Roberts Gallery Blog
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William Winter was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba and studied at the Winnipeg School of Art under L.L.Fitzgerald and Frank H. Johnston.  He moved to Toronto in 1937.  In 1942 he established the advertising firm Wookey, Bush and Winter with fellow artists Lesley Wookey and Jack Bush.  He left the commercial art business in 1955 to paint full time.

He loved watching people, especially children and elders, observing their habits and interactions, often sketching with pencil and paper.  These playful and colourful sketches became oil paintings that regularly ended up in one of the many exhibitions he had at Roberts Gallery from 1959 to 1990.  He was able to depict an attitude through body language in a single stroke of the brush or drawn line.

His work is timeless and still brings a smile to the face of the viewer.

Mr Winter’s work can be found in major public and corporate collections across Canada.