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Tobie Steinhouse (BBHS ’42)

Born: 1925, Montreal, Quebec

Born Thelma Davis, Steinhouse first studied art at BBHS with noted teacher and artist Anne Savage. After graduation she obtained a diploma at Sir George Williams University (now Concordia) in engineering drawing and worked as a draughtsman on war planes from 1944 to 1945. For the next two years she studied at the renowned Art Student’s League in New York.

In 1947 she married Herbert Steinhouse and moved to Paris, where she studied etching and engraving with Stanley Hayter at Atelier 17. They remained in Paris until 1957. During this time her artwork was featured in numerous well-known French galleries such as the Salon de L’Art Libre, the Salon de la Jeune Peinture and the Salon de L’Automne. In 1957 she had her first Parisian solo exhibition at the Galerie Lara Vincy.

Upon returning to Montreal she became a founding member of both La Guilde Graphique and L’Atelier Libre de Recherches Graphiques. She was the last president of the Canadian Group of Painters before they disbanded in 1967. In 1972, she was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.

She has had numerous solo exhibitions in Canada and abroad and has participated in international exhibitions at Print Biennials in Bradford, England, Chile, Scotland, Venezuela, France, Italy, Switzerland and the USA.

Her work is represented in many public and private collections, among them the National Gallery of Canada, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, le Musée du Québec, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Ministry of External Affairs in Ottawa, Rio Tinto Alcan and Air Canada.

Throughout her extensive artistic career, Steinhouse has won numerous honours, including the Jessie Dow Prize for Graphic Art, the Sterling Trust Award of the Society of Canadian Painters, Etchers and Engravers, The Centennial Medal of Canada in 1967, and the Purchase Award from the Thomas More Institute in 1999.  From 2001 to 2009, she continued to receive accolades and prizes at the International Exhibition of Japanese Calligraphy competition at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum.

She had a major retrospective at Stewart Hall in Pointe-Claire in 2012 and Galerie Jean-Claude Bergeron in Ottawa held an exhibition of her work in 2015.

You can hear Tobie recall her experiences at BBHS and her formative years as an artist in the following video interview.

Click here to see a selection of her work in the artists room.


Tobie Thelma Steinhouse, The Canadian Encyclopedia
Tobie T. Steinhouse, Womens Artists in Canada