WILLIAM SHERMAN "THE PRINCESS" Circa 1988
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- Watercolour on paper on board
- Signed lower right
- Artist's label on back (see photo)
- Undated, circa. 1988
- Paper size: 17.25 x 14 inches, 44 x 36 cm
- Condition: Excellent
The Artist: Charles William Sherman (Bill Sherman) (Canadian, 1919-2003)
Born in Toronto, Bill Sherman graduated from the Northern Secondary School and then attended the Ontario College of Art, The Banff School of Fine Arts, AB, the Arts Students' League, NYC. He served in the RCAF overseas as navigator during the 2nd World War. On his return home he applied and received a DVA grant in 1947 to study at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. When he returned to Canada he worked a year for MacLaren Advertising. In 1948 he borrowed $100 dollars from his father to start a business with three buddies, Lewis Parker, Norman and Gordon Laws and began an advertising art studio under the name, Sherman Laws Ltd. and did so well that he was able to retire at fifty-five.
He then rented a studio at the Women's Art Association where he became a full-time painter. Known for his highly lyrical watercolours he was elected President of the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour (1981-84). He travelled and painted in United States, Mexico, Spain, and the British Isles.
His solo shows include: Gallery 0, Tor. (1979); Prince Arthur Galleries, Tor. (1980) (1982); The Arts & Letters Club, Tor. and group shows of the CSPWC. He is represented in the following collections: Mazda (North America) Inc.; Dofasco Inc.; Mary Kay Cosmetics; Toronto City Hall Archives; Princess Margaret Hospital, Tor.; Toronto Public Libraries and numerous private collections. He was known for his wonderful humour and service for the Christian Science church as reader, president, usher and Sunday-School teacher. He was described as "truly a gentle man". His daughter, Kim Sherman Grove, wrote a tribute to him in The Globe & Mail (2004). He died at the age of 83 and was survived by his wife, Ruth and five children. In his last five years of his life he took two of his sons sketching every Thursday.
The Story: One of few men members at the Women's Art Association in Toronto where he had his studio, Sherman was known for both landscape and portraiture. He was also awarded life member at the Arts and Letters Club.
From his public eulogy by his daughter Kim printed in the Globe and Mail on February 9, 2004: "Once a year, he and an artist friend, Murray Stewart, would travel, in Canada or abroad. Whether in Peterborough or Paris, the two artists rose at dawn, breakfasted, set up their easels and painted until supper. As a result, Bill did approximately 1,600 paintings in his life. He had exhibitions (one being for Oxfam, earning them $14,000). When he passed on, his remaining paintings were sold for more than $50,000 at a charity exhibition for Sharon House, a Christian Science nursing facility...A letter from one of his students summed up his artistic career. ". . . I'd like to let you know how much I enjoyed learning watercolours with you . . ."
This particular painting was likely done in one of the classes he taught.
Note: The blue mat shown in the photos has been removed as it was creased. Painting will be shipped without a mat. As it is a work on paper, it should be archival framed under glass.
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Item No. KA2015006028