Capturing the Likeness
November 7th, 2006 – February 17th, 2007
Opening reception on November 7th
from 7 to 9 pm.
In a career spanning over sixty years, Winston Elliott produced a legacy of portraits, paintings and illustrations. Captured in his evocative renderings is the spirit of the subjects he portrayed in the decades between World War II and the present day. At the age of nineteen, Elliott enlisted as a stoker in the Canadian Navy, drawing portraits of his shipmates in his spare time. His exceptional talent in portraiture advanced his artistic career and he was provided with his own studio in the Naval Art Section in Ottawa. Elliott was assigned to paint decorated naval heroes and worked alongside official war artist and mentor Grant Macdonald.
After the war he studied at the Ontario College of Art, graduating in 1948, and then moved to Alberta where his works were first exhibited. Elliott has resided in West Vancouver since 1957, where he pursued a successful career as a commercial illustrator and continued to evolve as a painter. During his career Elliott designed logos for the Canadian Football League and advertisements for both local and national businesses. Although his works have been shown in galleries and are represented in collections across Canada, this exhibit is his first retrospective.
The financial support of Mercedes-Benz for this exhibition is gratefully acknowledged.