The Laura Brandon Collection of Canadian Women’s Art

October 14, 2021

New York Street Scene, Pegi Nicol MacLeod, 1945, watercolour and graphite on paper. Collection of the Ottawa Art Gallery: the Laura Brandon Collection of Canadian Women’s Art, Ottawa Art Gallery, Gift of Laura Brandon, 2016

Did you know that October is Women’s History Month in Canada? In honour of this month that marks the contributions and achievements of women throughout Canada’s history, we are highlighting the Laura Brandon Collection of Canadian Women’s Art.

Established in 2016, it is held within the OAG’s Permanent Collection and is comprised of 15 artworks generously donated from the private collection of Ottawa-based writer, war art historian, curator, and collector Dr. Laura Brandon. With a focus on work by women artists who contributed to an understanding of Canadian art throughout the second half of the 20th century, this group of work includes sketches and prints by Pegi Nicol MacLeod, Molly Bobak, Hilda Woolnough, K.M. Graham, and Betty Dimock.

Ranging in date from 1945 – 1995, the works by these artists illustrate dynamic mid-century Expressionist techniques, provide examples of abstract work created by artists from Atlantic Canada in the 1970s and 1980s as well as an experimental print-work, and demonstrate a unique treatment of the Canadian landscape.

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