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“Alfsen: Portrait of an Artist’s Family” Unveils a Legacy of Creativity and Connection

Markham, Ontario – August 25, 2023 – Shaoren Gou, International Arts News-Visual artist & author Adam Alfsen has unveiled a captivating and evocative glimpse into the legacy of Canadian master artist John Martin Alfsen and his family with the much-anticipated publication of “Alfsen: Portrait of an Artist’s Family.” This poignant biographical account offers readers a unique and intimate perspective into the life, artistry, and profound impact of John Alfsen and his family on the global art world. Now available for purchase, the book can be acquired at the culturally rich haven, Alfsen House Books, nestled in the historic heart of Markham, Ontario.

The pages of “Alfsen: Portrait of an Artist’s Family,” a product of Eddy Press in 2022, serve as a mesmerizing window into the captivating journey of John Martin Alfsen (1902 to 1971), an eminent Canadian artist whose creative contributions left an indelible mark on the realm of fine arts. From the delicate strokes of portraiture to the vivacity of circus life captured on canvas, John Alfsen’s artistic expressions vividly narrated the emotions and experiences of his subjects.

John Alfsen’s artistic odyssey spanned over four remarkable decades, during which he not only meticulously crafted exquisite artworks but also imparted his wisdom and passion as a revered teacher at the prestigious Ontario College of Art (OCAD University). Reverberating through the art world, he exhibited his creations across continents – from Europe to the United States and Canada – even collaborating with the famed Group of Seven. His artistic legacy continues to reverberate within permanent collections, a testament to his enduring influence, including esteemed institutions like the Art Gallery of Ontario and the National Art Gallery of Canada.

“Alfsen: Portrait of an Artist’s Family” is a narrative that delves deep into the rich tapestry of the Alfsen family, unearthing how the love for art coursed through their veins. Marion Scott Alfsen, John’s wife, emerged as a notable and award-winning artist in her own right, carving her own path within the Canadian art scene. This shared dedication to artistic expression laid the foundation for their sons, Andrew and Adam Alfsen, to embark on their own creative journeys, thus fostering a multi-generational artistic lineage.

Andrew Alfsen’s art resonates with the natural world, capturing the myriad dimensions of beauty in its various forms. Graduating from the esteemed Ontario College of Art (OCAD University) a scholarship in sculpture, Andrew’s creations exude an enigmatic allure that reflects his fascination with the mysterious. Tragically, Andrew Alfsen’s journey came to a close in 2016, leaving behind a legacy of visual poetry that continues to echo.

Adam Alfsen, the sole remaining member of the Alfsen family, assumes the mantle of the family’s artistic heritage. His artistic creations transcend mere aesthetics, delving into the realms of creativity and spirituality. A graduate of the University of Guelph and a seasoned artist, Adam’s works stand as a testament to the enduring impact of the Alfsen family’s artistic legacy.

“Alfsen: Portrait of an Artist’s Family” not only presents an intimate portrayal of the artistic accomplishments of John Martin Alfsen and his family but also provides a comprehensive perspective on the evolution of fine arts in Canada. The book is a poignant tribute to their artistic contributions, ensuring that their creative spirit will continue to inspire art enthusiasts and seekers for generations to come.

Enthusiasts eager to immerse themselves in this captivating narrative can acquire “Alfsen: Portrait of an Artist’s Family” at Alfsen House Books, a sanctuary of culture and creativity situated at 154 Main Street North, Markham, Ontario, Canada L3P 1Y3. Within the pages of this compelling publication lies the profound journey of the Alfsen family’s artistic odyssey.

Adam Alfsen (right) with Visual fine artist Michael Janzen, Chairman of IFAA (International Federation of Arts & Artists) at Alfsen House Books in July 2023

For additional information about the book and other releases from Alfsen House Books, please visit the official website:

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