Capturing the Essence of the Canadian Landscape

George Paginton: Painting a Nation opens at PAMA Oct. 10


George Paginton, Canadian (1901-1988), Caledon, Ontario, 1940, Oil on canvas board, 21.75 x 27 cm @Collection of Tony Paginton and Roswita Busskamp, 2018.

Explore the vast beauty of Canada through the art of one of Ontario’s rediscovered painters, George Paginton – a contemporary of the Group of Seven. This large-scale retrospective exhibition kicks-off its cross Canada tour at the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) in historic downtown Brampton on October 10. The show runs to February 9, 2020 with interactive programming throughout and accompanied by a beautiful hard cover publication about the artist available for purchase in the PAMA store for $40.

George Paginton, a lesser known Canadian landscape painter who was a peer of members of the Group of Seven, was determined to document the wonder of nature from coast to coast. A prolific yet very private artist, Paginton created over 1,500 oil paintings, the majority of which were never exhibited or sold commercially. George Paginton: Painting a Nation marks the introduction of his work which spanned over 70 years. “The opportunity to create new Canadian art history is thrilling,” notes PAMA Senior Curator of Art Darrin Martens. “Paginton pursued his private passion of capturing the essence of the Canadian landscape with a sense of purpose,” says co-curator Sharona Adamowicz-Clements.


Left: George Paginton, Canadian (1901-1988), Lake in the Woods, c. 1969, Oil on board, 20 x 25.5 cm, ©Collection of Tony Paginton and Roswita Busskamp (2018) Right: George Paginton, Canadian (1901- 1988), Self portrait, c. 1974, Oil on canvas board, 50.75 x 40.5 cm, @Collection of Tony Paginton and Roswita Busskamp, 2018.

The exhibition and publication are supported by the Government of Canada Museums Assistance Program with special thanks to our exhibit sponsors Wall Fiction and Stellar Art Services and our media partners, Brampton Guardian, Caledon Enterprise, Mississauga News and JazzFM.

“What a pleasure to represent Paginton’s work at and to work with the artist’s family and such enthusiastic and knowledgeable curators at PAMA,” says Kelly Juhasz, owner of Wall Fiction. “Supporting this exhibition helps fill gaps in Canadian art history and highlights the beauty of a Canadian place and moment captured through plein air painting.”

Programming Highlights

  • Curator Talk: Sunday, October 27, 2019 | 2 p.m.
  • Seniors Studio: Monday, November 4 | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Family Sunday FUNday: Sunday, November 17 | 1 – 4 p.m.
  • PAMA Paints, Landscape Workshop: Thursday, December 5, 2019 | 6:30 p.m.
  • Panel Discussion: Thursday, February 6, 2020 | 7 p.m.

PAMA is a place to explore and learn about Peel Region’s culture and heritage, as well as use conversation, questions and stories to help make new and fascinating connections to the surrounding community. Throughout the year, PAMA offers a variety of workshops and programs for all ages, families and adults. With so many different programs to choose from, PAMA has something for everyone. Operated by the Region of Peel, PAMA is located at 9 Wellington Street, East in Brampton. Visit or call 905-791-4055 to learn more.