Loring, Frances Norma
Frances Norma Loring, sculptor (b at Wardner, Idaho 14 Oct 1887; d at Newmarket, Ont 5 Feb 1968). From the time she settled in Canada in 1913 she worked tirelessly, both in the development of her own work and in fostering a climate that made sculpture possible for others. She had first studied sculpture in Geneva, Munich and Paris 1901-06. A fascinating, compelling personality of keen intelligence and warm understanding, she assailed public and official indifference to SCULPTURE
as a founding member of the Sculptors' Society of Canada and a chief organizer of the Federation of Canadian Artists and the National Arts Council.
For over 50 years she shared studio quarters with fellow sculptor Florence WYLE in a converted Toronto church that was widely considered the salon of Canada's art world. Her own work was architectural in nature, and among her best-known public monuments were the lion formerly situated at the Toronto entrance to Queen Elizabeth Highway, and war memorials at St Stephen, NB, and Galt, Ont.
"Study for head of Sir Robert Borden," (1955), painted plaster, height 79.0 cm, by Francis Loring (courtesy Art Gallery of Ontario).
Rebecca Sisler, The Girls (1972).
Links to Other Sites
This website honours Frances Loring and other exemplary Canadian women artists. Part of the "Celebrating Women's Achievements" series from Library and Archives Canada.