Members of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts

Posted Oct 27, 2009
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  1. Duncan Regehr

    Duncan Regehr


    Duncan Peter Regehr (born October 5, 1952) is a Canadian writer, multi-media artist, and film and television actor. He has also been a figure skater, an Olympic boxing contender, and a classically trained Shakespearean stage actor in his native Canada, before heading to Hollywood in 1980. He is perhaps best known as Zorro in The Family Channel's television series based upon Johnston McCulley's classic hero, and from his many roles in multiple television incarnations of Star Trek.

  2. Douglas Coupland

    Douglas Coupland


    Douglas Coupland (pronounced KOHP-lənd) OC OBC (born December 30, 1961) is a Canadian novelist and artist. His fiction is complemented by recognized works in design and visual art arising from his early formal training. His first novel, the 1991 international bestseller Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture, popularized terms such as McJob and Generation X. He has published thirteen novels, two collections of short stories, seven non-fiction books, and a number of dramatic works and screenplays for film and television. A specific feature of Coupland's novels is their synthesis of postmodern religion, Web 2.0 technology, human sexuality, and pop culture.

  3. A.Y. Jackson

    A.Y. Jackson


    Alexander Young Jackson, CC CMG (October 3, 1882 – April 5, 1974) was a Canadian painter and a founding member of the Group of Seven. Jackson made a significant contribution to the development of art in Canada, and was successful in bringing together the artists of Montreal and Toronto. He exhibited with the Group of Seven from 1920. In addition to his work with the Group of Seven, his long career included serving as a war artist during World War I (1917–19) and teaching at the Banff School of Fine Arts, from 1943 to 1949. In his later years he was artist-in-residence at the McMichael Gallery in Kleinberg, Ontario.

  4. A.J. Casson

    A.J. Casson


    Alfred Joseph Casson, OC (May 17, 1898 – February 20, 1992) was a member of the Canadian group of artists known as the Group of Seven. He joined the group in 1926 at the invitation of Franklin Carmichael. Casson is best known for his depictions of landscapes, forests and farms of southern Ontario, and for being the youngest member of the Group of Seven.

  5. Denys Arcand

    Denys Arcand


    Georges-Henri Denys Arcand, CC GOQ (born June 25, 1941) is a Canadian film director, screenwriter and producer. He has won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 2004 for The Barbarian Invasions. He has also been nominated three further times, including two nominations in the same category for The Decline of the American Empire in 1986 and Jesus of Montreal in 1989, becoming the only French-Canadian director in history to receive this number of nominations and, subsequently, to win the award. Also for The Barbarian Invasions, he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay, losing to Sofia Coppola for Lost in Translation. Denys Arcand has directed three of the seven Canadian movies to ever receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Film and three films in the Toronto International Film Festival's 2004 list of the Top 10 Canadian Films of All Time. During his four decades career, he became the most globally recognized director from Quebec, winning many awards from the Cannes Film Festival, including the Best Screenplay Award, the Jury Prize and many other prestigious awards worldwide. He won three César Awards in 2004 for The Barbarian Invasions: Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Film, being the only Canadian director to have accomplished this.

  6. Paul Almond

    Paul Almond


    Paul Almond OC (April 26, 1931 – April 9, 2015) was a Canadian former television and motion picture screenwriter, director and producer, and since 1990 has been a novelist.

  7. Franklin Carmichael

    Franklin Carmichael


    Franklin Carmichael (May 4, 1890 – October 24, 1945) was a Canadian artist. He was the youngest original member of the Group of Seven.

  8. J.E.H. MacDonald

    J.E.H. MacDonald


    James Edward Hervey MacDonald (May 12, 1873 – November 26, 1932), known as J. E. H. MacDonald, was a Canadian artist and one of the founders of the Group of Seven who initiated the first major Canadian national art movement. He was the father of illustrator Thoreau MacDonald.

  9. Allan Fleming

    Allan Fleming


    Allan Robb Fleming (7 May 1929 – 31 December 1977) was a Canadian graphic designer best known for having created the Canadian National Railway logo, designing the best-selling 1967 Centennial book Canada: A Year of the Land/Canada, du temps qui passe, and for revolutionizing the look of scholarly publishing in Canada, particularly at University of Toronto Press.

  10. David Stirling

    David Stirling


    David Stirling (6 December 1822 - 13 April 1887) was a Canadian architect of Scottish birth. In 1872 he was made Dominion architect for the federal works in Nova Scotia and in 1880 he became one of the first associate architects of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.

  11. Frederick Varley

    Frederick Varley


    Frederick Horsman Varley, also known as Fred Varley (January 2, 1881 – September 8, 1969), was a member of the Canadian Group of Seven artists.

  12. Arthur Lismer

    Arthur Lismer


    Arthur Lismer, CC (27 June 1885 – 23 March 1969) was an English-Canadian painter and member of the Group of Seven. He is known for his paintings of ships in dazzle camouflage.

  13. Bruce Mau

    Bruce Mau


    Bruce Mau (born October 25, 1959) is a Canadian designer. From 1985-2010, Mau was the creative director of Bruce Mau Design (BMD), and the founder of the Institute without Boundaries. In 2010 Mau went on to establish The Massive Change Network in Chicago. He started as a graphic designer but later veered his career towards the worlds of architecture, art, museums, film, eco-environmental design, and conceptual philosophy.

  14. Michael Snow

    Michael Snow


    Michael Snow, CC (born December 10, 1929) is a Canadian artist working in painting, sculpture, video, films, photography, holography, drawing, books and music.

  15. Yousuf Karsh

    Yousuf Karsh


    Yousuf Karsh, CC (Armenian: Յուսուֆ Քարշ, also Hovsep Karsh Հովսեփ Քարշ; December 23, 1908 – July 13, 2002) was an Armenian–Canadian portrait photographer. According to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, he is "one of the greatest portrait photographers of the twentieth century, [who] achieved a distinct style in his theatrical lighting."

  16. Cynthia Scott

    Cynthia Scott


    Cynthia Scott, (b. 1939) RCA, is a film director, producer, screenwriter and editor. She won the 1983 Academy Award for her short documentary Flamenco at 5:15, produced by the National Film Board of Canada.

  17. David Bierk

    David Bierk


    David Bierk (9 June 1944, Appleton, Minnesota – August 28, 2002), was an American-born Canadian painter. His work is exhibited at the Nancy Hoffman Gallery in New York City. According to Bierk was primarily active in California and Canada, and he was best known for producing landscape paintings, as well as paintings incorporating "Old Master appropriations". Bierk evidently became a Canadian citizen, for calls him an "American-born Canadian Painter". According to, Bierk became a Canadian citizen in 1978. Under the heading of "Paintings in Museums and Public Art Galleries" for this artist, Artcyclopedia lists the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, British Columbia; the Art Gallery of Peterborough, Ontario; and the Ellen Gallery at Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec.

  18. Barker Fairley

    Barker Fairley


    Barker Fairley, OC (May 21, 1887 – October 11, 1986) was a British-Canadian painter, and scholar who made a significant contribution to the study of German literature, particularly for the work of Goethe.

  19. William Sutherland Maxwell

    William Sutherland Maxwell


    William Sutherland Maxwell (b. November 14, 1874 – March, 1952) was a well-known Canadian architect and a Hand of the Cause in the Bahá'í Faith. He was born in Montreal, Canada to parents Edward John Maxwell and Johan MacBean.

  20. Sorel Etrog

    Sorel Etrog


    Sorel Etrog, CM (August 29, 1933 – February 26, 2014) was a Romanian-born Canadian artist, writer, and philosopher best known for his work as a sculptor. He specialised in modern art works and contemporary sculpture.

  21. Aba Bayefsky

    Aba Bayefsky


    Aba Bayefsky, CM (April 7, 1923 – May 5, 2001) was a Canadian artist and teacher.

  22. Eric Aldwinckle

    Eric Aldwinckle


    Eric Aldwinckle (22 January 1909 – 13 January 1980) was a Canadian war artist, designer and illustrator.

  23. Gentile Tondino

    Gentile Tondino


    Gentile (Gerry) Tondino (September 3, 1923 – August 29, 2001) was a Canadian educator and artist, who lived in Montreal, Quebec. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts

  24. Richard Condie

    Richard Condie


    Richard Condie, RCA (born 1942) is a Canadian animator, film maker and musician living and working in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Condie is best known for his 1985 animated short The Big Snit and has won six international awards for Getting Started in 1979.

  25. Danièle Rochon

    Danièle Rochon


    Danièle Rochon is a Quebec painter born on the 8th of April 1946, in Ottawa, Ontario. In 1992, she was elected a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Her art is present in numerous public collections throughout the world.

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