BRITISH COLUMBIA ARTISTS  

Mervyn Denton-Burgess

June 11 1909 - April 26 2002

Western Art Circle (First President 1952)

Denton-Burgess was born in Norfolk, England, and studied at the Norfolk School of Art.

After his arrival in Canada in 1929, he became a professional landscape designer. He married Violet Frances Hill in Vancouver on Nov. 29, 1942. The marriage certificate noted that he was 34 years old, divorced, and employed as a professional gardener. The bride was employed as a retail clerk. The certificate also notes that this marriage was dissolved at Vancouver April 5, 1946.

Mervyn Denton-Burgess exhibited in the annual B.C. Artists exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery from 1943 to 1948. He was living in Vancouver.

He showed work in the second British Columbia At Work exhibition, and had five solo exhibitions at the Gallery.

He exhibited in the Seattle Art Museum's annual Northwest Artists exhibitions in 1945 and 1946.

He was on a list titled "Leading Vancouver Artists," provided to the Labour Arts Guild on April 10, 1946 by the Vancouver Art Gallery to assist in the Guild's call for entries to the third annual B.C. At Work exhibition.

Mervyn died in 2002. A website hosted by Jane Burgess illustrates a number of his artworks (see link below).

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION LOCATION
1944 March 17 - April 2 Solo Exhibition (38 paintings) Vancouver Art Gallery
1945 March 27 - April 15 Solo Exhibition Vancouver Art Gallery
1946 Mar. 6 - Apr. 14 Solo Exhibition Vancouver Art Gallery
1947 July 1 - 20 Solo Exhibition Vancouver Art Gallery
1949 May 24 - June 12 Solo Exhibition (19 watercolours) Vancouver Art Gallery

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION ARTWORK
1943 Sept. 25 - Oct. 20 VAG   B.C. Artists 12th Annual Bird Life on the Fraser
Contrasts
1944 Sept. 23 - Oct. 22 VAG   B.C. Artists 13th Annual Budgerigars
1945 Sept. 22 - Oct. 21 VAG   B.C. Artists 14th Annual The Family Tree
Birds of a Feather
1945 Nov. 13 - Dec. 2 Labour Arts Guild   B.C. At Work The Bulb Growers
1946 July 2 - 28 VAG   Jubilee Exhibition Purple and Gold
1946 Aug. 13 - 25 VAG   Stanley Park in Pictures We Live in Stanley Park
1946 Sept. 21 - Oct. 13 VAG   B.C. Artists 15th Annual Forest Fantasy
1948 Sept. 18 - Oct. 10 VAG   B.C. Artists 17th Annual Toughy of the Abbey
Above Point Atkinson

References

SEATTLE ART MUSEUM - NORTHWEST ARTISTS EXHIBITIONS 1914 - 1975
     Refer to NWA BC artists by exhibition
     Refer to NWAA BC artists alphabetically

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

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

Website: members.tripod.com/janeburgess 1

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