Helen Lucas’ Biography


Helen Lucas (curriculum vitae)
1972 – 1979 Drawing and painting Master Teacher at University of Toronto/Sheridan College, Oakville
1950 – 1954 Studied at Ontario College of Art, Toronto
1931 Born in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, raised in Saskatoon

2014 Dedication of Flanders Fields painting to the National Canadian War Museum, Ottawa
2012 The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, Ottawa
2011 Two paintings donated to a newly constructed church in Kenya through the Outreach Foundation
2009 “Ontario Senior Citizen of the Year” Award
2005 Invited to exhibit in Prague, Czechoslovakia
2003 Invited to exhibit in Biennale Internationale dell’Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy
2003 Selected to exhibit with Hibbel Co. Ltd., in twelve galleries in Japan
2003 “In Celebration of Women” Arts Award, York Region
1996 Award-winning TV Documentary “Helen Lucas – Her Journey, Our Journey”
1991 Doctor of Letters (Honorius Causa) York University, Toronto
1990 Women Who Make a Difference, Award of Merit, Toronto
1985 YWCA Women of Distinction Award, Toronto
1985 Painting of the Russian Hammer and Sickle in flowers donated to the Social Women’s Press Building in Moscow – sponsored by York University, Toronto
1982 Ontario Arts Council Grant
1980 Ontario Arts Council Grant
1978 Sheridan College Faculty Development Fund
1976 Ontario Arts Council Grant/Sheridan College Faculty Development Fund
1975 Women of the Year, Sheridan College, Oakville

Solo Exhibitions (selected list)
2013 Galerie Pop-Up 2185 Crescent, Montreal
2013 Studio Exhibition, King City
2012 Dove Series Exhibition, Kigali, Rwanda
2011 Studio Exhibition, King City
2010 Joseph D. Carrier Gallery, Toronto
2008 Art of the Matter Gallery, Aurora
2008 St. James Cathedral, Toronto
2006 Roy Thompson Hall, Toronto
2006 Royal Botanical Garden Orchid Society 25th Ann.
2006 Win Henstock Gallery, Oakville
2005 Studio Exhibition, King City
2004 Studio “Orchid” Exhibition, King City
2003 Studio Exhibition, King City
2002 Studio Exhibition, King City
2001 Studio Exhibition, King City
2000 John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto
1999 Carole McDowell & Assoc., King City
1998 Guest Artist, AGO, Toronto
1997 John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto
1996 Carole McDowell & Assoc., King City
1995 Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal
1994 Whitten Gallery, King City
1993 Robertson Galleries, Ottawa
1993 Whitten Gallery, King City
1993 The Collectors Gallery, Longboat Key, Florida
1992 Whitten Gallery, King City
1991 Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal(first solo show)
1990 Whitten Gallery, King City
1989 Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto
1989 Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver
1989 Robertson Galleries, Ottawa
1988 Durham Art Gallery, Ontario
1988 Whitten Gallery, King City
1987 Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto
1986 Simpson House, Toronto
1986 Whitten Gallery, King City
1986 Robertson Galleries, Ottawa
1986 Gerald Hargett, Dallas, Texas
1984 Robertson Galleries, Ottawa
1983 City of Brampton Art Gallery
1983 Elmwood Club, Toronto
1983 University of Toronto, Erindale
1982 Eaton’s Fine Art Gallery, Toronto
1982 Shaw-Rimmington Gallery,Toronto
1981 Claude Arsenault Gallery, Toronto
1980 Centennial Gallery, Oakville
1978 Prince Arthur Galleries, Toronto
1974 Shaw-Rimmington Gallery, Toronto
1969 Walter Engel Gallery, Toronto
1966 Bonli gallery, Toronto
1962 Upstairs Gallery,Toronto-1st show in TO
1953 Saskatoon Art Gallery, Saskatchewan

Group Exhibitions: (selected list)
2004 John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto
2003 Biennale International, Florence, Italy, Owen Sound, Ontario
2000 John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto
1999 John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto
1998 State Street Gallery, Sarasota, Florida Exhibition
1997 John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto
1992 Whitten Gallery, King City
1992 The Collectors Gallery, Longboat Key
1992 Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal
1987 Art Gallery of Ontario, Rental Exhibition
1987 Elmwood Club, Toronto
1983 Ontario Bicentennial Exhibition
1983 Eaton’s Fine Art Gallery, Toronto
1980 Habourfront Art Gallery, Toronto
1980 Lynwood Art Centre, Simcoe County, Ont.
1978 Harbourfront Art Gallery, Toronto
1978 Sheridan College Faculty Show
Oakville C.G., Ontario 1968 O’Keefe Centre, Toronto
1977 Memorial University Art Gallery,
1977 Prince Arthur Galleries, Toronto shown throughout the U.S.A.
1976 Lynwood Art Centre, Simcoe, Ontario
1976 Tom Thomson Memorial Gallery
1976 Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
1976 Robert McLaughlin Gallery,
1976 Centennial Gallery, Oakville, Ontario
1976 Grimsby Public Art Gallery, Ontario
1976 Art Gallery of St. Thomas – Elgin
St. Thomas, Ontario 1961 Upstairs Gallery, Toronto
1975 Women’s Art Mobile Travelling
1975 Habourfront Art Gallery, Toronto
1975 Shaw-Rimmington Gallery, Toronto
1974 Grace Church-on-the-Hill, Toronto, Florida
1973 Walter Engel Gallery, Toronto
1972 Museum of Modern Art, Mexico City
1972 O.I.S.E., Toronto
1971 O’Keefe Centre, Toronto
1970 Galerie Fore, Winnipeg, Manitoba
1970 O’Keefe Centre, Toronto
1969 Walter Engel Gallery, Toronto
1969 Sherbrooke Gallery, Montreal, Quebec
1969 O’Keefe Centre, Toronto
1968 Walter Engel Gallery, Toronto
1965 Travelling Exhibition: selected as one of St. John, Newfoundland four figurative painters to represent Canada
1964 Harriet Crane Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio
1964 Canadian National Exhibition, Toronto, Oshawa, Ontario
1963 Upstairs Gallery, Toronto
1963 Canadian National Exhibition, Toronto
1962 Upstairs Gallery, Toronto
1962 Canadian National Exhibition, Toronto
1953 Saskatoon Art Gallery, Saskatchewan

1996 Toronto Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Centre, Fund-raising, Toronto
1994 York Region Canadian Cancer Society, Fund-raising, Toronto
1988 Whitten Gallery, King City, Ontario
1988 Hogan’s Inn, Tenth Anniversary, King City, Ontario
1986 Alzheimer Society Fund-raising, Toronto
1983 Elm Street Festival, Toronto
1982 Cyclamen – published by Fine Art Editions, Toronto
1982 Allan Gardens – published by the City of Toronto

.Canadian Woman Studies – painting for cover, 1989
(original presented to Social Women’s Press in Moscow)
.Stratford Festival Gala – painting for programme, 1983 Midsummer Night’s Dream
Painting for cover of Calendar celebrating Ontario’s Bicentennial, Ontario Artists paint Ontario – 1983
.This is my Beloved-Sometimes – a limited edition of
drawings, published by Proclaim Publications Inc.
Mintmark Press, Toronto – 1983

Artist in Collaboration
.A Christmas Birthday Story – drawings and collages, text by Margaret Laurence, published by Alfred Knopf, New York and McClelland and Stewart, Toronto, 1980
.The Globe and mail – Christmas Edition, Dec. 25,1980

Contributing Artist/Author
.Homemakers Magazine, 1998
.Toronto Star (Feature), 1998
.Canadian Press, featured March 1996
.Who’s Who in Ontario, 1995
.Toronto Sun, featured June 1994, April 1993, July 1991
.City and Country Home, March 1988, September 1992
.Magazin’Art, Edition Internationale, featured 1991
.Biographical Dictionary of Saskatchewan Artists, 1990
.Canadian Art, The Female Gaze, Susan Crean, 1989
.Prentice Hall – Breaking Through: A Canadian Literary
Mosaic, Essay, 1989
.Select Homes, Studio and home featured, March 1989
.Homeowner’s Magazine, Studio and home featured, Jan. 1988
.Canadian Women Studies, York University
Margaret Laurence Memorial Issue, 1987
.The World Who’s Who of Women, Cambridge, UK, 1986
.Canadian Women Studies, Cover story, 1985
.Skyword, in-flight magazine, B.C., featured 1985
.Who’s Who in Canadian Women, Toronto, 1984-5
.Who’s Who in Toronto, 1984
.City and Country Home, Studio/home featured, March 1984
.Canadian Women Studies, 1992, 1985, 1983, 1982, 1979/8
.Homemakers Magazine, Women in Power, Finlayson, 1982
.Toronto Star ‘An artist to watch’, 1981
.City Women, 1980
.The Canadian Forum, 1977, 1975
.Status of Women News, 1975
.Women’s News, Sheridan College, 1975
.The School of Guidance Worker, University of Toronto Women as Artist, 1975
.Festival of Women in the Arts, 1975

Lectures, Conferences, Symposia:

.McGill Club, Toronto, 1989
.Women’s Press Club of Toronto, 1982
.Festival of Women in the Arts, Ryerson Institute of Technology, Toronto, 1975

Guest Lecturer/Speaker:
.Fuse Lecture Series, Sheridan College, Oakville, 1983
.Images in Visual Art, York University, 1978
.Images of Women in Literature, York University, 1978
.Woman as Artist Series, York University, 1976
.Festival of Women in the Arts sponsored by the
Metropolitan Toronto Public Library, 1975
.Festival of Women in the Arts Steering Committee,
International Women’s Year, Toronto, 1975

Contributing Artist
.Festival of Women in the Arts II
.Women in Progress, Centennial Collage, Scarborough,
Ontario, 1977
.One of two artists representing Canada through slide
presentation at a symposium and exhibition on women
artists from ten countries, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1975

Television, Radio, Film:

1998 Weekday, WTN
1998 City Line, City TV
1998 Dini Petty Show, CTV
1996 Helen Lucas – Her Journey-Our Journey – television
Documentary, Donna Davey Productions
1995 CFMT Interview
1989 CBC Peter Gzowski’s Morningside Interview
1988 Australian Broadcasting Corporation Interview
1988 CBLT Street Legal – painting in set design
1988 National Film Board – The Legacy of Mary McEwan
1986 National Film Board/TV Ontario – The Best Time of my Life
1986 NBC Twentieth Century Fox – A Letter to Three Wives Painting in set design
1985 CITY TV YMCA Women of Distinction Awards coverage
1983 CFTO TV Toronto Today – studio feature
1983 CBC “4 to 6” Interview
1983 CITY TV Interview
1983 CKMW Interview
1982 CJRT Interview
1982 CBLT Hazards of Artists’ Materials – national program
1982 GLOBAL TV Interview
1982 CFMT TV Canadian Artists Series Interview
1982 CITY TV Mickie Moore Show Interview and on-location Coverage of Eaton’s Fine Art Gallery exhibition
1981 CITY TV Mickie Moore Show Joint interview with Sculptor Maryon Kantaroff
1981 CKO Interview
1981 CBC Interview
1981 CJRT Interview
1981 CITY TV Panelist
1981 CTV Canada AM, Artist of the Week , national program
1981 CTV Drawings – featured on W5 – national program
1980 CJRT Interview
1973 CITY TV Brian Linehan’s, City Lights, Interview

Works from Black & White Figurative Period – 28 Pieces, in the Archives and Special Collections of the Scott Library, York University, Toronto 1998

All works on paper 1970 – 1980, in the Archives and Special Collections of the Scott Library, York University, Toronto 1994

Women’s Studies , York University, Toronto – taped interviews, 1989

Forum – Calgary Women’s Writing Project – taped interviews, 1989

National Gallery of Canada Library, Documentation & Archives Section, Ottawa from 1980

Fine Art Section, Metropolitan Toronto Reference Library from 1975

Saskatchewan Archives Board – taped interviews, 1975

Ontario College of Art, Toronto – taped interviews, 1973

1988 – 1993 Editorial Advisory Board, Canadian Women Studies
1984 – 1985 Executive, Canadian Artists’ Representation Ontario
1983 – 1984 Advisory Board for CARO’s Guide to Professional Practice in the Visual Arts publications

Collection Representation:
Abitibi-Price Incorporated, Toronto
Alzheimer Society for Metropolitan Toronto – Commission
Baker, Schneider, Swartz, Toronto
Barill Development
Beacon Hall Golf Club
Bibury Court, Gloucestershire, England – Commission
Bowne (Canada)
Bristol-Myers Canada Incorporated
Canadian Cancer Society
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
Cancer Treatment Centre, Sudbury
Candor Investment, Calgary
Casey House, Toronto
CI Mutual Funds, Toronto
City of Toronto Fine Art Collection
Cole Investments Limited
Conner Capital
D’Arch Daybreak, Toronto
David Allen Photograghy, Toronto
Dirante Urban Corporation – Commission
Dynacare Laboratories, Brampton, Ontario
Esso Resource of Canada Limited
Exxon Corporation, New York, USA
Government of Ontario
Greenwin Property Management, Toronto
Harvey Woods Limited, Toronto
Husky Injection Molding Systems Limited
ICI Americas Inc., Delaware, USA
Israel Ministry of Tourism
Kingbeach Corporation, Toronto – Commission
Maclean Hunter Limited, Toronto
Metropolitan Toronto School Board
Minto Place, Ottawa – Commission
Mississauga Library, Ontario
Montreal Trust Corporation
Nobleton Library, Ontario
Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto
Sanderson, Laing, Toronto
Scott Paper Limited, Vancouver
Sheraton Corporation of Canada
Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B.C.
Somerville House Books Limited, Toronto
Soviet Women’s Committee, Moscow – Commission
Special Events International
Speedy Muffler King Corporation
Stem, Cohen, Toronto
Stratford Shakespearean Festival
St. Joseph Hospital, Toronto
Swiss Re Bank
The Colony Club, Longboat Key, Florida, USA
Toronto-Bayview Regional Cancer Centre, Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto
Trimark Investment Management Inc., Toronto
Tuckahoe Leasing Corporation, Toronto
Wallace, Bond and Partners, Toronto
Wood Gundy, Toronto
York University, Toronto

and private collections worldwide