Artwork by Randolph Stanley Hewton,  Village in Autumn

Randolph Hewton
Village in Autumn

oil on canvas
16 x 18 ins ( 40.6 x 45.7 cms )

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Sale date: May 29th 2018

Canadian Fine Arts, Toronto
Private Collection, Toronto
Victoria A. Baker, Modern Colours: the art of Randolph Stanley Hewton, 1888-1960, exhibition catalogue, Art Gallery of Hamilton, January 19 - March 31, 2002, pages 12-13
“Montreal Boys Achieve Success with Paintings,” Montreal Daily Star, February 20, 1913, page 9
Randolph Stanley Hewton was one of the many artists of his generation who travelled to Paris to further his studies in fine art. After training with William Brymner at the Art Association of Montreal, he enrolled at the Academie Julian from 1908 to 1913. Inspired by the artworks of the European Avant-garde that he witnessed first-hand, he adopted a painterly approach of “colourful, flattened surface patterns inspired by his understanding of the modern methods introduced by French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painters.” Hewton's bright colour palette was well-received in Paris; a 1913 exhibition review described a painting of a garden as stylistically likened to “an early Gauguin of the Pont-Aven period.” Hewton's “Village in Autumn” exemplifies his signature Post-Impressionistic style in its vibrant colours and flattened perspective; at the time, it would likely have been admired in Europe though considered controversial in Canada.

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Randolph Stanley Hewton
(1888 - 1960) Canadian Group of Painters, RCA

Randolph Hewton was born 1888, in Quebec. In 1903, he studied under William Brymner at the Art Association of Montreal (Now the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts). He won a scholarship to study in Paris at the Académie Julian from 1908 to 1910. It was there that he met A.Y. Jackson, who would become his lifelong friend. Back in Montreal, he and Jackson exhibited the Paris-inspired paintings in 1913 and received poor reviews. Both he and Jackson served overseas during WWI, and Hewton was awarded the Military Cross for bravery during the Somme offensive.

Upon his return to Montreal, after the war, Hewton went to work for Miller Brothers, a firm which specialized in the production of paper boxes. In 1920, along with fellow graduates from the AAM, Edwin Holgate, Mabel May and Lilias Newton, he founded the Beaver Hall Group, named after their shared studio space at 305 Beaver Hall Hill. The Beaver Hall artists were invited to exhibit with the first Group of Seven exhibition in 1920. He juggled painting and career, becoming president of Miller Brothers in 1921, the same year he was elected an associate of the Royal Canadian Academy.

His firm moved to Ontario in 1933. In Ontario, he went sketching with A.Y. Jackson and Albert Robinson. His greatest contribution as an artist was in the field of portraiture and figure painting. The Art Gallery of Hamilton held an exhibition of his work in 1947. Following Hewton's death, Walter Klinkhoff Galleries held a retrospective exhibition in his honour and it was A.Y. Jackson wrote the foreward for the exhibition catalogue.