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Gerald Lazare has been painting the urban scene for over
25 years. His pictures are visual poems about the city and
its inhabitants. "I have always been a lover of cities and
find the human comedy is played out in infinite variety
on a city stage." Barney McKinley, the Toronto art critic
wrote, "Lazare is an artist of great intensity who portrays
everyday places and people with a clarity all his own."
Unable to commit himself to design-oriented abstractions
of the 50's and 60's, he exercised his love of illustration
and its great practioners by creating hundreds of pictures
for books and magazines in Canada, the U.S.A. and
Europe. The Canadian Scene, dominated by landscape
and abstraction, had little effect on his love of painting
the city. His muse took him to England, France and Italy
to work and study. The great galleries of Europe and
New York became his school. Louise Bardotes Brown
wrote in Art Magazine, "Lazare's works have an uncanny
sense of classical serenity. There is something brilliantly
real and magically beautiful about his pieces."
Cathy Shaffter in the Ottawa Citizen affirmed, "His paintings of a passenger on a bus, a waitress,
musicians in a mall, open our eyes to the most ordinary marvels. He feels enough empathy for people in
the city to depict them with perfect candor."
Portraiture also occupies a large place in Lazare's career and he has executed many commissions and
portraits of friends and family. He is especially proud to have received the Salmagundi Club award for
portraiture at the American Artist Professional League's grand National Exhibition in New York, 1996. He
is a member of the league and won the Newington Award/Best Painting in Show in 1994.
Lazare feels great art is timeless and has more to do with the imagination and personality of the artist than
technique. He has never been swayed by trends and has remained from the beginning true to his kind of
art, a strong painterly realism that is often, like his view of life, "bittersweet."
Gerald Lazare taught at the Ontario College of Art for many years, both in Toronto and at their off-campus
in Florence, Italy. His work is represented in numerous private and public collections. He has lectured
extensively on his own work and 19th century painting in general. He was also the recipient of The
Canadian Association of Photographers and Illustrators in Communication's Lifetime Achievement Award
in 1995. Gerald’s latest award ironically goes back to his very beginning when he left high school at the
age of 16 to create comic strips for Bell Features in Toronto. These became legendary as the “Canadian
Whites”. The Joe Shuster Awards, inducting Canadian comic creators into the Hall of Fame, was awarded
to Gerald on June 9, 2007. The awards committee summed up his career this way: “As a cartoonist,
illustrator, teacher and fine artist, Gerald Lazare fills a sizeable chapter in the history of Canadian art.”