Guidelines to Portraiture
About the Artist
CYRIL LEEPER, P.P.O.I.P., A.B.A.R., P.I.N.Y.
At the early age of 9, Leeper began art studies at Art School at the Grange (the present location of the A.G.O.) under members of the Group of Seven. During this time he also pursued piano instruction at The Royal Conservatory of Music and later violin with Frank Radcliffe then on with Prof. David Zafer at the University of Toronto for 6 years. At 17, he began studies with H.D. Sheppard a protege of Franz Johnston and Fred Haines and later apprenticed with the famous portraitist, Kenneth K. Forbes RCA, OSA, PPOIP twice winner of the Proctor Prize.
On the one hand, his music studies with the violin took him from performing with the NYO, TYO to the Stokowski Orchestra in Switzerland under Leopold Stokowski to serving 9 years as Concertmaster of the Huronia Symphony in Canada.
On the other hand, the competition between the Arts and Music came to a head in Rome, Italy when he was accepted on scholarship into the "Accademia Di Belle Arti Di Roma" The Art Academy of Rome for 5 years and in the 3rd year won the Gold Medal in Italy at the Centre for Figurative Arts with a one man exhibition to follow. He later was Accepted into the Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes de San Fernando at the University of Madrid, Spain, this Art Academy was originally founded by Francesco Goya. He was presented the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal at the Legislature and the Silver Jubilee Medal at Roy Thompson Hall.
His official portrait in Britain of Malcolm Muggeridge was used as the cover piece for "The National Review."
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