John A. Libby established his gallery in the historic building at 463 King Street East, Toronto. The gallery name soon changed from Libby's of Toronto to John A. Libby Fine Art. His business has developed over the years to encompass all aspects of art collecting to service the growing needs of his clientele. Thus forming Libby's Custom Framing, Master's Studio of Fine Restoration, Appraisals and Trillium Press Limited Edition Prints. Art leasing is another aspect of the business for companies who want original art on their walls and also get a tax deduction. Lectures and fund raising auctions were developed so that John A. Libby could share his years of knowledge and raise funds for good causes.
Our aim is to sell quality Historical fine art that has stood the test of time in the market place. Libby's encourage clients who are just starting their fine art buying to visit the gallery and discuss how to build and care for their art. We welcome any questions and concerns. Our main focus is on works by the Group of Seven and their contemporaries of the 30's and 40's as well as European and American art.
We have represented and held shows for major Canadian Artists including Paraskeva Clark, Peter and Bobs Haworth, Yvonne McKague Housser, Fred S. Haines and Joachim Gauthier. Other major shows held at the gallery were "Arctic Journeys-Works by Franz Johnston"; "A Tribute to Tom Thomson, 100th Anniversary of his Unsolved Mysterious Death" and "A. Y. Jackson and Friends". We presented a show and book launch for "Perfect Red-The Life of Paraskeva Clark" by Jane Lind; "A Vital Force: The Canadian Group of Painters" by Alicia Boutilier, Anna Hudson, Heather Home andLinda Jansma and "Tom Thomson's Fine Kettle of Friends: biography, history, art and food" by Angie Littlefield. Most of our shows are by invitation on opening night when our gallery artists are in attendance.
John A. Libby has always supported contemporary artists from across the country. He now has a stable of incredibly competent and accredited artists that show regularly.
A Newsletter is published twice yearly to inform clients of forthcoming shows and interesting activities taking place at John A. Libby Fine Art.
Realizing there were very few books on Canadian artists, it was an easy decision to publish a series of collector booklets that included a concise biography. Eight have been completed to date. These booklets are available for sale at our gallery. See the Shop on this website for details.