About Paul Duff

    Born in Hamilton, Canada, January 15th, 1928, Paul Duff has been painting professionally since 1945. A graduate of McMaster University and Hamilton Teacher’s 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 Canada’s 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 Who’s 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, Queen’s 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
  • Mayor’s Office, City of New York, New York, U.S.A.
  • Dofasco, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  • Wm. Stephenson Collection, Bermuda

ISBN 0-9685326-1-6

“Paul Duff’s 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 Duff’s 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 integrity.”
Dr. Peter George, President & Vice-Chancellor, McMaster University

ISBN 978-0-9812089-0-9

“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
Both of these books are still available at my gallary
or you can call 226-974-1928 to arrange for a copy.