Art Gallery of Grande Prairie

A Sublime Vernacular
The Landscape Paintings of Levine Flexhaug

Biography

1918

Born March 22 on the family farm in the Treelon area near Climax, Saskatchewan.

1920s

The Flexhaug family lives in Climax. As a schoolboy, Levine demonstrates an aptitude for art.

1932

Moves with his father and brother Hasley to the Lac des Isles area in northern Saskatchewan.

1936

Returns to Climax.

1937

Paints murals in John E. Gryde’s general store in Climax and other local and area establishments. He will continue to paint murals for businesses and private individuals for more than twenty-five years.

1938

Sets out on his own as an itinerant painter.

1938-1950s

Paints during the summer months at lakeside resorts across the Prairie provinces including Manitou Beach near Watrous and Waskesiu Lake in Prince Albert National Park in Saskatchewan, and Jasper and Waterton Lakes National Parks in Alberta. He sometimes lives out of his car while on the road.

1942-1944

Serves in the Canadian Army and is stationed in England at Ford Manor in Surrey. Paints three murals in a nearby local pub.

1944

Marries Viola Margaret (Peggy) Sells in Gull Lake, Saskatchewan.

1946-1949

Moves to Claresholm, Alberta, where the couple’s eldest daughter, Sharon, is born. They will have three more daughters, Linda (b. 1949), Cheylyn (b. 1958), and Faye (b. 1960). Relocates to Pincher Creek, Alberta.

1948

The family lives in Edmonton, Alberta, for six months while he paints a ninety-foot-long mural in the Alberta Hotel.

1950-1955

Lives in Lumsden, Saskatchewan.

1955-1960

Lives in Bridesville, British Columbia. Works in a sawmill in his off-season and also gives painting demonstrations in area businesses.

1955

Paints a cycle of murals for the restaurant and bar of the hotel in Rock Creek, British Columbia.

1959

Begins an association that will last into the mid-1960s with the Wheel-Inn, a restaurant, service station, and campground near Piapot, Saskatchewan, that was opened when the new Trans-Canada Highway bypassed the village. Rather than continuing to travel to sell paintings, he makes his base at the Wheel-Inn in the summer tourist season. Paints a mural in the hotel in Consul, Saskatchewan, based on the American Western painter C.M. “Charlie” Russell’s Roundup #2. He will become increasingly interested in painting Western and wildlife scenes for the rest of his career.

1960-1963

Lives near Cranbrook, British Columbia, and later moves to nearby Yahk.

1963-1974

Lives in Fairmont Hot Springs, British Columbia, where he works on the construction of a new resort and the development of its facilities.

1967-1972

Operates a trail-ride business at Fairmont Hot Springs.

1974

Dies following several years of heart problems on August 22.

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