Tony Kew

Mediterranean Morning
Mediterranean Morning, 1990
acrylic on canvas, 22" × 12"
Wicklow Farmer: Portrait of Sean Kavanaugh
Wicklow Farmer: Portrait of Sean Kavanaugh, 1991
acrylic on canvas, 30" × 38"


Tony Kew – Artist Biography

Tony Kew immigrated to Canada in 1967 from Johannesburg, South Africa when he was thirty years old. During his career in commercial art in Toronto and New York, he received over thirty awards of merit and creativity. He began painting seriously in 1974. Almost ten years later, in 1983 he was chosen to design images for Canada Post and for Canadian Embassies throughout the world.

Tony Kew's style is characterized by precise and detailed brush strokes. He often portrays people and over time many of his subjects were public and sports figures. Kew's technique of presenting very real looking objects and characters in unusual, imaginative combinations hints at an intuitive disclosure of the relations of things which exist slightly beyond normal appearances. His paintings are imbued with a feeling of stillness and calm, yet are often composed of unexpected elements which bespeak an elusive hyper-reality.

His work has been collected, among others, by Imperial Oil of Canada and Texaco Canada Inc. as well as by numerous private collectors.

Daphne OdjigDaphne Odjig, Canadian Indigenous Artist and Icon Dies at 97. Click here for more details.

Odjig is frequently referred to as the "Grandmother of Indigenous Art." She has been the recipient of many awards, honours and recognitions for her works, to name a few: The Order of Canada, the Governor General's Award, and eight Honorary Doctorates. Her works have been shown in the National Gallery of Canada, The McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

She established the first native-run fine art print house in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1971. Known as 'Odjig Indian Prints,' this print house was so successful that it evolved into an Indigenous gallery space in 1974, called the New Warehouse Gallery, run by Odjig and her husband, Chester Beavon. She was also a founding member of the Indian Group of Seven. This artistic group's purpose was to promote Contemporary Indigenous art and artists.

Alex JanvierAlex Janvier's major retrospective, "Alex Janvier: Modern Indigenous Master" is now on display at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.

Alex Janvier is one of Canada's most acclaimed contemporary Indigenous artists. His career of sixty-five years has yielded thousands of paintings, and more than twenty-five murals and public commissions. This retrospective of his artwork is on display from 25 November 2016 to 17 April 2017.

(Photo credit: Kim Griffiths) Click here for more details.