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Famous Artists from Canada

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List of the most popular artists from Canada, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries artists have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of entertainment. Whether they're known for painting, sculpting, etching or drawing, the famous Canadian artists on this list have kept that tradition alive by creating renowned pieces of art that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Canadian artists, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

List is made up of artists like Paul Couvrette and John Wycliffe Lowes Forster.

This list answers the questions, "Which famous artists are from Canada?" and "Who are the most well-known Canadian artists?"

For further information on these historic Canadian artists, click on their names. If you're a fine art lover use this list of celebrated Canadian artists to discover some new paintings that you will enjoy.



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    Jack Bush
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    Jack Bush is a 1968 Guggenheim Fellow in Creative Arts.more

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    • Artworks: Woodland Interior, White Flip, Three and Blue Loop, Purple Thrust, Green Loop, + more
    • Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
    • Associated periods or movements: Color Field, Abstract expressionism, Post-painterly abstraction, Lyrical abstraction
    • Nationality: Canada
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Philip Guston, born Phillip Goldstein, was a painter and printmaker in the New York School, which included many of the abstract expressionists, such as Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning. In the late 1960s Guston helped to lead a transition from abstract expressionism to neo-expressionism in ...more

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    • Artworks: Head, Blue Light, Back View, Inhabiter, Green Rug, + more
    • Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
    • Associated periods or movements: Abstract expressionism, Social realism, Neo-expressionism
    • Nationality: Canada, United States of America
    • Art Forms: Painting, Printmaking
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    Peter Pitseolak

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    Peter Pitseolak
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    Peter Pitseolak was an Inuit photographer, sculptor, artist and historian.more

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    • Nationality: Canada
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    Evan Penny

    Evan Penny was born in South Africa in 1953. He currently lives and works in Toronto, Canada. In 1978 Penny graduated from Alberta College of Art and Design and received a post-graduate degree in sculpture. Evan Penny makes sculptures of human forms out of silicone, pigment, hair and aluminium. His ...more

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    • Birthplace: South Africa
    • Nationality: Canada, South Africa
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    Jeff Wall
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    Jeffrey "Jeff" Wall, OC, RSA is a Canadian artist best known for his large-scale back-lit cibachrome photographs and art history writing. Wall has been a key figure in Vancouver's art scene since the early-1970s. Early in his career, he helped define the Vancouver School and he has published essays on ...more

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    • Artworks: Tattoos and Shadows, The Flooded Grave
    • Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada
    • Associated periods or movements: Contemporary art
    • Nationality: Canada
    • Art Forms: Photography
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    Kazuo Nakamura
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    Kazuo Nakamura was a Japanese-Canadian painter and sculptor and a founding member of the Toronto-based Painters Eleven group in the 1950s.more

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    • Artworks: Autumn, Summer Storm, August Morning, White Landscape, Inner Structure, + more
    • Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada
    • Associated periods or movements: Abstract expressionism
    • Nationality: Canada
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting
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    Eric Goldberg

    Eric Goldberg was a Jewish-Canadian painter, born in 1890 in Berlin, Germany. Goldberg was influenced by the art of Pierre-Auguste Renoir at an early age. He studied at Paris, France's École des Beaux-Arts and Académie Julian under Tony Robert-Fleury, Jules Joseph Lefebvre and Jean-Paul Laurens, and ...more

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    • Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
    • Associated periods or movements: Eastern Group of Painters
    • Nationality: Canada, Germany
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Jean-Paul Riopelle

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    Jean-Paul Riopelle
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    Jean-Paul Riopelle, CC GOQ was a painter and sculptor from Quebec, Canada. He became the first Canadian painter to attain widespread international recognition.more

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    • Artworks: La Joute, Six owls, Composition III, La Cime de L'Herve, Hommage à Aimé et Marguerite Maegh, + more
    • Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
    • Associated periods or movements: Lyrical abstraction
    • Nationality: Canada
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Goodridge Roberts

    William Goodridge Roberts was a Canadian painter known for his landscape paintings and unassuming still lifes and interiors. Goodridge Roberts was the son of poet and novelist Theodore Goodridge Roberts and Frances Seymour Allen. Roberts was born in Barbados in 1904 while his parents were on holiday ...more

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    • Artworks: Lake Orford, Still Life, White and Yellow Flowers, Lancaster in a Hangar, Interior, + more
    • Birthplace: Barbados
    • Associated periods or movements: Eastern Group of Painters
    • Nationality: Canada
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    Bryan Adams
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    Bryan Guy Adams, OC OBC is a Canadian singer, musician, producer, actor, social activist, and photographer. Adams has been one of the most successful figures of the world of rock music during last three decades. He's known for his strong husky vocals and energetic live performances. Adams rose to fame ...more

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    • Birthplace: Kingston, Canada
    • Nationality: Canada
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    Marcel Barbeau

    Marcel Barbeau, OC is a Canadian artist. Born in Montreal, Quebec, he studied with Paul-Émile Borduas. He completed 'Foret vierge', which is now in a private collection. In 1995, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. He is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. His daughter Manon ...more

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    • Artworks: Bursts and breaks, Blue Midnight, Lune du matin, The drifting island, Foret vierge, + more
    • Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
    • Nationality: Canada
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    Jock Macdonald

    James Williamson Galloway Macdonald, commonly known in his professional life as "Jock" Macdonald, was a member of Painters Eleven, whose goal was to promote abstract art in Canada.more

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    • Artworks: Rain, Thunder Clouds Over Okanagan Lake, Polynesian Night, Pilgrimage, Lytton Church, + more
    • Birthplace: Scotland
    • Nationality: Canada
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    Jack Humphrey

    Jack Weldon Humphrey was a Canadian landscape and figure painter, mainly in watercolour.more

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    • Artworks: Pictorial Structure - Balcony Subject, Still life with blue pitcher and fruit, Houses in the hills, Dorothy, The sun is a spotlight, + more
    • Birthplace: Saint John, Canada
    • Associated periods or movements: Eastern Group of Painters
    • Nationality: Canada
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    Michael Snow, CC is a Canadian artist working in painting, sculpture, video, films, photography, holography, drawing, books and music.more

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    • Artworks: 8x10, Crossing, Shunt, Red, Orange and Green, + more
    • Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
    • Associated periods or movements: Contemporary art
    • Nationality: Canada
    • Art Forms: Installation art, Painting
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    Agnes Bernice Martin was an American abstract painter. Often referred to as a minimalist, Martin considered herself an abstract expressionist. She was awarded a National Medal of Arts from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1998.more

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    • Artworks: The Tree, Falling Blue, Harbor Number 1, Petal, Untitled #6, + more
    • Birthplace: Macklin, Canada
    • Associated periods or movements: Hard-edge painting, Contemporary art, Monochrome painting, Abstract expressionism
    • Nationality: Canada, United States of America
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Emily Carr
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    Emily Carr was a Canadian artist and writer heavily inspired by the Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast. One of the first painters in Canada to adopt a Modernist and Post-Impressionist painting style, Carr did not receive widespread recognition for her work until late in her life. As she ...more

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    • Artworks: Kitwancool, Breton church, Odds and Ends, Blunden Harbour, Tree Trunk, + more
    • Birthplace: Victoria, Canada
    • Associated periods or movements: Post-Impressionism, Modernism, Expressionism
    • Nationality: Canada
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Bruce LaBruce
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    Bruce LaBruce is a Canadian writer, filmmaker, photographer and underground adult director based in Toronto, Ontario. His films explore themes of sexual and interpersonal transgression against cultural norms, frequently blending the artistic and production techniques of independent film with gay ...more

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    • Birthplace: Southampton, Ontario, Canada
    • Nationality: Canada
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    Peter Mettler
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    Peter Mettler is a Canadian film director and cinematographer.more

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    • Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
    • Nationality: Canada
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    John Feeney
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    John Feeney was a New Zealand-born director of documentary films. He worked with the New Zealand National Film Unit, National Film Board of Canada and made films and did photography in Egypt. He was nominated for two Academy Awards.more

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    • Birthplace: DVD Region 4, Oceania, Ngaruawahia, New Zealand
    • Nationality: Canada, New Zealand
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    Toller Cranston
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    Toller Shalitoe Montague Cranston, CM was a Canadian figure skater and painter. He won the 1971–1976 Canadian national championships, the 1974 World bronze medal and the 1976 Olympic bronze medal. Despite never winning at the World Figure Skating Championships due to his poor compulsory figures, he won ...more

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    • Artworks: The Poppy Crown, Horse For Sale, The Winter Orchestra, Winter Festival, Gray Winter Day, + more
    • Birthplace: Hamilton, Canada
    • Nationality: Canada
    • Art Forms: Painting
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