Now and Then: Painters in the Canadian Rockies

From 1885 when the last spike was driven into the Canadian Pacific Railway, artists have been drawn to the inspiring peaks of the Canadian Rockies. With an aim to promote tourism and settlement in the west, the CPR’s general manager, William Cornelius van Horne, hired artists to capture the beauty of the mountain landscapes, an advertising tradition that would last well into the 1960s. 

In the 1880s, F. M. Bell-Smith was amongst the first artists hired  by the CPR to paint in the Rockies. Today, contemporary artists, like Ron Bolt and Philip Craig, continue to flock to the mountains, each interpreting the beauty and scale in their own way.  

Now and Then: Painters in the Canadian Rockies features a selection of contemporary and historical artists from F.M. Bell-Smith to Leo Mol and Ron Bolt, who have all been compelled to capture the grandeur of our mountain landscapes. 

  • Emerald Lake #2

  • Oil on Board
  • 28 x 22 in
  • 2023
  • CAD $8500.00
  • Evening, Lake Louise

  • Oil on Canvas
  • 36 x 36 in
  • 2022
  • CAD $15000.00
  • The Sunwapta Valley

  • Oil on Canvas
  • 40 x 40 in
  • 2022
  • CAD $17500.00
  • Bow Falls

  • Oil on Canvas
  • 36 x 48 in
  • 2022
  • CAD $18000.00
  • Summit #3. Columbia Ice Fields

  • Oil on Canvas
  • 40 x 40 in
  • 2022
  • CAD $17500.00
  • Mount Victoria, Lake Louise

  • Oil on Canvas
  • 34 x 50 in
  • circa 1900
  • Sold
  • The Three Sisters, Canmore

  • Watercolour on Paper
  • 16 x 24 in
  • circa 1915
  • Price available on request
  • The Chancellor, Canadian Rockies

  • Watercolour on Paper
  • 17.5 x 24.5 in
  • circa 1900
  • Price available on request
  • In the Heart of the Selkirks

  • Watercolour on Paper
  • 18 x 24 in
  • Sold
  • Mountain Nocturne

  • Oil on Panel
  • 12 x 16 in
  • 1987
  • Sold
  • At Lake O’Hara

  • Oil on Panel
  • 12 x 16 in
  • 1984
  • Price available on request
  • West Road (Mountain Road)

  • Woodcut on Paper
  • 9 x 13 in
  • 1944
  • Sold
  • The Mountain

  • Woodcut on Paper
  • 6.1 x 7.71 in
  • 1927
  • Price available on request
  • Above Lake Louise

  • Woodcut on Paper
  • 7.44 x 6.22 in
  • 1945
  • Price available on request
  • Beaver Lodge

  • Woodcut on Paper
  • 7.4 x 14.7 in
  • 1944
  • Price available on request
  • Near Banff, Alberta

  • Oil on Panel
  • 12 x 16 in
  • 1982
  • Sold
  • Mountain Stream

  • Acrylic on Canvas
  • 24 x 30 in
  • 2014
  • CAD $8500.00
  • Evening Light, Lake O’Hara

  • Oil on Canvas
  • 36 x 40 in
  • 2022
  • CAD $11500.00
  • Windswept Mountains

  • Oil on Canvas
  • 36 x 60 in
  • 2021
  • CAD $6200.00
  • Logging in Mountain River Scene

  • Oil on Canvas
  • 29 x 45 in
  • 1877
  • Price available on request
  • Mount Assiniboine, British Columbia

  • Watercolour on Paper
  • 18.5 x 14.5 in
  • 1910
  • Price available on request
  • Vermillion Lakes

  • Oil on Canvas
  • 18 x 24 in
  • 1962
  • Price available on request