Fonds - Arthur Horsfall fonds

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Arthur Horsfall fonds

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  • 1940-1995 (Creation)

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77 cm of graphic material and other material

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Manitoba painter Arthur Horsfall was born in Winnipeg in 1915. He was educated in England and Canada, and studied art at the Winnipeg School of Art under L.L. Fitzgerald and Joe Plaskett. He also attended night classes at the Forum Art Institute in Winnipeg with N. Bjelajac, and summer workshops under Ken Lochhead at St. Andrews By the Sea and Roy Kiyooka at the Banff School of Fine Arts. He began his career as a commercial artist in Winnipeg where he worked for Stovel Printing, Rapid Grip and Batten, Western Engraving, and the McConnel Eastman Advertising Agency. After thirty years in the commercial art business he left in 1967 to devote himself full-time to painting. Horsfall is best known for his realistic Winnipeg Street scenes. His work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Canada and the U.S., and he has won a number of awards including the Seagram Award (1965), the Price Fine Arts Award, Montreal (1966), and the Hudson's Bay Company Centennial Award (1974). He has received grants from the Canadian Council and the Manitoba Arts Council, and he taught art at the Forum Art Institute and the University of Manitoba Extension Department. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, and was a founding member of the Art Directors Club of Winnipeg. Arthur Horsfall died in October, 1995 in Winnipeg, and was survived by his wife, Katherine, and a son, Brian.

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Fonds consists of professional records generated by Manitoba painter Arthur Horsfall, 1940-1995. The bulk of the collection consists of original drawings, sketches and sketchbooks, designs, and watercolors, as well as slides and photographs of his art works. Also included are correspondence, catalogues, and other records relating to the sale and exhibition of his work, along with correspondence with art galleries, art schools, arts organizations, professional associations, and employers. Publications featuring Arthur Horsfall and other artists are also present.

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Slide index available for 91-19 and 92-78; inventory available for 95-72.

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Includes 42 cm of textual records, 286 slides, 150 photographs, and 36 oversize items.

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