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George Swinton

Winnipeg, Manitoba
[Vienna, Austria, 1917 - Winnipeg, 2002]

Born in Vienna, Austria, George fled to Canada during World War Two. He earned a degree in economics and political science from McGill University (Montreal). In the late 1940s he attended the Art Students League in New York but did not finish formal training in fine art. In 1954 he was hired to teach art at the University of Manitoba and first travelled north for the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1957. His experiences there were the basis for his 1972 book Sculpture of the Eskimo which led to greater awareness of Inuit art. He taught at the University of Manitoba before departing in 1974 for Carleton University (Ottawa).

His paintings hang in the Winnipeg Art Gallery and the National Gallery in Ottawa, among others. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Academy and the Order of Canada. In 1987 he was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Manitoba. He died at Winnipeg in 2002


The CCCA Winnipeg Artists Project was generously supported by the Winnipeg Foundation, with additional research support from the Heritage Grants Program, Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism.


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