The hunt for J. An­dre

The Recorder & Times (Brockville) - - OPINION -

A few months back I was at a func­tion that had a silent auc­tion as part of the event. There were many items that were auc­tioned off but there was one that im­me­di­ately struck my eye. It was a folk-art paint­ing of a mar­itime scene and it was signed by J. An­dre.

On the back side of the paint­ing was a card that read as fol­lows:

“J. An­dre is a multi-tal­ented Cana­dian phi­lan­thropist who signs his paint­ings us­ing the pseu­do­nym ‘J.An­dre.’ His art is do­nated to or­ga­ni­za­tions for the pur­pose of be­ing auc­tioned off or sold to raise money for char­i­ta­ble causes and in par­tic­u­lar causes that ben­e­fit chil­dren.”

Re­cently I was at an­other func­tion also with a silent auc­tion and again I was drawn to the art on dis­play. Much to my sur­prise and delight there was an­other beau­ti­ful cre­ation by none other than J. An­dre. How­ever, this paint­ing was ab­stract. It, too was beau­ti­ful and I pur­chased it. Both paint­ings are proudly dis­played amongst the rest of my art col­lec­tion, which is quite sub­stan­tial.

I have been search­ing the In­ter­net high and low but have not been suc­cess­ful in find­ing any­thing per­tain­ing to this Cana­dian artist. His work is lovely but what I find most ad­mirable is that he chooses to re­main anony­mous! A true phi­lan­thropist in­deed.

There are many peo­ple who do­nate and give to var­i­ous causes but those who choose not to be rec­og­nized, I think, are the truest of hearts, in par­tic­u­lar those who give to causes that sup­port chil­dren.

I was hop­ing that through the Recorder and Times read­er­ship we could find out more about this Cana­dian artist. Where is he from? Per­haps the East Coast as sug­gested by his mar­itime paint­ings? What other works are out there? Jean Reynolds Brockville

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