Maud Lewis was born in South Ohio, Nova Scotia in 1903. She eventually moved with her parents to Yarmouth, where she lived on Hawthorn Street until the age of 34. In 1938, she married Everett Lewis and began a new life in a small home in Marshalltown, Digby County. Here she created her remarkable paintings of rural life in Nova Scotia. Maud died in 1970, but her art lives on and continues to inspire people of all ages and backgrounds.
Despite the hardships and challenges she faced, Maud Lewis found joy in her life, a joy she expressed through painting nature, animals, children, and her surroundings. Her artmaking spilled over onto almost everything in her tiny house; from dust pans to cans and the walls of her house, Maud painted it all.
The artworks in Maud Lewis: Homecoming are on loan from members of the greater Yarmouth community. Their close attachment to Maud and their continued support throughout her career, inspire many wonderful stories, some of which are included in this exhibition. We hope new stories emerge as visitors enjoy the legacy of this renowned folk artist.
The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Western Branch is grateful to the private collectors who have loaned their works of art for this exhibition.
Image: Maud Lewis, Model T Ford in the Spring (detail), unknown date, Oil on pulp board, 29.3 x 34.7 cm. Private Collection, TL2014.29