Toni Onley

Toni Onley was born in 1928 on the Isle of Man, where he received his early training and was influenced by the work of the great British watercolorists.He came to Canada in 1948. 

 

After moving to British Columbia in 1955, he studied in Mexico, at the Instituto Allende, and in London, England, where he studied etching and re-established his landscape roots with the Norwich School of Watercolor Painting. His course was now set toward the work he is best known for today: landscape of simplicity and power. 

 

Public collections of Toni Onley's work include those at the Tate Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London England; the National Gallery of Canada; the Seattle Art Museum; the Vancouver Art Gallery; the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. 

Mr. Onley was made an Officer of the Order of Canada, 1999. In 1999 he was also bestowed with an Honorary D. Litt. from Okanagan University College.

Toni was killed tragically on February 29, 2004 at the age of 75. He had been piloting his LA4 Buccaneer amphibious plane when it crashed into the Fraser River and became submerged. 

 

Books: 

A Silent Thunder.Prentice-Hall, 1981

Onley's Arctic.Douglasd McIntyre, 1991 

The Walls of India.Onley/Woodcock, Lester & Orpen Dennys, 1985. 

Toni Onley's British Columbia, A Tribute.Raincoast Books, 1999. 

Available Art Work for Purchasing

 

For enquiry, please contact the gallery at info@visualspace.ca or call 1 604 559 0576

 

Viewing is available by appointment at the gallery.

Kunga Island, Queen Charlotte Islands. BC.

Watercolour

$3,300  ( framed )

August 29, 1985

15" x 11"

Drift Logs, Harrison Lake, BC.

Watercolour

$3,000

August 28, 1981

15" x 11"

Misagisha, Easter Gate, Meiji-jinguu, Tokyo, Japan 

Watercolour

$3,000

October 3, 1988

15" x 11"

Moon Island

Etching

19/20

$950

Chain Islands, Ganges Harbour, BC.

Watercolour

$3,000

August 27, 1983

15" x 11"

Dana Inlet, Queen Charlottes Islands, BC.

Watercolour

$3,000

August 24, 1981

15" x 11"

Nijo-Bashi Gate and Moat, Imperial Palace, Tokyo, Japan

Watercolour

$3,000

October 16, 1984

15" x 11"

Landscape of the Megaliths

Oil on Board

$12,000  ( framed )

1974

19.5" x 23.5"

Morning Mist, Lookout Island

Oil on Board

$12,000

1974

19.5" x 23.5"