Samuel Bolivar

Born: 1884

Samuel Bolivar. Painter. Dayspring, Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia. Active 1950’s.

Samuel Bolivar was a naive painter who made several very important paintings before his eyesight failed and he was forced to stop working. His perspective in his paintings was guided by his imagination and he made full use of the 20th century palette of bright primary colours. His body of work was small but very important.


Ref: Marie Elwood. Folk Art of Nova Scotia. Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Halifax. 1976.

Ref: Canadian Centre for Folklore Studies. Canadian Museum of Civilization.

Ref: Blake McKendry, An Illustrated Companion to Canadian Folk Art (1999).