Orestes Nicholas de Grandmaison (Rick Grandmaison)

Canadian [1932-1985]

Rick Grandmaison was born in Calgary in 1932, the eldest of five children of Russian immigrants Nicholas de Grandmaison [1892-1978], an artist well known for his First Nations portraits, and Sonia (Orest Dournovo) de Grandmaison [1912-2000], a talented sculptor in her own right. Rick Grandmaison studied at the Banff School of Fine Arts, the Winnipeg School of Art, and the Chelsea Art School in London, England. Additionally, he received instruction and encouragement from his father, particularly in his formative years.

In 1957, Rick Grandmaison travelled to England, Portugal and Spain. In 1958, one of his paintings was notably presented to U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower. In 1963, he returned to study and work in England. During his career, Rick Grandmaison was featured in numerous one man shows in galleries across Western Canada. His work hangs in many public and private collections around the world.

Rick Grandmaison painted en plein air (or “on the scene”) wherever possible, inspired by the desire to capture a fleeting moment of light. His impressionistic landscapes evoke memories of the Old West, while embodying a lightness in brushwork, colour, and mood. Grandmaison said of his work: "My mandate for painting in oils has been to record in this infinite medium the colour, mood and motion of the Canadian landscape. Subject is really incidental to the expression of my ideas about it.

We are currently seeking works by Rick Grandmaison to be included in future auctions.

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A Few Notable Results from our Auctions

Orestes Nicholas (Rick) Grandmaison

THE VALLEY CLOUD (MT. BOURGEAU)
oil on canvas
30 x 36 in.

Sold for $ 4,400 (hammer price) – November 2007
A record price at auction for Rick Grandmaison

Orestes Nicholas (Rick) Grandmaison

Orestes Nicholas (Rick) Grandmaison
AUTUMN NEAR PRIDDIS
oil on canvas
24 x 30 in.

Sold for $ 3,750 (hammer price) – March 2017

Orestes Nicholas (Rick) Grandmaison

SUNDOWN ALONG THE BOW
oil on Masonite
18 x 24 in

Sold for $ 3,250 (hammer price) – March 2017

Orestes Nicholas (Rick) Grandmaison

THROUGH THE RANCH GATE
oil on canvas
24 x 32 in

Sold for $ 3,250 (hammer price) – May 2007

Orestes Nicholas (Rick) Grandmaison

FOOTHILLS LANDSCAPE SOUTH OF CALGARY
oil on board
18 x 24 in.

Sold for $ 3,200 (hammer price) – November 2011

Orestes Nicholas (Rick) Grandmaison

CALGARY, WINTER
oil on canvas
18 x 22 in.

Sold for $ 3,200 (hammer price) – November 2005

Orestes Nicholas (Rick) Grandmaison

FOOTHILLS STORM
oil on hardboard
22 x 28 in.

Sold for $ 3,000 (hammer price) – May 2017

Orestes Nicholas (Rick) Grandmaison

GREY SPRING; 1985
oil on canvas
22 x 30 in.

Sold for $ 2,500 (hammer price) – November 2014

Orestes Nicholas (Rick) Grandmaison

YOUNG ORCHARD IN SPRING
oil on canvas
14 x 18 in.

Sold for $ 2,400 (hammer price) – November 2011

Orestes Nicholas (Rick) Grandmaison

SUMMER SUNSET NEAR GLENMORE; 1978
oil on board
14 x 18 in.

Sold for $ 2,300 (hammer price) – November 2010

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