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[email protected] Winnipeg artist, Eva Stubbs beside her sculpture called ENIGMA and in back is part of a charcoal drawing called FRIEZE at her show in the Winnipeg Art Gallery titled Eva Stubbs: The Rough Ideal.

I remember clearly the day I first met the Winnipeg artist Eva Stubbs (1925-2017).

I had just arrived at the WAG as Director a few weeks before, and Eva had missed my welcome party so she came by for a personal visit. We talked about music, design, architecture, art studies, and the day her first studio professor told her she would do better to stay home. Eva chose to do both and much more.

Aside from a successful career as an artist, she was a university art instructor, a founding member of the artist-run cooperative gallery SITE, a mentor for MAWA, and a member of the Royal Canadian Academy.

In 2010 the WAG organized a retrospective exhibition, which confirmed again, the ease and power with which the artist could move from a clay maquette to a monumental bronze to a 20’ foot long charcoal drawing, maintaining incredible control of the figure and the ground.

Her final major bronze work “Generation” was unveiled at the WAG, and it’s installed each summer on the Rooftop Sculpture Garden. In a later conversation about the piece, Eva said it expressed the optimism she felt about family – and the invisible ties between a mother and a child.

[email protected] Winnipeg artist, Eva Stubbs beside her sculpture called ENIGMA and in back is part of a charcoal drawing called FRIEZE at her show in the Winnipeg Art Gallery titled Eva Stubbs: The Rough Ideal.

Eva Stubbs. Generation, 2013. bronze, #3, 96.5 x 125.5 x 78.5 cm. Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery; Commissioned from the artist; 2014-47.

October 29, 2013 – 131029 – Winnipeg artist Eva Stubbs smiles at a friend at an unveiling of her bronze cast Generations at the Winnipeg Art Gallery Tuesday, October 29, 2013. John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press

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