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Ernest Thompson Seton – Untitled

Born August 14, 1860 in South Sheilds,  England
Died October 23, 1946 Seton Village, New Mexico
He was the eighth of ten brothers that lived. (One sister died at age 6) The family, with the exception of a couple of the older brothers, went to Canada (Lindsay, Ontario) in 1866, when his father had lost his fortune as a ship-owner. Joseph (father) did not make a good farmer, so by 1870 they had moved to Toronto where he was employed as an accountant. Seton went to Toronto schools for his basic education.

He was born Ernest Evan Thompson in South Shields, County Durham (now part of South Tyneside, Tyne and Wear), England and his family emigrated to Canada in 1866. As a youth, he retreated to the woods to draw and study animals as a way of avoiding his abusive father. He won a scholarship in art to the Royal Academy in London, England.

He later rejected his father and changed his name to Ernest Thompson Seton. He developed a fascination for wolves while working as a naturalist for Manitoba. He became successful as a writer, artist and naturalist, later moving to New York City to further his career. Seton later lived at Windyghoul estate in Cos Cob, a section of Greenwich, Connecticut. After experiencing vandalism by the local youth, Seton invited them to his estate for a weekend where he told stories of the American Indians and of nature.

Seton met Scouting‘s founder, Lord Baden-Powell, in 1906. Baden-Powell had read Seton’s book, The Birch Bark Roll of the Woodcraft Indians, and was greatly intrigued by it. The pair met and shared ideas. Baden-Powell went on to found the Scouting movement worldwide, and Seton became vital in the foundation of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and was its first Chief Scout. His Woodcraft Indians (a youth organization), combined with the early attempts at Scouting from the YMCA and other organizations, and Daniel Carter Beard‘s Sons of Daniel Boone, to form the BSA.[3] The work of Seton and Beard is in large part the basis of the Traditional Scouting movement.[4]

Seton was Chief Scout of the BSA from 1915–1934 and his work is in large part responsible for the appropriation and incorporation of what he believed to be American Indian elements into the traditions of the BSA. However, he had significant personality and philosophical clashes with Beard and James E. West.

In addition to disputes about the content of Seton’s contributions to the Boy Scout Handbook, conflicts also arose about the suffrage activities of his wife, Grace, and his British citizenship. The citizenship issue arose partly because of his high position within BSA, and the federal charter West was attempting to obtain for the BSA required its board members to be United States citizens. Seton drafted his written resignation on January 29, 1915, but he did not send it to BSA until May.[5]

Seton was an early pioneer of the modern school of animal fiction writing, his most popular work being Wild Animals I Have Known (1898), which contains the story of his killing of the wolf Lobo. He later became involved in a literary debate known as the nature fakers controversy, after John Burroughs published an article in 1903 in the Atlantic Monthly attacking writers of sentimental animal stories. The controversy lasted for four years and included important American environmental and political figures of the day, including President Theodore Roosevelt.[6]

Seton married twice. His first marriage was to Grace Gallatin in 1896. Their only daughter, Ann, was born in 1904 and died in 1990. Ann, who later changed her first name, became a best-selling author of historical and biographical novels as Anya Seton. According to Ann’s introduction to the novel Green Darkness, Grace was a practicing Theosophist. Ernest and Grace divorced in 1935, and Ernest soon married Julia M. Buttree. Julia would write works by herself and with Ernest. They did not have any biological children, but did adopt an infant daughter, Beulah (Dee) Seton (later Dee Seton Barber), in 1938. Dee Seton Barber died in 2006.


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J. Carl Heywood – Vanity, Vanity, Version Two

Born June 6, 1941, Toronto, Ontario
Resides in Kingston, teaches printmaking at Queen’s university

J. Carl Heywood, is one of the most respected print makers working in Canada today. His strong architectural style, a passion for print making processes and an endless desire to evolve his imagery is largely responsible for the great success he has enjoyed for more than 30 years. He has also balanced his artistic career with education as a professor of printmaking in the Bachelor of Fine Art program at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario.

John Carl Heywood was born June 6, 1941 in Toronto, Ontario. As a youngster he loved to draw and fondly recalls receiving inspiration from his favorite E.C. comics: Two Fisted Tales, Tales From the Crypt and Mad.

He also had encouragement from his mother who remarked on his terrific sense of colour. Following high school, he enrolled in the Ontario College of Art and began his formal art education in drawing, painting and printmaking. He studied with printer maker Fred Hagan and was a classmate of David Blackwood. It was there Carl fell in love with silkscreening because of its great flexibility with colour and its ability to take an image in many different directions. He graduated from OCA in 1963.

His quest for learning and creating the perfect print has never subsided. Following a year as a secondary school art teacher in Belleville, Ontario, he moved to Paris, France in 1967 and worked for four years doing etching at S.W. Hayter’s Atelier 17. It was there that he fine tuned his printmaking expertise, met fellow Canadian artist Irene F. Whittome and, launched his artistic career. He returned to Canada in 1973 and since that time, has never looked back. Carl Heywood has lived and worked as an artist and a teacher in Kingston, Ontario since 1974.

Carl Heywood is a prolific print maker. He began to exhibit in the early 1970′s, and has shown in most of the international print biennales since that time. He has won numerous awards for his work over the years including the prestigious Edition Award at the World Print Four in San Francisco in 1983. Heywood has also had more than 75 one man shows across Canada, in Europe and in the United States. His work is included in numerous private and public collections including the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, England, the Metropolitan Museum in New York City, the Musée d’ Art Moderne, Paris, France, the Art Gallery of Ontario and, an archive of his prints resides in the Artists For Kids Gallery in North Vancouver.

EDUCATION
1959 – 1963   Ontario College of Art
1967 – 1969 Atelier 17, Paris, France

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:
2002 – “Carpe Diem”, Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2001 – Galerie JC Bergeron, Ottawa, Ontario
2000 – Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
Galerie JC Bergeron, Ottawa, Ontario
1999 – Mira Godard, Toronto, Ontario
1992 – Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
1991 – Buschlen- Mowat Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia
1990 – Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
1989 – Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
Buschlen-Mowat Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia
1987 – Ottawa School of Art, Ottawa, Ontario
The Thomas Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
1986 – Whitney Station Gallery
Open Studio, Toronto, Ontario
1985 – University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario
Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
1984 – Burnaby Art Gallery
Art Gallery of Brant, Brantford, Ontario
1982 – Agnes Etherington Art Center, Kingston, Ontario
1981 – Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
Gallery Anne Duran, Ottawa, Ontario
1980 – University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta
1979 – University of western Ontario, London, Ontario
1978 – Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
1977 – Art Gallery of Ontario, Touring Exhibition
Memorial University, St. John’s, Newfoundland

PUBLICATIONS
H. Wolff, ‘The Index of Ontario Artists’ Visual Acts and Ontario Association of Art Galleries, 1978, Page 121.
Frances Smith ‘Small Objects’ brochure Agnes Etherington Art Centre, June 1976.
Cattell, ‘Who’s Who in American Act, 1978, 1982.
‘Canadian Who’s Who’ Toronto, 1981.
‘Dictionary of International Biography’ Cambridge, 1979. ‘Printworld’, 1982/83.
‘Dictionary of Canadian Artists’  MacDonald, 1968.


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William ‘St. Thomas’ Smith

 

 

Born March 30, 1862
Died February 18, 1947 at home in St. Thomas.

Notes of Interest: It is suggested that the name St. Thomas was added to his own because of two William Smiths painting in Ontario-or during his school years for similar reason-what ever the case he began using it in 1900 or shortly after.

Arrived in Beaverton, Ontario around 1869.

William’s father built and operated Beaverton Iron Foundry in 1871. He attended 2nd Beaverton School-encouraged to paint by Alexander Muir (composer of “The Maple Leaf Forever” Lake Simcoe became subject of Smiths early watercolours. He studied in Toronto 1880-84 supposably under G. Reid and Robert Holmes, however both were students at the same time and there is no significant trace of either upon Smith’s mature work.

On May 27, 1886 he married Julia Payne in Southwood, Elgin County, a daughter of a well known Toronto art dealer. She was also a former student at the Ontario School of Art where they had met.  Shortly after the marriage they settled in St. Thomas, both began teaching at Alma College under direction of F.M. Bell -Smith. Had three daughters born, first one in 1893. Julia died in 1928

1930 he married Minnie May Cotton. For the next ten years his paintings show a jump in brightness.

Smith disliked teaching and preferred to paint every day He would travel each year on sketching tours across Canada (Maritimes) and then Europe-embarking on first trip to Scotland and England around 1895 where he came in contact with the Scottish School of Art, and was greatly influenced by Willaim McTaggert.

Despite stroke in 1945 which paralyzed his right hand, he continued to paint using his left.

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