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One of Canada’s most respected artists, Dorothy Knowles was born in Unity, Saskatchewan in 1927 and grew up on a farm overlooking a prairie valley. Initially Knowles had no plans to become a painter, and studied biology at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon.

At the time of her graduation in 1948, a friend persuaded her to enrol in a six-week summer course given by the University of Saskatchewan at Emma Lake. The course was led by artist Reta Cowley from Saskatoon and James Frederick Finley from the Ontario College of Art. Under their guidance, young Dorothy found her talent for art.

Upon her return to Saskatoon, Knowles continued to study painting under Eli Bornstein and Nicholas Bjelejac at the University of Saskatchewan between 1948 and 1952. While taking a summer class at the Banff School in 1952, she decided to study art in England, eventually enrolling in the Goldsmith School of Art in London. She was influenced by the National Gallery, where she particularly admired the works of Piero di Cosimo, Piero della Francesca, Veronese, Ucello, and Renoir.
She married artist William Perehudoff in Paris in 1951, then travelled around Italy and France, exploring the great museums and cathedrals of Europe before returning to Saskatchewan in 1952.
They would eventually have three daughters, Rebecca, Catherine and Carol. Rebecca and Catherine are both landscape artists, and Carol, a writer, also has an Masters in Visual Art.

In the 1960s, Dorothy Knowles attended workshops at the Emma Lake Art Camp led by the American art critic Clement Greenberg (1962), artist Kenneth Noland (1963), Jules Olitski (1964), Lawrence Alloway (1965), and Michael Steiner (1969). All of these workshops had varying degrees of influence on her work, changing her style from a heavy impasto favoured by Greenberg to a more fluid technique preferred by Noland. Most importantly, she discovered the joy of working directly from nature. Thus, weather permitted, she worked out of doors, at times producing finished paintings, at times sketches and photographs which she used in the studio.

Dorothy was once asked what five factors she believed were vital for a good life. She responded, “I guess my five have been painting, painting, painting, painting, and painting.” (quote source: www.mcmichael.com)

 

Awards

1982 - Painting selected for Canada Postage Stamp
             Cited by Century Saskatoon for Award of Appreciation in the Arts
1987 - Saskatchewan Award of Merit
1994 - Honorary Degree Recipient, University of Regina
2004 - Order of Canada
2005 - Centennial Medal of Saskatchewan
2007 - Canada Post Corporation honoring Dorothy Knowles with the inclusion of 2 paintings in their Art Series

 

Documentary

2003 - Dorothy Knowles The Artist’s Life (Series 1), Directed by Michael Glassbourg, Produced by TickleScratch Productions. http://movingimages.ca/store/products.php?dorothy_knowles

2004 - Between the North Pole and New York City, a television documentary covering 5 decades of the Emma Lake Workshops, interviews with artists and critics, including Dorothy Knowles, directed by Mark Wihak and Daryl K. Davis, premier show Oct 3,  p.m. 2004. Produced by Cooper Rock Productions.

2010 -Dorothy Knowles and Terry Fenton – In Conversation ...
www.mendel.ca/dorothy-knowles-and-terry-fenton-in-conversation/

2013 -orothy Knowles- Conversation with the Artist, Part 1 www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAy72SNHkQQ Uploaded by Douglas Udell Gallery

 

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Group Exhibitions

1953 - Saskatoon Art Centre, Bill and Dorothy Perehudoff
            Norman MacKenzie Art Gallery, Artists of Saskatchewan, 3 Artists,
1962 - Winnipeg Art Gallery, Group Show with Otto Rogers, Dorothy Knowles,
             Painters, Dorothy Knowles and Clara Samuels
1963 - Regina Public Library Gallery, Regina, SK, Two Saskatchewan
1965 - Diamond Jubilee Critics Selection, Saskatoon, SK
1966 - Winnipeg Biennial, Winnipeg, MB
            Calgary Allied Arts Centre, Calgary, AB
            Western Canadian Art Circuit, Regina, SK, Watercolors by Reta Cowley, Dorothy Perehudoff, Grace Hogg
             Regina Public Library Gallery, Regina, SK
1967 - Norman MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, and Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Eleven Saskatchewan Artists
             Willistead Art Gallery of Windsor, ON, Artists from Saskatchewan
             Carleton University Gallery, Ottawa, ON
             Norman MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, SK, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatchewan Artists, Catalogue introduction by John Climer
1968 - Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, PQ, Surrey 68 Sondage 68
             National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON, 7th Biennial Exhibition of Canadian  Painting, Catalogue introduction by William C. Seitz
1969 - Norman MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, SK, Saskatoon:  Thirteen Artists
             Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, MB, Two Artists from Saskatoon
             Waddington Fine Arts, Montreal, PQ, Knowles-Perehudoff
1970 - Kitchener-Waterloo Gallery, Kitchener, ON, Saskatchewan: Regina and Saskatoon
             Regina Public Library Gallery, Regina, SK
             Norman MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, SK, Saskatchewan: Art and Artists, catalogue introduction by Nancy Dillow
             Extensio Services of the National Gallery Traveling Show, Watercolour Painters of Saskatchewan, Catalogue introduction by Terry Fenton
             Edmonton Art Gallery, traveled to Mendel Art Gallery and Glenbow Museum, West 71, Catalogue introduction by Karen Wilkin
1972 - Regina Public Library Gallery, Regina, SK, A June Show, Drawings by Saskatchewan Artists
             Waddington Galleries, Montreal, PQ, Knowles-Perehudoff, Recent Paintings
1973 - Norman MacKenzie Art Gallery,  Regina, SK,Emma Lake Workshops
1974 - Swift Current National Exhibition Centre, Swift Current, SK, Swift Current 74
             Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, AB, Survey 74
1975 - Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, and Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener, 9 out of 10—A Survey of Contemporary Canadian Art
             Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON, The Ontario Community Collects:  A Survey of Canadian Paintings from 1976 to 1975
             Agnes Etherington Art Gallery, Queen's University, Kingston, ON, From Women's Eyes: Painters in Canada
             Traveling Exhibition organized by Time-Life Canada Ltd., The Canadian Canvas
1976 - Edmonton Art Gallery and Art Gallery of Ontario, Changing Visions: The Canadian Landscape
             Saskatchewan Art at the Montreal Olympics
             Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC, 14 Canadians--A Critic's Choice
1977 - Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON, Canadian  Tapestries
1978 - Norman MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, SK, The Saskatoon Arts Board Collection
             Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, AB, Modern Painting in Canada
             Thomas Gallery, Winnipeg, MB, Six Saskatoon Artists
             The Art Gallery of Hamilton,"Selections From the Dofasco Collection" November 24,1978-January 7,1979
1979 - Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK, Dorothy Knowles and Wynona Mulcaster
1980 - Grimsby Public Art Gallery, "Dofasco Collection", July 23-Sept.3
             MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, SK, New Works on Paper by Saskatchewan Artists
1982 - Frances Morrison Library, Saskatoon, SK, Saskatoon Early Images Landscape Painting on the Prairies
1983 - Saskatchewan Arts Board, Regina, SK, and Canada House, London,  Paris, Brussels, Five from Saskatchewan, Catalog introduction by K. Bell, P. Close
1985 - Chicago Art Fair, Chicago, Ill
1986 - Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
             Wade Gallery, Los Angeles, Selected Works by Contemporary Canadian Artists
1987 - Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK, Tradition and Innovation: Saskatoon Art and the 1950's
1988 - Saskatchewan Centres for Exhibiting Art, Sasktel Corporate Art Exhibition Tour
             Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK, Talking Through Time: Contemporary Art from Saskatoon
             Canadian Art Galleries, Calgary, AB, Contemporary '88
             Woltjen/Udell Gallery, Edmonton, AB, Large Works on Paper
             Swift Current National Exhibition Centre, Swift Current, SK, A Common Bond
1989 - Triangle of Visual Arts, Calgary, AB, Contemporary Watercolor Exhibition
             Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK, The Flat Side of the Landscape: The Emma Lake Artists' Workshops
             Woltjen/Udell Gallery, Edmonton, AB, Spring 89
             Canadian Art Galleries, Calgary, AB, Cowley/Knowles/Hardy--Survey
1990 - McMullen Gallery, Edmonton, AB, A Family Show
             Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK, The Object as Subject: Still-Life Art in Saskatchewan
1991 - Rosemont Art Gallery, Regina, SK, Relative Realities, Curated by Eileen Lampard
1992 - Concordia Art Gallery, Montreal, PQ, Robert Ayre:  The Critic and the Collection
             Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, traveling to Windsor Art Gallery Achieving the Modern: Canadian Abstract Painting and Design in the 1950s
1994 - Windsor Art Gallery, Windsor, ON, Achieving the Modern:  Canadian Abstract Painting and Design in the 50's
             Presented by Trimark Mutual Funds and organized by: Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, The Edmonton Art Gallery, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Hidden Values
            Weyburn Arts Council, Weyburn, SK, For Every Season (from the city of Weyburn permanent collection)
1995 - Traveling show organized by Sasktel and Organization of Saskatchewan Art Council
             Traveling show organized by Mendel Art Gallery, The Urban Prairie
1996 - Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Rediscovering the Landscape of the Americas, Curated by Alan Gussow and Gayle Maxon-Edgerton
1997 - Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre, The Canadian Collection at Apec'97, Nov 19-25
1997-98 Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, MB, May 30 to September 28, 1997 Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina, SK, June 19 to August 16, 1998 Prairie Region Exhibition, Organized by the                      Royal, Canadian Academy of Arts in cooperation with the Winnipeg Art Gallery
1999 - MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, SK, Reconstructed: North by West
2000 - International Art Fair,Metro  Convention Centre, Toronto, ON
2001 - Toronto Art Fair, Represented by Douglas Udell Gallery Miriam Shiell Gallery, and Waddington Gorce
             Portland Art Museum, Portland Oregon, Clement Greenberg—A Critic's Collection
             Douglas Udell Galleries,Fall Shows, Edmonton, Sept 22- Oct.3, Vancouver Sept. 29-Oct.1
             Art Placement, Saskatoon,SK., Still Life Exhibition,December
2002 - Toronto Art Fair, represented by Mirium Shiell Fine Art and Douglas Udell Gallery, Oct. 17-21.
             Douglas Udell Galleries, Edmonton, AB, Spring Show, April, Fall Shows, Vancouver, Sept 21, Edmonton, Sept. 28, 2002
             Assiniboia Gallery,Regina, SK., 25th  Anniversary  Exhibition, June
2003 - Kenderdine Art Gallery, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Lodestar, RCA  Show; July14 to August 24 2002, 2003 McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, ON; March 3 to              5,2002, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK, June 14 to September 2, 2002;  Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina, SK., Sept.27 to Jan. 12, 2003 Qu'Appelle, Tale of Two Valleys, June 14 -                    September 2, co-curated by Dan Ring and Robert Stacy
              Toronto Art Fair, represented by Mirium Shiell Fine Art and the Douglas Udell Gallery, November 16 - 19
2004 - Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery,Regina, SK. Art in Bloom,Feb.1 -May 4, 2003
             Grand Forks Art Gallery, Grand Forks,BC, July-August
             Art Placement, Saskatoon, SK, Christmas Show,Dec.11 - 24
             Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton, AB, Fall Show, Sept.18-Oct 2, Spring Show, April 3-17
             Douglas Udell Gallery, Vancouver, BC,Christmas Show, Dec.4-24, Spring Show, April 17-30
             Palm Springs Desert Museum, Clement Greenberg A Critic's Collection, Palm Springs, California, Oct.2
2004-07 Toronto Art Fair, represented by the Douglas Udell Gallery & Miriam Shiell Fine Art
2005 - The Glenbow Museum, Calgary, AB, Contemporary Views of the Bow River, February 19-June 5
             Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina, SK, Making Friends: The Role of Friends, Mentors, and Patrons in the Development of Sask. Art, May 28 – Oct. 23
             Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK, 100 Years of Saskatchewan Art, curated by A. Badzak and D. Ring from the permanent collection
             Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton, AB, Fall Show, Sept. 17, Christmas Show, Dec.17
             Art Placement, Saskatoon, SK, Landscapes, Dec.
2006 - Douglas Udell Gallery, Vancouver, BC Spring Show, March, Christmas Show Dec.9-23,
             Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton, AB, Christmas Show , Dec. 2-14
             Douglas Udell Gallery, Calgary, AB, Opening Show, Feb.
             Toronto Art Fair, Toronto, Ont. Nov.9-13
2007 - Doug Udell Gallery,Vancouver,B.C..The Big Picture Group Show, June 2-16
             Art Placement, Saskatoon, SK The Saskatchewan Landscape, Feb.10-March1
             Assiniboia Gallery, Grand Opening, Regina, SK March 3
             Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Prairie Companion, Jan.-to April 9
             Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton, AB , Fall Show Sept.29-Oct.13 ,Vancouver, B.C.Oct.13-26, Christmas Show, Dec.15-24. Toronto Art Fair, Toronto, Ontario, Oct. 25-29
2008 - Art Placement, Saskatoon, SK, Floor to Ceiling
             Douglas Udell Gallery, Fall Show, Edmonton, Alberta, Sept 20-Oct.2
             Toronto Art Fair, Toronto, Ontario, Oct. 22-26, represented by Douglas Udell Gallery
2009 - Art Placement, Saskatoon, SK, Family Traditions, Dorothy Knowles, William Perehudoff, Rebecca Perehudoff, Catherine Perehudoff, Carol Perehudoff July 18 – July 11th
2010 - Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton,AB, Vancouver, BC, Order of Merit, Nov./09, Feb./10
             Art Placement, Saskatoon, SK, The Drawing Show, April 17 –May 6, Signs of Spring, April 3 – April 15, On Collecting, Feb. 20 –March 10, New Works, Sept. 5 – Sept. 23
             Douglas Udell Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Spring, April 10-24, Fall,Sept.18,Christmas,Dec. 11, Edmonton, AB, Spring April 17,Fall,Sept.25, Christmas, Dec.4
2012 - Owens Art Gallery, Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick, The Jean Mackay Chubb and Francis L. Chubb Collection, September 28 - Dec. 16
2012 - Art Placement Inc, Saskatoon SK, Prairie Painters: Light and Pattern
2013 - Art Toronto 2013, represented by Han Art of Montreal, Toronto, Ontario, Oct. 25-28
2013 - Mendel Art Gallery, Rewilding Modernity, curated by Lisa Baldissera, Saskatoon, Oct. 13
2014 - Mendel Art Gallery, Modern Visions: the 50th Anniversary Exhibition, Sept. 26th
2014 - Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton, AB, Fall Show, Sept. 20th – Oct. 9th
2014  The Stall Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona, Saskatchewan Art Galleries Taking it South, Feb. 28
2014  Winchester Galleries, Oak Bay, Victoria, BC, Private Collection, May 6-31
2016 Saskatchewan Art Show and Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona, March 15 – April 9
 

 

Solo Exhibtions

1954 -Saskatoon Art Centre, Saskatoon, SK, Dorothy Knowles Paintings, Drawings, Watercolours, Invitation essay by George Swinton
1957 - Saskatoon Art Centre, Saskatoon, SK, Dorothy Perehudoff
             Regina Public Library Gallery, Regina, SK
1962 - Saskatoon Art Centre, Saskatoon, SK
1963 - James Art Studio, Saskatoon, SK
             Saskatoon Art Centre, Saskatoon, SK, Dorothy Knowles Paintings
1964 - Mendel Art Gallery,  Saskatoon, SK
1965 - The David Mirvish Gallery, Toronto, ON, Dorothy Knowles, Recent Landscapes. Catalogue essay by Andrew Hudson Mendel Art Gallery,  Saskatoon, SK
1967- Bonli Interiors,Dorothy Knowles
1968 - Moose Jaw Art Museum,Moose Jaw, Sk. ,Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Dorothy Knowles,Recent Paintings
1969 - Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, MB
             Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
1970 - Waddington Galleries, Montreal, PQ
             Robertson Gallery, Ottawa, ON
             University Gallery, Department of Art, University of Saskatchewan, Dorothy Knowles
1972 - Waddington Galleries, Montreal, PQ
             Traveling Show organized by Edmonton Art Gallery to:  Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina 
1973 - Beckett Gallery, Hamilton, ON
1974 - Waddington Galleries, Montreal, PQ, Dorothy Knowles, Recent Paintings
1975 - Meredith Long Contemporary, New York, NY
             Pucker/Safrai Gallery, Boston, MA, Dorothy Knowles, Recent Paintings, Watercolours
1977 - Beckett Gallery, Hamilton, ON
1978 - Canadian Art Galleries, Calgary, AB, Watercolours & Drawings
             Downstairs Gallery, Edmonton, AB, Dorothy Knowles, Recent Paintings, Watercolours
             Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, AB, Dorothy Knowles
             Waddington Galleries, Toronto, ON, Dorothy Knowles, Recent Paintings and Watercolours
             Meredith Long Contemporary, New York, NY, Dorothy Knowles, Recent Watercolours
1979 - Meredith Long Contemporary, New York, New York, Dorothy Knowles, New Paintings
            Gallery One, Saskatoon, SK, Dorothy Knowles
1980 - Waddington Galleries, Montreal, PQ
             Canadian Art Galleries, Calgary, AB
1981 - Waddington Galleries, Montreal, PQ, Dorothy Knowles, Recent Paintings and Watercolours
             Downstairs Gallery, Edmonton, AB, Dorothy Knowles
1982 - Canadian Art Galleries, Calgary, AB, Dorothy Knowles
             Waddington Galleries & Co. Inc., New York, New York, Dorothy Knowles, Paintings and Watercolours              
             Waddington Galleries, Toronto, ON, Dorothy Knowles, Paintings and Watercolours
              Traveling show organized by Edmonton Art Gallery to: Centre Saidye Bronfman, Montreal; Norman MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina; Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor; London Regional,               Art Galleries, London; Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Dorothy Knowles,1964-1982 Curated and Catalog by Terry Fenton
1983 - Downstairs Gallery, Edmonton, AB, New Work by Dorothy Knowles
             Assiniboia Gallery, Regina, SK, Recent Watercolours
             Art Placement, Saskatoon, SK, Dorothy Knowles
             Waddington & Shiell Galleries Ltd., Toronto, ON, Dorothy Knowles
             Waddington Galleries, Montreal, PQ, Recent Paintings
1984 - Canadian Art Galleries, Calgary, AB
             Art Placement, Saskatoon, SK, Dorothy Knowles
            Woltjen/Udell Gallery, Edmonton, Dorothy Knowles New Works
1985 - Waddington & Shiell Galleries Ltd., Toronto, ON, Dorothy Knowles: Watercolours
1986 - Canadian Art Galleries,Calgary   
             Assiniboia Gallery, Regina, SK
             Waddington & Shiell Galleries Ltd., Toronto, ON, Major Paintings from Spring 1986
1987 - Art Placement, Saskatoon, SK
             Woltjen/Udell Gallery,  Edmonton, AB/Vancouver, BC, New Work
             Waddington & Gorce Inc., Montreal, PQ, Recent Landscapes
1989 - Greenberg Wilson, New York, New York, Dorothy Knowles Landscapes
1990 - Waddington & Gorce, Inc., Montreal, PQ, Canadian Landscapes     
             Waddington & Shiell Gallery, Toronto, ON, Major Acrylic Paintings by Dorothy Knowles         
1991- Woltjen/Udell Gallery, Vancouver, Edmonton, Silent Movement       
            Miriam Shiell Fine Art, Toronto, ON, Dorothy Knowles         
1992 - Canadian Art Galleries, Calgary, Alberta
1993 - Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton, New Work
             Grand Forks Art Gallery, Grand Forks, BC, Dorothy Knowles
             Hambleton Galleries, Kelowna, BC, Dorothy Knowles: Recent Works
1994 - Assiniboia Gallery, Regina, SK, Recent Works
             Traveling Show:  Mendel Art Gallery, Edmonton Art Gallery, Glenbow Museum, Whyte Museum, Dorothy Knowles, Catalog essay by Bruce Grenville
             Wallack Galleries, Ottawa, ON, Dorothy Knowles
1995 - Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton, AB
             The Kenderdine Gallery & Art Placement, Saskatoon, SK, The Boat Paintings, Catalogue essay by Tim Nowlin
1996 - West Kootenay Gallery, Castlegar, BC, Perehudoff, Knowles Family Member Exhibit
             Miriam Shiell Fine Art, Toronto, ON, Dorothy Knowles, 'Visits the Muskokas'
1997 - Douglas Udell Gallery, Vancouver
1999 - Institute for Modern and Contemporary Art, Calgary, AB, The Sky Paintings, Curator: Jeffrey Spalding              
             Art Placement, Saskatoon, SK, The Sky Paintings, Catalog essay by Robert Christie
2000 - Art Placement, Saskatoon, SK
             Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton, AB/Vancouver, BC, 25th Anniversary Show, Catalogue essay by Keith Bell
2001 - MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, SK
2003 - Art Placement, Saskatoon,SK
             Miriam Shiell Fine Art, Toronto, ON
2006 - Miriam Shiell Fine Art, Toronto, ON
2007 - Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton,AB. Feb. 1-17
2008 - Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton, AB, April 26- May 9
             Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina, SK, permanent collection exhibition, May 3-Sept.1
              Art Placement, Small Scale Works 1960s -1990s, Saskatoon, SK
2008-10 - Moose Jaw Museum &  Art Gallery, Moose Jaw, SK, Dorothy Knowles, Landmarks, June 20 – Sept. 7,Art Gallery of Swift Current, Swift Current, Swift Current, SK, Feb.21 – Mar. 29,               
2009 - Mendel Art Gallery,    Saskatoon,SK, June 19 –Sept.13
2009 - Esplanade Art Gallery, Medicine Hat, AB, Dec 27/09-Feb. 14/10, McMichael CanadianArt Collection, 2 Kleinburg, ON, May 22-Aug 15/10, Chapel Gallery, North, Battleford, Nov. 1/10-Jan 30/11
2009 - Miriam Shiell Fine Art Ltd., A Sense of Place:New Paintings, catalogue essay by Roald Nasgaard, April 25-May 23
2010 - Miriam Shiell Fine Art Ltd., Dorothy Knowles, A Survey of Work from 1960 – Present, June 5-19
2011 - OSAC Exhibit, organized by the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery, April 2011-April 2013, watercolour exhibit traveling to 24 Saskatchewan communities
            Han Art, Montreal, Quebec
2012 - Art Placement, Refined Observation, Saskatoon, SK
2014 - Douglas Udell Gallery, Dorothy Knowles’ Canadian Landscapes, Edmonton AB,
2015 - Michael Gibson Gallery, London, ON, An exhibition of watercolours by landscape artist
           Dorothy Knowles. Dec. 2015
2015 - Art Placement inc, Saskatoon The Oils 1965-2006


   

 

Education


1944  -Graduated from City Park Collegiate in Saskatoon
1948 -Bachelor of Arts, Type C, University of Saskatchewan , Saskatoon
            Emma Lake Summer School with Reta Cowley, James Frederick Finley
1949 -Enrolled in Medical Technology classes at the University of Saskatchewan and apprenticed in St. Paul’s Hospital becoming a Registered Technologist and a member of the Canadian               Society of Laboratory Technologists
            Banff Summer Session in Painting
             Painting classes with N. Bjelejac, University of Saskatchewan
1950-52 & '54 - Sculpture, Painting, Drawing, & Silkscreen classes with E. Bornstein, University of Saskatchewan
1951 - Goldsmith School of Art, London, England
1956 - Emma Lake Artist's Workshop led by Joseph Plaskett
1957 - Emma Lake Artist's Workshop led by Will Barnett         
1996 - Emma Lake Artist's Workshop led by Clement Greenberg         
1963 - Emma Lake Artist's Workshop led by Kenneth Noland
1964 - Emma Lake Artist's Workshop led by Jules Olitski
1965 - Emma Lake Artist's Workshop led by Lawrence Alloway
1969 - Emma Lake Artist's Workshop led by Michael Steiner

 

Public & Corporate Collections

Art Gallery of Alberta
Art Gallery of Hamilton
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Art Gallery of Ontario
Art Gallery of Peterborough
Art Gallery of Windsor
Bank of Commerce
Bank of Montreal
Bell Canada
Boston Museum
Canada Council Art Bank
Canadian Greenshields
Claridge Collection
Concordia University, Montreal
Confederation Art Center, Charlottetown
Department of External Affairs, Government of Canada
Dominion Foundries and Steel Ltd.
Dupont Canada Inc.
Glenbow Museum, Calgary
Gulf Canada
Imperial Oil
Kenderdine Gallery, University of Saskatchewan
Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery
MacKenzie Art Gallery
Maclean Hunter
Mendel Art Gallery
Musee d’Art Contemporain, Montreal
Nabisco Inc.
Nova Corporation
Pemberton Collection
Petro-Canada
Rideau Hall
Royal Bank
Saskatchewan Arts Board
SaskTel
Shell Canada
Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada
Toronto Dominion Bank
University of Alberta
University of Calgary
University of Regina
University of Saskatchewan
Vancouver Art Gallery
Willistead Art Gallery of Windsor
Winnipeg Art Gallery

 

Artist

Dorothy Knowles

Price Range: $5000-40,000