Historic Art | Greg Curnoe

About the Artist

Gregory Curnoe was born in London, Ontario in 1936. From a young age, Curnoe expressed interest in art-making, drawing cartoons and comic books for a large part of his childhood. In 1954, he enrolled at the H.B. Beal Technical and Commercial High School in London, where he learned about modern art and literature. He went on to attend the Ontario College of Art, but was uninspired by the formalist tendencies of his instructors and did not complete his degree. In the 1960s, Curnoe’s career took off, his works included in two exhibitions at the National Gallery of Canada in 1967 and 1968. In 1968, he also helped found the Canadian Artist’s Representation (CARFAC), which works as an advocate for artist’s professional and economic rights. Curnoe is well known for his works based on his experiences in London, Ontario, and was part of the art movement known as London Regionalism that also included artists such as Ron Martin and Jack Chambers. His works are a controversial take on politics and popular culture, making use of paint, text, and collaged images. He exhibited internationally, notably showing work at the 1976 Venice Biennale and has been the subject of many retrospective exhibitions across Canada. Curnoe passed away in a tragic cycling accident in 1992 at the age of 55 in London, Ontario.
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