Tony Urquhart gained recognition early in his career as an abstract painter, exhibiting at the famed Isaacs Gallery in Toronto when he was only 22. He also exhibited with renowned London group that included Jack Chambers, Greg Curnoe and Murray Favro. Starting in the 1960s he also followed an independent path with his intricate 'box' sculptures. Throughout his career, however, drawing has been central to Urquhart?s art. Various authors including his wife Jane Urquhart, Michael Ondaatje, Matt Cohen and Louis Dudek have chosen his drawings to illustrate their books. He was one of the founders of CAR/FAC (Canadian Artists Representation), that successfully established a fee structure for public museum and gallery exhibitions of contemporary artists. Tony Urquhart was named to the Order of Canada in 1995.