Charles Jones Way


Charles Jones Way


Ships - Lido, Italy

4 x 9 inches

Signed Lower Left

Inventory ID: DH134

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Charles Jones Way (AKA: C.J. Way) was an artist his whole adult life, and he painted until the day he died. He resided in Canada for a total of only 17 of his 83 years; yet, he was considered a prominent Canadian painter, draftsman, educator and leader in the Canadian art community for half a century. For over 50 years he exhibited with Canada's most prestigious art organizations; he helped formulate art education policies and practices in an official advisory capacity for the province of Quebec; and his works are in over a dozen of Canada's most important museums.

His primary medium was watercolor, although, he has works in oil, gouache, pastel, ink, charcoal, chalk, mixed mediums and, due to collaborations with William Notman, photo reproduction. His subjects were landscapes, seascapes, cityscapes, rural scenes, lakes, rivers, mountains, portraits and genre. The painting locations span Canada from the Maritime Provinces and Gaspé in the east through the prairies to the Rocky Mountains and Port Alberni on the west coast of Vancouver Island. His non-Canadian locations include New Hampshire, Maine, England, Italy, Austria, Spain, Wales and the Swiss Alps.

His art education includes the Central Training School, Somerset House, London (1848 - 1855); the National Art Training Schools, Marlborough House, London; and the South Kensington School of Art, London (c. 1855 - 1858) under Richard Redgrave.

Way taught drawing and painting classes in Montreal and Lausanne. His students included Alan Edson, Henry Sandham and Carl Alexander von Winkler (1860 - 1911).

Way was a member and later President of the Society of Canadian Artists, Montreal (member - 1867, President - 1869); a Board Member of the Office of Arts and Manufactures, Quebec (8) (1869); a Councilor to the Art Association of Montreal [now the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts] (1870); an Honorary non-resident Academician, Royal Canadian Academy of Arts* (1880); a member ofthe Pen and Pencil Club of Montreal (1898); and a member of the Society of Painters and Sculptors, Switzerland. (9)

He exhibited with the Royal Academy of Arts, London, England (1855, 1862, 1865, 1884, 1887 and 1888); the Liverpool Society of Fine Arts (1858 and 1865); National Academy of Design, New York (1863); Art Association of Montreal (31 times between 1864 and 1917); Royal Society of British Artists*, London (1865, 1866, 1868, 1874 and 1875); Society of Canadian Artists (1868, 1870 and 1872); Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts (1878); Royal Canadian Academy of Arts(27 times between 1880 and 1918); Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, London (1883 and 1884); Ontario Society of Artists (1883, 1889, 1893, 1894 and 1896); and the Rochester Art Club, New York (1902).