Lionel Venne’s paintings express rather than depict the northern landscape that he experiences. Watercolour, acrylics, collage, printmaking and textile arts are among the media he chooses.
Lionel was born in Verner ON, in 1936. His family lived in Matachewan briefly, then Windsor and finally settled in Leeville. Lionel got his BA in Humanities from Sacred Heart College in Sudbury and taught from 1956 - 1970 in Charlton, Uno Park, Brethour and Kenabeek. He lived in Leeville until moving to Elk Lake in 1983.
Lionel has gained a respected reputation for his art across Canada and internationally. He has had numerous solo exhibitions both locally, in Toronto and as far afield as the Queen Charlotte Islands, Italy and Australia. His work is in many private and corporate collections in new York, other parts of the U.S., Canada and Australia among other places. He has served on the Board of Visual Arts ON, the Northern Ontario Art Association (president for two terms), the Boreal North Sculpture Association (vice-president) and the Temiskaming Art Gallery. His participation and educating the arts to others in Northern Ontario has been unmatched.