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Calgary, Alberta, 1910
Scarborough, Ontario, 2010
Biography synopsis
Born in Calgary, Doris Jean McCarthy is well-known for her extensive watercolour painting practice. She first studied at the Ontario College of Art from 1926-1930 and later undertook post graduate studies at the Central School of Arts and Crafts in London, England. A dedicated art educator, she became a founding instructor with Arthur Lismer's Children's classes at the Art Gallery of Toronto (1930-35), taught at Moulton College part time and became a full time teacher at the Central Technical School of Toronto in 1933. In the summers she traveled throughout Canada and abroad painting landscapes. She was elected an Associate of the Royal Canadian Academy in 1951 and made a member of the Ontario Society of Artists in 1945, serving as president of the organization from 1964-67, and president of the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour from 1953-55 and 1956-58. Her works are in the collections of the Art Gallery of Ontario, Art Gallery of Hamilton, London Public Library and Art Museum and many private collections. She was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 1986.
Media used
Ontario College of Art & Design (formerly Ontario School of Art), 1925 - 1930 (under Arthur Lismer, J.E.H. MacDonald, J.W. Beatty, Emanuel Hahn)
Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, First Joined 1951
Ontario Society of Artists, First Joined 1945 - President (1964-67)
Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour, First Joined 1952 - President (1953-8)
File & Archive locations
Glenbow Archives, AB - Finding Aids / Scanned Documents
Edmonton Art Gallery, AB - Library
Artexte Information Centre, QC - Documentation Centre
Art Gallery of Ontario - Edward P. Taylor Research Library and Archives
Hamilton Public Library, ON - Local History and Archives Department
London Public Library, 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
University of Calgary Library, AB
Vancouver Art Gallery, BC - Library
Winnipeg Art Gallery, MA - Clara Lander Library
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC
Canadian Museum of Civilization Archives, QC
Hinton Municipal Library & Archives, AB
Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada, ON
Museum of Modern Art, NY
Harvard University, MA - Schlesinger Library

Writings about
Doris McCarthy: Heart of a Painter. Calgary: Lifestyle Home Video, 1986
"An Artist Builds Herself a House." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 23 Feb. 1966
"Art and Artists: New Liturgical Banner at St. Aidans." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 12 Oct. 1957
"Canadians Depict A Timeless Story." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 21 Dec. 1963
"Doris McCarthy Show." Toronto Telegram 28 Feb. 1942
"Doris McCarthy." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 21 Mar. 1970
"Modern Canadian Art Seen at OAC." Mercury (Guelph) 1 Oct. 1952
"Painted Ships on Painted Oceans." Mayfair (Apr. 1945)
Armstrong, Christopher and H.V. Nelles. The Painted Valley: Artists Along Alberta's Bow River, 1845-2000. Calgary, Alberta: University of Calgary Press, 2007
Bradfield, Helen Pepall. Art Gallery of Ontario: The Canadian Collection. Toronto: McGraw-Hill, 1970
Canadian Group of Painters. Canadian Group of Painters, Exhibition 1955-1956. Montreal: 1956
Hatch, John. Doris McCarthy: LIfe and Work Toronto: Art Canada Institute, 2024
Kelly, Michael. Doris McCarthy: Past and Present. North Bay: W.K.P. Kennedy Gallery, 1996
MacDonald, Ann, ed. Doris McCarthy: Everything Which is Yes. Toronto: Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto at Scarborough, 2004
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.
MacInnes Teresa. Other Side of the Picture Montreal: National Film Board, 2008
Moore, William. Doris McCarthy: Feast of Incarnation/ Festin de l'incarnation. Stratford: The Gallery, 1991
Moore, William and Stuart Reid. Celebrating Life: The Art of Doris McCarthy. Kleinburg: McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 1999
National Council of Women of Canada. Canadian Women Artists' Exhibition, Sponsored by Local Council of Women of Kitchener. Kitchener: Canadian Arts Council and Department of External Affairs, 1947
National Council of Women of Canada. Canadian Women Artists, Exhibition 1982. New York: Riverside Museum, 1982
National Council of Women of Canada. Femmes peintres canadiennes: Expositions présentée par le conseil national des femmes canadiennes. 1947
Ontario Society of Artists. Catalogue of the Ninety-Seventh Annual Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture of the Ontario Society of Artists, 1969. London, Ontario: Unknown, 1969
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
Royal Canadian Academy. Royal Canadian Academy 87th Annual Exhibition 1966. Toronto: 1966
Royal Canadian Academy. Royal Canadian Academy 88th Annual Exhibition 1967. Montreal: 1967
Scott, John. "Glam North: Doris McCarthy's Northern Landscapes." BorderCrossings 23.3 (Aug. 2004): 36-40
Singh, Camilla. "Constructive Folly: Doris McCarthy Gallery, Scarborough." Canadian Art 22.1 (Spring 2005): 89-90
Tippett, Maria. By a Lady. Toronto: Viking, 1992
Webb, Marshall. "Doris McCarthy: A Pioneering Spirit." Arts West 5.7 (Nov. 1980): 14
Wells Gallery. Exhibition of Paintings of the Arctic and Newfoundland by Doris McCarthy. Ottawa: Wells Gallery, 1977

Writings by
McCarthy, Doris. Doris McCarthy [electronic resource]: A Window into the World of a Distinguished Canadian Artist. 2001
McCarthy, Doris. Doris McCarthy: Ninety Years Wise. Toronto: Second Story Press, 2004
McCarthy, Doris. Doris McCarthy: The View from Here. Mississauga: Art Gallery of Mississauga, 1999
McCarthy, Doris. "County Mayo." Canadian Art 16.3 (Fall 1999): 52-5

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