David Drum

Le Bateau Gallery of Fine Art, Custom Framing & Restoration

From the Dictionary of Canadian Artists by Colin S. MacDonald:

Born in Moncton, New Brunswick, the only son of an RCAF pilot.  When the war ended the family moved to Toronto where his father began a career in printing and lithography.  In 1954 his father built him a studio and taught him how to use oil paints.  In 1961 at the age of 17 he won the CNE mural competition.  He decided to attend the OCA with the intention of becoming a professional painter.  By then he was working part-time for several Toronto companies illustrating their catalogues.

At school he painted under the guidance of his art teacher Alex Fraser of Gordon Graydon Secondary School.  Summers were spent landscape painting at his uncle’s Gatineau cottage.  A misplaced application to the OCA in 1963 led to his enrollment in the anatomy and human  dissection courses at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College which resulted in a ten-year career as a medical illustrator during which time he also graduated as a chiropractor (1967).  In 1975 he became a certified clinical specialist of Chiropractic [medicine].  For the next decade he maintained a studio in NYC where during his free time he painted a series of abstract expressionist canvases and immersed  himself in the Manhattan art milieu.  In 1986 he returned to Toronto and established a studio and gallery in Cabbagetown.  Working in oils, he studied impressionistic techniques.  Greatly influenced by the work of Claude Monet, he now makes frequent trips to Normandy with his wife, Barbara Vance who is fluent in French.  They return to the favourite locations of Monet.

In Canada, Drum continues to record the landscape of [Niagara] the Don Valley and Quebec-Ontario vacation country.  He produces about 100 canvases a year and is represented in private collections across Canada.  His Toronto dealers are Waddington’s, Deveau’s and Ritchie’s; in Montreal, Fraser-Pinney’s.  Agents also handle his work in Paris, New York and through international auction houses.  A recent commission includes a series of landscapes to decorate sets for the film industry.  He resides in Crystal Beach.

To see more of David’s work, visit his website: http://www.daviddrumfineart.com/