CLARENCE WEBSTER
(1900 - 1980)

 

Clarence Webster was born in Hawaii and adopted by a couple from Halifax. He joined the merchant marine at 15 and travelled around the world.

Most of Clarence's work was done after he was confined to a nursing home in Toronto, Ontario when he used his art to brighten his room. He started drawing with pencil and crayons on the walls of his room and in later years used felt markers and paper. When the nursing home was demolished the walls were saved and cut into panels.

Clarence Websters pictures depicted people eating, drinking and playing games. He used flat, colourful compositions and detailed linear patterns. The picture was often tied together with an attractive floral or geometric border. Webster's work has been accepted into several exhibitions, including the Canadian Folk Art exhibit from the collection of Susan A. Murray at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. His art can be found in the collection of the National Museum of Man, and in personal collections throughout North America.

Ref: Blake Mckendry, An Illustrated Companion to Canadian Folk Art (1999); Kobayashi/Bird, A Compendium of Canadian Folk Artists (1985); Bernard Riordon (Beaverbrook Gallery), Canadian Folk Art from the Collection of Susan A. Murray (2007).

 

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