William Goodridge Roberts
Canadian, b. Barbados,
William Goodridge Roberts was born in Barbados while his parents were there on holiday from their home in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Nationally and internationally renowned, the artist studied at the École des Beaux-arts in Montréal (1923-25) and the Art Students League in New York, NY (1926-28). Roberts was the first artist-in-residence at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario from 1933 to 1936. He became a member of the Montréal-based Eastern Group of Painters in 1938 and joined the Contemporary Arts Society in 1939. Roberts was stationed in England with the Royal Canadian Air Force as an Official War Artist from 1943 to 1945. In 1952, his work was among those selected to be included in Canada’s first official presentation at the Venice Biennale. In 1959, he was appointed the first artist-in-residence at the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton.