Toni Onley was born in 1928 on the Isle of Man, off the west coast of
Britain. The Onley family emigrated to Canada in 1948 and, after a brief stay
in southern Ontario, they settled in Penticton, BC. A modern-day explorer, he
had an insatiable curiosity to travel across the world in search of line, shape
and colour. Since his first one-man show at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 1958,
he exhibited regularly across Canada, in Great Britain and in the United
States. While he is best known for his watercolours and prints, it is his
unmistakable style and succinct vision that sets him apart from other artists.
He died in a tragic plane crash on BC’s Fraser River in 2004.