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Paul Alexander Goranson

April 27 1911 - August 10 2002

Vancouver School of Art
B.C. College of Art Ltd.
Canadian Society of Graphic Arts

Paul Goranson was born in Vancouver in 1911. He studied art at the Vancouver School of Art in 1931-32 and in 1932-33, passing Third Year Drawing and Painting, but not receiving a diploma from the school. He then studied at the B.C. College of Arts Ltd. under Varley from 1932-34, one of three students receiving a Graduation Certificate from the College in the 1933-34 school year.

At the end of the 1934 school year he joined James Dickie and Alec Dalgleish in a commercial art studio.

His print Off To Sea was selected as one of "FIFTY B.C. ARTIST PICTURES" from the 1934 B.C. Artists exhibition, that were sent for a show at the Edmonton Art Gallery (dates unknown). An insurance form covering the shipment of the artworks (total value $2,296.00) noted that Goranson's print was selling for $1.00 per print.

He won a cover design contest in partnership with Orville Fisher for the Vancouver Province's special edition clebrating Vancouver's Golden Jubilee in 1936. The two artists were joined by E.J. Hughes and completed some large mural commissions, including the First United Church in Vancouver, and the B.C. Government Pavilion at the 1938 World's Fair in San Francisco. He also worked on murals at the Malaspina Hotel, Nanaimo, later covered over by renovation work. The murals were recently rediscovered and are in the process of being restored.

He exhibited one drypoint etching with the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1940, and another in 1941.

Goranson was a war artist in the Second World War, serving with a bomber squadron and even going on a raid with them. In 1941 Goranson had a solo exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery, and another solo exhibition in 1950. He wrote a three page letter to the Gallery Director J.A. Morris, dated Feb. 19, 1950, in which he talked about his life and artwork.

Also, per card file at Vancouver Art Gallery Library:
     VAG annual B.C. Artist exhibitions: 1941.

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION LOCATION
1941 June 10 - 22 Solo Exhibition VAG
1950 Feb. 28 - March 19 Solo Exhibition - Prints VAG

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION TITLE
1932 Oct. 5 - 30 VAG   B.C. Artists 1st Annual B.C. Rockies
Water Colour Sketch
1934 Sept. 21 - Oct. 14 VAG   B.C. Artists 3rd Annual Off to Sea
Eileen
Betty
1934 ? - ? VAG   B.C. Artists Edmonton Exhibition Off to Sea
1935 December 6 - 15 VAG   Goranson, Hughes, Fisher (?)
1936 Feb. 21 - Mar. 5 PASOVAS Annual Group Show (drypoints)
1936 August 11 - 23 VAG   Goranson, Hughes, Fisher ( ? )
1936 Dec. 8 - 20 VAG   Goranson, Hughes, Fisher On the Ways
The Old Hull
Coloured Model
Gospel Rock, Gibson's Landing
Arbutus & Fir
A Group of Unemployed
Study of Head
Store on the Sound
Hoisting Anchors
Rainy Day, False Creek
1937 April 16 - May 1 BCSFA   27th Annual The Salvaged Liner
The Sentinel of Stanley Park
1937 Dec. 3 - 19 VAG   Goranson, Hughes, Fisher (prints)
1938 April 29 - May 15 BCSFA   28th Annual Exhibition Elsie
Mural Sketch, Descent From the Cross
Shacks, Rivers Inlet
Study of Head
1939 Sept. 15 - Oct. 8 VAG   B.C. Artists 8th Annual Tree Fallers
Hemlock
1940 Sept. 20 - Oct. 13 VAG   B.C. Artists 9th Annual Purse Seiners
1941 Sept. 26 - Oct. 19 VAG   B.C. Artists 10th Annual The Artist's Father (Drypoint)

References

WHO'S WHO IN NORTHWEST ART (refer to WWNA41)

SOUVENIR CATALOGUE OF EXHIBITIONS OPENING THE NEW VANCOUVER ART GALLERY (refer to VAG51)

CANADIAN DRAWINGS AND PRINTS by Paul Duval
      1952 (reprinted 1964); no ISBN; published by Burns and MacEachern, Toronto
      Front matter 16 pages; 100 black and white plates; index of artists, works, collections
      Includes The Salvaged Liner by Goranson, also other Western artists

100 YEARS OF B.C. ART (refer to VAG58)

4th BURNABY NATIONAL PRINT SHOW (refer to BAG67)

ROYAL CANADIAN ACADEMY OF ARTS -
EXHIBITIONS & MEMBERS 1880 - 1979
(refer to RCA81)
      2 paintings in 2 exhibitions listed for Goranson.

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

PRINTMAKING IN BRITISH COLUMBIA 1889-1983 (refer to AGGV83)

VANCOUVER: ART & ARTISTS 1931 - 1983 (refer to VAG83)

A DICTIONARY OF CANADIAN ARTISTS (refer to M)

CANVAS OF WAR - Painting the Canadian Experience 1914 to 1945
      2000, by Dean F. Oliver, Laura Brandon; Foreword by J.L. Granatstein
      Douglas & McIntyre Ltd., ISBN 1-55054-772-0
      178 pages illustrated in colour and b&w
      Includes reproductions of Goranson's paintings, biographical information.

ART BC, MASTERWORKS FROM BRITISH COLUMBIA by Ian M. Thom
      2000, Douglas & McIntyre Ltd., ISBN 1-55054-808-5
      232 pages illustrated in colour and b&w
      Goranson biography page 56, work "Purse Seiner" illustrated page 57.

VANCOUVER ARTIST: Paul Goranson
      2001 January; by Michael Clark, Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design.
      Visions newsletter, Volume 7 Issue 2, page 6.
      One page biography with 2 illustrations of his work.

BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF ARTISTS IN CANADA (refer to BIAC03)
      6 references listed for Goranson, including WWNA, M and RCA listed above.

WATERFRONT by James P. Delgado, Executive Director, Vancouver Maritime Museum
      "The illustrated maritime story of Greater Vancouver"
      Published by Vancouver Maritime Museum and Stanton Atkins & Dosil Publishers
      2005, ISBN 0-9732346-5-2, 186 pages hardcover first edition with dust jacket
      Includes list of sources, index, credits, acknowledgements
      Extensively illustrated in colour and black and white with art and photographs
      Artwork reproduced from Atkins Feckless Collection includes print by Goranson

OUR CHANGING LANDSCAPE (2008) (refer to BAG08)

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

THE FECKLESS COLLECTION (refer to FECK18)

Clippings

"Paul Gorenson (sic), Orville Fisher, James Dickie and Alec Dalgleish are the lucky students who have sold their work."
      From "In The Domain of Art"
      Vancouver Province, February 10 1934

"The three artists, Paul Goranson, Orville Fisher, and Edward Hughes, are young British Columbia men "who are contributing a lively note to the Art of B.C." (continues)"
      From "Art Exhibit in Faculty Room of Library" by (unknown)
      The Ubyssey, February 1936

"... artists invited to join the club for the exhibition include: . . . Paul Goransen (sic) . . ."
      From "PASOVAS EXHIBIT - Pioneer Art Students' Show" by (unknown)
      Daily Province, February 21 1936

"Dry-points are shown by E.J. Hughes, Paul Goranson and Orville Fisher, three gifted young men whose recent exhibition in the Art Gallery will be remembered by visitors."
      From "FINE PASOVAS ART EXHIBITION" by (unknown)
      Vancouver Sun (?), February 21 1936

"The twin contributions each of E.J. Hughes, Paul Goranson, and Orville Fisher, in black and white, are exceptional." (continues)
      From "PASOVAS CLUB - Annual Display on View at Art Gallery" by (unknown)
      News-Herald, February 1936

"Orville Fisher, Edward Hughes, and Paul Goranson became known all over Canada through their mural paintings in the First United Church, while their exhibition of Dry Points and Etchings in the Art Gallery last December were widely praised."
      From "GRADUATES IN ART" by Cintra
      (unknown newspaper), April 25, 1936

"Artists represented in the group comprise the following ... Paul Goranson ... (continues)
      From "Maritime Art Association"
      Vancouver Art Gallery Bulletin, November (?), 1939

"Recently the voice of Paul Goranson, now war artist and flight-lieutenant in the R.C.A.F., was heard over a short-wave broadcast from Holland. Since joining the air force this well-known Vancouver artist has been on a ship torpedoed 10 days out at sea. He was picked up by a French corvette but unfortunately lost sketches which had to be remade from memory.
     The artist has also been attached to a R.C.A.F. training centre in England and while in Tunisia made drawings in the holy city of Kairouan. Apparently as energetic as ever, judging from his voice, Paul Goranson is now among the snows and mud of Holland recording some of the achievements of the R.C.A.F. in those parts."
      From "Collection of Eastern Artist Features Art Gallery Display" by Palette
      Vancouver Daily Province, January 24 1945


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