Artworks and Artists
Elizabeth Wyn Wood
Born in Orillia, Ontario, 08 October 1903
Died in Toronto, Ontario, 27 January 1966

Elizabeth Wyn Wood

Elizabeth Wyn Wood studied visual arts at the Ontario College of Art from 1921 to 1926. There she took classes with the renowned sculptor Emanuel Hahn, whom she married shortly after her graduation. In 1927 her sculpture, Head of a Negress, was purchased by the National Gallery of Canada launching her career as a professional artist. Wyn Wood produced a diverse body of work that included portraits, figure studies, and landscape sculpture, funded by both private and public commissions. She also created monumental sculptures for Canadian parks and cities, for example, the Welland-Crowland War Memorial (1934) in Welland, Ontario. She became a founding member of the Sculptors' Society of Canada (1928), a teacher of sculpture, a member of the Royal Canadian Academy among other artistic societies, and a delegate to UNESCO. Much of her life was dedicated to the promotion of art in Canada.