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Noteworthy Artists That Aren’t Regularly Available To Our Gallery

Down To Earth Art Gallery has or have had original paintings by a truly impressive list of artists. From a number of Group of Seven members, to Maud Lewis and Norval Morrisseau. This list is outside of the artists that we exhibited regularly or periodically over our 22 years. Sometimes it has only been one painting by a particular artist, other times we have been fortunate enough to have multiple pieces by the same artist. All are very collectible, most come to us from people downsizing their lives, or clients simply changing up their private collections. We always require good provenance with any artwork so our customers can be confident with their purchases. Down To Earth Art Gallery guarantees the authenticity of every painting that we sell.

The list is always changing on our Noteworthy section of our website, so check it out often. If you’re looking for a particular artist’s work let us know, we keep a list of art that our clients are interested in. Paintings often don’t make it to our website, they are spoken for as we receive them.

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"Irish Channel Off St. Ives" (1889), Lucius Richard O'Brien

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Painted in 1889, this original watercolour on board measuring 21 x 15 inches, 28 x 22 including the conservation framing. The framing is included in the price.

Lucious O’Brien - 1832-1899

Lucius Richard O'Brien was a very a prominent Canadian painter, graphic artist, illustrator and educator. He was a founder and President of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts; a founder of the Ontario School of Art; and one of the first artists to travel the breadth of Canada. His paintings depict the country's scenery from Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick to Vancouver Island, British Columbia; and, they are among the first pieces collected by the National Gallery of Canada,130 years ago.
Born in Shanty Bay, Ontario (on Lake Simcoe, 15 miles south of Orilla, and 50 miles north of Toronto), he died in Toronto where he had lived since about 1870.
Most of his works are watercolors; however, he did paint in oils in the late 1870s and early 1880s; and, early in his career (1840s and 1850s), he did satirical drawings which were made into wood engravings for illustrations. The subjects of his mature work include portraits, genre (Indians, frontier life), allegory and still life; but, the vast majority of his paintings are landscapes of Canada.

Quote: "…Canadian artists should help to represent Canada by such portrayal as they can give of the picturesque aspects of her scenery & life… Pictures and drawings of Canadian life and scenery… would materially help to make the country known and understood." - Lucius R. O'Brien.

His career as an educator is highlighted by the founding of the Ontario School of Art in 1876 , while he was Vice-President of the Ontario Society of Artists, under whose auspices the school operated until 1881. He taught watercolor painting, there, and served on the school's management council until 1883.

For over two decades at the height of his career (1870s and 1880s) O'Brien traveled frequently and far, impressive when considering the commonly available 19th-century modes of travel - trains, stagecoaches and sailboats.
O'Brien's travels outside Canada included: France and England (1869); Philadelphia (1876); Gloucester, Massachusetts (1877); Boston (1879); England (1883); and New York City (1892 and 1894).

As a leader in the art community, he played a senior role in the establishment of two of Canada's oldest and most venerated art institutions: the Ontario Society of Artists* (1872) of which he served as Vice-President (1874 - 1880); and the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (1880) of which he served as its first President (1880 - 1890). He is also considered a member of the informal group known as the Railway Painters and the founder of the short lived Palette Club, which exhibited in 1893 and 1894.

Posthumously, his works are frequently included in exhibitions that examine the history of Canadian art and Canadian landscape painting, some examples are: "Three Hundred Years of Canadian Art", National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (1967); "Our Own Country Canada", National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (1978); "Heroes and Heroines", Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (1978); "Okanada", the Academy of Arts (Akademie der Künste), Berlin, Germany (1982); "Speaking about Landscape, Speaking to the Land", Art Gallery of Ontario (2003); "Book Illustration by Canadian Painters", National Gallery of Canada (2004); "Vistas - Artists of the Canadian Pacific Railway", Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta (2009); and "Expanding Horizons: Painting and Landscape Photography of American and Canadian Landscape 1860 - 1918", Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and touring (2009 - 2010).

In 1990 the Art Gallery of Ontario had the first major retrospective of his work, "Lucius R. O'Brien: Visions of Victorian Canada".

His works are avidly collected. They are also in numerous public collections. According to the Canadian Heritage Information Network* there are 196 Lucius O'Brien works in museums across Canada. They include the Agnes Etherington Art Centre (Kingston, Ontario), the Art Gallery of Alberta (Edmonton), the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery (Concordia University, Montreal), the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (Halifax), the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Quebec (Quebec City), Museum London (Ontario), the Winnipeg Art Gallery (Manitoba), the Vancouver Art Gallery (B.C.), and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (B.C.). The National Gallery of Canada has 30 Lucius O'Brien paintings in its collection, including the oil on canvas "Sunrise on the Saguenay, Cape Trinity", dated 1880, which was one of the first paintings acquired (12).

Also, two of his works have been in the British Royal Collection, currently, that of HM Queen Elizabeth II, since 1881.

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Some names of Noteworthy Artists not regularly available to our gallery that we have or have had.

  • Norval Morrisseau 1932-2007 (Creator of the Woodland style of art)
  • Franz Johnston 1888 -1949 (Original member of the Group of Seven)
  • Arthur Lismer 1885-1969 (Original Member of The Group of Seven)
  • A.Y. Jackson 1882-1974 (Original member of the Group of Seven)
  • A.J. Casson 1898-1992 (Became a member of The Group of Seven in 1926)
  • J. W. Beatty 1869-1941 (Contemporary of the Group of Seven)
  • Maud Lewis 1903-1970 (Folk Artist)
  • Everett Lewis 1893-1979 (Maud’s husband)
  • Joe Norris  1924-1996 (Folk Artist)
  • Charlie Norris 1929-2013 (Brother to Joe)
  • William Winter
  • Joseph Purcell
  • Tom Forrestall
  • William DeGarthe
  • Anthony Law
  • John Cook
  • Trudy Doyle
  • Charles Beauregarde
  • Charles Hannaford
  • Al Chaddock
  • Steven Rhude
  • Fred Trask
  • Duke Redbird
  • Heather Lawson (Stonemason)
  • Peter Rankin
  • Leon Dolice
  • James G. Tyler, 1855-1931
  • Arthur Lloy, 1929-1986
  • Frederick Arthur Verner, 1836-1928
  • Lucius O’Brien 1832-1899
  • Roy Thomas 1949-2004
  • Eddy Cobiness 1933-1996
  • Robert Harris 1849-1919
  • Suzanne Chrysler MacDonald
  • Greg MacEwan (Mi’kmaq Basket Artist)
  • Joe Arsenault ( Stone Carvings)
  • James Lumbers 1929-


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Expressive Realism
Noteworthy Artists That Aren’t Regularly Available To Our Gallery
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  • Norval Morrisseau
  • J.E.H. MacDonald
  • Frederick Arthur Verner
  • J.W. Beatty
Pierre Nadeau
Wilda Kaiser
Landscapes and Seascapes
Bill Rogers
Watercolor and Oil
Cori MacInnis
Darren Julian
Mi’kmaq Artist
Canadian Inuit Carvings
Bonnie Brugger
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