About the gallery of Canadian Drawing Masters
This gallery began in 1998, as part of an arts and educational vision
of Canadian artists and drawing society founders Gerrit Verstraete and
Peter Leclerc. It took five years to develop a framework within which
the society undertook to discover who these drawing masters really are.
Our discoveries remain an ongoing research program and the society is
deeply grateful for the men and women who have helped us along the way.
Therefore, the Drawing Society of Canada is pleased to announce
a Canadian first, namely, an online gallery of drawings created by Canada's
drawing masters. We sincerely hope you will enjoy viewing these works
of art, as we continue to impress upon all Canadians, and those who visit
the gallery from beyond our borders, that Canada indeed has a valuable
and diverse heritage of fine art drawing. The Drawing Society of Canada
would like to make it clear that our online gallery is not a retail gallery,
nor do we represent any of the artists whose works are exhibited. That
we leave to the artists, their agents and galleries themselves. We acknowledge
that in many ways, this gallery will always be "incomplete"
because our aim is to discover more drawing masters and no doubt there
remain many to be discovered. As we work diligently to ensure that in
whatever way we feature our artists, especially in their biographical
notes, their material is accurate and complete, the amount and availability
of material will vary. Bear with us, we're doing our best. The Gallery
of Canadian Drawing Masters is an educational endeavour of the Drawing
Society of Canada and each artist in the gallery has given permission
to show his or her work and publish their respective brief biographies.