Claude A. Simard, AOCA, RCA
October 1997: A Canadian first
A visionary initiative!
Opening new opportunities for art collectors
In October 1997, when Canadian art galleries still didn’t have websites, Claude A. Simard decided to have an online exhibit on claudeasimard.com. The virtual exhibit featured of all the works he had on display at Montreal’s Walter Klinkhoff Gallery and was promoted on the invitation for the in-person show.
The initiative was so well received that all his subsequent exhibits were also presented online. Today, online exhibits are the norm for art galleries.
Claude A. Simard 1943- 2014
Born July 9, 1943, in Quebec City, Claude Alphonse Simard was a painter known for his colourful representation of garden scenes, landscapes, still lifes and the human figure.
After his classical studies at Petit Séminaire de Québec and Académie de Québec, he graduated in 1966 from Toronto’s Ontario College of Art in visual communications. “I received instructions from masters such as Franklin Arbuckle, Alan Colier and Gray Mills. They helped us look at subject matter and feel the emotion it brought. They demanded honesty and passion in the simplest of sketches,” wrote Simard in Inspiration, a book describing his creative process.