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 Nicholas Hornyansky  (1896 - 1965)

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Lived/Active: Ontario / Canada/Hungary      Known for: marine, coastal view, landscape painting, historical landmark etching

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
A Hungarian-Canadian painter in oil and watercolor, engraver*, printmaker and etcher*, Nicholas Hornyansky studied in Budapest at the Academy of Fine Arts and also studied landscape painting in Belgium in the school of Franz Hens.  In 1929, he emigrated to Canada, where he settled in Toronto.  He exhibited with the Royal Canadian Academy* and the Ontario Society of Artists, of which he was also a member.

He did numerous etchings, some which were used by commercial firms for Christmas cards.  Among his subjects were The Town Clock, Halifax, N.S., 1941; Outpost, Old Fort Henry; Skeena District Totem Poles; St. James Church, Vancouver; and Grey Stragglers Over Peggy's Cove.

He also taught printmaking at the Ontario College of Art.

A book of 300 years of children's stories, The Golden Phoenix, published in 1958 by the Oxford Press, was translated by Hornyansky


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Nicholas Hornyansky
1896 - 1965

Nicholas Hornyansky was born in Budapest and worked as a colour mixer in his father's printing office while still a boy. He studied art at the city's Academy of Fine Arts and elsewhere in Europe and became an accomplished portrait painter, exhibiting in Antwerp and Brussels. He branched into etching and landscape painting and was associated with Belgian's School of Hens before travelling to England where he received several portrait commissions.

He returned to Paris to study aquatint printmaking before emigrating to Canada in 1929. Hornyansky's figure painting attracted attention in Toronto and he exhibited regularly with the Royal Canadian Academy and the Ontario Society of Artists. He made major contributions to the advancement of printmaking in Canada and taught metal plate media at the Ontario College of Arts from 1945 to 1958. He exhibited widely in the United States and internationally and received numerous awards for his work.

Academy of Fine Arts, Budapest
Professional Affiliations
    •    Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (Associate)
    •    Society of Canadian Painter-Etchers and Engravers (President, 1943-58)
    •    International Institute of Arts and Letters (Life Fellow)
    •    Ontario Society of Artists

Selected Exhibitions
    •    Tom Tomson Memorial Gallery & Museum of Fine Art, Owen Sound, 1968
    •    Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery, 1967
    •    St. Petersburgh, Florida, 1960
    •    Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art Society of American Etchers, New York

Selected Awards
    •    G.A. Reid Silver Memorial Award, 1955
    •    American Federation of Art's "Fifty Prints of the Year." 1932, 1933
    •    E.A. Klein First Purchase Award, Philadelphia

Selected Public Collections
    •    Musee Plantyn, Antwerp
    •    National Print Collection, Library of Congress, U.S.A.
    •    National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
    •    New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe
    •    Pennsylvania Museum of Art, Philadelphia
    •    Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto

Selected Private Collections
Dowager Queen Elizabeth of Belgium

Stephen McCanse Canadian Art

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