Born in Grajewa, Poland, in 1925, she came to Canada in 1929 and was interested in art early in her life. In her teens she studied under Alexander Bercovitch at the Y.W.H.A. (1941-42); under Jacques de Tonnancour at the MMFA (1942-44); under M. Charpentier at the EBAM (1944-46); under Jan Carbino, Louis Bosa, H. Sternberg and V. Vytlacil at the Art Students' League, NYC(1946-48).
Viewing her work in 1962 the Montreal Gazette art critic noted, "Rita Briansky is particularly successful in her interpretation of childhood's dreamy moods. All her works contain elements of tenderness and poetic sensitivity, whether her subjects embrace children, women, men, flowers and objects, or even a puppy-dog...her work projects a quality of velvetysoftness, due to her knowledge of degrees of light and shade."
She sketched her friends and especially her daughters. She preferred to paint people whom she knew very well in order to interpret what lies within them. One of her portraits was of Dr. Norman Bethune.
Her media include: oils, conte, pastel and copper plate etching. She applied her oils thinly and smoothly except to indicate rugged features in the landscape. Her prints and drawings are perhaps better known.
-Colin S. Macdonald, Dictionary of Canadian Artists
Awards and Accomplishments
Her illustrations include:
Rubaboo 4, an anthology of children's short stories published by Gage Publishing (1968)
Ten etchings from William Shakespeare's Sonnets (1972)
14 etchings for On Stage Please by V. Tennant, M&S, 1977.
Her awards include:
3rd Prize, 1st & 3rd Nat. Exh. Prints, B.C.(1960)(1963)
Dipl. Hon., Salon Intl. Femme Vichy (1961)
Canada Council Grant(1962)
Canada Council Arts Award (1967).
She is represented in the following collections:
Burnaby Art Soc., B.C.; VAG, Van., B.C.; Mendel Art Gal., Saskatoon; McMaster U., Hamilton, Ont.; HAG, Ham.; Willistead AG, Windsor, Ont.; CNR Executive Train; London AG, Ont.; St. Joseph Teachers' College Montreal; Thomas More Inst., Montreal; NBM, Saint John, N.B. and elsewhere.
Exhibitions and Shows:
Her solo shows include:
MMFA, Gal. XII (1957) (1962)
Upstairs Gal., Tor. (1960)
Elea London Studio. Mtl. (1963)(1965)
Gal. Pascal, Tor. (1964) (1966)
Artlenders, Mtl. (1964)
Peck Gal.,Burlington, Ont. (1964)
Glenhyrst Arts C., Bratford, Ont, (1965)
West EndGal., Mtl (1966)
Waddington Gal., Mtl. (1973)
Wallack Galleries, Ott.(1977) and others.
She has participated in many important international group shows including:
2nd Intl. Biennial of Prints. Tokyo & Osaka. Japan (1960-1)
Salon Intl. Feminin de Vichy. Vichy/Algiers/U.N. NYC (1960-61)
UNICEF Intl. U.N.. NYC (1965)
7th Calgary Graphic, Centennial Show, Alberta (1967)
4th Biennial Prints Invitational Sect., Burnaby, B.C. (1967) and others.
Category: Print Making