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Irvine Clinton Adams

September 2 1902 - June 5 1992

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Irvine Clinton Adams was born in Swan Lake, Manitoba, in 1902. The family moved to B.C. when he was a baby. He worked in various jobs in the logging industry before taking training at the H. Faulkner Smith School of Applied and Fine Art in Vancouver 1933-34. He married Doreen Milson in Summerland on August 15, 1936.

He worked in aircraft maintenance in the Maritimes during World War Two, then returned to B.C. and settled in Summerland, continuing to work in logging. In the early 1960s he took up painting full time, and was active as late as 1992.

Adams exhibited his work in the 1933 and 1934 B.C. Artists exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Application forms for those shows stated that he was living in Summerland, and indicated that he was born in 1903. McMann gives 1902 in her Biographical Index of Artists in Canada, and doesn't note the biography in Macdonald.

Macdonald notes that Adams exhibited in the Paris Salons, receiving an Honourable Mention; in juried shows with the Royal Society of Artists in London, England; the Florida International Exhibit; and at the National Academy Galleries in New York.

Adam's marriage certificate notes his employment as "artist" and his death certificate notes his employment as "farmer."

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION LOCATION

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION ARTWORK
1933 Sept. 23 - Oct. 15 VAG   B.C. Artists 2nd Annual Storm Coming
1934 Sept. 21 - Oct. 14 VAG   B.C. Artists 3rd Annual Low Tide by the Fraser
Afternoon Hail Storm
Under Burrard Bridge

References

ARTISTS IN CANADA 1982 - UNION LIST OF ARTISTS' FILES (refer to AIC82)

A DICTIONARY OF CANADIAN ARTISTS (refer to M)
      Interesting biography on more than 1 page, plus 7 references.

BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF ARTISTS IN CANADA (refer to BIAC03)
      1 reference cited for Adams: WWA70.

VANCOUVER PUBLIC LIBRARY - B.C. ARTISTS FILES (refer to VPL)

B.C. VITAL STATISTICS ON-LINE (refer to BCVS) (marriage, death)

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