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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.

  • Woodland Interior, White Flip

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    Associated periods or movementsColor Field, Abstract expressionism, Post-painterly abstraction, Lyrical abstraction

    Art FormsPainting

    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 Abstraction....  more
  • Head, Blue Light

    BirthplaceMontreal, Canada

    Associated periods or movementsAbstract expressionism, Social realism, Neo-expressionism

    Art FormsPainting, 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 abstract...  more
  • Peter Pitseolak was an Inuit photographer, sculptor, artist and historian....  more
  • 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 in...  more
  • Tattoos and Shadows, The Flooded Grave

    BirthplaceVancouver, Canada

    Associated periods or movementsContemporary art

    Art FormsPhotography

    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 Vancouver's...  more
  • Autumn, Summer Storm

    BirthplaceVancouver, Canada

    Associated periods or movementsAbstract expressionism

    Art FormsSculpture, 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 1950s....  more
  • 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, France's...  more
  • La Joute, Six owls

    BirthplaceMontreal, Canada

    Associated periods or movementsLyrical abstraction

    Art FormsPainting

    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
  • Lake Orford, Still Life


    Associated periods or movementsEastern Group of Painters

    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 Theodore...  more
  • 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 with...  more

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  • Bursts and breaks, Blue Midnight

    BirthplaceMontreal, 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
  • Rain, Thunder Clouds Over Okanagan Lake


    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), whose goal was...  more
  • 8x10, Crossing

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    Associated periods or movementsContemporary art

    Art FormsInstallation 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 (1967)...  more
  • The Tree, Falling Blue

    BirthplaceMacklin, Canada

    Associated periods or movementsHard-edge painting, Contemporary art, Monochrome painting, Abstract expressionism

    Art FormsPainting

    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 silence". Although she...  more
  • Kitwancool, Breton church

    BirthplaceVictoria, Canada

    Associated periods or movementsPost-Impressionism, Modernism, Expressionism

    Art FormsPainting

    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

    #18 of 46 Famous Post-Impressionist Artists#20 of 101 Famous Expressionist Artists#43 of 79 Famous Modernist Artists, Ranked

  • 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 of...  more
  • 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 of...  more
  • The Poppy Crown, Horse For Sale

    BirthplaceHamilton, Canada

    Art FormsPainting

    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 medal...  more
  • Scene in the Northwest: Portrait of John Henry Lefroy

    BirthplaceRepublic of Ireland, Mallow, County Cork

    Art FormsPainting

    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 Columbia...  more
  • Marilyn Manson, Heart

    BirthplacePescara, 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
  • Canoe Landing Park

    BirthplaceCFB Baden-Soellingen, Germany

    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 (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 television...  more
  • 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

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  • The Unravished Bride, Victoria Hospital

    BirthplaceLondon, Canada

    Art FormsPainting

    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
  • Through the window of the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, Marknadsscen från Djama Elfna

    BirthplaceTaplow, United Kingdom

    Art FormsPainting

    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