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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.

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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 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
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

Brion Gysin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
Through the window of the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, Marknadsscen från Djama Elfna, Marrakech Brion Gysin 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, used by his friend, the ...more

Rab Townsend is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
Rab Townsend is a musician, composer, writer, and photographer. He was born in Bancroft, Ontario, Canada. Under the aliases of Dj_Starchild and Aetherius, Rab has composed and self-produced four ...more

Roloff Beny is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
Roloff Beny, OC was a Canadian photographer who spent the better part of his life in Rome and on his photographic travels throughout the world. Born Wilfred Roy Beny in Medicine Hat, Alberta, he ...more

Yousuf Karsh is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
Yousuf Karsh, CC was an Armenian–Canadian portrait photographer. According to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, he is "one of the greatest portrait photographers of the twentieth century, ...more

Lawren Harris is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
Pine Tree and Red House, Winter, City Painting II Lawren Stewart Harris, CC was a Canadian painter. He was born in Brantford, Ontario and is best known as a member the Group of Seven who pioneered a distinctly Canadian painting style in the ...more

Jack Humphrey is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
Jack Humphrey Pictorial Structure - Balcony Subject, Still life with blue pitcher and fruit, Houses in the hills Jack Weldon Humphrey was a Canadian landscape and figure painter, mainly in watercolour.

Ted Harrison is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
Ted Harrison Ducks, Paradise Visions, Tree Planting Edward Hardy "Ted" Harrison, CM was an English-Canadian artist who was notable for his paintings of the Yukon.

Marcel Jean is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
Le Spectre du Gardenia (The Specter of the Gardenia), Specter of the Gardenia Marcel Jean is a film producer.

Sarah Slean is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
Sarah Hope Slean is a Canadian singer-songwriter, musician, poet, visual artist and occasional actress. She has released eleven albums to date.

Larry Towell is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
Mexican Mennonite Migrant Workers, Family Album, 1992 World Press Photo Award for Daily Life winning photo Larry Towell is a Canadian photographer, poet, and oral historian.

Al Purdy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
Alfred Wellington Purdy, OC OOnt was a 20th-century Canadian free verse poet. Purdy's writing career spanned fifty-six years. His works include thirty-nine books of poetry; a novel; two volumes ...more

George Bridgman is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
George Brant Bridgman was a Canadian-American painter, writer, and teacher in the fields of anatomy and figure drawing. Bridgman taught anatomy for artists at the Art Students League of New York ...more

Kris Krug is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
Kris Krug is a 2009 Shorty Awards nominee for the Photography.

James Verbicky is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
James Verbicky is an abstract mixed media artist currently living in Southern California.

Robert S. Duncanson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
Landscape with Rainbow, Landscape with Shepherd, Recollections of Italy Robert Seldon Duncanson was an African-American painter associated with the Hudson River School. He is often described incorrectly as Robert Scott Duncanson, the son of a Canadian of Scottish ...more

Stephen Lack is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
Calisthenics, The Whitehouse, Annual report Stephen Lack is a Canadian painter and a film actor best known for his role as the lead character, Cameron Vale, in David Cronenberg's film Scanners.

Frank Leonard Brooks is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
Frank Leonard Brooks Building A Warship, Still Life (fruit Bowl), Moonlight At Peggy's Cove Leonard Brooks was a Canadian artist.

William Kurelek is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
The Maze, Assorted Hand Tools, Box Stove Top and Home Mill William Kurelek, CM was a Canadian artist and writer. His work was influenced by his childhood on the prairies, his Ukrainian-Canadian roots, his struggles with mental illness, and his ...more

Bertram Brooker is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
Alleluiah, Abstract Nude, Willow Bertram Richard Brooker was a Canadian writer, painter, musician, and advertising agency executive. Born in Croydon, England, to Richard Brooker and Mary Ann Brooker, he moved to Portage la ...more

Paul Hartal is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
Paul Hartal is a Canadian painter and poet, born in Szeged, Hungary. He has created the term "Lyrical Conceptualism" to characterize his style in both painting and poetry, and has ...more

David McCurdy Baird is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
David McCurdy Baird, OC FRSC is a Canadian geologist, photographer, and academic.

Earl W. Bascom is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
Earl W. Bascom was an American painter, printmaker, rodeo performer and sculptor, raised in Canada, who portrayed his own experiences cowboying and rodeoing across the American and Canadian

Franklin Carmichael is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
October Gold, Bisset Farm - 1933, Autumn Hillside Franklin Carmichael was a Canadian artist. He was the youngest original member of the Group of Seven.

Ian Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
Ian Lloyd R. Ian Lloyd is an Australian photographer who was born in Canada in 1953 and studied photography at Rochester Institute of Technology and Brooks Institute of Photography in the United States ...more

Betty Goodwin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
Betty Roodish Goodwin, OC was a Canadian printmaker, sculptor, painter, and installation artist.