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.
This painting is a study about what Geoffrey loved doing: portraiture. Here is an artist painting a portrait of some of his students painting portraits. The expressions on his students faces must have mirrored his own during the course of a working day, from serene assessment, joyful surprise, rapt intensity and a cool observation of what was to be painted, it's all here in those facial expressions and of course, we can see what or who was being painted.
A remarkable painting in good condition. There are small anomalies at the top of the painting that would be completely covered by a frame.
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Unframed Image: 24" x 18"