Permanent Collection Pick of the Week

With the bicentennial year of the war of 1812 approaching, I've been paying particular attention to artist's work from our permanent collection that connects to themes of war. Also, I've been looking at artists whose work I think displays an interesting aspect of Canadian identity. For example, our collection holds a great number of works from the artist Aba Bayefsky, a Canadian artist born in Toronto, April 1923 and who was commissioned as an official War Artist in 1944. He displayed a large body of work at the Canadian War Museum in 1998 titled Reflections of the Holocaust, The Art of Aba Bayefky.  The gallery’s collection includes  Bayefsky's portfolio’s of lithographs based on Canadian Indian legends and mythology (Forces of Earth and Sky) as well as Hebrew religious themes (Tales from the Talmud), which alone make up a fascinating exhibition of the human condition while also contributing to a sense of our Canadian heritage.

Rebecca Madamba
Collections Management Assistant

Aba Bayefsky
Night Spirit (from Forces of Earth and Sky), 1971
Collection of Grimsby Public Art Gallery, Gift of William Poole

Aba Bayefsky
Tales from the Talmud No. 7, 1963
Collection of Grimsby Public Art Gallery, Gift of William Poole


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