Saturday, 19 November 2016

FAMOUS ARTIST BIRTHDAY - TONI ONLEY


TONI ONLEY

Toni Onley OC (November 20, 1928 – February 29, 2004)

Onley was born in Douglas on the Isle of Man: He moved to Branford, Ontario, Canada in 1948 with his parents and later traveled to Mexico where he became a professional artist and even later to British Columbia, Canada. Onley was very popular in B.C. firstly as a collage artist and then as a watercolorist.

The video below is a wonderful documentary of his life and work.



One of Toni Onleys greatest legacies of is that he fought Revenue Canada on many of the practices of  professional artists, and won. As a result artists in Canada don't have to keep inventory of supplies or works on hand. A great relief to many.

He died in a plane crash in British Columbia when he was 76.