April 03, 2006 12:17 ET

'Take me to the river': Canada Post Salutes the Addition of Dorothy Knowles to its Art Canada Stamp Series

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - April 3, 2006) - On April 7, Canada Post will once again exhibit the work of one of our most accomplished artists to millions of homes and businesses with two new stamps featuring breathtaking works by Canadian painter Dorothy Knowles. The domestic rate stamp (51 cents) will feature The Field of Rapeseed, the U.S. rate stamp (89 cents), North Saskatchewan River.

As it adds these works to its Art Canada series, Canada Post will also commemorate the life and work of this gifted artist whose paintings communicate the shapes and colours of her native Saskatchewan. Dorothy Elsie Knowles was born on April 7, 1927 in Unity, Saskatchewan, a small town west of Saskatoon, near the Alberta border. The family farm was located on the northern section of the Canadian prairie in an area known as the parkland - a belt of agricultural land studded with poplar bluffs.

After experimenting with different styles, Knowles decided to work outdoors from life, as it were. Knowles and her van became a common sight to farmers as she took to the back roads to paint the prairie landscape. In the 1970s, she traveled to the south and west of Saskatchewan, into the badlands and foothills, where her paintings became more complex and as big as the outdoors she was capturing - canvases as big as six by eight feet. Another change was a move to large still-lifes and "garden paintings" - something between landscape and still-life traditions.

A critically acclaimed painter, her work has been featured at major exhibitions in Canada and abroad, and is included in collections all over Canada and in a number of other countries. Her painting, Saskatchewan, Brown Shadows, was selected in 1982 to represent Saskatchewan in the Canada Day postage stamp series, Canada. Through the Eyes of its Artists. This gifted painter, who captures her feelings for her province with the eyes of the heart, is also a Member of the Order of Canada. Art lovers can purchase the stamps at post offices across the country on April 7.

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