Joyce Kellock was born in Lachine, Que. in 1926 and has been painting since she was eight years old, attributing her love of art to her father, Alex McLaren — a noted Canadian artist and illustrator.
As a child she studied at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts under Anne Savage and Arthur Lismer and later at Concordia University in Montreal.
She moved to Oakville in 1978 and became an OAS art teacher at Gairloch Gardens.
Kellock’s last exhibition (2014) featured approximately 20 pieces, including watercolours and oils, along with her famous landscapes, as well as some abstract pieces she says she’s excited to show people.
“I kept seeing things that I wanted to paint... painted (the) outdoors a lot. I started painting children in Montreal because I had three of my own and our backyard was always full of kids and I started putting them into my paintings.”
She is represented in many public and private collections including Roland Mitchener (Governor General 1967-74). Joyce has exhibited in Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City as well as other art centres of Canada.
She became a listed Canadian artist in 1965 and is represented by:
-National Gallery of Canada - Library and Archives / Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography -Art Gallery of Ontario - Edward P. Taylor Research Library and Archives -Montreal Museum of Fine Arts - Library -Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal - Media Centre
Throughout her career whenever she painted figures, especially of children her favorite focus was on up to 6 children whether they're walking across the street with umbrellas, on a snow covered hill with toboggans or skating on ice.
Here in this painting again there are the 6 figures she has entwined and studied as a focal point into a spacial relationship of varied poses. Vibrant and intense colors play throughout her painting.
Frame and painting are in good condition, a focal point in any room, ready to hang.
Frame: 21 1/2" x 28 1/2" Image: 15 1/2" x 22 1/2"