CANADIAN WOMEN ARTISTS

Alicia (Alice) Killaly
Canadian watercolour painter
Toronto Public Library
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It is wonderful to feel the grandness of Canada in the raw not because she is  Canada but because she is something sublime that you were born into, some great rugged power that you are part of – Emily Carr, an artist.

Canada, with its ten provinces and three territories, has produced great women artists. they have painted landscape, portraits and modern art paintings. Here the works of some of these wonderful women artists are displayed for their appreciation and for the art-lovers enjoyment. 

These women artists had painted in oil on canvas and watercolours. They painted the live scenes of the mountains and rivers. they also took proper training in art, some of them have gone to Paris, too, to have the art lessons. If we look at the art of the Canadian women painters, we would be enjoying the feel of the land of Canada. They have infused the feeling of the land, river and forests in their canvases.  

Number 1 Static Base Laundry
Oil on Canvas Molly Bobak
Canadian War Museum Ottawa, Ontario. Canada.

Molly (Lamb) Bobak: Molly was an artist who painted excellent landscapes and portraits. She was renowned for her war paintings. Oh, yes. she had joined the Canadian Women's Army Corps. She was the first Canadian woman artist who was sent overseas for doing the documentation of Canada's war actions. 

Here in painting Number 1 Static Base Laundrywe can see the women Corps members doing their work during the Second World War. Molly Bobak had wonderfully painted the army women in their actual work, doing the needy work, contributing their share in the war. In this painting, the colours used are a combination of bright and subdued. The entire painting generates a feeling of a place of working people. One landscape painting is given at the bottom of this article. This painting, CWACS on Leave in Amsterdam, September 1945, is Moly's one of the best cityscapes. 

Totem Walk at Sitka  Emily Carr
Watercolour on Paper      Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

Emily Carr: Born in 1871 in Victoria, British Columbia, Emily was a writer and an artist. Her parents were of British origin. She was grown up in the British tradition of homes with English fashions and with high ceilings. Emily was destined to be a full-0fleged Canadian artist. From her younger years, she had started doing sketches of the aboriginal villages she had visited.  She painted indigenous people of the north-west coast of the pacific. Her landscape paintings gave her proper recognition.  Her forest scenes are excellent. Her paintings depicting the trees and the foliage were of extraordinary quality.  Look at this painting Totem Walk at Sitka. Here she had shown her expertise in landscape painting.

Emily thought she needed more training in art. To augment her knowledge about the art of painting, Emily went to Paris in the year 1910. She was greatly influenced by the post-impressionist style of painting that was done in Paris at that point in time. After returning from France, Emily had opened hew own studio in Vancouver in the year 1912. F

  

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Coming down is easier but more dangerous Alice Killaly

Alicia Killaly: She was also called Alice Killaly. Alicia was born in 1838, in London, Ontario, Canada. However, she had lived in Quebec, Montreal, Toronto and London. She was an artist. she mainly used watercolours for her paintings. 

Alicia liked to paint outside scenes of her country Canada. To paint canoe trips, the flowing and frozen rivers and the various scenes of Niagra Fall were her favourite subjects. Her paintings are displayed in art galleries and art museums in Canada. One of her paintings, Quebec From Across St. Lawrence is in the collection of the Royal Ontario Museum in Canada.

Red Maple Mary Dignam (1938)

Mary Ella Williams: Born in Port Burwell, Ontario, Mary had studied art. She enrolled herself at the Western School of Art and Design. It is in London, Ontario. To enrich her art lessons, she went to New York in 1886. She also ent to the institutes of art in Paris, France.

Mary founded the Women's Art Club in the year 1886. This small institute became WAAC with the passing of time. Though Mary was the president of this institute for about 40 years. 

Mary had also done teaching of art in Toronto, in a Ladies Art School. Look at her painting, Red Maple. Here we can see the use of bright colours in the front and the subdued colours are applied in the backside area. That has created a feeling of space and volume in the painting. This shows her control over the use of colours and her understanding of the art of painting. 

CWACS on Leave in Amsterdam, September 1945 
Oil on Canvas Molly Bobak
Canadian War Museum Ottawa, Ontario. Canada.
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