Figure 1 Publishing


Art + Design

Sublime Vernacular, A

The Landscape Paintings of Levine Flexhaug

Nancy Tousley & Peter White

A study of a time, a place, and the art and life of a little-known but altogether fascinating artist.

“Highly relevant to anyone interested in the study of material culture.”

Border Crossings

Book Description

A Sublime Vernacular examines the extraordinary career of Levine Flexhaug (1918–1974), an itinerant artist who sold thousands of variations of essentially the same idyllic mountain scene in national parks, resorts, department stores, restaurants, and bars across Western Canada from the late 1930s through the 1960s. A self-described “speed painter,” he turned out paintings in a matter of minutes, often working on several at the same time, that mesmerized customers as they watched them come to life. This book features more than 120 colour reproductions of his paintings and historic photographs. Essays explore his relationship to the tradition of ideal landscape painting, the Prairie influence on his art and career, and his place within both the history of “market-driven” art and the tradition of Canadian landscape painting.



  • hardcover
  • 10.5 x 8.5 inches
  • 160 pages
  • 978-0-9947269-0-2
  • $45