"The Path to Murray Point"
Dorothy Knowles, "The Path to Murray Point," 1986, acrylic on canvas, 6’6” x 6’6”.
Celebrating 39 years with the Douglas Udell Gallery, Dorothy Knowles: Canadian Landscapes showcases fresh-from-the-studio paintings along with a select grouping of outstanding works from other periods by the distinguished Canadian artist.
Best known for her landscape paintings, Knowles has an ease with both large scale and small formats, and with a variety of media. In a 1962 Emma Lake Artist Workshop, notable modern art critic Clement Greenberg encouraged Knowles to continue her focus on the landscape despite the modernist preoccupation with hard-edge abstraction. Since then, Knowles has developed a style of landscape that combines the classical traditions of composition with the loose brushwork evocative of pleine air sketches, creating vibrant artworks that continue to thrill Canadian collectors and art lovers.
About the artist:
Dorothy Knowles was born in Unity, Saskatchewan in 1927. A prolific artist with a devoted studio practice, Dorothy has spent more than 60 years painting continuously, maintaining an artistic and intellectual dialogue with many prominent artists such as her late husband, the abstract painter, William Perehudoff, and her friend, the late watercolourist, Reta Cowley.
Knowles was awarded the Saskatchewan Order of Merit in 1987 in recognition of her contribution to the art and culture of the province. In 2004, she was awarded the designation of Member of the Order of Canada, and in 2012 she was a recipient of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal. Her work is widely collected in public and private art collections all over North America including the Mendel Art Gallery; Musee d’Art Contemporain, Montreal; Boston Museum; Portland Art Museum; Bell Canada and more.