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Jack Shadbolt: Underpinnings

Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery
Vancouver BC – May 1-Jun 21, 2009

Jack Shadbolt, Image in Cedar Slash

Jack Shadbolt, Image in Cedar Slash (1947) oil on wood board [Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, May 1-Jun 21]

Jack Shadbolt, Detail from Mighty in his Melon-Making

Jack Shadbolt, Detail from Mighty in his Melon-Making (c. 1939), graphite, watercolour, wax crayon, newsprint on paper [Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, May 1-Jun 21]

Jack Shadbolt, Detail from Mighty in his Melon-Making (c. 1939), graphite, watercolour, wax crayon, newsprint on paper [Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, May 1-Jun 21]

Jack Shadbolt (1909-1998) is one of Canada's most important artists. He is known for his paintings and murals that draw from his personal experiences and from the social and political collisions that have taken place in British Columbia's history, such as the struggles of the First Nations, the environment and his experiences serving as a war artist in World War II.

The Underpinnings exhibit includes more than 100 drawings, sketches, and archival materials from the 1930s to the 1980s. The exhibit reveals Shadbolt's technical approach to large scale work – for example, how a small sketch (10 cm) is turned into a large mural (7 metres). The exhibition also shows the artist's creative approaches to the themes in his work.

Jack Shadbolt was born in England in 1909 and came to British Columbia in 1921. He lived and taught in Victoria, Vancouver and Burnaby. His work has been exhibited in all major public galleries across Canada for 60 years. Since 1970, the Bau-Xi Gallery represented Shadbolt with 44 solo exhibitions in Vancouver and Toronto.

His work is currently carried by Equinox Gallery in Vancouver. Shadbolt's numerous achievements include the Guggenheim Award (1957), the Order of Canada (1972), the Molson Prize (1977), the Gershon Iskowitz Award (1990), and honourary degrees from four universities. In 1988 he established the VIVA Awards with his wife, art historian and curator Doris Shadbolt. The VIVA Awards are granted to mid-career artists in British Columbia.

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JackShadbolt, Queen Elizabeth Theatre Restaurant Mural

JackShadbolt, sketch for Queen Elizabeth Theatre Restaurant mural, gouache on mat board [Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, May 1-Jun 21]


 Tue, Apr 14, 2009