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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?"

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.

Jack Bush is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
Woodland Interior, White Flip, Three and Blue Loop
Jack Bush is a 1968 Guggenheim Fellow in Creative Arts.
Philip Guston is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
Head, Blue Light, Back View
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 ...more
Peter Pitseolak is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
Peter Pitseolak
Peter Pitseolak was an Inuit photographer, sculptor, artist and historian.
Evan Penny is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
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 ...more
Jeff Wall is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
Tattoos and Shadows, The Flooded Grave
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 ...more
Kazuo Nakamura is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
Autumn, Summer Storm, August Morning
Kazuo Nakamura was a Japanese-Canadian painter and sculptor and a founding member of the Toronto-based Painters Eleven group in the 1950s.
Eric Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
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 ...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
Jean-Paul Riopelle, CC GOQ was a painter and sculptor from Quebec, Canada. He became the first Canadian painter to attain widespread international recognition.
Goodridge Roberts is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
Goodridge Roberts Lake Orford, Still Life, White and Yellow Flowers
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 ...more
Bryan Adams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
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 ...more
Marcel Barbeau is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
Marcel Barbeau Bursts and breaks, Blue Midnight, Lune du matin
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 ...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
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.
Michael Snow is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
8x10, Crossing, Shunt
Michael Snow, CC is a Canadian artist working in painting, sculpture, video, films, photography, holography, drawing, books and music.
Agnes Martin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
Agnes Martin The Tree, Falling Blue, Harbor Number 1
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 ...more
Emily Carr is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
Kitwancool, Breton church, Odds and Ends
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 ...more
Bruce LaBruce is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
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 ...more
Peter Mettler is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
Peter Mettler is a Canadian film director and cinematographer.
John Feeney is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
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 ...more
Toller Cranston is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
The Poppy Crown, Horse For Sale, The Winter Orchestra
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 ...more
Paul Kane is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
Scene in the Northwest: Portrait of John Henry Lefroy
Paul Kane was an Irish-born Canadian painter, famous for his paintings of First Nations peoples in the Canadian West and other Native Americans in the Oregon Country. A largely self-educated ...more
Floria Sigismondi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
Marilyn Manson, Heart, Six inches Diptych
Floria Sigismondi is a Canadian-Italian photographer and music video director. Apart from her art exhibitions, she is best known for writing and directing the 2010 American drama film The ...more
Douglas Coupland is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
Canoe Landing Park
Douglas Coupland OC OBC is a Canadian novelist and artist. His fiction is complemented by recognized works in design and visual art arising from his early formal training. His first novel, the ...more
Jay Manuel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
Jay Manuel is a Canadian American make-up artist. He is most recognizable as the director of photo shoots on the popular reality television show America's Next Top Model. Manuel is also the host ...more
Melissa Auf der Maur is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
Melissa Gaboriau Auf der Maur is a Canadian musician, singer-songwriter, photographer and actress. Born and raised in Montréal, Québec, Auf der Maur began performing in 1993 after ...more
Jack Chambers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
The Unravished Bride, Victoria Hospital, Messengers Juggling Seeds
John "Jack" Chambers was a Canadian artist and filmmaker. Born in London, Ontario, Chambers' painting style shifted from surrealist-influenced to photo-realist-influenced. He used the ...more