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Ted Zuber - War Artist, Landscapes Painter

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Edward F. (Ted) Zuber was born in 1932 in Montreal. He first studied art at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Montreal, attended Queens University (fine arts) and apprenticed to the religious painter Matthew Martirano.

At the outbreak of the Korean War in 1950, Ted enlisted and became a parachutist with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Canadian Regiment. With the Battalion’s mission to Korea in 1952, he first saw action on 187 as “I” Rep to D coy. The unit’s next front line position, 355 or “Little Gibraltar” required an additional rifle company, and Zuber was transferred to this new “E” Coy as a Bren Gunner. T

Throughout his experience on the Korean Front, Zuber carried a sketch book to record the action around him. During which time he produced many drawings and maintained a detailed “Sketch diary”. These pictorial records of Canada’s Korean involvement are particularly valuable historically, because there was no official war artist assigned to Canada’s Korean experience. Thirteen paintings from Zuber’s “Korean War Memoirs ” are now in the collections of the Canadian War Museum.

When the Gulf War - Operation Friction began Ted was selected from among a field of over 30 artists, the Canadian Armed Forces Civilian Artists Program (CAFCAP) to travel to Qatar with the Canadian Forces to capture the images and experiences of Canadian Service Men and Women. Rikki Cameron, Curator of Art at the Canadian War Museum says of Ted “Mr. Zuber has an international reputation for his war art, particularly for his depictions of Canadian participation in the Korean War.”

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