Eric Riordon Wanted for Purchase or Consignment

(1906 - 1948) A.R.C.A

Born in St. Catharines in 1906, Eric Riordon grew up in Montreal where his family relocated two years after his birth. He was educated at Ashbury College in Ottawa, and McGill University in Montreal. After studying charcoal drawing for a year at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Montreal, he traveled to Paris in 1932 where he trained at the Grand Chaumière and Academy Julian. On his return to Canada, he painted in the Laurentians where he had spent many summers of his youth at the Riordon family cottage north of Mont Tremblant at Lac Lache. During the thirties he became known for his fine paintings of the Laurentians. He held his first official solo show at the Continental Galleries in October of 1935. He was also recognized for his seascapes, which featured scenes from Brittany, France, and elsewhere in Europe, as well as North America. Riordon’s interest in the sea prompted him to join the R.C.N.V.R in 1940 where he completed a seven-month training course to become Lieutenant. At the end of the war he held the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the Naval Reserve.

During his time in the Navy, he took moments from his duties to paint a series of images that were later used for a publication about the Canadian Navy at war. Thirty four of his miniature sea paintings portraying a typical trans-Atlantic convoy run during the Battle of the Atlantic were exhibited across Canada. Following his discharge from the Navy he built a house on a hilltop where he painted many of his Laurentian scenes. He was elected A.R.C.A. in 1946 and exhibited
with the Academy from 1937 until his death.

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Low Tide
Maud Lewis
Oil on Board (11.38x13.38 in) circa 1958
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Skidegate War Canoe
Pat McGuire
Watercolour (12.25x9.25 in) 1968
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Ploughing with Oxen
Maud Lewis
Oil on Canvas Board (12x16 in) circa 1966
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King of the Mountain
William Kurelek
Mixed Media (39x72.25 in) 1973
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On the Redstone River
Alfred Joseph Casson
oil (9.25x11.25 in) 1935
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Massett Poles II
Nell Bradshaw
oil on panel (14x10 in) 1972
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Farmhouse
Alfred Joseph Casson
Oil on Panel (9.25x11.25 in) 1938
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Mist Fantasy
James Edward Hervey MacDonald
Sampson-Matthews Silkscreen (30x39.5 in) circa 1942
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Sharpening an Axe
Allen Sapp
acrylic (18x24 in)
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Autumn Woods
Franklin Carmichael
oil on panel (12x9.75 in) 1925
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