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Jack Shadbolt

Born, 1909 in Shoeburyness, England. Died, 1998

From the catalogue Commonwealth Artists of Fame 1952 - 1977 (Commonwealth Art Gallery, London, 1 June - 3 July 1977): “Born in Shoeburyness, England. At the age of three his parents moved to Victoria, British Columbia and he was educated and grew up there. He became a school teacher but an interest in the arts developed and he formed a friendship with Emily Carr, pre-eminent among painters of the West Coast. A trip to Toronto and New York conformed for him his commitment to art and for three years he studied at Frederick Varley’s evening classes at the Vancouver School of Art. He spent a year studying in London and Paris and in 1938 he returned to Vancouver School of Art to teach. He served as an official war artist and in 1966 retired from teaching to devote full time to his painting.

For many years Jack Shadbolt has been Canada’s leading West Coast artist and no representative exhibition of Canadian painting is complete without an example of his work: Venice Biennale; Sao Paulo Biennal; Carnegie International, Pittsburg; in 1969 the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, arranged a thirty-year retrospective which was subsequently travelled. He carried out murals in the Edmonton International Airport, Confederation Memorial Centre, Charlottetown, National Arts Centre, Ottawa, and in the Canadian Broadcasting building, Vancouver.

Jack Shadbolt has received a number of awards and in 1972 was appointed to the Order of Canada.”

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