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Eric Riordon, A.R.C.A. (1906-1948)
March Evening on the Mulet River. QC
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ERIC RIORDON, A.R.C.A. (1906-1948)
March Evening on the Mulet River. QC
Oil on canvas board 16" x 20"
Signed recto, l.r.
 
 
 
Provenance
Continental Gallery of Fine Art, Montreal;
Private collection, Toronto.
 
 
   
 
 Biography 
 
Having matured as an artist while in the Navy during World War II, ERIC RIORDON enjoyed only three years of production at the height of his ability. Following his discharge from the Navy he built a house on a hilltop in the Laurentians where he painted many of his finest paintings, such as this Morning Sunlight, Laurentians. He was elected an Associate of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1946 and died in 1948 at the age of only 42.

Riordon was born in St. Catherines, Ontario and moved with his family to Montreal in 1908. He studied at Ashbury College in Ottawa, then McGill university. After studying charcoal drawing for a year at the Ecole des beaux arts in Montréal, he went to Paris in 1932 to pursue his art studies at the prestigious Académie Julian and Grande Chaumière. He travelled and painted extensively in Europe and his work was shown at the Paris Salon (1933-1934).

Returning to Montreal, he painted in the Laurentians where he had spent many summers of his youth at the Riordon family cottage north of Mont Tremblant at Lac Caché. During the thirties, he became known for his fine laurentian landscapes. He held his first official solo show at the Continental Galleries in October of 1935. He also became known for his seascapes, beach, harbour and river scenes having finding his subjects in Brittany, France, and elsewhere in Europe, as well as in North America along the St. Lawrence, in Gaspé, Nova Scotia and Maine

and elsewhere in the United States. His love of the sea prompted him at the outbreak of WW2 to join the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve in 1940, taking a seven-month training course to become Lieutenant. He served as executive officer in Montreal before being posted to the East coast for sea duty where he was promoted to second-in-command of a corvette engaged in anti-submarine and convoy duty. At the end of the war he held the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the Naval Reserve.

He snatched moments from his duties during this period to paint a series of wartime naval scenes which were later used in a publication about the Canadian Navy at war. Thirty four of his miniature naval scenes depicting a typical trans-Atlantic convoy maneouvre during the Battle of the Atlantic were exhibited across Canada. Following his discharge from the Navy, he built a house on a hilltop where he painted many of his Laurentian scenes. He was elected A.R.C.A. in 1946 and exhibited with the Academy from 1937 until his death. After having seen an exhibition of his work in 1939, the art critic St. George Burgoyne noted:

He is especially happy when painting winter scenes where hills cast shadows across lonely valleys and the setting sun strokes the distant ridges. His landscapes at all seasons do not lack human interest - skiers score the snow, men chop wood for hungry stoves, a horse and wagon climb a country road, and where the landscape is white the smoking chimney of a country cottage hints at presence, shelter and warmth.


Solo exhibitions:

Galerie Continentale, Montréal, 1934-1941, 1948
Galeries Malloney, Toronto, 1939, 1940
"Peintures de la Bataille de l'Atlantique" - exhibiton travelling across Canada, 1950-1952


 
   
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Eric Riordon, A.R.C.A. (1906-1948)
Visiting near Ste. Adele, P. Que
Oil on canvas board 12" x 16" (Sold)
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Eric Riordon, A.R.C.A. (1906-1948)
Morning Sunlight, Laurentians
Oil on canvas 16" x 20" (Sold)
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  Eric Riordon - Galerie Alan Klinkhoff  
 
Eric Riordon, A.R.C.A. (1906-1948)
A Bridge on the Mulet
Oil on canvas 17" x 22" (Sold)
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Eric Riordon, A.R.C.A. (1906-1948)
Winter Afternoon, Laurentians
Oil on canvas 16" x 20" (Sold)
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Eric Riordon, A.R.C.A. (1906-1948)
Sunny Autumn, Laurentians
Oil on canvas 6" x 8" (Sold)
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Eric Riordon, A.R.C.A. (1906-1948)
Late Afternoon in the Laurentians
Oil on canvas 6" x 8" (Sold)
Detailed view
 
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