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James Gordaneer was a visual artist in Victoria, BC, Canada. 


Born in Toronto, Canada, in 1933, he painted in oils, acrylics and watercolours from the 1950's until his death in 2016. 


Gordaneer’s works were characterized by rich colours and abstract figures. His “Heads” series (2006) portrayed numerous real and imagined figures in large-scale, vivid colours, while his “Circus” series (1987) captured the energy and life of acrobats, clowns and performing animals. His work is also reknowned for its images of bodacious abstract nudes, impressionist landscapes, horses, wrestlers and steam locomotives, for which Gordaneer held a lifelong passion.


Over his 60-year career, he produced thousands of oils, watercolours and drawings, many of which have been shown in public and private galleries across Canada and internationally, including at the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Albright Knox Art Museum in Buffalo, NY, as well as the Centre Culturel Canadien, Paris France, and at Canada House, London, UK.. His paintings are held in numerous public collections across Canada, including the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, the McMichael Canadian Collection, the Peterborough Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, the Canada Council Art Bank, , the Sarnia Art Gallery, Prince George Art Gallery, the Michael Williams Collection (University of Victoria), and the Homer Watson Gallery, as well as in collections curated by Imperial Oil, Crown Life, Queen’s University, Dow Chemical, Esso and hundreds of private collectors.



James Gordaneer, RCA

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