(1924 - 2017)



Able to work in a variety of media (wood, plastic, terracotta, plaster and cast stone) and execute a number of techniques (carving, modeling, commercial bas-relief, garden sculpture and portraiture), Frances Gage is one of Canada's most prolific sculptors.

After studying at Oshawa Collegiate and Vocational Institute (1943), the Ontario College of Art in Toronto (1951), and the Art Students' League in New York (1953-55), she received a scholarship from the Royal Society of Canada to study at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, where she remained for two years.

Her numerous commissions include a twice-life-sized sculpture and four walnut relief panels for Fanshaw College in London, Ontario (1962), a portrait relief of Dr. Bertram Collip for the University of Western Ontario (1963), crests for the Metro bridges in Toronto, a fountain for the rose garden of Mrs. F.S. Albright of London, Ontario, "Woman," a marble sculpture for the Women's College Hospital in Toronto, and many others.

A member of the Council of the Royal Canadian Academy, and teacher at the Artists' Workshop in Toronto, her other accomplishments include the Rothman purchase award (1965) and the development, with the help of her engineer father, of a new durable material called epoxy-resin.

Her work has been shown in several group exhibitions, perhaps most notably at the International Congress of Medallic Arts in Florence, Italy (1984), but also in Colorado City, Colorado (1987), Helsinki, Finland (1990), and London, England (1992).

- Canadian Women Artists History Initiative.




Artist Frances Gage in studio

Frances Gage inserts shims and thin strips of metal into a mould of her sculpture Discovery of the Hands | Globe and Mail Archives

  Artist: Frances Gage in studio

Frances Gage watches as her sculpture Discovery of the Hands, on rollers, is hoisted by crane onto a large truck | Globe and Mail Archives


Frances Gage - 2019 - Sculpture
Frances Gage - 2018 - Sculpture
Frances Gage - 2018 - Biography


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