Majestic Canadian Painters in History

Majestic Canadian Painters in History

The Group of Seven from Canada is surely one of the most important parts of Canada’s art history as they were the ones who brought originality and momentum to Canadian paintings, and the Canadian art gained accreditation from people. However, this does not mean that there were no amazing artists before them, and neither does it mean that the Canadian art ended with them and there were not any notable artists after them. There had been distinctive artists before the 20th century and they have continued to get fame in the history of Canada. Therefore, here are some majestic Canadian painters, excluding the Group of Seven, to commemorate their mesmerizing artworks.

1. Cornelius Krieghoff

Cornelius David Krieghoff is a painter from the 19th century and was born in 1815. Krieghoff is mostly famous for his paintings of vivid Canadian landscapes and Canadian life outdoors. After his death in 1872, many of his sketches were destroyed in the Great Quebec Fire. Nowadays, a few of the public collections that hold the works by Krieghoff are present in the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Glenbow Museum, the McCord Museum, and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. He was one of those rare artists whose paintings were in demand in his time as much as they are today.

2. Kazuo Nakamura

Kazuo Nakamura was a painter and sculptor and was a founding member of the Painters Eleven group in Toronto. He was born in Vancouver in 1926 and died in Toronto in 2002. He studied at Central Technical Institute in Toronto. Kazuo’s works are famous for his abstract paintings and simple structures. His work indicates a connection, a universal pattern in all art and nature. One of these paintings is Inner Structure.

3. Jack Bush

Jack Bush was a Canadian abstract painter who lived from 1909 to 1977. Bush was a member of the Painters Eleven group that was formed to promote abstract painting in Canada. An abstract painter himself, Bush excelled in color field painting and post-painterly abstraction. Nowadays, some of his collections are at the Art Gallery of Ontario and the National Gallery of Canada.

4. Emily Carr

Emily Carr is described as a Canadian icon. She was an artist and a writer. She was one of the first Canadian painters that adopted a modernist approach to painting. She started painting from aboriginal themes, but gradually her subject of painting changed to landscapes and forest scenes in particular. Although she was never an official member of the Group of Seven, Emily was highly associated with the group due to the similarity in the subject of their paintings. Some of her prominent works are Blunden Harbour and Kitwancool.

5. Tom Thomson

Tom Thomson was one of the most influential Canadian artists in the early 20th century. He influenced the formation of the Group of Seven and would have been a part of the group if he had not died before the group was officially formed. However, he is still highly accredited to the Group of Seven. Some of his most famous works in landscapes are Pine Island and Forest Undergrowth.

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All about the Art of Landscaping

All about the Art of Landscaping

We have all visited beautiful curated gardens in varied offices, homes, public parks etc. The manicured lawns, the neatly laid rows of flower beds, the tier of rocks or neatly pruned bushes make you go ga ga over the person who has done and maintained it. Such kind of work is known as landscaping where the given land is transformed by using plants, structures and terrain too. Arrangement of the plants is done by using fences, rocks and fountains to give a more appealing look. The terrain can be raised or lowered in certain parts or giving it a layered look. Landscape retaining walls are the best to begin with.

The Art of Landscaping
Landscaping is first done with assessing the area, what the owner wants, giving suggestions and ideas to help him/her choose from the innumerable options, then, getting down to designing and constructing the desired landscape. The professional has to be with you during every step and get your approval all along the way.

When you have a proper plan in place it eventually gives the right effect, just jumpstarting the ideas will give not so good results.

The adding of natural elements and bodies of water or landforms or playing with lighting and weather will add to the dramatic effect of the area.

The essentials to be understood while landscaping

  •  First and foremost, the topography of the area should be looked into.
  • The kind of soil if it is not plant friendly, whether it can be replaced or enhanced
  • The prevailing winds of the region and the kind of the weather that is prevalent most time of the year, so that such kind of plants will only survive.
  • The depth of the frost line, as the snowfall will completely ruin the planned landscape if it is not made all weather and look good in all weathers.
  • Certain lands which are chosen for landscaping are not fit all for the job and the land has to be graded accordingly.
  • Removing of the soil, sand or gravel is known as knowing as cutting and adding a slope to the landscape would be known as filling.


The practicalities to be thought while landscaping  

  • Whether landscaping will blend with your home. Talk to a retaining walls expert for more knowhow.
  • Check the costs involved as hiring a professional and adding aesthetic value to the garden will require a lot of money.
  • The energy costs also go up, the water used and the lighting etc.
  • The maintenance costs to maintain the landscape such as trimming, watering, adding fertiliser, spraying of pesticides etc.
  • If the landscaping is done for a real estate listing then it should have the curb appeal, which means that it should cater to the tastes to all kinds of prospective dwellers.


The last but not the least, when you are landscaping see that the original structure of your house is not damaged and it blends in perfectly with what you set out to do. So, what are you still waiting for?