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North Sydney, Nova Scotia, 1902
Nova Scotia, 1984
Biography synopsis
Ruth Wainwright was born in Nova Scotia in 1902. She studied at the Halifax Ladies’ College under Edith Smith. In 1953 she went to New York and studied at Hans Hofmann’s Provincetown school. This experience marked a major turning point in her career; she abandoned the realist tradition of watercolor painting and she began to explore the two-dimensional nature of the picture plane and to work with form and space by juxtaposing planes of color.
Media used
Mixed media
Hans Hofmann's Summer School, Provincetown, 1953 - ?
File & Archive locations
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Art Gallery of Ontario - Edward P. Taylor Research Library and Archives
Artexte Information Centre, QC - Documentation Centre
Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada, ON
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts / Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, QC
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
University of British Columbia - Fine Arts Library
Vancouver Art Gallery, BC - Library
Winnipeg Art Gallery, MA - Clara Lander Library
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC
London Public Library, ON
Bryn Mawr College, PA

Writings about
Canadian Travel Film Library. Artists (Nova Scotia) New York: Canadian Travel Film Library, 1970
Fraser, Carol. “Ruth Wainwright: The Thing Transformed.” Arts Atlantic (Spring 1984)
Hoskins, Alice. “Ruth Wainwright: A Retrospective.” Halifax: Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 1982
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.
Murray, Joan. "Ruth Wainwright: On Banners." Canada Crafts 4.5 (Jun-Jul. 1979): 21-5

Full text pdfs of exhibition reviews
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, ) "Nearly 500 Works at Spring Exhibit. Art Association's 54th Annual Show Opens with Private Views. Judges Open-Minded."  Gazette (Montreal)  .  p.13,17.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, ) "The Spring Exhibition of the Art Association."  Montreal Star  .  p.17.   Full-text pdf

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