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Artists as Writers

Artist Biography

(Photo by By Vickyjones at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0)

MCCARTHY, Doris Jean (1910 - 2010)

Graduate of OCAD University

Areas of Expertise

Painting, print-making, Canadian art


Doris McCarthy was the first woman President of the Ontario Society of Artists, taught some of Canada's most distinguished creative people, and was a mentor for many practising artists. A key figure in this country's art scene since the 1920s, McCarthy has experimented with, and contributed to, major art developments throughout the 20th century.

Doris McCarthy's work in oils, acrylics, watercolours and printmaking are represented in numerous public and private collections both in Canada and internationally. In 1999, she was welcomed into the special group of designated artists of honour at the McMicheal Canadian Art Collection where a major retrospective of her work was held. Her passion for her subject matter and her technical expertise are revealed in her work.

For her continuing contribution to Canada's artistic community, Doris McCarthy has received The Order of Canada; The Order of Ontario; 5 Honorary Doctorates and an Honorary Fellowship to The Ontario College of Art and Design. In November 1999, McCarthy was named the first Artist of Honour at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. On March 11, 2004 the University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus opened the Doris McCarthy Gallery.

Above photo & edited biography © Scott Gallery and Doris McCarthy homepage

Online Resources

Doris McCarthy website

Doris McCarthy artist profile at Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art

PassagesArt includes biography and examples of McCarthy's lithographs, woodcuts, oil paintings, watercolours and other works