Sampson Matthews Silkscreens

Village in Winter

Thomas Keith Roberts

Sampson Matthews Sikscreen 1953

Framed Size 49 x 39 in.


In ‘Village in Winter’, Roberts depicts the familiar scene of a heritage village nestled along a small stream, with snow and trees hugging the bank. The stream dominates the foreground and appears to be flowing towards the viewer, but nevertheless pulls one visually into the painting.

Being the grandson of Samuel Roberts (founder of the Roberts Gallery in 1842), Canadian artist Thomas Keith Roberts spent much time in the gallery during his youth and had resolved, by the age of eight, to become an artist.He studied at Central Technical School under Peter Haworth, Yvonne McKague, Housser and Carl Schaeffer and at the Ontario College of Art under John Beatty, Frederick Haines and again Yvonne McKague , Housser.

After graduating, Roberts worked for Rous and Mann Limited and during World War II, he served with the Royal Canadian Engineers, making pencil and watercolour sketches during his spare time.

In 1949, he won the Ralph, Clarke, Stone Award at the Ontario School of Art, where he showed widely from 1942 until 1968.  He also exhibited at the annual Royal Canadian Academy shows, as well as the Canadian National Exhibition and at public galleries, including the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Art Gallery of Hamilton.

Primarily a painter in watercolour, oils, and acrylics, Roberts’ landscapes, urban and country scenes depict Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes.