Rick de Grandmaison was born in Calgary, AB in 1932. He studied at the Banff School of Fine Arts, the Winnipeg School of Art and the Chelsea Art School in London, England.
Instruction and encouragement from his father, Nicholas de Grandmaison, the famous Canadian pinter of the North American Indian, was a great help in his formative years. in art.
In 1957, he painted and traveled in England, Portugal and Spain. Again, in 1963 he returned to study and work in England. Since then he has had numerous one man shows in Western Canada and his work hangs in private collections around the world.
In 1957, a painting of his was presented to then President Dwight Eisenhower.His paintings have been acquired by Sir Alex Douglas-Home, Great Britain, General Mark Clark, US Army, the Government of Alberta Permanent Collection, The Royal Bank of Canada and the N R Crump Collection.
Rick de Grandmaison is known for his perceptive renditions of images of the Old West. Among his many works is a series of 17 paintings of historic ranches of Alberta, including those of the “Big Four”, the men who founded the Calgary Stampede in 1912. He was determined to paint their natural environment as a historic record as well as an artistic effort. The amazing skies depicted by Rick in his paintings are highly sought after by collectors.
He passed away in 1985.