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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. Make sure to also check out famous pointillism artists and famous abstract expressionist artists. 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?"

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Jack Bush is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
Woodland Interior, White Flip, Three and Blue Loop

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Associated periods or movements: Color Field, Abstract expressionism, Post-painterly abstraction, Lyrical abstraction

Nationality: Canada

Art Forms: Painting

John Hamilton "Jack" Bush (20 March 1909 – 24 January 1977) was a Canadian contemporary, abstract painter. His paintings are associated with the Color Field movement and Post-painterly ...more
Philip Guston is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
Head, Blue Light, Back View

Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

Associated periods or movements: Abstract expressionism, Social realism, Neo-expressionism

Nationality: Canada, United States of America

Art Forms: Painting, Printmaking

Philip Guston (pronounced like "rust"), born Phillip Goldstein (June 27, 1913 – June 7, 1980), was a painter and printmaker in the New York School, an art movement that included many ...more
Peter Pitseolak is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
Peter Pitseolak

Nationality: Canada

Peter Pitseolak was an Inuit photographer, sculptor, artist and historian.
Evan Penny is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Artists from Canada

Birthplace: South Africa

Nationality: Canada, South Africa

Evan Penny (born 1953, in South Africa), currently lives and works in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In 1978 Penny graduated from Alberta College of Art and Design and received a post-graduate degree ...more
Jeff Wall is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
Tattoos and Shadows, The Flooded Grave

Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada

Associated periods or movements: Contemporary art

Nationality: Canada

Art Forms: Photography

Jeffrey Wall, OC, RSA (born September 29, 1946) 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 ...more
Kazuo Nakamura is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
Autumn, Summer Storm, August Morning

Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada

Associated periods or movements: Abstract expressionism

Nationality: Canada

Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting

Kazuo Nakamura was a Japanese-Canadian painter and sculptor (born Vancouver October 13, 1926; died Toronto April 9, 2002) and a founding member of the Toronto-based Painters Eleven group in the
Eric Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Artists from Canada

Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Associated periods or movements: Eastern Group of Painters

Nationality: Canada, Germany

Art Forms: Painting

Eric Goldberg (1890–1969) 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, ...more
Jean-Paul Riopelle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
Jean-Paul Riopelle La Joute, Six owls, Composition III

Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

Associated periods or movements: Lyrical abstraction

Nationality: Canada

Art Forms: Painting

Jean-Paul Riopelle, (7 October 1923 – 12 March 2002) was a painter and sculptor from Quebec, Canada. He became the first Canadian painter (since James Wilson Morrice) to attain widespread ...more
Goodridge Roberts is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
Goodridge Roberts Lake Orford, Still Life, White and Yellow Flowers

Birthplace: Barbados

Associated periods or movements: Eastern Group of Painters

Nationality: Canada

William Goodridge Roberts (1904–1974) was a Canadian painter known for his landscape paintings and unassuming still lifes and interiors. Goodridge Roberts was the son of poet and novelist ...more
Bryan Adams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Artists from Canada

Birthplace: Kingston, Canada

Nationality: Canada

Bryan Guy Adams (born 5 November 1959) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, record producer, guitarist, photographer, philanthropist and activist. He rose to fame in Canada and the United States ...more

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Marcel Barbeau is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
Marcel Barbeau Bursts and breaks, Blue Midnight, Lune du matin

Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

Nationality: Canada

Marcel Barbeau, (February 18, 1925 – January 2, 2016) was a Canadian artist.Marcel Barbeau is firstly an abstract expressionist and an action painting artist (1946-1957 and 1971-1980), whose ...more
Jock Macdonald is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
Jock Macdonald Rain, Thunder Clouds Over Okanagan Lake, Polynesian Night

Birthplace: Scotland

Nationality: Canada

James Williamson Galloway Macdonald (31 May 1897 – 3 December 1960), commonly known in his professional life as "Jock" Macdonald, was a member of Painters Eleven (Painters 11, or P11), ...more
Michael Snow is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
8x10, Crossing, Shunt

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Associated periods or movements: Contemporary art

Nationality: Canada

Art Forms: Installation art, Painting

Michael Snow, (born December 10, 1928) is a Canadian artist working in a range of media including film, installation, sculpture, photography, and music. His best-known films are Wavelength ...more
Agnes Martin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
The Tree, Falling Blue, Harbor Number 1

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

Agnes Bernice Martin (March 22, 1912 – December 16, 2004) was a Canadian-born American abstract painter. Her work has been defined as an "essay in discretion on inward-ness and ...more
Emily Carr is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
Kitwancool, Breton church, Odds and Ends

Birthplace: Victoria, Canada

Associated periods or movements: Post-Impressionism, Modernism, Expressionism

Nationality: Canada

Art Forms: Painting

Emily Carr (December 13, 1871 – March 2, 1945) was a Canadian artist and writer inspired by the Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast. One of the first painters in Canada to adopt a ...more

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Peter Mettler is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Artists from Canada

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Nationality: Canada

Peter Mettler (born September 7, 1958) is a Swiss-Canadian film director and cinematographer. He is best known for his unique, intuitive approach to documentary, evinced by such films as Picture ...more
John Feeney is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Artists from Canada

Birthplace: DVD Region 4, Oceania, Ngaruawahia, New Zealand

Nationality: Canada, New Zealand

John Feeney may refer to: John Feeney (filmmaker) (1922–2006), New Zealand director of documentary films John Feeney (newspaper proprietor) (1839–1905), newspaper proprietor and philanthropist ...more
Toller Cranston is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
The Poppy Crown, Horse For Sale, The Winter Orchestra

Birthplace: Hamilton, Canada

Nationality: Canada

Art Forms: Painting

Toller Shalitoe Montague Cranston, CM (April 20, 1949 – January 24, 2015) was a Canadian figure skater and painter. He won the 1971–1976 Canadian national championships, the 1974 World bronze ...more
Paul Kane is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
Scene in the Northwest: Portrait of John Henry Lefroy

Birthplace: Republic of Ireland, Mallow, County Cork

Nationality: Canada, Ireland

Art Forms: Painting

Paul Kane (September 3, 1810 – February 20, 1871) was an Irish-born Canadian painter, famous for his paintings of First Nations peoples in the Canadian West and other Native Americans in the ...more
Floria Sigismondi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
Marilyn Manson, Heart, Six inches Diptych

Birthplace: Europe, Province of Pescara, Eurasia, Italy, Southern Europe, + more

Nationality: Canada, Italy

Floria Sigismondi is an Italian-Canadian film director, screenwriter, music video director, artist, and photographer She is best known for writing and directing The Runaways, for directing music ...more
Douglas Coupland is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
Canoe Landing Park

Birthplace: Eurasia, CFB Baden-Soellingen, Germany

Nationality: Canada

Douglas Coupland ( KOHP-lənd) (born December 30, 1961) is a Canadian novelist and artist. His fiction is complemented by recognized works in design and visual art arising from his early formal ...more
Jay Manuel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Artists from Canada

Birthplace: Springfield, USA, Illinois

Nationality: Canada, United States of America

Jay Manuel (born August 14, 1972) is an American-born Canadian TV host, Creative Director and Make-up Artist. He is most recognizable as the former Creative Director on the popular reality ...more
Melissa Auf der Maur is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Artists from Canada

Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

Nationality: Canada, Switzerland, United States of America

Melissa Gaboriau Auf der Maur (; born March 17, 1972) is a Canadian musician, singer-songwriter, photographer and actress. Auf der Maur began performing in 1993 after forming the indie rock band ...more
Jack Chambers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
The Unravished Bride, Victoria Hospital, Messengers Juggling Seeds

Birthplace: Canada, Ontario, London, Americas

Nationality: Canada

Art Forms: Painting

Jack Chambers may refer to: Jack Chambers (linguist) (born 1938), Canadian linguist Jack Chambers (artist) (1931–1978), Canadian artist and filmmaker Jack Chambers (footballer) (1901–1983), ...more
Brion Gysin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
Through the window of the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, Marknadsscen från Djama Elfna, Marrakech

Birthplace: Taplow, United Kingdom

Nationality: Canada, England

Art Forms: Painting

Brion Gysin (19 January 1916 – 13 July 1986) was a painter, writer, sound poet, and performance artist born in Taplow, Buckinghamshire.He is best known for his discovery of the cut-up technique, ...more