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The Collector's Gallery - Fine Canadian Art

Donald Neddeau RCAe OSA CSPWC CSEA

Donald Neddeau was born in Toronto, and from a very young age began to display a keen interest in the visual arts.At the age of twenty four, Neddeau graduated from the Ontario College of Art in 1937, where he studied under J.W. Beatty and Franklin Carmichael.After completing his education, he worked as a commercial artist and art director, until the beginning of World War II, when he joined the air force and later became a combat soldier in the army. Neddeau’s first solo show as an artist was in 1954 at Woodsworth House, and since then he has participated frequently in groups shows, typically putting on one solo exhibition per year throughout his career.
Among his other notable accomplishments in his lifetime, Neddeau was elected president of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour in 1964, and in 1969 he was appointed head of the Art Department at the Central Technical School in Toronto.His dedication to his students was undeniable, and his wife concurs that “…Art was the most important thing in his life…he was driven to share his knowledge and love of art with as many people as possible.”
Neddeau’s oeuvre of work is based mainly on figurative representations, and landscape paintings.He painted most often in oil and watercolour, occasionally creating pieces using a variety of media, including ink lines, which also serve to demonstrate his precise draughtsmanship.His pieces heavily rely on the use of streamline contours, the juxtaposition of images, and acute sense of palette colour to achieve impact on the viewer.We are pleased to present a selection of his post war works on paper.