Newspaper clippings from a variety of newspapers relating to the art career of Ralph Conner as well as copies of exhibition catalogues.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Gallery has Art Display, 1957

Gallery has Art Display
An exhibition featuring the work of the late Ralph Conner, an artist who made an outstanding contribution to the growth and development of art in the Twin cities and whose influence spread throughout Canada, will open Friday night at the K-W Art Gallery.
Mr. Conner was born in England in 1895 and in early life used water colors as his chief medium.  He was overwhelmed by the difference in coloring and felt his former medium was unsuited to the Canadian landscape.  He turned to oils, finding great satisfaction in their richer colors and also became an advocate of use of the palette knife in painting.
A few years prior to his death in 1951 he returned to water colors using a technique similar to that of contemporary English painters.
His pictures have been hung by the Ontario Society of Artists, the Royal Canadian Academy, the Montreal Museum,  the Williams Memorial Gallery and have been exhibited all across Canada.  In 1931 he organized the Art Society of Kitchener and Waterloo.

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