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Title: Burnhamthorpe District Library, Art Exhibition, 1977.
Identifier: Q362
Date of Original Photo: 1977
Date Built: 1976
Image Type: Slide
Subject: Hutchinson, Leonard, 1896-1980
Location: 1350 Burnhamthorpe Road East

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Description: Artist Leonard Hutchinson, with Ona Alisauskis, Library artist, at an exhibition of his work at the Burnhamthorpe District Library in 1977. Leonard Hutchinson was born in Manchester, England, where he studied at the Colchester School of Art. His family emigrated to Canada in 1912 and settled in Tillsonburg, Ontario. Mr. Hutchinson returned to England after war was declared in 1914 and joined the Royal Military Corps. He returned to Canada after the war and moved to Hamilton in the early 1920s. He worked as a graphic artist at Barnard Stamp and Stencil, studying art in the evenings at the Hamilton Technical Institute. During the 1920s he painted in oil and watercolour and sketched area towns and people. In 1932 he began teaching evening art classes at the Hamilton Technical Institute, and also exhibited his colour block prints at the Royal Canadian Academy exhibition and the National Gallery of Canada’s annual exhibition of Canadian Art. He was recognised as a master of the lino and woodcut print medium. In 1936 he was appointed as a Governor of the Hamilton Art Gallery, where he served till the mid 1940s. In 1967 he was elected an Academician of the Royal Canadian Academy, and received the Centennial Gold Medal for his contribution to Canadian art. During his career he served as President of the Canadian Society of Graphic Art; President of the Society of Canadian Painter-Etchers and Engravers; and founded the Hamilton Chapter of the Artists’ Union. He is recognised as an important artist of the thirties and one of Canada’s Social Realists of the Depression years. In 1977 The Burnhamthorpe District Library hosted an exhibition of his work.
Agency: Mississauga Library System