Lyons House’s uniqe Art Gallery for an exclusive enjoyment of our guests
Linda Hankin’s paintings are displayed all through the main floor and Lady Catherine’s Suite.
Linda Hankin’s professional career started in March 1989 when she graduated from Brock University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Visual Arts.
In 1967 Linda met Philip Hankin in Montreal, and a year later they moved to Toronto where they were married. It was by chance that the Hankin’s moved to the Niagara Region.
In 1978 they purchased an old farmhouse in the country and this subject has remained in Hankin’s paintings ever since. In 1992 she had four solo exhibitions, one was held at the Niagara Falls Art Gallery (Kurelek Collection) entitled, “A Personal to Public Landscape” in which a catalogue was published. The other three exhibitions dealt with “Nature’s Holy Places” and the “Landscape as a Constant”.
In August 1992 Hankin was invited to paint with other artists for a special project entitled, “On the Edge”. This was an art environment project using the visual arts to focus attention on the value of the natural environments of the Hamilton Region and to encourage its preservation. Two of Hankin’s paintings were published in the book entitled, “On the Edge: Artistic Visions of a Shrinking Landscape”. The book launch took place at the Art Gallery of Ontario in December 1995.
On August 31, 1996 one of Hankin’s floral paintings was published in the Globe and Mail to publicize the “On the Edge” book. Hankin then acquired a studio/residency in southern Spain in 1994 where she produced a large body of work over four months.
While in Europe, she painted in Belgium and France. Through 1995 she has had several solo art exhibitions leading up to her solo exhibition at Rodman Hall Arts Centre entitled, “Linda Hankin: Portrait of the Self” in which an essay was written by the Director, David Aurandt.
This was the year that her husband, Philip, became very ill from a surgical complication due to cancer. It was during his convalescence that Hankin produced a large body of work by her husband’s side. As a result, the work was lap size and intimate.
On July 21st, 1999 Hankin’s husband died after a long illness. It was at this point in Hankin’s life that she decided to open the School of Ideas in Visual Art-Studio and Gallery dedicated to the memory of her husband. In April 1997 two of her floral paintings were accepted into the Albright Knox Member’s Gallery in Buffalo, New York, and again in 1999 and 2000, and 2001.
As of 1996 Hankin has been registered with the National Gallery of Canada as a contemporary Canadian Artist and is in the archives of the Art Gallery of Ontario.
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