Frank Leonard Brooks

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Leonard Brooks (7 November 1911 – 20 November 2011) was a Canadian artist.


Born in London, England, Brooks arrived in Canada in 1912. Primarily self-taught, he did study at the Ontario College of Art and taught at the Central Technical School. He became an associate member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1939. He joined the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve in May 1943. During his posting as a war artist (August 1944 – May 1946), he painted the movements of an aircraft carrier in the waters of Scotland and the activities of mine sweepers and motor torpedo boats in the English channel off Normandy.

After the war, he obtained a grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs to study art in Mexico. He taught for several years in San Miguel de Allende, north of Mexico City. On 12 August 1950 he and his wife Reva, as well as Stirling Dickinson and five other American teachers, were deported from Mexico. The official reason was that they did not have proper work visas but the cause may have been a falling out with the owner of a rival art school. Leonard Brooks was eventually able to get the deportation order lifted through his contact with General Ignacio M. Beteta, whose brother Ramón Beteta Quintana was an influential politician at the national level.[1] Brooks has published a number of works on watercolour and oil painting techniques. He turned 100 on November 7, 2011.[2] He died 20 November 2011 in San Miguel de Allende.


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  1. ^ Berger, Dina; Wood, Andrew Grant (2010-01-12). Holiday in Mexico: Critical Reflections on Tourism and Tourist Encounters. Duke University Press. p. 206. ISBN 978-0-8223-4571-8. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  2. ^ Brooks, Frank Leonard (2011-11-07). "Homage to Leonard Brooks - 100 Years". Frank Leonard Brooks. Retrieved 2011-11-08. 
  3. ^ "Members since 1880". Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Archived from the original on 26 May 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 

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