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John (Jack) Hambleton

March 27 1916 - May 27 1988

Vancouver School of Art
Atelier Sketch Club
B.C. Society of Fine Arts (President 1961-62)

Jack Hambleton was born in Preston, Lancashire, England, and came to Vancouver in 1924 at the age of eight. He took night classes at the Vancouver School of Art from 1938 - 1939. He joined the Atelier Sketch Club, a group formed by art students taking Evening Classes at the Vancouver School of Art. The group put together an exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 1940.

Hambleton exhibited in the B.C. Artists exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 1944, 1949-53, 1955-58, and 1968. During the war he was a Corporal in the Royal Canadian Air Force.

One of his paintings was used on the cover of the 1960 Vancouver telephone book. In 1949 he painted the demolition of the former Hotel Vancouver on Georgia at Granville. His painting Vancouver From Grouse Mountain was Number 223 in the 1958 "100 Years of B.C. Art" exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery. The painting was listed for sale at $150.00. Forty years later the painting came up for sale again in an estate auction, selling for little more than its original price.

Also, per card file at Vancouver Art Gallery Library:
     B.C. Society of Fine Arts: 1951 through 1963.

He had a solo exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 1963. In 1964 he moved to Kelowna, B.C., where he opened his own art gallery, also continuing to paint.

He died in 1988 while staying at a summer cottage on Sheridan Lake, near Lone Butte. He was married to Lorna Irene Nichol.

Exhibitions

DATE EXHIBITION ARTWORK
1940 April 2 - 14 Atelier Sketch Club   Group exhibition Charcoal Study
Lorna
The Plaid Jacket
1944 Sept. 23 - Oct. 22 VAG   B.C. Artists 13th Annual Willow Trees
New York Central Bridge, St. Thomas, Ontario
Railway Siding
1949 Oct. 8 - 30 VAG   B.C. Artists 18th Annual Nancy
Lynn Draw
1950 Nov. 28 - Dec. 17 VAG   B.C. Artists 19th Annual From North Lonsdale

References

100 YEARS OF B.C. ART
      "An Exhibition Held at the Vancouver Art Gallery to Celebrate the British Columbia Centennial Year"
      1958, unpaginated, no ISBN, illustrated with black and white photographs of works in exhibition.
      Represented by #223: Vancouver From Grouse Mountain (casein tempera on board)       See also VAG58

B.C. PAINTINGS BURNABY 58 (refer to BAG58)

B.C. ARTISTS 27th ANNUAL (refer to BCA58)

SPRING EXHIBITION - FCA - BC REGION (refer to FCA64)

1968 DIRECTORY OF HANDICRAFTS (refer to IDTC68)

THE SHELL CANADA COLLECTION (refer to SHEL77)

VISUAL ARTS BRITISH COLUMBIA (refer to VABC77)

A GUIDE TO SCULPTURE IN VANCOUVER (refer to GSV80)

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

A DICTIONARY OF CANADIAN ARTISTS (refer to M)

BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF ARTISTS IN CANADA (refer to BIAC03)
      2 references cited for Hambleton, including Macdonald above.

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

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

Clippings

"Congratulations are due to the Atelier Sketch Club for their ambitious exhibition. This self-organized group of evening school students are meeting every Friday in the Holden building and an invitation is extended to all students to join."
      "Evening School", by Fred Amess
      From Behind The Palette, Vancouver School of Art Annual 1939-40

"Art Group, Youth Share City Gallery"
      Daily Province April 4 1940

"Atelier Sketch Club Takes A Bow"
      News Herald April 3 1940


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