HISTORICAL ART: Paul Shaughnessy
May 10 – June 11
Opening Reception: Fri. May 12, 7PM
An exhibit of work by local artist Paul Shaughnessy and friend R.D. Wilson. Works have been acquired by generous donation of daughter Andrea Shaughnessy.
Paul Shaughnessy was born October 20th 1919 in Toronto, Ontario and first became interested in art in England while with the R.C.A.F. He observed and became friendly with Canada’s official war-artists and joined them in sketching using dry-brush with India ink.
Back in Canada, Shaughnessy was convinced by his old friend, artist R.D. Wilson, to take up painting buildings of historical and sentimental significance in South Western Ontario. He began painting old schools, churches, hotels, and halls that were intended to be demolished as a way to document the fast-disappearing buildings. His work has found its way into schools, government offices, private homes and now the collection of the LAC.