North Shore Historic Art

Bertram Brooker OSA (1888-1955)

Bertram Brooker was born in England and came to Canada with his family in 1905. He was a self taught artist, and is credited as being the first artist to translate music into acstract paintings in 1928. His interest in art lead him to join the Arts and Letters Club in Toronto, where he met a number of important Canadian Artists including the Group of Seven. He wrote a column called "The Seven Arts" which was syndicated in five newspapers across the country. He was friends with Lemoine Fitzgerald when he lived in Winnipeg, and the two artists painted together, and shared theoretical ideals, which is why some of their work is similar. In 1929 he edited the first publication of the "Yearbook of the Arts in Canada" and again for the second one in 1936. He gave lectures at both the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Toronto (now Ontario). At the time of his death, he was vice president of the McLaren Advertising firm, which he had joined in 1937. He held solo exhibitions at the Arts and Letters Club (1927, 1947, 1968), the Art Gallery of Toronto (1929, 1956) and Hart House at the University of Toronto (1931, 1937, 1942, 1949) among others. He was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy, the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour and the Ontario Society of Artists. His works are in the National Gallery of Canada, The McMichael Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and all other major galleries in Canada.  


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