(1956 - )
Leo Naugler is one of Nova Scotia's best known folk artists. Before taking up folk art in 1989, he worked as a highway labourer, and at various other jobs, and owned a small automobile body shop.

His work is included in the permanent collections of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the Canadian Museum of History. Leo's carvings were included with a group of selected works which toured the United Kingdom in 1989. He appeared in the 1994 National Film Board production, "Folk Art Found Me", and has been the subject of a number of newspaper and magazine articles, and several television shows. In 1996, several of his carvings were part of an exhibition of Canadian folk art at the McMichael Canadian Art Museum in Kleinburg, Ontario. One of his paintings was featured on the Lunenburg Nova Scotia Folk Art Festival poster for 1998. Leo and his Flying Fish Helicopter, which he completed in 1996, were featured on the Life Channel's "Weird Wheels" in 2002. One of his whirligigs was included in the exhibition Going with the Wind: Whirligigs by Atlantic Canadian Artists at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.

Unfortunately, because of the onset of physical ailments, Leo's ability to carve became severely limited, and he has done little work since 2002. He does occasionally feel well enough to paint and was inspired to create this wonderful flying pig for the Year of the Pig. If you are interested in purchasing the flying pig please click on the image.

References:Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, "Nova Scotia Folk Art - Canada's Cultural Heritage" (1989); Nova Scotia Folk Art Society, "A Joyous Vision - Contemporary Folk Art in Nova Scotia" (1995); Foshay, Galipeau, Tousley, "Welcome to Our World - contemporary Canadian Folk Art" (1996); Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, "A Life of Its Own" (1997); Blake McKendry, "An Illustrated Companion to Canadian Folk Art" (1999).

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