Peter Stoyan (1900-1979) A.O.C.A. , a painter, graphic artist and illustrator, Peter Stoyanoff, 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, making his way as an itinerant artist and visiting galleries in New York he found a more traditional art scene at odds with his paintings.
He came back to Canada where The Ontario Society of Artists and the Royal Canadian Academy both began to include his works in their exhibitions from 1925, after the Group of Seven had their first shows.
After some success, around 1930, he went back to New York City exhibiting and working there as an illustrator.
He signed his work from this early period as either, 'Stoyanoff' (his real name) or 'Stoin'.
Deciding to live in Toronto he changed his signature to 'Peter Stoyan' where he remained for most of his career, with the one exception when he lived in the western provinces of Alberta and British Columbia during the late 1950's and early 1960's. - Greg & Connie Peters (Biographers)
Peter Stoyan, a listed Canadian artist was a regular exhibitor with the O.S.A. (Ontario Society of Artists) and is represented by the National Gallery of Canada.
His spiritual journey is what I find most interesting and that would be his handling of a landscape giving us a glimpse into his mind.
This sunset has a poetic, suggestive narrative with an abandoned plough, and that dark ground almost writhing, strangely alive under those fading clouds.
Not your usual landscape.
Original ornate frame in good condition as is the painting itself. Ready to hang.
Frame: 27 1/2" x 37 1/2" Image: 19 1/2" x 29 1/2"