Reid, who passed away today in 1998, is acclaimed across Canada for his pivotal role in re-introducing the world to Haida artwork. Deeply researched and carefully crafted, Reid’s work infuses traditional Haida symbolism with a modern aesthetic. Past Masters Gallery sales highlight, “Killer Whale”, is exemplary of his masterful metalworking skills.
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(Bill Reid, “Killer Whale” silver, 5.5x3x2 in.)

Jean Paul Riopelle, one of Canada’s most widely recognized modern artists, passed away on this day in 2002. His contribution to Canadian art and influence on modern painting persists on a global level to this day. Masters Gallery sales highlight, “Printemps”, is a lively piece from Riopelle’s early work with abstraction when he made use of energetic drips in his compositions.
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(Jean Paul Riopelle, RCA, “Printemps” 1952, oil on canvas, 13.5x9.5 in.)

Masters Gallery presents “CURATED: The Figure in Landscape”, opening March 9th. CURATED is the destination for collectors looking to acquire accessibly priced and quality art works in the private market. Explore historical and impressionist as well as post war and contemporary works selected for exhibition by common themes and subjects. This sale features leading artists’ works from 150 years of Canadian art demonstrating an interest in the representation of the figure in landscape and themes of nature. A highlight of this sale is Walter J. Phillips’ “Mary’s Parasol”.
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(Walter J. Phillips, RCA, “Mary’s Parasol” c.1920, watercolour, 9.25x8 in.)

Happy International Women’s day from all of us at Masters. Today we celebrate the strong and intelligent women here at the gallery, our female artists, clients, friends and women all over the world who generously share their grit, talent and heart.

Celebrated Canadian folk artist, Maud Lewis, was born 116 years ago today. Despite serious health issues and struggles with poverty, she produced a prolific amount of work that documented scenes of her surroundings in Nova Scotia. “Covered Bridge” is a cheerful rural landscape, embodying Lewis’s signature quirky painting style.
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(Maud Lewis, “Covered Bridge” oil on board, 11.5x13.75 in.)

Marion Nicoll’s recently sold “Bowness Sunset with Neons” exhibits the hard-edged geometry that became prominent in her 1960s work. Nicoll, who passed away on this day in 1985, was one of Alberta’s first pre-eminent abstract artists as well as the first female instructor at the Provincial Institute of Art and Technology (now the Alberta University of the Arts).
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(Marion Nicoll, RCA, “Bowness Sunset with Neons” 1966, oil on canvas, 40x48 in.)

Just sold, “Prairie School Chore no. 1”. An outstanding reminder William Kurelek was born on this day in 1927. His arduous rural upbringing during the Great Depression was used as a source for his art. Here he is trying to unfreeze the pump with on a bitter cold winter day (not unlike today!). .
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(William Kurelek, RCA, “Prairie School Chore no. 1” 1973, mixed media, 30x24.)

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