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Information on Canadian Painters

The London Public Library's Artist Files (over 4000) encompass early Canadian and contemporary local and regional artists. They are located on the third floor of the Central Library and include information such as:  exhibition announcements, small exhibition catalogues, and some mounted reproductions.

The files are indexed in an in-house database and are also accessible on the Internet through the Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN) by name of artist.

site includes the Artists in Canada database, an alphabetical and descriptive listing of Canadian artists, including painters that indicates which libraries (including London Public Library) own information files on these artists.

The Dictionary of Canadian Artists is also available online through this CHIN site. Search for an artist in the Artist Index. Click on “A Dictionary of Canadian Artists” for an extensive entry. In some cases, there is also a hyperlink to other resources, such as, Artist Biography database.


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In My Community

City of London
In the City of London home page, check listings under the heading of "Creative City" for information on and links to art galleries, museums, and visual arts resources in London.

Fanshawe College
In the Fanshawe College website find information on art and art related courses. is a free interactive website for visual artists in London and surrounding areas. The site offers biographical information and examples of art work by many local artists.

London Culture is the new on-line hub for cultural activities with the City of London, including the Fine Arts. This site represents a partnership between the London Arts Council and London Heritage Council to provide cultural producers and enthusiasts one consolidated information resource. The "What's On" portion of the website maintained by Tourism London, is a resource for current happenings in the Arts in London.

Museum London
Museum London is London's public art gallery, whose mission is to enrich public knowledge and enjoyment of the art and history of the London region and Canada. The site offers current events and programs, gallery information and exhibition schedules, as well as featuring images from the collection.



Art Canada Institute/Institut de l'art canadien
This is the site of a research organization based at Massey College in Toronto, dedicated to the education and promotion of Canadian Art history. Sara Angel, the founding director is a recognized authority on visual culture. The Institute's inaugural program  is the "Canadian Online Art Book Project" and the life and work of the first artist to be published as an online book is that of London's own famous Jack Chambers. London Public Library owns many physical books and videos/dvds about Chambers.

Art Gallery of Ontario
The site offers information on collections, exhibitions and special events. It includes images of works of art at the Gallery, and links to the gallery's research library and archives.

Artcyclopedia: The guide to Museum-Quality Art on the Internet
This site highlights feature artists and museums and allows for searching works by artist.

Artists in Canada: a directory
This commercial site is dedicated to raising the profile of the visual arts in Canada by maintaining a national directory of internet links to artists and art resources.

ArtLex - art dictionary
This site provides basic definitions of over 2,800 art terms, numerous illustrations, pronunciation notes, quotations, and links to other websites of interest.

Artnet:Research Library
This site contains thousands of concise versions of articles from the Grove Dictionary of Art (available at the Central Library r703 Dic v.1-34)including biographies of fine artists, and information on art materials, techniques, styles and movements.
This international Internet portal dedicated to art offers free and unlimited on-line access to art auction results, illustrated with pictures  from auction houses around the world. The site supplements the annual print edition of Mayer International Auction Records (for the Fine Arts) held by London Public Library   - R700.29 May.
This daily digest of arts, culture and ideas,includes daily summaries of and full-text links to significant arts stories selected from a wide range of international English-language sources, fully archived and keyword searchable.

This site specializes in American art. Free features include museum and gallery directories, searches of "about 32.000 American artists" for their inclusion in these museums and galleries, special features and an art glossary.

Canada Council for the Arts
The Canada Council for the Arts fosters the development of the arts in Canada through grants, services and awards to professional Canadian artists and arts organizations.

Canadian Heritage Information Network
The CHIN site includes the Artists in Canada database, an alphabetical and descriptive listing of Canadian artists, including painters, print makers, graphic artists, etc., that indicates which libraries (including London Public Library) own information files on these artists.

Canadian Women Artists: Historical Sources Database
This database - a project of Concordia University - is intended to provide a research tool that brings together the growing body of literature about women artists born between 1800-1950 and who worked in Canada.

Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art Database
The purpose of the Canadian Art Database project is to introduce and showcase Canada's leading professional artists and art writers.

McMichael Canadian Art Collection
The official site of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario. It includes information on events and exhibits, and offers virtual tours of the collection, a section on how to care for art, and a link to the McMichael library archives.

National Gallery of Canada
The official webpage of our own National Gallery in Ottawa provides current information on exhibitions, programs, services and collections, as well as links to other galleries.  If you enjoy listening to podcasts, the website offers "Meet the Artist" videos, interviews and discussions, "Curators talking about the collections" and even "Art technique" videos.

Ontario Artist
An Ontario Government website for finding information and links to programs and services for artists, including visual artists.

Ontario Arts Council
This is the arm's-length agency of the Ontario government that provides money and services to artists and art organizations across the province. The site contains current information on arts grants, awards, services, publications and more.

Royal Canadian Academy of Arts
The Royal Canadian Academy of Arts is the oldest national organization of professional Canadian artists.

Royal Ontario Museum
The official site of the Royal Ontario Museum includes information on events, exhibitions, programs and more.

Union List of Artist Names (ULAN)
This database contains over 225,000 names and biographical and bibliographical information about artists and architects, including a wealth of variant names, pseudonyms, and language variants. 

Virtual Library Museums Pages
This site offers the most extensive Web directory of museums worldwide, with links to their Web sites including Canadian museums.

Web Gallery of Art
A virtual museum and searchable database of European painting of the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque periods(1150-1800), currently containing reproductions, biographies and commentaries.