In May 1960, Greg Curnoe failed his final year at the Ontario College of Art and returned home to London, Ontario. Wanting to establish a proper artist studio, Curnoe rented a large 45 x 18 foot sky-lit space on the 3rd floor at 432 Richmond Street. Here, Curnoe began making Dada-inspired assemblages of found objects, collages of bus transfers and large life-sized paintings of people on sheets of plywood. These exciting, innovative, large figurative paintings and series of Day-Glo painted “Walking Women” works on paper are the focus of our exhibition. The Richmond Street studio paintings reveal a freshness and unbridled optimism of a young 26-year-old artist starting out. There is a creative intensity that 432 Richmond Street captured, an energy that shaped Greg Curnoe as an artist.