The Right Honourable John George Diefenbaker
Object name: Painting
Artist: Cleeve Horne
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 145 x 107.2 cm
Catalogue no.: O-969
Wearing a crimson honorary academic gown that he received from the University of Punjab, John George Diefenbaker is shown standing with his hand on his hip, as he often did when he spoke in the House of Commons. The Prime Minister’s strong personality comes out in the portrait through the sculptured effect of both the figure and background, as well as the bold colours.
Cleeve Horne came to Canada from his birthplace in Jamaica as an infant. Equally known as a sculptor and a painter, he studied in England and at the Ontario College of Art. He was a successful and prolific artist who depicted more than 400 prominent individuals in portraits and sculptures throughout his career.