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2018 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: Paul Wildridge

Starting this month, we will begin highlighting a past recipient of the Art Dealers Association of Canada’s Lifetime Achievement Award. It is an honor to share the histories, legacies, and contributions made by leaders in Canadian art.

First up is Paul Wildridge, owner of the Roberts Gallery in Toronto. Paul received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018 for his commitment and contributions to Canadian art.

The Roberts Gallery was established in 1842 and in its 175-year history it has been owned by three families. Paul’s father, Jack, and grandfather, Sidney acquired the well-established institution in 1948. Paul grew up in the Toronto art scene working part-time in the family gallery while attending school. Shortly after graduating in 1977 with honors in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario, Paul joined the gallery full time to work alongside his father.

A.J. Casson, Moonrise, Otter Lake, Oil on Panel, 1937, 9 3/8” x 11 1/4”

Wife Charlene and Paul have been managing the gallery together since his father passed in 1991. Daughter, Allie, and son, Tom have continued the family legacy by joining the business in 2012 and 2014.

Since the mid-1950s, the gallery has specialized in Canadian art. The gallery represents approximately 30 contemporary Canadian artists and manages several estates of historical artists. In October 2020 the Roberts Gallery will be moving into its new space at Dupont and Christie in Toronto.

To learn more about Paul Wildridge, the Roberts Gallery, and their impressive roster of Canadian artists please visit

Image credit: This painting by historical Canadian painter A.J. Casson was sold by the Roberts Gallery.

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