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Alice Innes Spotlight

Alice Innes exhibited regularly with the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in the 1930s and 1940s, the Ontario Society of Artists in the 1930s, and had solo exhibitions at Eaton’s in Toronto and Montreal in 1935. She was a student of J.W. Beatty at the Ontario College of Art, and later his assistant at OCA’s summer school. Her address in the OSA catalogues was the Studio Building,

Toronto, where Beatty had kept a studio since 1915. In 1940 she was sharing its studio number 4 with Beatty, and after his death in 1941 she assumed occupancy until 1946. In Afternoon, Three Mile Lake Innes synthesized her teacher’s distinctive terre verte and chrome yellow (see his In Algonquin Park in this exhibition) with Lawren S. Harris’s evocative scumbling of the early 1910s, her composition and theatrical spotlighting to make a personal contribution to the Canadian landscape tradition.

Gregory Humeniuk
June 2021