Gerald Squires: Spirit Visible
Gerald L. Squires searched for the spirit or essence of his subjects, revealed through the lens of his artistic creativity. Born in Change Islands, NL in 1937, Squires’ imagery often came out of his personal experience of the major political and social changes in this province during his lifetime, as well as from his exploration of religions, art history and literature, and his powerful love of Newfoundland and Labrador’s landscape and people. Gerald Squires, one of our province’s most significant and well-loved artists, died in St. John’s in 2015. This exhibition presents selections from throughout his career.
About the artist:
Gerald Leopold Squires (b. November 17, 1937, Change Islands, NL; d. October 3, 2015, St. John’s, NL) was one of Newfoundland and Labrador’s most prominent artists. His paintings, sculptures, drawings and other artworks have been featured in key exhibitions, publications and collections. Among Gerald Squires’ accolades were an honorary doctorate from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1992, the Order of Canada and election to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1999, the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2003 and induction into the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council’s Hall of Honour in 2007.
For a more complete chronology detailing the life of the artist, click here.
Image credits: Light on the Barrens (2005). Oil on canvas. 137cm x 183cm. The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador Collection.