Prudence Heward was a Montreal painter principally known for her figure painting with "brilliant acid colours, sculptural treatment, and an intense brooding quality". She was a member of the Beaver Hall Group and a co-founder of the Canadian Group of Painters and the Contemporary Arts Society.
During World War I, Heward lived in England where her brothers served in the Canadian Army while she served as a volunteer with the Red Cross.
In 1924 her works were given their first public showing at the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. However, it was an era when women artists had little credibility and it wasn't until 1932 that her first solo exhibition came at the Scott Gallery in Montreal.
She travels to Paris in 1925-26 where she frequents Le Dome in Montparnasse, the favorite haunt of North American writers and artists.
In 1929 her career got a major boost when her painting,
Girl on a Hill, won the Governor General Prize.
She was invited to exhibit with the Group of Seven
and through it became friends with A. Y. Jackson
with whom she goes on sketching excursions along
the Saint Lawrence River and paint a number of
landscapes of the Quebec's Eastern Townships,
Although her struggle with asthma and other health
problems slow her down and a 1939 automobile
accident curtails her abilities further, she will paint until
She died two years later, while seeking medical
treatment in Los Angeles, California.
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