Doris McCarthy

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 Studio 21 is working with Mountain Galleries on a Doris McCarthy Legacy Project. More information will be forthcoming.


Doris McCarthy was one of the leading and most affectionately regarded female Canadian painters of her time. McCarthy was born in Calgary and spent her youth living in the Beach area of Toronto. From 1926 to 1930, she attended Ontario College of Art (OCA) on scholarship, where she was mentored by some of the premiere Canadian artists of the early twentieth century, including Arthur Lismer and JEH MacDonald. From 1932 to 1972 McCarthy taught art at Central Technical School in Toronto, touching the lives of countless artist, including Harold Klunder and Joyce Wieland. She was Vice President of the Ontario Society of Artists from 1961 to 1964, and President from 1964 to 1967. Her receipt of five Honorary Doctorates from five different Canadian Universities from 1995 to 2002, and her induction into the Order of Ontario (1992) and the Order of Canada (1986), solidified her place as a pioneer in Canadian art. McCarthy was a lifelong learner and graduated from the University of Toronto Scarborough in 1989 with an Honours BA. At the age of 62, McCarthy retired and devoted herself to travel and art. She ventured to 5 continents to paint and to explore; but it was the Canadian landscape that figured as her greatest inspiration – including northern Ontario, Georgian Bay, Nunavut and Atlantic Canada. As part of her continuing legacy, McCarthy has endowed her home, “Fool’s Paradise” located on the Scarborough Bluffs, to the Ontario Heritage Trust to be used as an artist studio and sanctuary.

Studio 21 has a selection directly from the estate of paintings from Doris McCarthy’s time spent in Atlantic Canada.


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Expert: Art Collection is for all

Published Jun 10 2014 by Elissa Barnard, Chronicle Herald

You don’t have to be rich to collect art. “That’s such a myth,” says Toronto art collector and consultant Stephen Smart. “You can put together a fabulous collection with a small income.” As executor of Canadian landscape painter Doris McCarthy’s estate, he was in Halifax last week to open Studio 21’s exhibit of McCarthy’s Atlantic…

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