Nora Ilona Peter, (1935-2009) was born in Hungary, she studied art there until the 1956 revolution when she and her mother left the country spending four days in the countryside before they were able to cross the border.
They took only the clothes on their back and a couple of apples. Arriving in Vienna they made their way to a refugee camp where they heard from a German that Canada was a country of great opportunities. They were accepted by Canada and they were soon on their way by boat to Halifax where upon arrival Nori had to stay in isolation until she was over a bout of German measles.
It was on the train to Toronto that she got her first real look at eastern Canada which she found so beautiful and spacious compared to Europe. She started doing portraits and part time work painting doll faces for a souvenir shop in Thornhill, Ontario.
As she made new friends she learned from her Thornhill gift shop owner that most Canadian souvenirs were made outside the country and she took the suggestion that she might try producing something herself for this market.
By using self-drying clay (she had no kiln) she created Eskimo figures after studying such details as customs, clothes, tools, and facial features from her visits to museums and from information found in books. Each piece was an original and no moulds were used. Through an Ojibway Indian couple she spent two months at Lakefield, Quebec, a visit that inspired her to make Indian figures.
In 1967 she visited Fort Chimo, Quebec, near Ungava Bay where she fell in love with the Eskimo people and began painting children, mothers and men at work. She eventually settled on an Ojibwa reserve near Peterborough, from which she made frequent trips to the north to paint Inuit life. She returned to settlements all across the Arctic many times and has become known throughout Canada for her paintings of Eskimos.
Leaving Hungary with only ten dollars between her mother and herself, she has been so successful that she was able to move from Toronto to a house by Buckhorn Lake north of Peterborough where she enjoys each season, especially winter when she goes cross-country skiing in the company of her two Husky dogs.
She is a listed Canadian artist being represented by:
University of Calgary Library Edmonton Art Gallery - Library National Gallery of Canada - Library and Archives / Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography Art Gallery of Ontario - Edward P. Taylor Research Library and Archives Thunder Bay Art Gallery - Resource Centre
She has exhibited her work at Graphica 73, Toronto-Dominion Centre, Toronto.; St. Laurent Galleries, Ottawa and Eaton's College St. Store, Toronto; and is represented in the Abitibi Paper Collection in the Toronto.-Dominion Centre, Toronto.
Vintage frame in fair condition and print in good condition. Artists Proof, hand signed and numbered 12/20.
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Frame: 23" x 19" Image: 13" x 13"