Franklin Carmichael: A Reverence for Nature
June 24, 2023 - September 30, 2023
The Art Gallery of Algoma is excited to present the exhibition Franklin Carmichael: A Reverence for Nature in the summer and early fall of 2023. This exhibition features an important donation of eleven artworks by Carmichael received in 2019 from the artist’s family.
Franklin Carmichael, one of the founding members of the Group of Seven (1920-32), plays an important role in developing modern style of depicting Canadian landscape. The influence of the Group of Seven on Canadian art is enormous; it continues to influence artists today who find their works inspiring. Carmichael is one of the seven artists who immensely enjoyed nature spending a lot of time in Killarney Provincial Park as well as in Algoma as presented in some of his works in this exhibition. He focused on painted watercolours in addition to oils and printmaking.
This exhibition includes artworks by several other artists – some members of the Group and some of their contemporaries. As an example of the contemporary artists who continues to find inspiration in nature and the Group of Seven style, we are presenting a watercolour by John Hartman who depicted the unique landscape of Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma as Artist in Residence in 2012.
The exhibition is accompanied by a short publication focused on this important gift of artworks by Franklin Carmichael to the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of Algoma.