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JOHN LITTLE

 
 
 
Galerie Alan Klinkhoff
O'Connel and St. Simon, Quebec City, 1960
 
   
   
John Little Biography
 
   
 
 
Born in Montreal, Quebec on February 20, 1928, John Little studied for two years at the Art Association of Montreal (today the Museum of Fine Arts) under Dr. Arthur Lismer. In the late 1940s Little moved to New York City to attend the Art Students’ League, training under Will Barnet and Frank J. Reilly. It was also there that in the spring of 1948 he got a job working under Ray Baillie on the now defunct comic strip "Bruce Gentry". Returning to Montreal, Little worked with his father who was a partner in his architectural firm, Luke & Little, while also attempting to do illustrations for the Montreal Star. In 1952 he married Lorraine.

Little was greatly aided by William Watson, the Montreal art dealer who took a great interest in the artist's characterizations of Montreal, Quebec City and the outlying regions of Quebec. Watson exhibited them in his Montreal gallery where they ultimately won wide acclaim for Little. Upon the closing of Watson Galleries, the young artist began showing at Montreal’s Continental Galleries and at Galerie Walter Klinkhoff. In 1961, Little became an Associate of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.

Dorothy Pfeiffer, reviewing his work in 1964, noted;

"Those bemoaning the seemingly ruthless demolition of hundreds of Montreal’s gracious old-world homes and other buildings, the disappearance in the name of progress of various little nooks and parks, and the often callous disposal of dignified stone pillars and amusing cornices will gain nostalgic pleasures from John Little’s show, for he had dedicated his painting to the preservation of such items for posterity. …Three important qualities it certainly contains: assurance, individuality and artistic honesty."

Painted over a career that lasted for more than sixty-five years, Little’s work has taken on an even greater significance in the context of Canadian art. He has celebrated the urban core, the neighbourhoods and the ethnic communities of the inner city, his oeuvre forming a critique of the devastation of the city centre brought on by the urban planners of the 1960s and the development of the suburbs. Maintaining his vision, using for the most part Montreal and Quebec City as his painting place, and with consummate integrity, John Little has become Canada’s premier urban painter. In 1973 he became a full member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. He has painted covers for MacLean’s Magazine, and his paintings are in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, the Concordia University Collection of Art and private collections across the country. In addition, today, his paintings are among the most sought after of the artists of his generation in Canada.

For over fifteen years, John Little’s recent works were available exclusively at Galerie Walter Klinkhoff.



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April in Pointe-St-Charles, 1967
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Rue Martin - St. Henri d'autrefois, 1996
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Un Printemps d'Autrefois, Lane between Waverly and St. Urbain, 1983
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Spring, St. Antoine Street, Montreal, April 1967
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Rue St. Martin, Montreal, 1965
 
John Little paintings sold
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Patinoire in Pointe-Saint-Charles, 2001
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Rue Roy and St. Dominique d'Autrefois, 2003
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Epicerie Duluth at de Bullion, 1974
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Xmas Eve, c. 1950
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Rue St. Antoine, Quebec, 1963
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Rue St. Denis, St. Hyacinthe, Que., 1965
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(42) Shinny Game in the Lane Behind St. Antoine Street, Montreal, 1966
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Summer, Sherbrooke Street, Montreal, 1969
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(97) Skating Rink in Pointe-Saint-Charles, 1997
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Greek Girl in Duddy Kravitz Country, 1973
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Rue St. Emile at Rue Turgeon, 2004
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Sunday Morning, St. Sauveur, Quebec, 1960
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Rue St-Denis, St-Hyacinthe, Québec, 1965
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Melting Ice - End of the Season, Adam and Nicolet, Hochelaga, 2011
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Windsor Street, Montreal, 1972
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C.P.R. Royal Hudson #2825, 1995
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Rue Ste. Émilie at rue Bourget, Ste. Cunegonde, St. Henri, 1963
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Rue Couillard, à l'angle de rue Ste-Famille, Québec, 2010
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Rue de l'Hotel de Ville, ca. 1962
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Skating Rink in Pointe St. Charles, 1996
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Outdoor Art Exhibition near Washington Square, New York, ca. 1950
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Get a Load of Moitle! (verso), ca. 1950
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Twilight, Sherbrooke Street at McTavish, 1964
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View from Mount Royal on a Winter Afternoon, 1965
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La Gauchetiere Street at St. Dominique, Montreal, March, 1960
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Grey Nun's School, rue des Glaces at McMahon, 1961
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Children Playing on The Corner of St. Urbain and Dorchester, 1955
 

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