Tapestry Horses - Lindee Climo
Tapestry Horses - Lindee Climo
Title: Tapestry Horses, December 1977
Artist: Lindee Climo
Image size: 33 x 25"
Description: Mixed media on canvas. Original wood frame. Signed front bottom left. Signed, titled and dated on the stretcher verso. The artist indicates the painting is a mixed media with oil. The white background area is possibly unpainted Gesso ground, though her personal records do not include the information. Ms Climo says "(t)he horses are Gordon and Terry, and the patterns are from wallpaper in a century farm house in Flat River (Prince Edward Island) where I was living at the time. My work all has personal ties."
Lindee Climo was born in 1948 in Boston, Massachusetts. She moved to Canada in 1970 and in 1974 moved to Prince Edward Island. She began exhibiting for the first time the following year.
From the artist's online biography: "An agricultural paradise still today, at that time Prince Edward Island produced some of Canada’s finest purebred livestock. I began helping Athol Roberts and exhibited sheep for him until he was almost ninety years old, at the same time painting and managing my own sheep and other livestock. Having borrowed a Uffizzi book from a friend, I found myself adapting aspects of Renaissance paintings into portraits of my animals and images of local farming. The Confederation Centre for the Arts included my work in several group shows, and since I was struggling financially, suggested application for a Canada Council materials grant. I received a $1,400 grant for paint, stretchers, framing and crates, had my first major solo exhibition, and then celebrated the receipt of my Canadian citizenship shortly after. When the province commissioned a painting for a gift for the Governor General, I painted my neighbor Chester with his draft horses. The growing attention was exciting but made me realize that if I didn't regain some privacy, I would soon just be making pictures instead of painting.
During spring thaw of 1979, gallery owner Mira Godard flew from Toronto, hopped into my muddy pick-up truck, and drove with me up my long, steep, slippery, red clay road, deeply rutted by log trucks and a school bus. The ride was wild, but Mira liked the animals and the paintings and invited me to join her gallery. This gave me welcome distance from the trade and commerce of art, and gave back my focus on the animals and rural life that made me want to paint so much. The most insightful hour of my life professionally was during my first visit to the gallery when Mira narrated a slide show for me of my own work. In 1981, Mira introduced me to May Cutler of Tundra Books, who published my children’s book Chester’s Barn, a project that gave me the opportunity to travel to the Yukon and other places in Canada.
In 1984, I met the Cape Breton writer who is now my husband. We compromised between our respective islands and since 1988 have lived in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia on an apple farm. I continue to keep and paint livestock and study books on Renaissance painting."
Lindee Climo's work can be found in numerous public, corporate and private, collections including Acadia University, Nova Scotia; Art Gallery of Nova Scotia; Department of External Affairs, Ottawa; Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa; The Rooms, Saint John's, Newfoundland and Scotiabank.