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Russia, 1897
Toronto, Ontario, 1972
Biography synopsis
Yulia Biriukova was born in either St. Petersburg or Vladivostok on either February or October 21st. She first attended art school in St. Petersburg at the age of 22. In 1920 her family moved to Hong Kong, and in 1922 settled in Rome. Biriukova continued her art studies at the Royal Academy of Art in London, and in 1929 moved to Toronto as the stock market crashed. Her sister Alexandra Biriukova, an architect, moved to Toronto the same year. Biriukova worked at the Central Technical School and later at Upper Canada College, where she taught for 21 years, and where a gallery was dedicated to her in 1968. Biriukova is well known for her portrait work and has painted portraits of A.Y. Jackson, J.E.H. MacDonald and Bess Harris, amongst others.
Media used
Imperial Academy of Arts, St. Petersburg, Russia
Royal Academy of Arts, Rome, 1922 - 1926
Royal Academy, London
International Artists Association, Rome, Italy, 1923
File & Archive locations
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
Art Gallery of Ontario - Edward P. Taylor Research Library and Archives
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts / Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, QC
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC
Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada, ON

Writings about
"Toronto's Art Colony Gets Talented Recruit." Star (Toronto) 22 Oct. 1929.
Ayre, Robert. "The Canadian Group of Painters." Canadian Art 6.3 (Spring 1949): 98-102.
Brigden, F.H. "A Review of the Arts at the Canadian National Exhibition, 1932." Journal, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (Oct. 1932): 230-232.
Carson, John. "Not Only Did UCC Students Learn From an Artistic Icon, They Also Got the Opportunity to be Immersed in Canadian Art History, Via Their Well-Connected Teacher." Old Times (Summer/Fall 2007): 15.
Fitzgerald, Doris. "Honor Yulia Biriukova: Dedicate Art Gallery at Upper Canada College." Richmond Hill Liberal 12 Dec. 1968.
Hill, Charles. Canadian Painting in the Thirties. Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 1975.
Lyle, John M.. "Fifty-First Annual Exhibition Royal Canadian Academy of Arts." The Journal, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (Jan. 1931): 4-10.
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.
McMann, Evelyn de Rostaing. Royal Canadian Academy of Arts/Académie royale des arts du Canada: Exhibitions and Members 1880-1979. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1981.
Metropolitan Toronto Library Board. "Collections Development." News, Metropolitan Toronto Library Board 8.6 (Jul-Aug. 1982).
National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives. "Textual Records, Graphic Material, Zinc Plates." Thoreau and J.E.H. MacDonald Collection 1898-1966.
Newlands, Anne. Canadian Art: From its Beginnings to 2000. Richmond Hill, Ontario: Firefly Books, 2000.
Salinger, Jehanne Bietry. "Russian Exiles Find Zeal Moves Mountains." Toronto Star Weekly 1 Nov. 1930.
Silcox, David P. "Canadian Art - In Part." Globe & Mail (Toronto) 16 Dec. 2000: D2.
Upper Canada College. Dedication of the Yulia Biriukova Gallery. Toronto: Upper Canada College, 1968.
Westbridge, Anthony R. The Collector's Dictionary of Canadian Artists at Auction. Vancouver: Westbridge Publications, 2001.

Writings by
Biriukova, Yulia. "Christmas Card MIKAN no. 2979686." Christmas Cards Received by Harry Orr and Dorothy Jenkins McCurry Ottawa: Archives Canada, 1937-1954.
Biriukova, Yulia. "In The Country." [Reproduction] Canadian Forum 10.113 (Feb. 1930): 167.
Biriukova, Yulia. "Loisette." [Reproduction] Canadian Forum 9.121 (1930): 19.
Biriukova, Yulia. "Portrait of Boris Volkoff." [Reproduction] Toronto Saturday Night (7 Jun. 1949).

Full text pdfs of exhibition reviews
Ontario Society of Artists Annual Exhibition: (Toronto, March 1930) Constance C. Mackay.  "O.S.A. Exhibit."  Toronto Saturday Night  March 15, 1930.  p.39.   Full-text pdf
Ontario Society of Artists Annual Exhibition: (Toronto, March 1931) Frederick Griffin.  "Heming's New Line in Art Striking Feature of Exhibit. Dorothy Stevens Presents Challenging Picture at Ontario Artists's Display."  Toronto Star  March 05, 1931.  p.43.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (Montreal, November 1933) "Royal Canadian Academy's 54th Exhibition."  Montreal Star  November 22, 1933.  p.15.   Full-text pdf
Ontario Society of Artists Annual Exhibition: (Toronto, March 1934) Lucy Van Gogh.  "Art World."  Toronto Saturday Night  March 10, 1934.  p.9.   Full-text pdf
Ontario Society of Artists Annual Exhibition: (Toronto, March 1936) Augustus Bridle.  "O.S.A's Exhibition Blazes High Color. Landscapes, Portraits, Figures, But No Action Pictures in Show."  Toronto Star  March 07, 1936.  p.18.   Full-text pdf
Ontario Society of Artists Annual Exhibition: (Toronto, March 1936) G. Campbell McInnes.  "World of Art."  Toronto Saturday Night  March 21, 1936.  p.10.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (Montreal, November 18, 1937) "Royal Canadian Academy Show is Opened at Art Association. Portraiture Represented by Good Examples and Landscapes as Usual Predominate."  Gazette (Montreal)  November 19, 1937.  p.12.   Full-text pdf

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