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1953-1960
Conceived and founded in 1953 by William Ronald, the Painters Eleven included the eleven Canadian artists William Ronald, Jack Bush, Oscar Cahén, Hortense Gordon, Tom Hodgson, Alexandra Luke, Jock Macdonald, Ray Mead, Kazuo Nakamura, Harold Town and Walter Yarwood. In 1954 the Painters Eleven held their first exhibition at the Roberts Gallery in Toronto. This was also to be the first major commercial display of abstract art in Toronto.

Painters Eleven where different than the well known Group of Seven in that they had no common artistic vision other than a commitment to abstraction and modernism. The group was quite diverse from occupation status to age difference. While few had studied under Hans Hofmann (American Abstract Expressionist) others had little to no formal training. The members of the group that gained international status were Bush, Ronald, and Town. Unfortunately at the time Canada's art critics often were too conservative to appreciate the work of the Painters Eleven. However, the group overcame the abstract prejudice by exhibiting in 1956 with the American Abstract Artists at the Riverside Gallery in New York. Here they were praised by Clement Greenberg an influential American art critic. It was Greenberg and Robert Fulford of the Canadian Press were the groups most forward critical support.

The Painters Eleven were first reduced in number by an accidental death when Cahén died in a car accident in 1956 and then by Ronald’s decision to resign in 1957. The group formally disbanded in 1960.

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