Emily Carr (1871-1945) achieved the status of one of Canada’s most beloved and original artists due to her hard work, artistic and spiritual passion, dedication to life-long learning, and exposure to different influences and experiences.
From the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Carr’s paintings are set in context with the work of artists who inspired her and were inspired by her. This exhibition illustrates the shift in Carr’s painting style from her early roots in 19th century British watercolour tradition alongside other artists like Josephine Crease and Sophie Pemberton, to where she ended up with a unique and modern expression that spoke of her love of Western Canada. On display will also be a selection of works by artist who influenced her including members of the Group of Seven- Lawren Harris, A.Y. Jackson, and Arthur Lismer- and American modernist Mark Tobey. The exhibition also recognizes Carr’s legacy, including younger artists of her circle who were encouraged by her dedication and vision such as Jack Shadbolt, Myfanwy Pavelic, and Statira Frame.