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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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The Valley Stream By Group of Seven Founding Member Franz Johnston

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Founding Member of “The Group of Seven”


1888-1949, ARCA, CSPWC, G7 OAS



PRICE $22,500.00

Frank Johnston was born in 1888 in Toronto and studied at the Ontario College of Art under William Cruikshank and G.A. Reid. In 1911, he began working at the commercial art firm Grip Ltd. in Toronto, which proved to be an influential meeting place for the future of Canadian art, as the firm employed five of the seven artists who would form the iconic Group of Seven - Johnston, J.E.H. Macdonald, Frederick Varley, Arthur Lismer and Franklin Carmichael. Although in close contact with his colleagues, Johnston strongly remained an individual, a trait that he would exhibit throughout his career.
Beginning in 1912, Johnston spent three years in the United States, studying at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art and working at Carleton Studios in New York before returning to Toronto in 1915. In 1918, Johnston was commissioned to document the Royal Flying Corps at their training camps in Ontario, as part of the Canadian War Memorials during World War I. In fall of that same year, Johnston joined fellow Group members Lawren Harris and Macdonald in the first boxcar expedition up the Algoma Central Railway in northern Ontario. He joined Group members on two more Algoma sketching trips in 1919 and 1920. The Group of Seven held their first official show in 1920 at The Art Gallery of Toronto, now the Art Gallery of Ontario. At this pivotal exhibition, Johnston exhibited and sold more paintings than any other Group member.
In December of 1920, Johnston held an independent exhibition at The Fine Art Galleries, T. Eaton Co. Ltd. in Toronto. In 1921, he moved to Manitoba to accept the position of Principal of the Winnipeg School of Art and began a gradual departure from the Group and transformed his style to a more realistic one. Johnston returned to Toronto in 1924 to teach at the Ontario College of Art, and then officially resigned from the Group. Johnston claimed there were no problems between him and the other members, but that he simply preferred to follow his own path. During this process, he changed his first name to Franz. As well as painting in oil, Johnston was known for his accomplished use of the medium of tempera. His work proved to be popular with the public, and at a time when many Canadian artists struggled to support themselves through their art, Johnston attained financial success.
Johnston developed larger narrative paintings in the 1930s and 1940s, in addition to his more intimate examinations of landscape. During this time his subjects ranged from the pastoral countryside of Ontario to northern Quebec and the Northwest Territories. Johnston continued to paint until passing away on July 9, 1949 in Toronto.

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Noteworthy Artists that aren’t regularly available to our Gallery
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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