Brodie Shearer was born in Montreal in 1911.
His arts studies commenced in 1934 at Sir
George Williams College (now Concordia University) followed
by studio classes of Adam Sherriff Scott (1887-1980).
In 1942, he enrolled in the classes of Herman
Heimlich, a graduate of The Budapest Academy of Fine Arts.
Heimlich’s ideas about modern art revolutionized Shearer’s
understanding of artistic possibilities. He was now
identified with the modern European movement.
By 1945, he was working as a professional
artist and was conducting his own art classes.
By 1952, his work in private galleries was
gaining critical attention in the Montreal French and
In 1952, he began working in metal sculpture.
In 1955, with his wife and two children, he went to France
where he spent a year painting and visiting art galleries
In 1958, he moved to Ottawa with his family
and pursued his career in painting and welded metal
For twelve years, he was an instructor at the
Ottawa Municipal Art Center (now the Ottawa School of Art).
He has given lectures on the artistic process
to regional art groups. In 1983, he was appointed to the
Ottawa Arts Policy Advisory Committee.
In 1987, he produced a small book entitled
“Making Sense of Modern Art” where he proposed his
ingredients to create a visual work of art.
A retrospective exhibition of 50 years of his
work was held in December 1992 at the Gallery at Arts Court
(now the Ottawa Art Gallery).
In 2003, the City Hall Art Gallery gave an
important exhibition of his works entitled “Harmonic
Adventures. The Art of Brodie Shearer”.
Brodie Shearer, who died in 2004, had
numerous exhibitions in Canada and Europe throughout his