Elizabeth Wyn Wood
Elizabeth Wyn Wood
|Born||October 8, 1903|
|Died||January 27, 1966|
Willowdale, Ontario, Canada
|Education||Ontario College of Art and Art Students League of New York.|
Elizabeth Winnifred Wood (October 8, 1903 – January 27, 1966) known as Elizabeth Wyn Wood, was a Canadian sculptor and advocate of art education. A notable figure in Canadian sculpture, she is primarily known for her modernist interpretation of the Canadian landscape in her works.
Early life and education
Elizabeth Wyn Wood was born at her family's cottage on Cedar Island, just offshore from Orillia, Ontario, on October 8, 1903. She was the fourth child of Edward Alfred Wood (1860–1915) and Sarah Elizabeth Weafer (1864-1952). There was a ten-year gap between Wyn Wood and her next youngest sister Elmo. She had an older brother named Edward and another older sister named Fern.
Edward Wood Sr. was the proprietor of a dry-goods and women's clothing store in Orillia, Ontario. The same year that Elizabeth was born, the Woods moved into their home at 136 West Street in Orillia. The family also had two summer homes on Lake Couchiching. During the summer months, the family spent the majority of their time on the lake, and Wyn Wood learned how to swim and canoe at an early age.
Wood demonstrated an affinity for sculpture at a young age, using plasticine and clay to create art as a child.
From the age of seven to 1917, Wood attended St. Mildred's College in Toronto, Ontario. She returned to Orillia every summer to spend time with her family, and in the wilderness surrounding their summer homes.
In November 1926, Wyn Wood began a two-month placement at the Art Students League of New York, studying under Robert Laurent and Edward McCarton. While in New York she spent time studying Ancient Egyptian art and sculpture.
Notable works and affiliations
The Welland-Crowland War Memorial
The Welland Crowland War Memorial designed by Elizabeth Wyn Wood, features 2 heroic figures, Man the Defender and Woman the Giver, set against the Canadian landscape. Planned as part of a regional beautification plan for the lands along the Welland Canal, the memorial was intended to be visible and intelligible to passengers on passing boats. The Welland Crowland War Memorial was unveiled on 2 September 1939.
Elizabeth Wyn Wood's Bas-relief at Ryerson University, Toronto
Elizabeth Wyn Wood's Welland-Crowland War Memorial in Welland
Professional affiliations and awards
Together with Alfred Laliberté, Frances Loring, Florence Wyle and Henri Hébert, Wyn Wood was a founding member of the Sculptors' Society of Canada. In 1945, she was a founding member of the Canadian Arts Council (renamed the Canadian Conference of the Arts in 1958). As a Council member, she served as Organizing Secretary (1944–45), Chair of the International Relations Committee (1945–48), and Vice President (1945–48).
As chair of the Foreign Relations Committee, she participated in the organization of, and wrote the catalogue foreword for, an exhibition of 74 artists entitled "Canadian Women Artists" at the Riverside Museum, New York, N.Y. (April 27 – May 18, 1947).
- Baker, Victoria (1997). Emanuel Hahn and Elizabeth Wood: Tradition and Innovation in Canadian Sculpture. Canada: National Gallery of Canada. pp. 37–38. ISBN 0-88884-670-3.
- "Elizabeth Wyn Wood". www.gallery.ca. Retrieved 2017-03-04.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-08-10. Retrieved 2011-08-29. Canadian Encyclopedia Monuments, World Wars I and II
- "Elizabeth Wyn Wood". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
- Elizabeth, Wyn Wood (April 27, 1947). "Canadian Women Artists". Canadian Women Artists. New York, NY, USA: Riverside Museum. Exhibition Catalogue: 4.
- "Members since 1880". Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Archived from the original on 26 May 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
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