Mary Wrinch: Painted from Life

2020, Art Gallery of Ontario
AGO, linoblock prints, Mary Wrinch, watercolour miniature portraits
About This Project

Date: September 26, 2020 – July 18, 2021
Partner: Art Gallery of Ontario
Project Members: Erin Stodola
The exhibition, Mary Wrinch: Painted From Life, centres on a collection of watercolour miniature portraits on ivory made by the skilled hand of Toronto artist Mary Wrinch in the early 1900s. This is the first public exhibition of the collection. Wrinch was an important artist in the early Toronto, male-dominated, art scene and was among the first women in the city to make a living from her art. She was known for her daring use of colour, precise compositions, and explorations into the northern regions of Ontario, where she would later be followed by members of the Group of Seven. The miniature portraits will be complemented by Wrinch’s linoblock prints and examples of her printing method. This exhibition was part of the 4th annual conference of the Canadian Women Artists History Initiative and is also in line with the AGO’s commitment to increasing exposure of art by women and people of colour.