About Maud Lewis

Maud Lewis

Maud Lewis (1901-1970) is one of Canada’s most loved folk artists. She is known for her colourful paintings of the area around Digby, Nova Scotia, the landscape in all seasons, the people, villages and creatures that she loved.

In 1938, Maud married Everett Lewis and moved into their one room house. Despite the hardships of poverty and advancing arthritis, Maud created a body of charming and cheerful paintings that belied her situation – the fluffy white and black cats, the jaunty sleighs on wintry roads, the oxen festooned with bells and more. Maud painted on whatever surface was available including clam shells, dust pans and the walls of her tiny home.

Maud’s house was restored and is on permanent exhibit at Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Her artwork can also be found in the Canadian Museum of Civilization. She is the subject several biographies and two National Film Board of Canada documentaries. In 2017, a biopic of her life titled Maudie was released starring Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke.

Past Exhibitions