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Artists as Writers: McCarthy, Doris Jean

Artist Biography


(Photo by By Vickyjones at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0)

MCCARTHY, Doris Jean (1910 - 2010)

Graduate of OCAD University

Areas of Expertise

Painting, print-making, Canadian art

Biography

Doris McCarthy was the first woman President of the Ontario Society of Artists, taught some of Canada's most distinguished creative people, and was a mentor for many practising artists. A key figure in this country's art scene since the 1920s, McCarthy has experimented with, and contributed to, major art developments throughout the 20th century.

Doris McCarthy's work in oils, acrylics, watercolours and printmaking are represented in numerous public and private collections both in Canada and internationally. In 1999, she was welcomed into the special group of designated artists of honour at the McMicheal Canadian Art Collection where a major retrospective of her work was held. Her passion for her subject matter and her technical expertise are revealed in her work.

For her continuing contribution to Canada's artistic community, Doris McCarthy has received The Order of Canada; The Order of Ontario; 5 Honorary Doctorates and an Honorary Fellowship to The Ontario College of Art and Design. In November 1999, McCarthy was named the first Artist of Honour at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. On March 11, 2004 the University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus opened the Doris McCarthy Gallery.

Above photo & edited biography © Scott Gallery and Doris McCarthy homepage

Online Resources

Doris McCarthy website

Doris McCarthy artist profile at Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art

PassagesArt includes biography and examples of McCarthy's lithographs, woodcuts, oil paintings, watercolours and other works

Writing by Doris McCarthy

Please note that not all works are available through the OCADU library. To acquire one of these works through Interlibrary Loan or other means, please contact the library for assistance.

Doris McCarthy: Autobiography

The good wine : an artist comes of age. Macfarlane, Walter & Ross, 1990. Available at OCADU Library.

A Fool in Paradise.  MacFarlane and Walter Press, 1990.  Available at OCADU Library.

Doris McCarthy: Ninety Wise Years. Second Story Press, 2004. Available at OCADU Library.

Doris McCarthy: my life. by Doris McCarthy; Charis Wahl.  Second Story Press, 2006. Available at OCADU Library.

Doris McCarthy: Writing about her own art

Eclectic Eve. [s.l. : s.n., 1974].
Includes short biography and two pages of McCarthy's own writings describing her art & working processes.

The good wine : an artist comes of age. Macfarlane, Walter & Ross, 1990. Available at OCADU Library.

A Fool in Paradise.  MacFarlane and Walter Press, 1990.  Available at OCADU Library.

"County Mayo." Canadian Art 16.3 Fall (1999): 52-55.
McCarthy recalls trip to Mayo, Ireland in Spring 1999 and her experiences of painting there.

Doris McCarthy: Ninety Wise Years. Second Story Press, 2004. Available at OCADU Library.

Doris McCarthy: my life. by Doris McCarthy; Charis Wahl.  Second Story Press, 2006. Available at OCADU Library.

Doris McCarthy: Other writing

"Arts and Crafts at a Summer Camp." The Tangent: An Annual 1931 / The Students' Club, Ontario College of Art, Toronto, May, 1931. p. 38-9 with illustrations. Toronto: Ontario College of Art Students' Club, 1931.
An article with illustrations. View online at Internet Archive.