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RITCHIE, Percival Molson MacKenzie

Born
Point au Pic, Quebec, 1917
Died
Naramata, British Columbia, 2004
Biography synopsis
From a young age, Ritchie showed an interest in art, and in 1936, she travelled to Paris where she studied with M. Muguet. Returning to Canada in 1937, Ritchie enrolled at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts where she studied under Edwin Holgate, Will Ogilvie, Lilias Newton, and Goodridge Roberts, receiving her diploma in 1941. She continued her studies at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, taking night classes with Jacques de Tonnancour in 1947 and sculpture classes with Gisela Lamprecht in 1949-50. While Ritchie focused on painting, stone cuts and ink drawings, later in her career she experimented with collage and mixed media. Eventually settling in British Columbia, Ritchie continued her practice holding solo exhibitions at the Penticton Art Club (1964), the Kelowna Regional Library (1965), the Topham Brown Gallery in Kelowna (1967), and also participated in many group exhibitions across Canada. Her work can be found and many private and public collections across Canada.
Media used
Mural painting and decoration
Painting
Education
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, School of Art and Design, 1937 - 1950 (under Edwin Holgate, Will Ogilvie, Lilias Newton, Goodridge Roberts, Jacques de Tonnancour and Gisela Lamprecht)
File & Archive locations
Artexte Information Centre, QC - Documentation Centre
University of British Columbia - Fine Arts Library
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
Vancouver Art Gallery, BC - Library
BIBLIOGRAPHY

Writings about
Artists of the Okanagan. Kelowna, British Columbia: Mainline Senior Writers & Publishers Association, 1988.
" 'Didactic' Exhibition by Ms. Percy Ritchie." Penticton Herald (British Columbia) 05 July, 1974.
"Naramata Artist." Penticton Herald (British Columbia) 28 Jan. 1964.
"Paintings by Ritchie at January Exhibit." News (Vernon, B.C) 05 Jan. 1967.
"Ritchie Paintings on Display." Review (Summerland, B.C.) 12 Jan. 1967.
Clough, Betty. "Paint 'Only Icing' Says Area Artist." Penticton Herald (British Columbia) 24 Feb 1965.
MacDonald, Colin S. The Dictionary of Canadian Artists. (Volumes 1-8 by Colin S. MacDonald, and volume 9 by Anne Newlands and Judith Parker) Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 2009
http://www.rcip-chin.gc.ca/application/aac-aic/description-about.app?lang=en.
Prakash, A. K. Independent Spirit: Early Canadian Women's Art. Buffalo, New York: Firefly Books, 2008.
Roe, James. "A Reviews - Percy Ritchie Shows Appealing Versatility." Penticton Herald (British Columbia) 30 Jan. 1964.

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