Tuesday 4 December 2018

Rediscovering Peter Clapham Sheppard

Rediscovering Peter Clapham Sheppard at Ben McNally’s Books & Brunch This Sunday

TORONTO - This Sunday December 9th Ben McNally’s Books & Brunch will give Toronto book lovers a rare opportunity to hear a talk from Art Collector and Co-Biographer Louis Gagliardi about the nearly forgotten Canadian Master Painter Peter Clapham Sheppard.  Gagliardi is one of four featured authors speaking in the Vanity Fair Ballroom of the Omni King Edward Hotel in downtown Toronto.
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Peter Clapham Sheppard: His Life and Work, written by Canadian Art Expert Tom Smart with foreword by Louis Gagliardi, is a celebration of the rediscovery of the masterworks of Toronto-born Peter Clapham Sheppard (1879-1965), an artist who played a leading role in the founding of Canada's national school of art. A contemporary and colleague of the Group of Seven, he was one of the finest artists of his generation.
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Although he was widely exhibited in national and important international exhibitions in his early career, over the last century Sheppard has fallen into the shadow cast by the Group of Seven. From occupying a place among a generation of artists who established a national school, he died in obscurity. Smart and Gagliardi cast light on a unique talent, an artist of his times, whose art matched the quality of the Group, but found inspiration beyond the sources that inspired his more famous contemporaries. This book is the culmination of a 30-year effort to bring Sheppard's name and art to its rightful place in this country's art history.
The Books and Brunch Series, a ticketed event from 10am – 12.30pm, is an opportunity to meet Louis Gagliardi and hear him discuss the new book and the rediscovery of the masterworks of Toronto-born artist, Peter Clapham Sheppard. He and the other authors will be signing books immediately following the Brunch.
1. The Making of the October Crisis by D’Arcy Jenish, published by Doubleday Canada.
2. Boy Wonders by Cathal Kelly, published by Doubleday Canada.
3. Machine Without Horses by Helen Humphries, published by HarperCollins
4. Peter Clapham Sheppard His Life and Work, by Tom Smart, foreword by Louis Gagliardi, published by Firefly Books
What: Books & Brunch presented by Ben McNally Books
When: Sunday December 9th2018 at 10:00 am
Where: Vanity Fair Ballroom, 2nd Floor, Omni King Edward Hotel. King St. East
Tickets: $55  - Must be purchased in advance Ben McNally Books 416.361.0032
A Toronto tradition this event always sells out. Tickets are now on sale

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