The Longevity of Canadian Artists

The death of Alex Colville at age 92 in July 2013 was a reminder of the amazing longevity of many Canadian artists.

Imagine an artistic career encompassing six or seven decades, plenty of time to explore different and sometimes ever-changing dreams, impulses, inspirations, influences, styles, mediums.

Of course, not all Canadian artists had lives and creative careers spanning decades.  Some, sadly, left us too soon  – Tom Thomson at age 40, George Kulmala at 44 – before sharing all their visions.

But the list of Canadian visual artists who created for decades is impressive, including most of the Group of Seven:

Among living artists, Allen Sapp is currently 85, Mary Pratt is 79 and Christopher Pratt is 78, while David Blackwood is a relative youngster at 72.

Such an impressive list begs the question: Does a creative life lead to a longer life?

— Mark Skeffington, FineArtCollector.ca
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