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The Collector's Gallery - Fine Canadian Art

19th Century
Aleen Aked
American School
Caroline Armington
Frank Armington MSA
Folk Art
R.J. Barker
Maxwell Bates RCA ASA CGP CSGA CSPWC
J.W. Beatty RCA OSA
Frederic Marlett Bell-Smith RCA OSA SCA
Andre Bieler RCA OSA CGP CSGA CSPWC FCA PDCC
Leonard Brooks RCA OSA CGP CPE CSGA
Canadian School
Ernva Willard Code
Yosef Drenters RCA OSA SSC
Daniel Fowler RCA OSA SCA
J.D. Fraser
Louise Gadbois CAS
Robert Harris RCA OSA PPCM
Frank Hennessey RCA OSA FRSA
Nancy Ruth Jackson
A.Y. Jackson RCA ALC CGP OSA
Frank H. (Franz) Johnston ARCA OSA CSPWC
Illingworth Kerr RCAe ASA BCSA
Farquhar McGillivray Knowles RCA OSA
John Koerner (Korner) ARCA BCSA CGP FCA
Helmut Linsser
Kenneth Loveless
Dora Helen Mackie RCA ASA CSPWC
Thomas Mower Martin RCA OSA
Marmaduke Matthews RCA OSA
Gladys Montgomery
Marion Hope Nelson Hooker OSA
Hans Nissen
Frank (Herbert Franklin) Palmer RCA ASA CSPWC
William J. Parker
Henri Perre
Jean Richards ASA FCA
Beatrice Hagarty Robertson OSA
Clifford Foard Robinson ASA CSGA CSPE FCA
Ethel Rose (Grant)
Carl Fellman Schaefer
Julian Ruggles Seavey OSA
John Secord
Margaret Shelton ASA CPE
John Snow RCA ASA CSGA
Margaret Thompson
Frantisek Tichy
Frederick A. Verner ARCA OSA
Charles Jones (C.J.) Way RCA SCA
Dorothy Henzell Willis
York Wilson RCA OSA CPG
Fanny Wiselberg
Harry Wohlfarth
Dorothy Henzell Willis


Dorothy Henzell Willis - Family Scene
Family Scene
25.5 x 19.75 in.  oil on paper 
Dorothy Henzell Willis - Notre Dame de Victoires
Notre Dame de Victoires
23.75 x 16.75 in.  Watercolour and charcoal on paper 
Dorothy Henzell Willis - Woman in Pink Blouse
Woman in Pink Blouse
23.5 x 19 in.  Monoprint 
Dorothy Henzell Willis - Woman with Birds
Woman with Birds
28.5 x 17 in.  Mixed Media on Paper 
Dorothy Henzell Willis - Paris Still-Life
Paris Still-Life
25.5 x 20 in.  oil on paper 

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Biography
Dorothy Henzell Willis was born In 1899 in England and immigrated to Chicago in 1907.  In 1912 they moved to Winnipeg and a year later to Edmonton. She married at the young age of 18.  She had an interest in art from a young age and was an active member on the arts community in Alberta and B.C. including member and president of the Edmonton Art Club Art, member and secretary of the Alberta Society of Artists, member of the Women Sketch Hunters of Alberta and the Vancouver Art Gallery Association.  Her early artist education began under the art instructor J. Gordon Sinclair at the Edmonton Technical High School and later during summer classes under A.C. Leighton. Other information on artistic education and exhibitions is sparsely documented.
Art historian, writer and independent art curator, Mary-Beth Laviolette writes about Dorothy Henzell Willis as “Like many other Alberta artists of her time, she strove to give a realistic representation in an academic style of painting from Britain that was predominant in the province in the 1920s, ‘30s and ‘40s”  but with a desire to explore and travel her work evolves and “By the time the artist leaves Edmonton in 1946 following her divorce, the gentility, which had formerly characterized Willis’ art, had evaporated. She had transformed her practice into a more subjective and psychologically charged exploration of the human condition that encompassed her own life as well as friends and family. It seems her expressionistic approach and knowledge of European modernism gave her the tools by which to convey her inner feelings more freely.”
For three years Dorothy was an artist in residence living in a trailer on the University of British Columbia Campus.  Her desire to travel must have been great, because in 1949, She packed up and moved to Paris where she formed a close friendship with Joseph Plaskett, another fellow artist from Canada.  She spent 25 year abroad including living in England, France, Wales, and Denmark and travelling around Europe and North Africa.  Like many artists, she lived basically, but her need to paint was great.  With expressionistic vigour and often bold colours her work is filled with emotion and energy. Dorothy painted in oil mostly, but also enjoyed painting in watercolour, drawing, and printmaking including woodcuts, linocuts and monoprints.  
Dorothy Henzell Willis returned to Canada in 1975 and settled in Victoria, BC with her son Robert and his wife, Verna.  Only one double sided painting is document as being painted after her return to Canada.  Dorothy died in 1985 in Victoria.  She great contribution to Canadian modernism is undeniable.  Her work has been exhibited in numerous exhibits in Canada including the Art Gallery of Alberta Vancouver Art Gallery, Glenbow Museum, Montreal Art Association, Manitoba Society of Arts, Canadian Society of painters in Watercolour, National Gallery of Canada - Travelling Exhibition, and the Riverside Museum, N.Y.