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Last chance to view Arthur Heming retrospective exhibition at CCAG

April 2, 2014

(Charlottetown, P.E.I.) - An overview of the work of Arthur Heming, whose illustrations and paintings of Canada's North played a key role in defining the image of Canada, closes its showing at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery this month.

Organized by Museum London, Arthur Heming: Chronicler of the North examines the career of Heming (1870-1940), a celebrated artist, novelist, and illustrator. An avid northern explorer, his paintings, sketches, essays, and books helped to entrench perceptions of Canada as the 'Great White North' both internationally and at home.

Many of Heming's paintings begin with natural elements, which he exaggerates into wild, even surreal compositions intended to accentuate the ‘virtues' of Canada as a sort of snowy Eden, though one matter-of-factly described as full of hardship and death.
Heming's illustrations of northern wildlife, trappers, and aboriginal people were widely published throughout North America and Europe, and his three published novels Spirit Lake, The Drama of the Forests, and The Living Forest drew heavily from his expeditions in the North. Heming is noted as traversing "550 miles by raft, 1,100 miles by dog team, 1,700 by snowshoe, and 3,300 by canoe" (Canadian Men and Women of the Time, 1912).

Born in Paris, Ontario and raised in Hamilton, he studied in New York and at the Old Lyme Art Colony in Connecticut under Frank DuMond, and in London with the Welsh master Frank Brangwyn.

This traveling exhibition is accompanied by a comprehensive publication on Heming's life and work, available at the Art Gallery information desk. Arthur Heming: Chronicler of the North will be on exhibit until April 13. The Gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.

Image Cutline: Aurora Borealis (pictured) is part of a significant collection of works by Canadian artist, novelist, and illustrator, Arthur Heming, which is on exhibition at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery until April 13. (Aurora Borealis 1906, oil on board, 50.8 x 32.4 cm, Collection of the Florence Griswold Museum; Gift of Helen D. Perkins, 1970.)

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