John Little, R.C.A.

We buy and sell paintings by John Little.  For inquiries, please contact us.

 

Eric Klinkhoff is John Little's exclusive representative.

Born in Montreal, P.Q. in 1928.  He studied two years at the Montreal Museum of Fine arts under Dr. Arthur Lismer and Goodridge Roberts.  Subsequently he went to New York where he attended the Art Students' League under Will Barnet and Frank J. Reilley.  It was also there in 1949 that he worked as an assistant to Mr. Ray Bailley on the now defunct comic strip "Bruce Gentry". 

 

Returning to Montreal he became a draughtsman in his father's architectural firm (Luke & Little) in 1951.  He married in 1953 and turned exclusively to painting.  His street scenes won him wide acclaim.  His paintings of old Montreal and Quebec City streets, houses and countryside were exhibited at the Watson Art Galleries. 

 

During a solo exhibition at this gallery in 1957 the Montreal Gazette noted, "His vision is clear and his interpretation of his subjects is solid and literal.  His buildings are solidly based, bear the marks of age and are recorded with a laudable attention to drawing.  The last-mentioned quality apparently presents him no problems.  His figures have animation, there is a convincing sense of movement in the crowds and the impression of traffic congestion in narrow streets is capitally conveyed .’’ 

 

Dorothy Pfeiffer reviewing his work in 1964 noted, "Those bemoaning the seemingly ruthless demolition of hundreds of Montreal's gracious old-world homes and other buildings, the disappearance in the name of progress of various little private nooks and parks, and the often callous disposal of dignified stone pillars and amusing cornices will gain nostalgic pleasure from John Little's show, for he had dedicated his painting to the preservation of such items for posterity.  Yet so spirited and relaxed is his painting technique, that his work can in no manner today be labelled as merely documentary.  He paints city streets ankle-deep in slush, where his not-quite-ripe olive green mixture carpets pavements with a mélange resembling Quebec limestone.  He peoples his old streets and secluded sylvan sites with groups of today's spirited adults and children.  Three important qualities it certainly contains:  assurance, individuality and artistic honesty." 

 

He has done covers for Maclean's Magazine in which his great sense of humour blends with his artistic abilities to depict Canadians at work and play.  He is represented in the National Gallery of Canada, Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Sir George Williams University Collection of Art, and many private collections.

 

John Little became an Associate of the Royal Canadian Academy in 1961, and then a full member of the Academy in 1973.  He is a highly respected artist, and his works are very much sought-after in today's market for important Canadian art.  

 

 

Excerpt from A Dictionary of Canadian Artists, Colin S. MacDonald, Volume 4.

 

 

John Little's current works are exclusively available at Galerie Eric Klinkhoff.

Galerie Eric Klinkhoff, Canadian Art Dealer & Gallery in Montreal

John Little, R.C.A. 

"Rue La Gauchetiere at De Bullion of Olden Days ", 1988

Oil on canvas 24" x 36" (SOLD)

Galerie Eric Klinkhoff, Canadian Art Dealer & Gallery in Montreal

John Little, R.C.A. 

"Montreal General Hospital of Olden Days,

St. Dominique Street, Montreal", c. 1966

Oil on canvas board 12" x 16" (SOLD)

Galerie Eric Klinkhoff, Canadian Art Dealer & Gallery in Montreal

John Little, R.C.A. 

"Porte Kent, Quebec", 1961

Oil on canvas board 12" x 16" (SOLD)

Galerie Eric Klinkhoff, Canadian Art Dealer & Gallery in Montreal

John Little, R.C.A. 

"Rue Chambord Looking South Towards

Lafontaine Park", 2008

Oil on canvas 12" x 18" (SOLD)

Galerie Eric Klinkhoff, Canadian Art Dealer & Gallery in Montreal

John Little, R.C.A. 

"Hockey Game", 1959

Oil on board 12" x 16" (SOLD)

Galerie Eric Klinkhoff, Canadian Art Dealer & Gallery in Montreal

John Little, R.C.A. 

"Rue Scott, Quebec", 1967

Oil on board 12" x 16" (SOLD)

Galerie Eric Klinkhoff, Canadian Art Dealer & Gallery in Montreal

John Little, R.C.A. 

"Rue Plessis - Corner Logan,

After the Snowstorm, Montreal", 1975

Oil on canvas 24" x 30" (SOLD)

Galerie Eric Klinkhoff, Canadian Art Dealer & Gallery in Montreal

John Little, R.C.A. 

"November Snow, Jeanne-Mance Square, Montreal ", 1968

Oil on canvas 24" x 30" (SOLD)