Doris McCarthy

Doris McCarthy

Pools in the Rocks
Oil on board, 1958
24 x 30


Doris McCarthy, CM, O.Ont (July 7, 1910 November 25, 2010) was a Canadian artist specializing in abstracted landscapes. Born in Calgary, Alberta, McCarthy attended the Ontario College of Art from 1926 to 1930, where she was awarded various scholarships and prizes. She became a teacher shortly thereafter and taught most frequently at Central Technical School in downtown Toronto from 1932 until she retired in 1972. She spent most of her life living and working in Scarborough ( now a Toronto GTA district ), Ontario, though she traveled abroad extensively and painted the landscapes of various countries, including: Costa Rica, Spain, Italy, Japan, India, England, and Ireland. McCarthy was nonetheless probably best known for her Canadian landscapes and her depictions of Arctic icebergs. In 1989, she graduated from the University of Toronto at Scarborough with a B.A in English.

McCarthy’s work has been exhibited and collected extensively in Canada and abroad, in both public and private art galleries Including: National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, The Doris McCarthy Art Gallery at University of Toronto at Scarborough., and Wynick/Tuck Gallery.

McCarthy also penned three autobiographies, chronicling the various stages of her life: A Fool in Paradise (Toronto: MacFarlane, Walter & Ross, 1990), The Good Wine (Toronto: MacFarlane, Walter & Ross, 1991), and Ninety Years Wise (Toronto: Second Story Press, 2004). She was also the recipient of the Order of Ontario, the Order of Canada, honorary degrees from the University of Calgary, the University of Toronto, Trent University, the University of Alberta, and Nipissing University, an honorary fellowship from the Ontario College of Art and Design and also had a gallery named in her honour on the Scarborough campus at the University of Toronto.

Women’s Committee of the Art Gallery of Toronto, Thirteenth Annual Exhibition and Sale of Contemporary Canadian Painting, Sculpture and Graphics, 1959, #90.
Private Collection, Toronto.

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