Gerald Squires was born in Change Islands, Newfoundland in 1937. His family moved to Toronto, Ontario, there he attended Danforth Technical School. He also took night classes at the Ontario College of Art & Design.
Following his graduation he apprenticed as a stained glass artist, and later worked as an editorial artist with the Toronto Telegram for several years.
Not only a painter, Squires was also a sculptor, printmaker, art activist and teacher.
His work has been included in numerous juried exhibitions in Canada, Great Britain, the United States, France and India.
Several of his works deemed as 'national treasures' have been collected through the Certified Canadian Cultural Properties Act.
Squires has been the recipient of many honours, including the Saidye & Samuel Bronfman 'Best Young Artist Award' in 1965, the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council's 'Ted Drover Award for Excellence in Visual Arts' in 1984, The Canada Council for the Arts "B" Award in 1987, the honourary degree of 'doctor of letters' from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1992, and the Order of Canada in 1999, among others.
He is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts since 1999.