John Climer (1924-1994)


John Climer was born in Syracuse, New York. After serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force (1943-1946), he studied at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto, receiving his Associate Diploma in 1950. Climer moved to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1963, serving as curator and director of the Mendel Art Gallery from 1963 to 1979. During this time, he also spent a year teaching art at the University of Saskatchewan and curating the Canadian Government Pavilion in Montreal for Expo 67. In his role as curator at the Mendel Art Gallery, Climer became well acquainted with the Saskatchewan arts community, working with and mentoring local artists.

Climer exhibited his work across Canada in group and solo shows, and it is represented in the collections of the Government of Saskatchewan and the Mendel Art Gallery (Saskatoon). Climer worked in a variety of media, including oil, watercolour, and etching, and with a variety of subjects including landscape and still life. He is known for his detailed botanical paintings.

Works of Art

Additional Information

White Flower
Watercolour on Paper
14.2 x 22.2 in (36 x 54 cm)
Provenance: Purchased from the Artist by May Kenderdine Beamish as a wedding gift for Jeff and Carolyn Poole