Art & Artists in Exhibition: Vancouver 1890 - 1950
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Lawren Stewart Harris

October 23 1885 - January 29 1970

Group of Seven
Canadian Group of Painters
Federation of Canadian Artists (Founding Member)
Royal Canadian Academy (Medal 1969)

Lawren Stewart Harris was born in Brantford, Ontario in 1885. He became a member of the Group of Seven, and was nationally important in the development of Canada's art during the twentieth century. Since much information is available regarding Harris and the Group of Seven, only local exhibitions and information will be noted here. Although he was originally an Eastern Canadian painter, he moved to the West Coast in 1940 and became heavily involved in the local art scene. He passed away in Vancouver in 1970.

In 1931 Harris had an exhibition with A.Y. Jackson at the Vancouver Exhibition titled Sketches of the Canadian North.


Catalogue from the 1931 PNE show.

On December 4 1943 Harris gave a lecture titled Art and Democracy, sponsored by the Vancouver Institute.

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 second annual B.C. At Work exhibition.

In 1946 - 1947 he had work in a Federation of Canadian Artists travelling exhibition, and wrote a short statement to explain his work in the show.

He exhibited more work with the B.C. Society of Fine Arts in their Annual Exhibitions in 1942, 1943, and 1949.

Also, per card file at Vancouver Art Gallery Library:
     B.C. Society of Fine Arts: 1944-46, 1948, 1950-51, 1956-57, 1960, 1967.
     VAG annual B.C. Artist exhibitions: 1943-44, 1946, 1948-1951, 1956-57.

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION LOCATION
1941 April 29 - May 13 Solo Exhibition VAG
1945 Jan. 30 - Feb. 18 Sketches (12 Pictures) VAG
1949 March 1 - 20 Retrospective (90 paintings) VAG
1949 March 22 - April 3 Solo show (24 sketches) VAG

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION ARTWORK
1928 Sept. 3 - 8 ProvExh   8th Annual Salon Afternoon Sun, Lake Superior
Mountain Picture
Lake Superior
Elevator Court, Halifax
1931 Aug. 22 - 29 Vancouver Exhibition Sketches of the Canadian North (with A.Y. Jackson)
1932 May - July VAG   All Canadian Exhibition Isolation Peaks, Rockies
1942 May 15 - 31 BCSFA   32nd Annual Painting
1942 July 7 - Sept. 2 VAG   B.C. Artists 1st Annual Summer Sonata
1942 Nov. 3 - 15 FCA   Red Cross Benefit (no information available)
1943 May 15 - June 6 BCSFA   33rd Annual Painting
Hills North of Lake Superior
1943 July 2 - Aug. 25 VAG   B.C. Artists 2nd Annual Summer Hills North of Lake Superior
1943 Sept. 25 - Oct. 20 VAG   B.C. Artists 12th Annual 1943
1944 May 13 - June 4 BCSFA   34th Annual Painting
1944 July 4 - Aug. 30 VAG   B.C. Artists 3rd Annual Summer Painting
1944 Sept. 23 - Oct. 22 VAG   B.C. Artists 13th Annual Rhythmic Organization
1945 May 18 - June 10 BCSFA   35th Annual Mt. Thule, Bylot Island
South Short, Bylot Island
1945 July 3 - Aug. 26 VAG   B.C. Artists 4th Annual Summer Mount Thule, Bylot Island
1946 May 31 - June 23 BCSFA   36th Annual Composition
1946 July 2 - 28 VAG   Jubilee Exhibition Painting
1946 Sept. 21 - Oct. 13 VAG   B.C. Artists 15th Annual Mountain Form VI
Abstract Painting of a Mountain Experience
1946 - 47 Federation of Canadian Artists
Travelling Exhibition #2
Mountain Sketch
Abstract Sketch
Fish House, Coldwell, Lake Superior
Mountain Sketch LXXIV, above Moraine Lake
Northern Sketch XXI
South Shore, Bylot Island
Northern Labrador
Abstract Sketch
1947 July 8 - 27 VAG   B.C. Artists Summer Exhibition Mountain
1948 May 18 -June 6 BCSFA   38th Annual Abstract Painting No. 20
1948 Sept. 18 - Oct. 10 VAG   B.C. Artists 17th Annual Painting
1949 May 3 - 22 BCSFA   39th Annual Variations on a Theme
1949 Oct. 8 - 30 VAG   B.C. Artists 18th Annual South Peak, Mount Victoria
1950 April 25 - May 14 BCSA   40th Annual Bylot Island II
Formative I
1950 Nov. 28 - Dec. 17 VAG   B.C. Artists 19th Annual Formative No. 4


References - BIBLIOGRAPHY

Refer to BIBLIO.

References - GROUP EXHIBITIONS

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

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

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

6th BURNABY NATIONAL PRINT SHOW (refer to BAG71)

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

A MODERN LIFE: Art and Design in British Columbia 1945-1960 (refer to VAG04)

OUR CHANGING LANDSCAPE (2008) (refer to BAG08)

SHORE, FOREST AND BEYOND - ART FROM THE AUDAIN COLLECTION (refer to VAG11)

ARTISTS, ARCHITECTS & ARTISTS - Canadian Art 1890 - 1918 (refer to NGC13)

References - GENERAL

CANADIAN LANDSCAPE PAINTERS
      1932; by Albert H. Robson, 228 pages, 75 illustrations in full colour
      Published by the Ryerson Press. Toronto; no ISBN.
      Includes index of painters, three page bibliography, biographical information

WHO'S WHO IN BRITISH COLUMBIA 1944-45-46
      A Record of British Columbia Men and Women of Today
      S. Maurice Carter Editor & Publisher
      Copyright 1945, printed by Atlas Printers, Vancouver B.C.
      312 pages, hardcover; index of names (14 pages), biographies (290 pages)
      list of abbreviations (2 pages), advertising including the only portrait in the book
      Includes reference to Lawren Harris

MACLEAN'S MAGAZINE - B.C. CENTENNIAL ISSUE (refer to MAC58)

THE FINE ARTS IN VANCOUVER, 1886 - 1930 (refer to THOM)

CREATIVE CANADA - VOLUME TWO, by University of Toronto Press
      1972; ISBN 0-8020-3285-0
      Includes two and a half columns of concise information about Harris.

ROYAL CANADIAN ACADEMY OF ARTS -
EXHIBITIONS & MEMBERS 1880 - 1979
(refer to RCA81)

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

MONTREAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS -
SPRING EXHIBITIONS 1880 - 1970
(refer to MM88)

THE ALMA MATER SOCIETY ART COLLECTION -
      University of British Columbia 1948 - 1988

      No ISBN, 64 pages, illustrated in colour and b&w
      Includes history of the collection, artist biographies

A DICTIONARY OF CANADIAN ARTISTS (refer to M)
      Extensive 4 page biography, 1 page of footnotes.

BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF ARTISTS IN CANADA (refer to BIAC03)
      30 references listed for Harris, including CC2, M, and RCA listed above.

ART INSPIRED BY THE CANADIAN ROCKIES, PURCELL
MOUNTAINS AND SELKIRK MOUNTAINS 1809-2012
(refer to TOWN12)

THE FECKLESS COLLECTION (refer to FECK18)

Clippings

"A large painting by Lawren Harris is in the latest style of one of Canada's most famous painters. ... "
      From "B.C. Society of Fine Arts Display Sets New High Mark," by Palette
      Vancouver Daily Province, May 16, 1942

" ... Among those contibuting paintings and drawings are: ... Lawren Harris ... "
      from "Noted Artists Offer Paintings For Red Cross"
      Vancouver Daily Province (presumed), November 1942

"Paintings by well known artists include ... Lawren Harris ... (continues)
      From "Summer Show at Gallery Major Event for Art Lovers," by Palette
      Vancouver Daily Province, July 7, 1943

"Lawren Harris and S. Brunst are in the vanguard of the abstractionists ... "
      From "Notable Exhibits of Artists' Work" by Mildred Valley Thornton
      Vancouver Sun (presumed), May 1944

"As a result of a ballot taken in respect of nominations previously secured by public announcement, three artist members, Mr. Lawren Harris, Mr. C.H. Scott, A.R.C.A., and J.W.G. Macdonald, headed the poll by large majorities."
     From "Re: 13th Annual B.C. Artists' Exhibition" by A.S. Grigsby.

"In the pronounced swing to the left we find of course Lawren Harris, with his purely non-objective "Variations on a Theme"" ...
      From "Lively Spirit Pervades B.C. Artists' Exhibition" by Palette. Vancouver Daily Province, May 3 1949


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