Greg Curnoe

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Greg Curnoe
Self Portrait #4 (1992). watercolour, stamp pad ink, blue print pencil, pencil on paper. 12 x 9 in.
Born Gregory Richard Curnoe
(1936-11-19)19 November 1936[1]
London, Ontario, Canada
Died 14 November 1992(1992-11-14) (aged 55)[1]
Delaware, Ontario[1]
Nationality Canadian
Education Beal Technical School, Doon School of Art, Ontario College of Art
Known for Painting
Movement London Regionalism

Greg Curnoe (19 November 1936 – 14 November 1992) was a Canadian painter known for his concentration on subjects associated with regionalism and London, Ontario. Curnoe is part of the Canadian art movement labeled London Regionalism.[2][3] Curnoe attended H. B. Beal Secondary School (1954–56) and the Doon School of Art (1956) before attending the Ontario College of Art (1957–60), where he failed his final year.

Returning to London, Ontario, Curnoe began to work in the studio. He found meaning in popular culture and his own cultural roots that addressed the disillusion he felt with established culture after leaving art school.[4] He founded Region magazine in 1961 and Region Gallery in 1962. He co-founded the Canadian noise band the Nihilist Spasm Band in 1965.

Curnoe co-founded the Forest City Gallery, an artist-run centre in 1973.[5] He co-founded Canadian Artists’ Representation with Jack Chambers in 1968, the national voice of Canada's professional visual artists.

He represented Canada at the Venice Biennale in 1976 and was the subject of a retrospective exhibition at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in 1981, which subsequently toured across Canada.[6]

Curnoe was an avid cyclist, and his handbuilt Mariposa bicycles were a frequent subject of his work.[5] While on a club ride with the London Centennial Wheelers, Curnoe was killed by a distracted driver in a pickup truck that plowed into the group of 12 cyclists on Highway 2, just outside Delaware, Ontario. He was killed and six others were seriously injured and taken to hospital.[1] The driver was charged with four-counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm, and one-count of dangerous driving causing death.[7] The driver was eventually acquitted of all charges on 13 January 1994.[8]

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  1. ^ a b c d Canadian Press (1992-11-16). "Artist riding with fellow cyclists, killed instantly in crash, OPP says". The Toronto Star. p. A8. 
  2. ^ Bindi, Irene. "The Films of Jack Chambers" (PDF). The Winnipeg Film Group. Archived (PDF) from the original on 31 December 2013. Retrieved 6 April 2012. 
  3. ^ AGO Staff (2001). "Greg Curnoe and the London Scene". Exhibitions. Toronto: Art Gallery of Ontario. Archived from the original on 31 December 2013. Retrieved 31 December 2013. 
  4. ^ Reid, Dennis (1973). A Concise History of Canadian Painting. Toronto: Oxford University Press. pp. 303–305. ISBN 0-19-540206-5. 
  5. ^ a b Whyte, Murray (20 February 2010). "Greg Curnoe shrine cycles through coffee shop". The Toronto Star. Archived from the original on 31 December 2013. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "Biography". Thielsen Gallery. Retrieved 2012-04-06. 
  7. ^ Paperella, Nick (1992-11-26). "Man charged in the death of artist Greg Curnoe" (Video). CFPL-TV. London, Ontario. Retrieved 2013-12-30. 
  8. ^ Special to the Star (1994-01-14). "Man acquitted of fatal crash that killed well-known artist". The Toronto Star. p. A8.