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Gerald Gladstone was born in Toronto in 1929. He died of leukemia in March of 2005 at the age of 76. A predominantly self-taught artist, Gladstone received a Canada Council grant in 1961 for study in London, England and another in 1962 for study in New York.

He has exhibited in a number of places in Canada, England and the U.S.A. His works have been shown in:

  • the Carnegie International Exhibition, New York (1958)
  • the Commonwealth Institute, London (1962)
  • the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1963)
  • the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo (1963-64)
  • and most recently, in a one-man exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (2003)

He was a member of the Ontario Society of Artists and the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.

Photo: Gerald Gladstone installing his sculpture, Galaxy Series #2 '67, in the Lobby of the Macdonald Block, 1968

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Gerald Gladstone installing his sculpture, Galaxy Series #2 '67, in the Lobby of the Macdonald Block, 1968
Government of Ontario Art Collection, Archives of Ontario

Gladstone’s characteristic media are steel, concrete and acrylic. He was commissioned to produce three works for Expo ’67 in Montreal and fountains for both the Winnipeg International Airport and the Toronto Telegram Building.

In 1964, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation featured Gladstone as “The Creative Welder,” on their program series “Telescope”.

Photo: Gerald Gladstone installing his sculpture, Galaxy Series #2 '67, in the Lobby of the Macdonald Block, 1968

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Gerald Gladstone installing his sculpture, Galaxy Series #2 '67, in the Lobby of the Macdonald Block, 1968
Government of Ontario Art Collection, Archives of Ontario

Photo: Galaxy Series #2 '67, (detail),1966-68

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Galaxy Series #2 '67, (detail),1966-68
Gerald Gladstone
steel and illuminated acrylic blocks
Government of Ontario Art Collection, 619769

Galaxy Series #2 '67, 1966-1968 - Gerald Gladstone (full shot)

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Galaxy Series #2 '67, 1966-68
Gerald Gladstone
steel and illuminated acrylic blocks
Government of Ontario Art Collection, 619769

His style is lyrical and light. The acrylic and steel sculpture displayed here may be imaginatively construed as primeval and fossilized forms, trapped in ice.

Photo: Galaxy Series #2 '67, (detail), 1966-68

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Galaxy Series #2 '67, (detail),1966-68
Gerald Gladstone
steel and illuminated acrylic blocks
Government of Ontario Art Collection, 619769

Photo: Galaxy Series #2 '67, (detail),1966-68 (Close up)

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Galaxy Series #2 '67, (detail),1966-68
Gerald Gladstone
steel and illuminated acrylic blocks
Government of Ontario Art Collection, 619769

Gladstone is the only artist represented by two pieces in Macdonald Block. His other piece is The Three Graces.

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