|BIBLIOGRAPHY 1960 - 1969
List, Wilfred. Globe and Mail 18 Jan 1960
"100ft. OKeefe Mural Site of Union Brush With Artist". Photo: RYW in front
Reidford, Paul. Globe and Mail 1960 "Cartoon: Okay, Clancy,
So Youre a Muralist" .
Parker, Lewis. Toronto Daily Star 18 Jan 1960 "Cartoon:
Rembrandt; Thou Shouldst Be Living At This Hour, OKeefe's Hath Need Of Thee"
Illustration: Rembrandt painting by numbers.
Editorial Toronto Daily Star 18 Jan 1960 "Art Or Artisan To
Editorial London Times 9 Feb1960 "Should Artists Be
Globe and Mail 13 Feb 1960 "O’Keefe Artists Triumph in Battle of Union Cards"
Globe and Mail 1960 "RYW Back To Work, Union Approves"
Toronto Daily Star Magazine 1 Oct 1960 "Painter RYW Looks Over Advanced Sketches For The Centre’s Mural" Photo: RYW with sketches
and studies in his studio.
Duval, Paul Toronto Daily Star 18 Feb 1961 "Art Shows
it is appropriate that RYW should have a place in this
Palmer, Helen Toronto Daily Star 18 Feb 1961 "York Wilson Refuses Lucrative Commissions to Spend Two Years In Paris"
Greer, Harold. Globe and Mail 27 Mar 1961 "Cult or
Culture" Reproduction: OKeefe Centre Mural.
Canadian Art 1961 "Artist Wilsons Huge Mural
Dominates St.Clair Avenue". Photo: RYW working on Imperial Oil Mural.
Goodman, Roderick. Globe and Mail July 1961 "Wilson
Abroad--Now Hes Painting What He Likes"
Villeneuve, Paquerette. Ottawa Journal 8 Dec 1961 "Toronto
Artist Works In Paris and Plans Paris Show"
Kamienski, Jan Winnipeg Free Press 10 Dec 1961 "From among
all works in this exhibition, I would give preference to the work of RYW. It stands out in
the crowd by virtue of its maturity and utmost economy of means.
Kilbourn, J. Toronto Daily Star 3 Nov 1962."RYWs
Exhibition of Gouaches at Roberts possess disarming modesty
RYWs very real
technical abilities no longer sacrificed to fashionable
but have been explored for
their own sake
Dempsey, Lotta. Toronto Daily Star 13 Oct 1962. "An air of
mounting excitement hovers over Roberts Gallery
RYW, considered by many in the art
world to be Canadas most important contemporary painter will be represented by a
collection of 30 gouaches
Duval, Paul. Toronto Telegram 27 Oct 1962. "RYW, like Piper,
noted for his large architectural commissions
gouache at Roberts
semi-abstract fantasies reveal a wit and humour
Gaillard, Marc. Arts Paris, 27 Dec 1963. "
the Prime Gallery is dedicated to RYW
it is evident that a large panorama of his work has been presented
Arts Hebdomadaire Paris, 27 Dec 1963. "A l’eclectism Canadien
le musée Galliéra, qui presente de son coté
Mégret, Frédéric. Le Figaro Letteraire Paris, 19 Dec 1963
"RYW of Toronto and McEwen of Montreal have resolved abstraction with
Lacoste, P. Le Monde Paris, 26 Dec 1963. "
rightly has the gallery of honour. Few painters have had the good fortune to be so
L’Officiel des Spectacles Paris "Cinq Peintres
World Book Encyclopedia "Murals" USA 1963. "
Michelangelo, Thomas Hart Benton, York Wilson
." Reproduction: Imperial Oil Mural.
Kaplan, Bernard Montreal Star 28 Dec 1963 "Canadian Painters
Dempsey, Lotta. The Globe and Mail "Return of RYW"
January 1964. "
external affairs minister Paul Martin opened an exhibition in
Paris by RYW
show held at important Musee Galliera
three Canadian government
ministers in attendance and Frances great man of letters, Andre Malraux
Megret, Frederic. Le Monde 3 Feb 1964 "
Agnes Lefort, one entered immediately into the universe of real painting, of the genuine
artist... in his two studios, where he worked in monastic isolation, this Canadian
painter, though he felt the need of the Paris atmosphere, lived very little of
Paris itself, preferring to avoid the painting merry-go-round
Pfeiffer, S. Montreal Gazette "RYW at Lefort" 11 Apr
1964. "The present exhibition
which to my mind is one of the finest held
in this city for some time.."
Ayre, Robert. Montreal Sun "RYW at Lefort" 9 Apr
dont need to be reminded of anything else, the painting is the
not momentary, but an experience that lasts
Brooks, Leonard. Painting and Understanding Abstract Art Reinhold
Publishing: New York 1964. pp.76-77.
Cherry, Zena. The Globe and Mail "Abstract
Impressionism" 3 Sept 1964. "... leading artists are RYW, Philip
Kritzwiser, K. The Globe and Mail "Wilsons
Return a Triumph" 11 Apr 1964.
Montreal Gazette "Royal Canadian Academy Exhibition"
Dr. Franz Meyer, Director Kunstmuseum, Basel
chose RYWs Endymion
for honourable mention
The Globe and Mail "Outshining Everything Else" June 27
1964. "...Roberts Gallery changing summer group show is RYW's huge floating image
abstract Endymion... the subject may escape you but the power can't..."
Who's Who in Anglo-Mexican Art. Guadalajara, Mexico 1964.
Furtado, Paul. Arts Magazine "York Wilson's
Achievement" USA Mar 1965. Reproductions of A Propos d'Afrique '62 (oil on
canvas 77" x 154" triplex) and Imperial Oil Mural (left panel 21' x
Malcolmson, J. Toronto Daily Star "On the Debit Side:
Wilson's New Work Falls Short" 2 Jan 1965.
Kingston Whig Standard "RYW is Master of Mood" 17 Apr
1965. "...fortunate indeed the exhibition stopped here, because it provides unusual
opportunity to view new work by an important Canadian artist... a patient and thoughtful
Central Hospital Brochure 3 June 1965 "...a new mural
by the internationally known artist RYW was unveiled by the Honourable John
Cherry, Zena. The Globe and Mail "Torontonians Lend Wilsons
for Retrospective Showing" 11 June 1965.
Kritzwiser, K. Globe and Mail "Wilson Rings Bell With
Mosaics" 12 June 1965. Photo: RYW at work on mosaics for the Bell Canada building.
Kritzwiser, K. Globe and Mail 19 June 1965. "What wonderful
bursting vitality in RYW's colours... what a love affair he had for the reds of
Smart, Prof. Charles Allen. Toronto Daily Star "Letter to
the Editor" 3 Jan 1967 "RYW's painting has great integrity, beauty...this
article exposes Mr. Fulford fully and raises doubts about your newspaper and about the
present condition of art in Canada."
Robillard, Yves. Les Beaux Arts 22 Feb 1967. "...RYW is very
well-known. He represented Canada at Musee Galliera in 1963..."
Ayre, Robert. Montreal Star "York Wilson at Lefort" 7
Ayre, Robert. Montreal Star 8 Mar 1967. "RYW at
Lefort...stimulating sense of renewal and discovery...discriminating eye, quick to
seize the essentials, and the hand of a practised performer..."
UNESCO Award for Face at the Bottom of the World, by Hagiwara
Sakutaro, trans. Graeme Wilson, paintings by RYW. Tokyo: Charles E. Tuttle Co., 1967.
Centennial Medal awarded to RYW , "in recognition of valuable
service to the nation." 1 July 1967.
Cherry, Zena. Globe and Mail 23 May 1968. "From oils to
encaustics... RYW's paintings will be at Rose Fried Gallery in NY on Novembery 29..."
l'Amerique Nov 28 1968 Paris "The meticulous brush of RYW...
leads to a simplicity in script and a linear purity that holds the interest..."
Cherry Zena. Globe and Mail 19 Dec 1968. "York Wilson a
success in New York ... brisk sales and good reviews..."
New York Times Dec 1968. "Wilson, a Canadian, is capable of
consistently distinguished work. His canvases can be looked at repeatedly with
Wall Street Journal Feb 1969. "RYW's Exhibition at Rose
Fried Gallery was extended another month and was an unheard of success for a first NY
showing. Several large canvases went to good collectors plus a few portfolios of the seven
new prints. A large canvas and seven prints went to Birla Academy in Calcutta. They will
travel in India as a teaching medium..."
El Universal Mexico "RYW at Bellas Artes" 22 Oct 1969.
"Paintings and drawings by RYW at Bellas Artes...the creations of Wilson have merited
enthusiastic praise by many of the critics."
Novedades Mexico 24 October 1969. "RYW will show his recent
paintings...indicative of his genius..."
Excelsior Mexico "Paintings By York Wilson at Bellas Artes" 31 Oct 1969. "Canadian Ambassador Saul Rae will preside at the opening of RYW's Exhibition in Sala International of Bellas Artes...The Canadian artist has received favorable reviews in many notable art critics' columns..."
Wilson, York. El Universal Mexico "My Work and I" 2 Nov
1969. Full Page talking about his work as an artist. Photographs: Teotijuacan, Michoacan,
El Universal Mexico 6 Nov 1969. "Exhibition of work by
RYW in the pictorial work of Wilson, one observes an extraordinary handling of colour, a
great artistic sensibility and a singular tendency to transmit a message in all his
El Sol Mexico 7 Nov 1969. "The inauguration of the
exhibition of RYW...many important people and Art enthusiasts who usually do not go to
openings...artists and painters and many others admired the paintings and drawings...were
in agreement with the critics about the great quality of the work of this artist...RYW,
who is more Mexican than Canadian..."
Interview. The News "Mexico Inspires Canadian Artist" 7
El Heraldo Mexico 7 Nov 1969 "York Wilson at Bellas
Artes". "RYW is a geometric painter. His fundamental influence is from totems.
Artistic manifestations from ancient civilisations...distinguishes himself by his colour
planes...some influence... Gunther Gerzo and Carlos Merida."
El Universal Mexico 10 Nov 1969 "RYW has been coming here
for 20 years painting trying to sense the spirit of this land....At Mr. Wilson's side is
his wife, Lela Wilson, a very cultured lady and fluent in Spanish, helpful in explaining
the work of her husband to a distinguished group...clearly coming to each one of the
canvases one understands the professionalism of the painter..."
Excelsior Mexico "Canadian Painter" 11 Nov 1969. "My paintings are a geometric and intellectual development while the drawings are informal, visual impressions."
El Universal Grafica Mexico "RYW at Bellas Artes" 12
Nov 1969. "RYW is the creator of a school of abstraction with very personal
Novedades Mexico 4 Dec 1969. "RYW's drawings of nudes are
admirable...His drawings are those of a true master..."
Sakutaro, Hagiwara. Face at the Bottom of the World. Japan:
Tuttle, 1969. Translated by Graeme Wilson, Paintings by RYW. Distributed in Canada
by Hurtig Books, Edmonton. UNESCO Award Winner.
Arts Magazine "RYW at Rose Fried" Dec-Jan 1969.
Reproduction: Michoacan. "Using a linear motif which appeared to him in a
dream...shapes, flat planes spacially interacting in a rhythm of lively staccatos..."
Toronto Life "Toronto's Mexican Colonialists" 1969.
"...RYW and Lela have interrupted their chronic globe-trotting several times to spend
a year in San Miguel ... They mention Toronto's synthetic pressures and lack of
'You go for a walk in Mexico and you see humanity. In Toronto you see