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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, Joe Norris, and Indigenous artists like Norval Morrisseau, Daphne Odjig and Benjamin Chee Chee. This list is outside of the artists that we exhibited regularly or periodically over our 26 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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Roy Thomas "Bird and Snake"

$2,200.00 Cdn
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“Bird and Snake” by Roy Thomas (1949 - 2004)

Original Acrylic painting on paper,

16 x 14 inches, ( 25 x 22 including framing)

Signed and Dated 1977 on Lower Right

$ 2200.00

Roy Thomas was a prominent and influential Canadian painter, Roy Harvey Thomas was born near Pagwachuan Lake, Ontario, on a trap line, and grew up on the Longlac Reserve (about 160 miles northeast of Thunder Bay) and died in Thunder Bay, Ontario, where he had lived since 1988. He was raised in the traditional way by his grandparents, who taught him how to be Anishnabe, (a good being). It was his grandmother who encouraged him to draw, so to acknowledge her contribution in his life and her continued presence in his mind, he signed a lot of his paintings with a small crow, the name she had given him.

His name is usually mentioned in discussions about Woodland Art and its modern masters. His works are in several museums including the Canadian Museum of History and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.

His subjects were from his Ojibwa culture, the animals, birds, fantasy, figures, legends, mythology, humor, social commentary and spirituality. His style is the Woodland School of Art, created by Norval Morrisseau.

Although Roy Thomas Thomas is considered a self taught artist, he was strongly influenced by Norval Morrisseau, who he met when he was only sixteen.. He was an important second generation member of the Woodland School of Art. His work was influenced by the Woodland School pioneers, particularly Norval Morrisseau, but also Daphne Odjig and Carl Ray.

Thomas's works were included in several important exhibitions, such as "Contemporary Native Art of Canada: The Woodland Indians", shown at Canada House, London, England and at Aula Luisenschule, Lahr, Germany (1976); "Last Camp, First Song: Indian Art from Royal Ontario Museum," Thunder Bay National Exhibition Centre and Centre for Indian Art, Thunder Bay, Ontario (1983); "Norval Morrisseau and the Emergence of the Image Makers", Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (1984); "Woodlands: Contemporary Art of the Anishnabe", Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, Ontario and touring (1989); "50 years / 50 Artworks", Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota Duluth (2000); and "Arts of the Woodland Indians", Dennos Museum Center, Traverse City, Michigan (2009 - 2010).

Thomas was the subject of the retrospective "Vision Circle: The Art of Roy Thomas," shown at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery and touring in 2012.

Thomas's works are in the permanent collections of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (Halifax), Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), Canadian Museum of History (Gatineau, Quebec), Carleton University Art Gallery (Ottawa, Ontario), Dennos Museum Center (Traverse City, Michigan), Maltwood Museum (University of Victoria, B.C.), McMaster Museum of Art (Hamilton, Ontario), McMichael Canadian Art Collection (Kleinburg, Ontario), Museum of Anthropology (University of British Columbia, Vancouver), Royal Alberta Museum (Edmonton, Alberta), Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto), Simon Fraser University Gallery (Burnaby, B.C.), Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (Washington, D.C.), Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery (Owen Sound, Ontario), Trent University Art Collection (Peterborough, Ontario) and the Tweed Museum of Art (University of Minnesota Duluth).

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  • Norval Morrisseau
  • J.W. Beatty
  • Frederick Varley
  • Joseph Purcell
  • Al Chaddock
  • Franz Johnston
  • Frederick Arthur Verneer
  • Leonard Brooks
  • Jack L. Gray
  • Alex Janvier
  • Carl Ray
  • Roy Thomas
  • Daphne Odjig

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

  • Frederick Horsman Varley 1881 – 1969
    (Original Member of the Group of Seven)
  • J.E.H. MacDonald
    (Original Group of Seven Member)
  • 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
    (Eighth member of The Group of Seven in 1926)
  • L.L. Fitzgerald
    (Became the tenth member of the Group of Seven)
  • J. W. Beatty 1869-1941
    (Contemporary of the Group of Seven)
  • Maud Lewis 1903-1970
  • Everett Lewis 1893-1979
  • Joe Norris 1924-1996
  • Charlie Norris 1929-2013
  • William Winter
  •  John Cook
  • Joseph Purcell
  • Tom Forrestall
  • William DeGarthe
  • Anthony Law
  • John Cook
  • Trudy Doyle
  • Charles Beauregarde
  • Norval Morrisseau 1932 – 2007 PNIAI
  • Daphne Odjig 1919 – 2016 PNIAI
  • Alex Janvier 1935 – PNIAI
  • Eddy Cobiness 1933 – 1996 PNIAI
  • Joseph Sanchez 1948 – PNIAI
  • Jackson Beardy 1944 – 1984 PNIAI
  • Carl Ray 1943 – 1977 PNIAI
  • Benjamin Chee Chee 1944 – 1977
  • Roy Thomas 1949 – 2004
  • Duke Redbird
  • Greg MacEwan (Mi’Kmaq Baskets)
  • Charles Hannaford
  • Al Chaddock
  • Sarah M.A. Robertson
  • Steven Rhude
  • Fred Trask
  • 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
  • Robert Harris 1849-1919
  • Suzanne Chrysler MacDonald
  • Joe Arsenault ( Stone Carvings)
  • James Lumbers 1929-
  • Leonard Lane
  • Roy Thomas