Robert Douglas Genn
Robert Genn was born in Victoria, British Columbia on May 15, 1936.
Genn was highly influenced by the work of the Group of Seven. He had the good fortune of meeting Lawren Harris, who was able to instruct Genn when he was encountering difficulties rendering the skies in the backgrounds of his paintings. Harris directed Genn to simply invert the canvas: "Paint down from the trees to the clouds at the bottom of the picture to get the perspective right." To Genn this advice was highly valuable. He said this enabled him "to control the gradation, and work up into the trees in a more abstract manner."*
Genn’s work is represented by a number of galleries across Canada. He has had solo exhibitions in the Jenkins Showler Gallery, White Rock; West End Gallery, Edmonton; Hambleton Galleries, Kelowna; The Art Emporium, Vancouver and at the Canada House Gallery, Banff. Genn is one of sixty elected senior members of the Federation of Canadian Artists (SFCA). His work can be found in corporate and private collections, including Air Canada, Bank of Montreal, Canadian General Insurance, Canadian Airlines, Canadian Utilities, Churchill Corporation, Expo ‘86, Esso Resources, First City - California II, Highfield Oil & Gas, Molson Brewery Ltd, Montreal Trust, Shell Resources, University of Alberta, Westgate Chevrolet, Glenbow Museum and the Government of Belgium.
Genn passed away at home in Surrey, British Columbia on May 27, 2014 while surrounded by his family after succumbing to pancreatic cancer.
Genn's legacy that he leaves behind is his biweekly online newsletter sent from his website, The Painter's Keys, which connects artists and “creative people” together from around the globe. The website is kept up to date by Genn’s son and ranges from educational content to exhibition schedules and networking possibilities among others.