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Gertrude Kearns

Toronto, Ontario


Gertrude Steiger Kearns, C.M. was appointed as Member of the Order of Canada June 27, 2019 “for her contributions to preserving and understanding Canadian war history as a contemporary artist.”

She has worked both officially and unofficially as a war/military artist for over two decades. Between 2006-2018 she completed ‘The ART of COMMAND: portraits + posters from Canada’s Afghan Mission’. Her most recent exhibitions were at Canadian Forces College, Toronto 2017-2018; Founders’ Gallery, U of Calgary, The Military Museums, 2016; Fort York Visitor Centre, 2015. In 2017, she delivered a lecture to Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts, as part of the Canada 150 Lecture Series.

In 2018-2019 she undertook a U.S. military project with General D H Petraeus as subject. In 2019 she worked on HYFUTEC with Hybrid CoE/ COI Strategy + Defence, Helsinki with Stratbyrd Consulting, Germany on content collaboration in defence papers + presentations in Berlin, Vienna. A documentary screening of ‘Gertrude Kearns: The Art of War’ by Victoria Heath at a Women in International Security workshop, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, June 14 2019.

Kearns’ works are in private and institutional collections in Canada including The Beaverbrook Collection of War Art, Canadian War Museum, Ottawa; Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Collection; Department of National Defence; Royal Canadian Military Institute; Canadian Forces College, Toronto.

An independent, she is not currently affiliated with a commercial gallery.


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