GRAYDON DYCK: from the LAC Permanent Collection

George Graydon Dyck was born in Leamington on September 15, 1946 and died in Winnipeg, Manitoba on December 19, 2011. Graydon was an artist whose work was shown in Toronto, New York, Los Angeles and Winnipeg. He is best known for painting vintage cars and movie stars. Graydon’s artistic skills were evident from a very young age and in 1967, he moved to Winnipeg to attend the School of Fine Art at the University of Manitoba. It was there that he met the love of his life Judith (nee Wolinsky). They explored many art scenes over the years, living in Toronto, New York, Los Angeles and Winnipeg. 

Over his 45 year career, he did thousands of paintings and created hundreds of car and figure movement sculptures. His paintings are in many private and public collections across Canada and the U.S. In 1984, he was commissioned to paint a mural of nudes and figure movements in the women’s powder room of the famous Limelight Nightclub in New York. He was known for being a painter of Cars and Stars and had many a muse, namely 1940s American cars and a fine group of ladies, including Diana Ross, Marlene Dietrich, Marilyn Monroe, Tallulah Bankhead, Bette Davis, Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford. He also painted many others, including Martin Luther King, Jr., Winston Churchill and Golda Meir. Graydon loved music, especially Motown and saw many of the greats perform in Detroit and Chicago in his teenage years. 

This exhibition made possible through the courtesy of Bob Ceh.