An exhibition of works by renowned Nova Scotian folk artist Maud Lewis is coming to Winnipeg.
The 26-piece collection will be on display at Mayberry Fine Art’s Tuxedo Gallery Saturday through June 18.
Lewis, who died in 1970, was known for his paintings depicting rural life in Nova Scotia.
The self-taught artist lived much of his life in poverty, devoting his days to producing work. She lived with debilitating arthritis in a tiny ten-by-ten-foot house in Marshalltown, Nova Scotia, off a highway. A sign stood outside advertising his pieces for sale, often for five dollars.
The retrospective exhibition in Winnipeg will feature 20 paintings, four Christmas cards and even a few pieces on clam shells.
“People visiting the area or locals would come to her studio, buy her and support her,” gallery co-owner Shaun Mayberry explained.
“His paintings were first acquired by many people in the Maritimes area and later by Americans who may also have had summer homes in the Maritimes. But since then, these paintings have been passed on to future generations and often end up re-materializing in the market.
The retrospective exhibition in Winnipeg will feature 20 paintings, four Christmas cards and even a few pieces on shells.
Famous folk artist Maud Lewis, who died in 1970, was completely self-taught. Much of his work depicts life in rural Nova Scotia.
Mayberry said the pieces are on loan from private collections, borrowed primarily from customers in Winnipeg. The exhibition represents a period of work of approximately 20 years.
Mayberry said it’s the honesty of Lewis’ work that continues to resonate.
“A lot of art has a lot of theory, a lot of pretension,” Mayberry said.
“I think it’s kind of the honesty of her intentions that draws people to her work, and the fact that she had a very distinctive style. She had a consistent style. You would never mistake a Maud Lewis for another artist. She really has her own identity or her own style.”
– With files from CTV’s John Vennavally-Rao