Ontario's Japanese History
    Marjorie Pigott, Artist

Marjorie Pigott (1904-1990) was a Japanese Canadian artist of Japanese and English descent, who worked primarily in watercolour. Pigott was born and raised in Yokohama, Japan, to a Japanese mother and an English father. In 1940, Marjorie and her sister Edith immigrated to Canada, arriving first in Vancouver and then settling in Toronto.

Marjorie painted many Canadian landscapes, especially in the Muskoka region of Ontario, and taught watercolour techniques to students, specializing in the Japanese style she had learned from her Nanga Masters. From the Nanga School, she received her Seal Diploma and Master Diploma, making her a Nanga Master herself.

Marjorie's style developed into something totally unique, while drawing from this training: an abstracted technique that focuses on botanical shapes and silhouettes more than rock formations and treelines.

"Only a Memory," 1960, watercolour on paper, by Marjorie Piggott. Courtesy the Oshawa Public Libraries.
"Only a Memory," 1960, watercolour on paper, by Marjorie Piggott. Courtesy the Oshawa Public Libraries. [Learn More]
"Late Summer," 1960, watercolour on paper, by Marjorie Piggott. Courtesy the Oshawa Public Libraries.
"Late Summer," 1960, watercolour on paper, by Marjorie Piggott. Courtesy the Oshawa Public Libraries. [Learn More]
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