Artist David Craig, a highly acclaimed Canadian illustrator has always enjoyed communicating through art. As a young person growing up in Ottawa Ontario, Craig developed his keen fascination with the depiction of Canadian history. As a professional artist he has had many opportunities to further hone this unique talent. Craig has designed several coins for the Canadian Mint including the sesquicentennial silver dollar. He has also created a series of paintings commemorating Canada’s contribution during World War II. Such projects have allowed Craig to develop his own unique style typified by bold colour combinations. David Craig’s artistic expression is characterized by a close attention to detail and accuracy. It has been said that Craig spends as much time researching his subjects as creating his impressive pieces. Such precision has enabled him to successfully develop works for a diverse series of clientele including Chatelaine and Readers’ Digest as well as Molson Brewery, the Canadian Football League and Marquee Magazine.
The works of David Craig have been celebrated publicly at the prestigious O’Keefe Center in Toronto. An exhibit featuring over 200 illustrations and spanning fifteen years of work remained on display for one month longer than scheduled in response to public demand. The highly successful retrospective of this artists’ works is one testament to his artistic legacy. More recently David Craig received the 2003 James Madison Book Award for his artwork in the children’s book, First to Fly: How Wilbur and Orville Wright Invented the Airplane . This American award has brought international attention, including praise from Lynne Cheney, wife of American Vice President Richard Cheney. First to Fly, has been celebrated as a detailed and imaginative tribute to American history. A treasured Canadian and international talent, Mr. Craig remains committed to artistic communication and expression.