JAMES JERRIS BLOMFIELD OSA
Listed Canadian Artist
Oil on Board
Signed by the Artist - ca. 1943
Titled Verso: “Quiet Waters in September”
h: 6 1/4 in. by w: 8 1/4 in.
BLOMFIELD, James Jerris OSA
James was born a deaf-mute in England in 1872 and was the son of British stained glass artist Henry Blomfield. He immigrated with his family to New Westminster, British Columbia in 1887.
James pursued his art education in England, Belgium, Chicago and at the Art Students’ League in New York City; and became Professor of Design at the Chicago Academy of Fine Art. In British Columbia James was commissioned to paint a series of murals for Government House in Victoria. It was this design that became the coat-of-arms for Vancouver.
He settled in Toronto in 1920 where he concentrated on Toronto’s streetscapes and U of T buildings. James was well known for his accuracy in architectural detail. He was a lover of brilliant colour and found many glowing spots to paint in the Toronto area.
James exhibited in all the major galleries in Toronto and Vancouver. A quote from the Toronto Star in 1933 “there are few more pleasant corners in Toronto than that where the Blomfield pictures shed light and warmth.”
James died in 1951 when struck by an automobile in Toronto.