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In Tribute to Douglas Haynes

Douglas Haynes

It is easy to overlook, during the course of an artists career, the impact he or she is having on the community and world around them. It is particularly easy to take certain things for granted, until they are no longer with us. When you think about influential, well respected artists particularly in Western Canada, Doug Haynes is almost certainly at the top of your list. He was a giant in his field; well respected by his peers; celebrated in both public and private collections. 

Douglas Haynes was born in Regina, Saskatchewan in 1936 and grew up pursuing a passion for art. He relocated to Alberta where he would study at the former Provincial Institute of Technology & Art, now ACAD (Alberta College of Art & Design) from 1954 till 1958. As an artist Doug showed across Canada, as well as in the UK, Germany, and Paris and his works are represented in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Alberta as well as the Art Gallery of Ontario. As an educator, Doug taught at the University of Alberta in the faculty of Fine Art & Design from 1974 till 1995. 

Doug passed away on February 11th, 2016, and will be remembered fondly by his friends, family, colleagues in the art community, and by the many lives he touches through his work and through educating the next generation of artists. We will miss you Doug.