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WILLIS, Dorothy Gwendolyn Henzell

Newcastle, England, 1899
Victoria, British Columbia, 1985
Notice biographique
Willis moved to Edmonton with her family in 1913 where she eventually studied at the Department of Art at the Edmonton Technical High School. On graduating, she took courses at the Banff School of Fine Arts with A.C. Leighton, at Columbia University for three summer sessions (1918-1920), and also studied under Armin Hansen in Monterey, California in 1920. Willis was often described as eccentric. She deployed a highly expressive approach to her art work, incorporating strong colours and bold shapes in her painting. In 1947 she moved to Vancouver and taught art at UBC's Extension Program where she encouraged creativity over technique; she had strong interest in art as therapy. In addition to a number of solo exhibitions, her work was included in group shows throughout Canada: Art Association of Montreal, Manitoba Society of Arts and the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolors, and the "Calgary Group" exhibition in Vancouver in 1948. One of her works was included in the Riverside Exhibition of Canadian Women Artists in 1947. In 1950 she travelled to Paris where she led a bohemian life. A number of her works are held at the University of Alberta Art Gallery and Alberta Foundation of the Arts member of the Edmonton Art Club, the Alberta Society of Artists, the Edmonton Sketch Club and the Alberta Women Sketch Hunters. Most of her works are undated.
Banff School of Fine Arts
Columbia University, New York
Department of Art, Edmonton Technical High School
Alberta Society of Artists
Edmonton Art Club
Lieux de conservation des dossiers et archives
Art Gallery of Ontario - Edward P. Taylor Research Library and Archives
London Public Library, ON
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts / Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, QC
Toronto Reference Library, ON
University of British Columbia - Fine Arts Library
Vancouver Art Gallery, BC - Library

Documents sur l'artiste
"Edmonton Art Club gives Sunday Preview of 18th Annual Exhibition." Edmonton Journal 10 Apr. 1939.
"Pipe Smoking Artist paints Her Dreams Away." Globe and Mail 28 Jan. 1948: 10.
"Porridge, Sawdust and Sand Media for Creative Artist." Vancouver News Herald 1947.
"Select Painting by City Woman." Edmonton Journal 6 Aug. 1943.
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Printmaking in British Columbia, 1889-1983 : October 6 to November 27, 1983 : Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Victoria: 1983.
Bouchard, Gilbert. "Prairie Painter Soared, then Canada `Forgot all about her': Alberta Art Pioneer Brought back to Life in Retrospective Show." Edmonton Journal 16 Mar 2001: E6.
Burns, Ruth and Laviolette, Mary-Beth. Rough Country: The Strangely Familiar in Mid-20th Century Alberta Art. Edmonton: Art Gallery of Alberta, 2016.
Gachon, Jean. "Une Canadienne expose a Paris: Mme. Dorothy Henzell Willis presentent ses oeuvres au publique Parisien." La Presse 15 Feb 1950.
Lang, Naomi. "Artist Dorothy Willis Back from Gypsing over Europe." Vancouver Sun 26 Jan. 1952.
LaViolette, Mary-Beth. Alberta Mistresses of the Modern, 1935-1975. Edmonton: Art Gallery of Alberta, 2012.
MacDonald, Dorothy Ann. ""Painting Cares Away." The Vancouver Sun Magazine 24 Jul. 1948.
McGlynn, Betty Hoad. Carmel Art Association: a History Carmel, CA: Carmel Art Association, 1987.
Norbury, F.H.. "Art Club Shows Fine Pictures at Exhibition." Edmonton 1936.
Pageot, Edith-Anne. "Ambiguités de la réception critique de l'exposition 'Canadian Women Artists', Riverside Museum, New York, 1947." RACAR 27.1-2 (2000): 123-34.

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Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, mars 18, 1937) "Nearly 500 Works at Spring Exhibit. Art Association's 54th Annual Show Opens with Private Views. Judges Open-Minded."  Gazette (Montreal)  mars 19, 1937.  p.13,17.   Comptes rendus intégraux
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, mars 15, 1940) "Art Association Opens 57th Spring Exhibit. Notable Feature of Display Is Unusually Large Proportion Of Portraits or Portrait Studies."  Montreal Star  mars 21, 1940.  p.19.   Comptes rendus intégraux

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