Carle Hessay
Canadian artist

(1911-78)

"Give us this day a new idea, and forgive us what we thought yesterday," was one of Carle Hessay's favourite sayings. 

Carle Hessay “absorbed the artistic energies that characterized the 1960s," according to art critic Leonard A. Woods, who wrote Meditations on the Paintings of Carle Hessay (Trabarni, 2005). This book is now now online. See the sidebar listing.

His dynamic paintings include abstracts, urban scenes, landscapes of the deep BC wilderness, ethnic, mythological, and biblical scenes, as well as Future World images.

In this photo of Carle Hessay in his former studio in Langley, BC, some of his small abstract paintings are strung on a line on the wall behind him. 

NEWS: Check out the newly uploaded images at the beginning of the "Mythological" menu bar.

This site will be updated on an ongoing basis to add more paintings and additional information.

Variations in dimensions between metric and imperial measurements may depend on whether the paintings were measured unframed or inside the frame. The sizes of the thumbnail images do not reflect the relative size of the paintings.

Please contact mhilmo@shaw.ca if you own a Hessay painting, have memories to share, or would like information on the paintings.