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HAL ROSS PERRIGARD, A.R.C.A. (1891-1960)

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Hal Ross Perrigard
Cape Ann Landscape, End of April
Oil on panel 7" x 9" (Sold)
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Born in Montreal, P.Q., from his earliest childhood he was interested in art and painted surprisingly good landscapes at the age of 12. He attended life classes at the Royal Canadian Academy School where he received instruction from William Brymner and Maurice Cullen. He was however largely self-taught. He was known for his landscapes early and had a painting accepted by the Royal Canadian Academy about 1913. Later he entered the field of design, graphics, decoration, and illustration. He established a studio on St. Catherine Street West in
Montreal but later moved to Westmount. His fine portrait "Lalage" was exhibited in the Montreal Spring Exhibition in 1923 and was purchased by the National Gallery of Canada the same year. In 1932 he was noted by A. H. Robson in Canadian Landscape Painters as a brilliant
artist, painting with fine colour and originality of design. His subjects also included seascapes and figure studies. Much of his inspiration for seascapes no doubt came from his summers spent in Rockport, Massachusetts where he had a studio from 1923 until his death. He did a number of murals for the Canadian Pacific Railway Offices and hotels. One of his murals adorned the Laurentian Hotel in Montreal, others were done for oil, power, and aluminum companies and public buildings. In 1926 he won the R.C.A. mural competition to do a decoration for the women’s waiting room in Windsor Station, in Montreal. Sixty entries were submitted for the competition and six artists were chosen for mural work at various places in the city. In 1939 he did mural work for the Canadian Pavilion at the New York Worlds Fair. Generally speaking Perrigard painted in a simplified, realistic form, designed his work well, and had a colourful palette. He worked in oils, watercolours, pastels, and charcoal. A sample of his book design and illustration work can be seen in Stephen Leacock’s Canada, TheFoundations of its Future published by The House of Seagram in 1941. His paintings were reviewed by The Gazette in 1948 as follows, "Hal Ross Perrigard . . . is holding an exhibition of his oils in the Arts Club . . . the collection revealing this Montreal artists feeling for decorative arrangement and harmonious colour. The works throughout are well composed, totally free of exaggeration and soundly painted. Landscapes are the favorite subject and these he treats at all seasons of the year. He was an active member of many art societies including the Art Club of Montreal (1917); Rockport Art Association (1923); A.R.C.A. (1924); North Shore Artists Association of Gloucester; Artists Guild of Canada; Pen and Pencil Club, Montreal; and was in touch with the Beaver Hall Hill Group. He exhibited with the Ontario Society of Artists. His hobbies included woodworking and craft work with copper, brass, pewter, and plastics. He became Director of Galleries of the Rockport Art Association (1930-1935) and was on its Advisory Board. He died suddenly in his 69th year and was survived by his wife Pauline Bradley Perrigard, an amateur playwright, originally from Sherbrooke, Quebec, also by two brothers Stanley and Rev. George Perrigard of Montreal. His works are in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; The Musée du Québec and in private collections in Canada, United States, Hawaii, England, Holland, Belgium, Austria, and elsewhere. The few know solo shows of his paintings include: The Arts Club, Mtl. (1948, 1950); The Gallery (Gemst Bldg.), Mtl. (retrospective show, 1962). His work was also handled by the Continental Galleries and Galerie de l’Art François, Montréal. He exhibited in group shows in many countries including the British Empire
Exhibitions at Wembley.
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Hal Ross Perrigard
Getting Old, Half a House
Oil on masonite 16" x 20" (Sold)
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