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Kim Ondaatje

Born on October 2, 1928 in Toronto, Kim Ondaatje (née, Betty Jane Kimbark) studied at the Ontario College of Art and McGill University. She completed a M.A. in Canadian Literature at Queen's University, while on a teaching fellowship. Until 1964, Ondaatje served as a part-time lecturer at Wilfred Laurier University and Sherbrooke University. In the early 1960s she returned to the visual arts again and by 1965 was painting full time.

Alongside London-based artists Jack Chambers and Tony Urquhart, Ondaatje helped found CAR (Canadian Artists Representation) in 1967.

As a visual artist, Kim Ondaatje produced a unique body of work. Committing herself to painting full-time by the early 1960s, Ondaatje later also became an award-winning printmaker, directed two art films and three documentaries, and published three books of photography.

Her paintings and films are part of various collections in galleries across Canada including: the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Doris McCarthy Gallery at the University of Toronto, the MacIntosh Gallery, University of Western Ontario, London, the Windsor Public Gallery, Simon Fraser University, B.C., and the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown.

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