Artwork by Doris Jean McCarthy,  Village on the North Shore

Doris McCarthy
Village on the North Shore

signed lower right
22.5 x 30.5 ins ( 57.2 x 77.5 cms )

Auction Estimate: $4,500.00$3,500.00 - $4,500.00

Price Realized $3,700.00
Sale date: November 28th 2014

Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto
Private Collection, Ontario
William Moore, “Heart of Vision”, “Celebrating Life: The Art of Doris McCarthy”, The McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, 1999, pages 213-14
Discussing the challenges of working in watercolour and McCarthy's mastery of the medium, William Moore points out that the artist's watercolours are “straightforward works, simple and direct, in a medium that cannot conceal overworking or tentativeness...While often McCarthy works on site, many watercolours are done later in the studio, using photographs or slides as reference. Even removed from the scene, the painter relies on sensual recollections of light, the wind and weather, the character of the place.”

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Doris Jean McCarthy
(1910 - 2010) RCA, OSA

Born in Calgary, Alberta, McCarthy attended the Ontario College of Art from 1926–1930 where she was awarded various scholarships and prizes. She became a teacher shortly thereafter and taught most frequently at Central Technical School in downtown Toronto from 1932 until she retired in 1972. She spent most of her life living and working in Scarborough, Ontario though she travelled abroad extensively and painted the landscapes of various countries including: Costa Rica, Spain, Italy, Japan, India, England and Ireland. McCarthy was probably best-known for her Canadian landscapes and her depictions of Arctic icebergs.

McCarthy's work has been exhibited and collected extensively in Canada and abroad, in both public and private art galleries including: The National Gallery of Canada, Art Gallery of Ontario, and The Doris McCarthy Art Gallery. McCarthy also penned three autobiographies chronicling the various stages of her life: A Fool in Paradise (Toronto: MacFarlane, Walter & Ross, 1990), The Good Wine (Toronto: MacFarlane, Walter & Ross, 1991), and Ninety Years Wise (Toronto: Second Story Press, 2004). She was also the recipient of the Order of Ontario, the Order of Canada; honorary degrees from the University of Calgary, the University of Toronto, Trent University, the University of Alberta, and Nipissing University; and an honorary fellowship from the Ontario College of Art and Design. She died on November 25, 2010.