SURREY, Philip : 1910 - 1990 - Royal Canadian Academy of Arts

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Born in 1910 in Calgary, Alberta, Philip Surrey studied at the Winnipeg School of Art, where he met Lemoyne Fitzgerald. He pursued his studies in Vancouver with Frederick Varley and, in 1936, at the Art Student's League in New York.

In 1932, Philip Surrey was chosen to represent British Columbia at the All Canadian Show held at the National Gallery of Canada. In 1937, he moved to Montreal. He was a founding member of the Societé d'Art Contemporain. He took part in around one hundred group exhibitions in Canada and abroad. In 1966, The Musée du Québec organized his fourth exhibition in a museum. In 1971, the Musée d'Art Contemporain held a major Surrey retrospective which was subsequently shown at the Centre Culturel Canadien in Paris. He passed away in May 1990.


In 1955, he won the Jessie Dow Prize at the Salon du Printemps of the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Montreal. In 1960, he took third prize at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.