Lindee Climo

This year marks forty years and four hundred and ninety some paintings since I was caught by something in a reproduction of a painting by Rosso Fiorentino. I had been painting for a year from old sepia photos that belonged to my rural New Brunswick neighbors. My paintings were of long gone farm animals and farmers. The following year, I moved to Prince Edward Island and continued painting from photos belonging to the farmers I met through livestock showing. There was a heavy snowfall in October and the snow kept piling all winter. With a cow to milk twice a day, I stayed put and painted. I did visit a family nearby who had recently spent a year in Florence, and they loaned me an Uffizzi book.

My own museum visits to the Vatican and the Rijksmuseum surfaced in my memory and simmered with the experiences of my livestock keeping. Snowed in, I read that Rosso had never completed the Uffizzi painting that I liked most, "Moses Defending the Daughters of Jethro", with its detail of a few frightened sheep looking up at one of the daughters. I felt permission to finish the sheep. It felt as if I was studying with the great painter. Almost every painting I've painted since, certainly every piece in this exhibition, was painted with this in heart.


Lindee Climo

LINDEE CLIMO was born in 1948 in Boston, Massachusetts. She moved to Canada in 1970 and has been exhibiting since 1975. Her work can be found in numerous public, corporate and private, collections including Acadia University, Nova Scotia; Art Gallery of Nova Scotia; Department of External Affairs, Ottawa; Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa; The Rooms, Saint John's, Newfoundland and Scotiabank.

Lindee Climo lives and works in Nova Scotia.


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1948 Born in Massachusetts
1970 Moved to Canada
Lives and works in Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia


University of Arizona, Tuscon (Medical Illustration)
California State University at Chico
WCA Chapman College, Orange County, California

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019 Covering The Oldies: New Paintings, Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto
2016 Catching Giotto’s Rooster, Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto
2012 New Paintings, Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto
2006 Not Your Old Master’s Dog: New Paintings, Mira Godard Gallery,
2003 Four Legs and a Blue Nose, Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto
2001 After Rembrandt:Recent Paintings, Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto
1999 Recent Paintings, Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto
1996/97 Lindee Climo: Love Conquers War, Meadows Museum, SMU,
Dallas, TX; traveled to National Museum for Women in the
Arts, Washington, DC
1989 Zwickers’ Gallery, Halifax
1985/97 Nancy Poole’s Studio, Toronto
1983 Gallery 1667, Halifax, NS
1982 Confederation Centre Art Gallery and Museum, PEI; Chester’s Barn
1980 Doors, Mira Godard Gallery
1978 A Country Painter’s Harvest, Confederation Centre Art Gallery and Museum, PEI

Selected Group Exhibitions

2015 Artist and Model (catalogue), Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto
2012 The Self-Portrait Show (catalogue), Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto
1998/99 Mirror Images: Women, Surrealism and the Self- representation, by List Art Centre, M.I.T.; Exhibited at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Miami Art Museum; Francisco Museum of Modern Art
1998 Representing Islandness: Images of Myth & Memory, Confederation Centre Art Gallery and Museum, Charlottetown, PEI;
1993/94 The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC
1991/92 Wild Things: Animals in Contemporary Art, Winnipeg Art Gallery
1987 Livestock in Woodstock, Woodstock Public Art Gallery;
1986 Personal Vision in Landscape, Cambridge Public Art Gallery
1981 Esso Resources, Muttart Galley, Calgary; Emerging Canadian Artists
1980 Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto
1977 Maritime Art Association, Annual Exhibition
1976 Young Contemporaries ’76, London Regional Art Gallery (catalogue) From Here and Away: Young Island Artists, National Gallery of Canada, travelled to Paris, France;
1975 Woman as Viewer, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Some Women Artists of PEI, Confederation Centre Art Gallery and Museum

Selected Collections

Acadia University
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
CIBA-Geigy Limited
CIL, Inc
Confederation Centre Art Gallery and Museum
Crown Life
Department of External Affairs, Ottawa
Esso Resources
Glaxco Canada Inc.
Memorial University
The Robert McLaughlin Gallery
Scotiabank Group Fine Art Collection
Shell Canada
University College of Cape Breton

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