Campbell Tinning - The Newfoundland Paintings

Creator(s): Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery

The Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery is pleased to present this exhibit of work by Campbell Tinning created during a trip to Newfoundland in the summer of 1949. Newfoundland joined confederation earlier that year and Tinning, a young artist fresh from his success as an Official War Artist, was fascinated by Canada's newest province.

Tinning's Fascination with Newfoundland

Just prior to being sent overseas, his first Army assignment was to record the east coast defences, primarily in Nova Scotia; although late in 1943, he was sent briefly to St. John's, Newfoundland. He was very impressed by this visit and wrote in his diary that he wanted to return and paint there in peacetime. Tinning's fascination with Newfoundland was cause for a return trip on his own in 1949. This exhibit chronicles Tinning's production of a series of watercolour paintings during this period of his life and the history of what has happened to them since.

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