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Bertram Brooker

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Bertram Richard Brooker March 31, 1888 – March 22, 1955 was a Canadian writer, painter, musician, and advertising agency executive

Born in Croydon, England, to Richard Brooker and Mary Ann Skinner Brooker, he moved to Portage la Prairie, Manitoba in 1905 with his family In 1913 he rented a movie theatre in Neepawa, Manitoba That same year he married Mary Aurilla “Rill” Porter In 1914 he became editor of the Portage Review, a local newspaper In 1915 he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Engineers in Winnipeg After the war he worked for The Winnipeg Tribune, The Regina Leader-Post and The Winnipeg Free Press

He moved to Toronto, Ontario in 1921 and joined the staff of Marketing magazine Brooker served as the magazine's editor and publisher from 1924 until 1926 In 1923, he published his first book, Subconscious Selling In 1929 he joined the staff of the JJ Gibbons Advertising Agency

In 1931 Brooker was embroiled in a controversy about nudity in art when a painting of his was removed from a gallery exhibition because it contained nudity Brooker later wrote the essay "Nudes and Prudes" in 1931 as a rebuke

In 1936, Brooker's novel Think of the Earth 1936 became the first work to win the Governor General's Award for Fiction In 1940 he joined the staff of the MacLaren Advertising Co

Brooker is often regarded as the first Canadian abstract impressionist, although Kathleen Munn exhibited abstract paintings before Brooker exhibited his He was strongly influenced in his development as an artist by LeMoine Fitzgerald


  • 1 Selected bibliography
  • 2 Notes
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links

Selected bibliography

  • Subconscious Selling 1923
  • Layout Technique in Advertising 1929, writing as Richard W Surrey
  • Copy Technique in Advertising 1930, writing as Richard W Surrey
  • Elijah 1930, drawings
  • Think of the Earth 1936
  • The Tangled Miracle 1936, writing as Huxley Hearne
  • The Robber 1949
  • Sounds Assembling: The Poetry of Bertram Brooker 1980


  1. ^ Biography of Bertram Brooker, retrieved on May 25th 2007
  2. ^ Nudes and Prudes by Bertram Brooker, retrieved on May 25th 2007
  3. ^ Roald Nasgaard,Abstract Painting in Canada, Douglas & McIntyre, Vancouver and Art Gallery of Novia Scoria, Halifax, 2007, pp 19-21
  4. ^ Clara Thomas, Canadian Novelists 1920-1945, Longmans, Green and Comoany, Toronto, 1946 p 16


  • Reid, Dennis Bertram Brooker, 1888-1955 Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 1973

External links

  • Works by Bertram Brooker at Faded Page Canada
  • Bertram Brooker entry in The Canadian Encyclopedia
  • Bertram Brooker entry at university of manitoba archives

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