Tony Urquhart was born in 1934 in Niagara Falls, Ontario. In the late 1950s and early 1960s he was recognized as one of Canada’s pioneering abstract artists, having been one of the painters associated with The Isaacs Gallery in Toronto, and later with The Heart of London group, which included Jack Chambers, Greg Curnoe, and Murray Favro. He attended Albright Art School Buffalo N.Y. from 1953-1956, Yale University summer school in 1955, and received a BFA from the University of Buffalo in 1958. In 1960 he became the first artist-in-residence at the University of Western Ontario, and in 1972 he joined the faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Waterloo, where he remained for three decades. He was one of the founders of CARFAC, which successfully established a fee structure for public museum and gallery exhibitions of contemporary art. His work is featured in many important private and public collections, including New York’s Museum of Modern Art; the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England; the Hirshhorn Collection of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.; the Bibliothéque Nationale in Paris; the Museo Civico in Lugano; the Walker Art Centre in Minneapolis; and the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa. Tony Urquhart was named to the Order of Canada in 1995.

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