John Little

Canadian artist, R.C.A.

John Little

The Canadian painter John Little was born in 1928 in Montreal. A big fan of hockey, but his talent and interest in art takes over. Following her studies at the Montreal School of Fine Arts, under the direction of Arthur Lismer, Anne Savage and Goodridge Roberts. He then moved to New York in 1947 to take courses at the Art Students League with Will Barnet and Frank J. Reiley. He then works as an assistant for American animated cartoonist Ray Bailey.

In 1951, when he returned to Montreal, he worked as a draftsman at his father's architectural firm (Luke & Little). Two years later, he gets married and decides to devote himself exclusively to painting. He became a member of the Royal Academy of Canada in 1961. The production of works of the 60s and 70s is strong in urban imagery of Montreal and Quebec. Little was keen to preserve the memories of the buildings and uniqueness of these cities. He witnessed the great architectural turmoil that the post-war urbanization experienced in Quebec cities but also in North America. John Little has known throughout his artistic career to know the knowledge received from his family in architecture to those of art. Little is painstaking, describes all the works, street corners and years which allows to see in images the evolution of Montreal step by step. The detailed compositions of Little allow all city dwellers to recognize and rehearse memories of a bygone era.

Little works with oil, watercolor and ink. He is known for his street scenes in the cities of Montreal and Quebec City. These are often represented under the snow. He also populates his urban scenes of adults and children running on the street, their hockey stick under his arm. His characters are animated and he admirably interprets the movement of his crowds or bottling in the narrow streets.

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