Arnaud Maggs was born in Montreal in 1926. In 2006, he received Canada’s highest lifetime distinction in the arts, the Governor General’s Award. Maggs was previously bestowed the Gershon Iskowitz Prize in 1991 and a Toronto Arts Award in 1992. He is a resident of Toronto. There he is represented by Susan Hobbs Gallery. Maggs is the subject of a forthcoming exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada.
In 2010 the MacLaren purchased four recent photographs by senior Toronto artist Arnaud Maggs, entitled Scrapbook 1, 2, 3 and 4 (2009). This acquisition of a complete series by one of the most highly regarded artists in Canada sets a high standard for building our collection; it also exemplifies our commitment to collecting work by contemporary Canadian artists influenced by the history of documentary photography. The purchase of these four artworks was made possible though a bequest from the estate of community member John Reesor, matched by support from the Canada Council‘s Acquisitions Assistance program.