Gerald Gladstone

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Gerald Gladstone
EducationRoyal College of Art
Known forsculptor and painter.
Movementfigurative sculpture

Gerald Gladstone (7 January 1929 – 7 March 2005) was a Canadian sculptor and painter.[1]


Born in 1929 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada to Ralph and Dora Gladstone, Gerald was the sixth of nine children. In his youth, Gladstone was as committed to music as he was to painting, teaching himself to play the clarinet and forming a jazz band.

He married in his early twenties supporting his young family with a variety of jobs ending up with a position in commercial advertising. He set up a sculpture studio and began working on a series of welded pieces influenced by Constructivism. In the 1950s, Gladstone was exhibited by Toronto gallery owner Av Isaacs along with artists such as Michael Snow, Gordon Rayner, Graham Coughtry, and Tony Urquhart.[2][3]

In 1959, he received his first Canada Council of the Arts grant and relocated to London, England. He studied at the Royal College of Art where he met and befriended the British sculptor Henry Moore. Under Moore's influence, Gladstone began a long period of experimentation with figurative work.[3]

In 1967, Gladstone received three commissions for Montreal's Expo 67, but several years later he was struggling to find work. There was an exhibition of his mid- to late-career plastic cube sculptures and his Downtown Nudes Series - a collection of oils on canvas - at the opening exhibition of Toronto's St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, and in 1973 he produced the Electric Figure Series, another collection of oils on canvas. Among his late-career commissions were the Three Graces, a fountain and bronze sculpture for the Ontario government buildings, Female Landscape, a fountain and bronze sculpture at Montreal's Place Ville Marie, Optical Galaxy Sculpture, a fountain and sculpture in Belconnen, Australia, and a fountain and precast concrete sculpture for a Martin Luther King memorial in California. The sculptures in the entrance of La Ronde in Montréal Québec Canada are made by Gladstone. Other works include:

  • McGillivray Fountain 1968, Exhibition Place, Toronto
  • Pylon 1960, 170 Memorial Park Avenue, Toronto
  • Solar Net 1963, Larkin Building (University of Toronto St. George Campus) Devonshire Place, Toronto
  • Galaxy Series Number2 1967, inside Macdonald Block, 900 Bay Street, Toronto
  • Female Landscape 1972, Place Ville Marie, Montreal

In 1990, Gladstone set up a studio in Beaverton, Ontario.[2][4] The Art Gallery of Ontario held a retrospective of his work in 2003. He was made a member of Royal Canadian Academy of Arts[5] Gladstone died on March 7, 2005 in Toronto.[4]


Selected exhibitions[edit]

  • 2003: Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto: Gladstone: Event Horizon

Selected collections[edit]

  • National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
  • Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto


  1. ^ "Gerald Gladstone". National Gallery of Canada. Retrieved 26 September 2013.
  2. ^ a b Martin, Sandra (9 March 2005). "Gerald GLADSTONE, Artist: 1929-2005". Toronto Globe and Mail. p. S9. Retrieved 26 September 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Morning Flight - Gerald Gladstone". City of Windsor. Archived from the original on 27 September 2013. Retrieved 26 September 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Gerald Gladstone, Event Horizon November 8, 2003 to February 15, 2004". Art Gallery of Ontario. Retrieved 26 September 2013.
  5. ^ "Members since 1880". Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Archived from the original on 26 May 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2013.

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