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 character is Frosh, a jailor performed by Jan Rubes 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.
Jan Rubes, the performer at this Opera Association in 1977 passed away in 2009 at 89 years of age. He was born in Czechoslovakia and not long after World War II, he graduated from the Prague Conservatoire and joined the Prague Opera House as a bass singer.
In 1948, he won first prize at the Geneva International Music Festival, and emigrated to Canada at the end of the year to pursue a career in a wider sphere. Beginning as a singer with the Canadian Opera Company, he subsequently directed and became director of touring, before switching to radio and television, where he became known as an actor and presenter, well known in Canada. He is noted for his portrayal of Amish patriarch Eli Lapp in Peter Weir's major-market film 'Witness'.
A remarkable painting from our West Coast.
Vintage frame in fair condition as expected per the age of this painting. The painting is in good condition, ready to hang.
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Frame: 24 1/2" x 20 1/2" Image; 20" x 16"