8 facts about Tony Urquhart

By Gwylym Owen

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Anthony Morse Urquhart, CM (born April 9, 1934) is a Canadian painter born in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

He was attributed in the late 1950s and to the front 1960s as one of Canada’s pioneering abstractionists, having been variously linked in imitation of the Toronto painters united with The Isaacs Gallery and The Heart of London activity that included Jack Chambers, Greg Curnoe and Murray Favro. In 1968, with Jack Chambers and Kim Ondaatje, he helped found Canadian Artists’ Representation/Le Front des artistes canadiens (CARFAC), the artists’ ‘union’ that first normal a go ahead schedule for public museum and gallery exhibitions of contemporary artists.

Since the 60’s Urquhart has followed an independent and autonomous lane centred on his distinctive ‘box’ format.

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