Biography of ROBERT GENN

GENN, Robert  FCA (1936-  ).  Born in Victoria, British Columbia, Genn studied at Victoria College, the University of British Columbia, the Art Center School in Los Angeles (1958), and with Lawren S. Harris. He has been highly influenced by Tom Thomson, Emily Carr, W. J. Phillips and the Group of Seven in general. He has also travelled and painted extensively in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, the south western United States, Mexico, South America, the Arctic, Europe, the British Isles, and the Orient. He is best known for his dramatic and inspiring West Coast landscapes and mountain scenes, coastal Indian settlements and native imagery, Ontario landscapes, and figurative work including several series featuring his artist daughter, Sarah. He works in acrylic and watercolour although his early work up to the 1970s was in oil. He has also worked in the print medium with hand silkscreens and lithographs. He has published several books including In Praise of Painting. His work is in the collection of the GM.


Biography courtesy of The Collector's Dictionary of Canadian Artists at Auction: Volume II: G-L

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