Robert W. Pilot

Canadian, RCA, MBE

Robert W. Pilot

Robert Wakeham Pilot is a Canadian painter born in 1898 in St-John, New Brunswick. In 1910, his widowed mother of Mr. Edward Frederick Pilot, father of Robert, marries with the famous artist Maurice Cullen. From his youth, Robert Pilot assisted his father-in-law in his studio in Montreal.

Thereafter, Robert Pilot will follow the teachings of William Brymner. However, his art education was interrupted by the First World War. He was sent to the front in 1916. The painter resumed his art classes in 1920, at the Académie Julian in Paris. Two years later he exhibited his work at the Salon de Paris. His work is strongly influenced by the impressionist currents of the time in Europe.

Upon his return to Canada, he was appointed associate of the famous Royal Canadian Academy and later became president.

The first solo exhibition of Robert Pilot in Canada will take place at the Watson Art Galleries in Montreal in 1927. Will follow many exhibitions for the artist. He was awarded the Jessie Dow Award in 1934.

He enlisted again in the army in 1941 as Captain for the Black Watch which led him to receive the Order of the British Empire in 1944.

Robert Pilot died in Montreal in 1967.


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