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First Ever Online Database of Canadian Women Artists

Nobody has systematically collected data on the women who historically contributed to Canadian art, architecture and craft. Until now.

Self-Portrait, by Lilias Torrance Newton, 1929. Newton was the first Canadian painter to paint the portraits of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip. Image: collectionscanada.gc.ca

Several weeks ago in Montreal, Concordia’s Canadian Women Artists History Initiative (CWAHI) held a symposium called Connections, to launch the first ever online database of Canadian women artists born before 1925.

The idea was the brainchild of Janice Anderson, Visual Arts curator at the Fine Arts slide library at Concordia, with visual arts librarian Melinda Reinhart.

Karen Herland, of the Concordia University Journal, writes: “So far, 200 bio-bibliographic entries on artists, architects, designers, photographers and craftspeople, representing some 4 000 hours of research work, can be accessed in the database. Each entry includes a short biography of the subject, as well as a list of texts relating to their work. Several hundred more files exist in CWAHI’s documentation centre to be meticulously researched and translated into the online database.”

Click HERE to access the database.

Stay tuned for my upcoming review of Independent Spirit for Quill and Quire. it’s an important book on women artists in Canada from the eighteenth century to the mid-twentieth century.

5 Responses to “First Ever Online Database of Canadian Women Artists”

  1. Birte Hella says:

    Fantastic! What took so long? Way, way, way, beyond time.
    Birte Hella

  2. Rachel says:

    As a Canadian artist living in New York I was very excited to find this website. It is,however, VERY difficult
    for me to read on my Dell 17 inch screen.

    Thank you,

  3. sharon pomales says:

    Hi.. I have a portrait of Queen Eliz II and a portrait of Prince Phillip painted by Lilias Newton dated 1957 and signed by Lilias Torrance Newton. Each portrait is approximately 26″ long by 18″ wide. Does anyone know if these portraits are collectibles? Does anyone know of anywho who’d like to purchase these if they are collectibles?
    Thank you….

  4. Patrick Ward says:

    I’m looking for painting by a Canadian artist, probably Quebecoise, that depicts women walking across a snowy field. One is wearing a bright red coat. One is turning to talk to another. I don’t know the name of the painter or the painting, but I’d love to acquire a print. I think it was painted in the 1920s or 1930s.

    Does anyone recall a painting like this?


  5. James Wilson says:

    I can’t believe my luck in (only recently) discovering this incredible database. This is another valuable tool in researching Canadian Women Artists.

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