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Canadian artist Dorothy Oxborough dies at age 92

June 11, 2018 9:26 PM
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Canadian artist Dorothy Oxborough dies at age 92

Noted Canadian pastel artist Dorothy Oxborough has died at her residence in the Saanich Penninsula Hospital in B.C. She was 92.

Oxborough was born in Calgary in 1922 and grew up in Banff, where she started drawing at the age of two, when her father handed her a pencil and paper to keep her busy when he was working in his office.

That was the launching point of a lifetime of creating original, distinctive art.

Oxborough’s earliest subjects were the Stoney Indian Nation, which were popular with tourists. Oxborough eventually studied art in Vancouver, before launching a six decade long career that resulted in her distintinctive artwork being reproduced on postcards, calendars and even sugar wrappers in restaurants.

Pastel artist Dorothy Oxborough was known for her paintings of the Stoney Indian Nation.

Oxborough had over 75 exhibitions of her work, at galleries spanning from Victoria to Halifax to Europe.

She was commissioned by the government to create Year of the Child and We the Canadians, as well as being commissioned to paint everyone from the chief justices of Alberta to the owner of the Harlem Globetrotters.

Oxborough received jury prizes at many art shows and was named a Premiere Pastelist of Canada.

Her work hangs in the Glenbow Museum, the House of Commons, the Nova Scotia and B.C. Legislatures, and the Nova Scotia Marine Museum, among other places.

In addition to numerous public collections, Oxborough’s work is part of private collections ranging from Chevron to numerous private collections in Europe, and small towns and cities everywhere.


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