Peter Stoyan (1900-1979) A.O.C.A. (Associate of the Ontario College of Art) was a painter, graphic artist and illustrator,he was born in Greece and emigrated to Canada in 1914. He studied art in Toronto at the Ontario College of Art under some of Canada's most famous painters, George Reid, J. W. Beatty, Fred Haines and Arthur Lismer.
Beginning in the 1920’s he traveled quite extensively and exhibited his landscapes and city streets during this time. The Ontario Society of Artists and the Royal Canadian Academy both began to include his works in their exhibitions from 1925.
Around 1930, Peter Stoyan visited New York City. He exhibited there for several years and worked mainly as an illustrator. His work from this early period is signed either, 'Stoyanoff' (his real name) or 'Stoin'. He then returned to Toronto and began signing his work, 'Peter Stoyan'. He remained there for most of his career, with the exception that he both lived and worked in the western provinces of Alberta and British Columbia during the late 1950's and early 1960's. - Greg & Connie Peters (Biographers)
Peter Stoyan was a regular exhibitor with the O.S.A. (Ontario Society of Artists).
During his later years his use of a rosier pallette is evident. Long strokes of pastel pinks, purple and blues stretch throughout the canvas.
His earlier works are more objective driven, painting what is seen in the field and less philosophical in working through the colors of the forest or fields as backdrops to his maturing thoughts. His later works are ideas, poems or songs to a higher power.
It reminds me of something Bob Dylan sings: "And the cards are no good that you're holding, unless they're from another world."
It seems to me that Peter Stoyan has begun to look beyond this world and into another.
In this work Peter, a shepherd, (perhaps autobiographical)?, with his flock below him, is seen looking past the clouds seemingly attuning himself so something very calming to him.
At his ear is an unusual shepherd's crook. It kind of looks like the head of a snake that could be whispering into his ear.
Titles en verso is: "Peter the Shepherd" along with the artist's name and an old home address.
Vintage frame and watercolor are in good condition.
Frame: 17 1/2" x 21 1/2" Image: 12" x 16"