GOODRIDGE ROBERTS

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Goodridge Roberts was born on September 24th, 1904 in Barbados of Canadian parents on holiday from Fredericton. Lived in London England, France, Fredericton, Ottawa (1908 – 1919) and Montreal (from 1936 onward). Goodridge Roberts died in Montreal in 1974.

"Must the artist, like the tight-rope walker in a dream-like state of composure, yet always aware of the gulf at his feet, feel both the elation and the uneasiness? One is made forcibly aware of the tension under which one has been working by the sense of relief with which one contemplates a work well done, or of extreme dejection before a badly realized work. There is no truce in this conflict until the brushes are laid down."
(Goodridge Roberts, 1953)

Affiliations

Royal Canadian Academy
Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour
Canadian Group of Painters
Canadian Arts Society, Montreal
Eastern Group

Awards

1933, Carnegie Grant for artist residency at Queen’s
1939,47,58, Jesse Dow Prize for Water Colour Painting
1948, Musee du Quebec Purchase Award
1952, RCAF Assoc. Purchase Award
1954, Canadian Government Overseas Fellowship
1957, Winnipeg Art Gallery Junior League Award
1959, 3rd, Biennial of Canadian Art
1959, Canada Council Grant for Residency at University of New Brunswick
1960, Honorary Doctor of Laws, Spring Ecaenia
1963, Art Gallery of Hamilton Purchase Award
1967, Canada Council Award

Collections

Vancouver Art Gallery
Edmonton Art Gallery
Winnipeg Art Gallery
Willistead Art Gallery, Windsor
Art Gallery of Hamilton
Hart House, University of Toronto
Art Gallery of Ontario
University of Guelph
Queen's University, Kingston
National Gallery of Canada
Firestone Art Collection
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
University of British Columbia
Concordia University, Montreal
McGill University, Montreal
Quebec Provincial Museum
Lord Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton
University of New Brunswick
Dalhousie University, Halifax
Bezalel Museum, Isreal
Many Private Collections

Education

Graduated from Fredericton High School in 1923
Entered l’Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Montreal in the autumn of 1923
Studied at the Art Student’s League, New York, 1926 - 28

Teaching

1928 Fredericton, NB
1932,39,41 Arts Club of Montreal
1933,38, James Wilson & Company, Ottawa
1933,39,51, Hart House Gallery, Toronto
1934,35, Queen’s University
1938, W. Scott and Sons, Montreal
1940,42,50, Art Association of Montreal
1940,42, L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Montreal
1942,45, McGill University
1943,45,47,48,49,50,52,53,55,62, Dominion Gallery, Montreal
1943,54, Vancouver Art Gallery
1944, National Gallery, London, England
1949,53,63,64,67,69, National Gallery of Canada
1951,57,59,61,64 Roberts Gallery, Toronto
1952,60 Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal
1951,57 Galerie l’Atelier, Quebec
1952, Venice Beinnale (Canada’s 1st participation)
1954,63, New Brunswick Museum, St. John
1954, Galerie R. Creuze, Paris
1961, Waddington Galleries, Montreal
1962, Penthouse Gallery, Montreal
1964, Tate Gallery, London
1967, Canadian Pavilion, Expo 67
1969, Hamilton Art Gallery
1970, Retrospective, National Gallery of Canada (also Travelling)
1979, Galerie Bernard DesRoches, Montreal
1980, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
1981, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon

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