Geoffrey Traunter (1901-1979) born in Liverpool turn of the Century and arriving in Quebec City 1928, after WWI. Little is known of his training or his exposure to the great war or his early activities in his new country but during the next few years he achieved the stature of a listed Canadian artist.
He is represented by Vancouver Public Library - Fine Arts and History Department, University of British Columbia - Fine Arts Library, Vancouver Art Gallery - Library and the National Gallery of Canada.
It was possibly in the 1940's when his artwork took him into a new direction. Like many of the Group of Seven painters, (Tom Thomson, Arthur Lismer, Frank Carmichael, Frank Johnston, etc.) , who worked at 'The Grip' , all as illustrators in the early 1900's, Geoffrey was an illustrator working with designs and advertising, up until 1948 and possibly the early 1950's, his day job being an illustrator with the Canadian Home Journal.
By the 1960's he was centered in Toronto and moved around in artistic circles making a name for himself as a portraitist. There is an article in the Ottawa Journal in 1967 where one of his portraits was written up in that journal as: "Toronto artist Geoffrey Traunter's, 'Seventeen Today' is portraiture at its best".
When exactly he moved to Vancouver I'm not sure but it is recorded that Loraine Wellman, a successful West Coast artist studied portrait painting with Geoffrey Traunter.
The portrait in this painting is from 'Die Fledermaus', the characters are Adele Burstein and Frank Paris performed by Constanza Cuccaro and Pierre Charbonneau at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, March, 1977 by the Vancouver Opera Association, which just happens to have stopped its existence and has transformed itself from an Opera House to a Festival.
Soprano Costanza Cuccaro won high acclaim for her performances in many of the world's opera houses and concert halls. A native of Ohio and a graduate of the University of Iowa, she was one of the youngest contestants ever to win first place in the Metropolitan Opera National Auditions.
Professor Cuccaro's recording and video credits include numerous operas, oratorios, and Bach cantatas. Television appearances include the Johnny Carson Tonight Show and the Today Show.
Pierre Charbonneau has sung the bass part in Verdi's Requiem more than 100 times and has been a frequent soloist in Beethoven's Missa solemnis and the Ninth Symphony. He has sung under such noted conductors as Mario Bernardi, Franz-Paul Decker, Charles Dutoit and Zubin Mehta. He has been the guest of several opera companies, in Ottawa, Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, and Edmonton.
A remarkable painting from our West Coast.
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Unframed Image: 24" x 18"