Canadian War Art


Art is a valuable resource to study history and historians have long looked to paintings for clues about the past when no photographs were available. Sometimes, photographs aren't enough; when taken by a non-artist, they add a distance that doesn't truly convey the gravity of the event...

Canada's first war art program was was established by Max Aitken, Lord Beaverbrook and Lord Rothermere under the Canadian War Records Office of the Canadian Army during World War I. Known as the Canadian War Memorials Fund, the program employed more than 60 artists to travel to the battlefields of the Western Front and produce canvases that would document the conflict.  

At the end of the war a large portion of the art was exhibited in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, London and New York. With works such as F. H. Varley's For What? it was clear the artists had seen the underside of the war. 


Thanks to the precedent of the Canadian War Memorials Fund, Canadian artists were once again pressed into service during World War II. However, the war art program was not officially created until 1943, thanks to the efforts of Vincent Masses and H.O.McCurry the director of the National Gallery of Canada. It was then that the Canadian War Art Program fell under the jurisdiction of the Department of National Defense. 

With more than 1,000 works, the art from the Second World War focused less on a scarred landscape and more on the people and machinery involved. Lawren Harris's Tank Convoy demonstrated the power of man-made machinery, and Alex Coville's Tragic Landscape serves to contrast war with nature. 


The importance of this art cannot be understated; as noted by the Canadian War Museum "The works of war art are a unique legacy for all Canadians. Not only are the vivid depictions of military events inspired by personal experience, but they are also important elements in our nation's art history. They constitute nothing less than a reflection of our national heritage." 


The Canadian War Museum has an online exhibit entitled "Art and War". Today, take time to remember the war artists; the people who risked their lives to document our history. 

The Canadian Encyclopedia, "War Artists" (Access November 9, 2015)

Canadian War Museum, "Canada's War Art" (Accessed November 10, 2015)


Thank You

The Stouffville Studio Tour artists wish to thank everyone who supported our 17th Annual Tour.

Thank you to our guests 

Thank you to our sponsors 

Thank you to the Town of Whitchurch Stouffville, the papers and the local radio station

You make this weekend possible 

Looking forward to next year .... 18th Annual Stouffville Studio Tour



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Twenty three talented artists at fourteen studio locations.

A wide variety of media; jewellery, paintings, sculptures plus many more 

Meet the artists and visit the homes/studios where the magic happens. 

Enjoy the fall leaves, colourful scenery and beautiful artwork

A great way to spend time on a fall weekend visiting our studio locations in the lovey Town of Whitchurch Stouffville.

We are looking forward to meeting you!

You're invited 




A family affair!

Over the years several of our artists were from the same family 

This year at Studio 11 is artist Diana Bullock with her mother Grace MacPherson and her daughter Allison Bullock ...... three generations, one location. 

Diana Bullock (C) 2017

Diana Bullock (C) 2017

Grace MacPherson (C) 2017

Grace MacPherson (C) 2017

Allison Bullock (C) 2017

Allison Bullock (C) 2017

And at Studio 12 is husband and wife team Margaret Grandison and Ray McNeice 

Margaret Grandison (C) 2017

Margaret Grandison (C) 2017

Ray McNeice (C) 2017

Ray McNeice (C) 2017

Also with Margaret and Ray is guest artist Dianne Green 

Make sure you stop by both of these locations