Stanley Cosgrove, RCA
Stanley Cosgrove is a painter, illustrator and muralist. Over a sixty-year career, he maintains a uniform artistic style, creating serene figurative representations through three major subjects: forests, women, and still life. We recognize his paintings by simple shapes and a limited pallet.
Cosgrove studies at l´École des beaux-arts de Montréal from 1929 to 1935.
He receives a scholarship to go study in France. However, due to the Second World War, il goes to Mexico instead, where the culture and art have long interested him. He arrives there in 1940 and stays four years studying with Manuel Rodriguez Lozano at the Academia de San Carlos, and then working as apprentice with Orozco, painter and muralist. Cosgrove learns most of his mural techniques from Orozco.
Cosgrove comes back to Montreal in 1943, where he becomes a teacher at l'École des beaux-arts. The ten following years, he is very productive, participating to many exhibitions and signing an exclusive contract with the Dominion Gallery. He the n joins the Canadian Painters' Group and is elected at the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.
In 1958, he quits his teaching job to devote himself entirely to painting and exhibiting his work.