Both of these books are still available at my gallary
Born in Hamilton, Canada, January 15th, 1928, Paul Duff has been painting professionally
since 1945. A graduate of McMaster University and Hamilton Teachers College, he
subsidized his career in the visual arts as an itinerant teacher in Switzerland and Brazil.
At age 22, he exhibited with members of Canadas Group of Seven, leading to official
recognition by the National Gallery of Canada as a Canadian Painter in August, 1956.
Nineteen years later, he was invited to exhibit at the National Gallery of Brazil in Rio de
Janeiro. The next year he became the first Canadian to receive an honorary citizenship to the
City of Rio de Janeiro and later inducted as a member of the order of Honorary Cariocas.
Paul Duff returned to Canada in 1981. His paintings appear in public and private collections
with representations in Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Holland,
Switzerland, Brazil, Bermuda, the Philippines, China, and the United States. To date he has
had ninety-one solo exhibitions on three continents.
In May, 1997, a painting from his Scottish collection was acquired by the National Gallery of
Scotland for their permanent collection. About the same time, Paul Duff was conferred a
knighthood in the Order of St. Andrew of Jerusalem.
For further reference, see the Canadian Whos Who, 2005 edition, the Allgemeines
Kűnstler-Lexikon, (World Biographical Index of Visual Artists, 2001 edition), the art library
and archives of the National Gallery of Canada.
He is the author of the book, The Eternal Apprentice (1999) used as a text-reference
book at the Ontario College of Art and Design, and Sheridan College. In 2009, his
autobiography, My Life, My Art covering seventy years of his career was published and is
available through his gallery (226-974-1928).
His paintings appear in the following notable collections:
- National Gallery of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh, Banff, Scotland
- Mohawk College, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
- McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
- Provincial Government of Ontario, Queens Park, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
- Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
- Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
- Museum of Modem Art, Salvador, Brazil
- Museum of Fine Art of Rio Grande do Su!, Porto Alegre, Brazil
- Royal Canadian Yacht Club, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
- Mayors Office, City of New York, New York, U.S.A.
- Dofasco, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
- Wm. Stephenson Collection, Bermuda
Paul Duffs book provides the reader in search of artistic fulfilment, with cogent, practical
advice, based on fifty years of spiritual and aesthetic commitment.
The Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander, P.C., C.C., K.St.J., O.Ont., Q.C.
Former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
Paul Duffs life in art is a story of determination to succeed as a painter coupled with the
realization that making a living may require time spent away from the easel. For how long? As
long as it takes, for a successful artist like Paul will never put commercialism ahead of artistic
Dr. Peter George, President & Vice-Chancellor, McMaster University
A parallel theme that haunts him throughout his life is his ability to generate funds to meet his
living expenses. He resisted and continues to resist the temptation of succumbing to the
lucrative market of reproduction prints for no other reason than to promote the status of Fine
Art in our Culture.
I thought that I knew Paul Duff. This book was a revelation that gave me a much deeper
appreciation of the man - as it will you.
David Haley, Editor
The Eternal Apprentice
August 8, 2008
or you can call 226-974-1928 to arrange for a copy.