Walter Yarwood

Walter Hawley Yarwood (1917-1996)

Oil on canvas, 1955
Signed bottom right, also inscribed by the artist verso and stretcher.
Hand written label verso “Guggenheim Entry, Box – 5”
111.7 x 182.9 centimeters, 44 x 72 inches

• Artist’s family, Brampton, Ontario.
• Private Collection, London, Ontario.
• Painters 11 Exhibition, organized by St. Catherines Public Library, circulated to London Public Library and Art Museum, Hart House Art Gallery, Toronto, McLaughlin Public Library, Oshawa, Willistead Art Gallery, Windsor, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Dec. 7, 1955 – May 16, 1956.
• Painters Eleven with Ten Distinguished Artists from Quebec, Park Gallery, Oct. 31 – Nov 15, 1958.
• Art and Artists: The Young Are Buoyant, Creative, Responsible, Pearl McCarthy, Globe and Mail,
Mar. 3, 1956, p. 14.
• Art and Artists, Pearl McCarthy, Globe and Mail, Feb. 15, 1958, p. 15.
• The Painters Eleven, Janet MacDonald, The Varsity, Nov. 7, 1958, p.8.
• Painters Eleven in retrospect, Joan Murray, Robert McLaughlin Gallery, 1979, p. 70.
• Painters Eleven: The Wild Ones of Canadian Art, Iris Nowell, 2010, p. 278.



Walter Yarwood was a member of the Canadian Art Group Painters Eleven, studied at Western Technical School in Toronto then worked as a freelance commercial artist and briefly shared a studio with Oscar Cahen whom he met around 1947. Yarwood produced beautifully executed abstract expressionist paintings throughout the mid 1950s until the early 1960s then turned his focus to sculpture.

Walter Yarwood
Walter Yarwood, photo Peter Croydon, 1957
copyright Lynda M. Shearer 2013

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