Art & Artists in Exhibition: Vancouver 1890 - 1950
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Donald (Don) Alvin Jarvis

April 24 1923 - 2001

B.C. Society of Fine Arts
Vancouver School of Art (Diploma 1948)
Coast Group
Canadian Group of Painters
Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (ARCA 1962 RCA 1967)

Don Jarvis was born in Vancouver. He entered the Vancouver School of Art in 1941, studying under Scott, Binning, Amess, and Shadbolt among others. He graduated in 1948, winning an Emily Carr scholarship, which allowed him to study under Hans Hofman in New York.

He began exhibiting in the annual B.C. Artists exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 1946, and each year after that until 1958, as well as in 1960, 1963, and 1965.

He exhibited in the 1948 Stanley Park in Pictures exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

He exhibited with the B.C. Society of Fine Arts beginning with their 39th Annual Exhibition in 1949, and in subsequent annual shows from 1950 - 1954, and from 1957 - 1967.

He submitted four drawings to the 1949 B.C. Graphic exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery, three of them were selected for the exhibition.

He had a solo exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 1949. In 1951 he was appointed Instructor in Drawing and Painting at the Vancouver School of Art, and later appointed Head of the Department. He received a Canada Council Senior Arts Fellowship in 1961.

He has been represented by the Bau Xi Gallery in Vancouver for many years.

He began exhibiting with the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1963.

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION LOCATION
1946 Nov. 12 - Dec. 1 Paintings & Drawings by Jarvis & Thom VAG
1949 Nov 22 - Dec 11 Solo exhibition VAG

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION ARTWORK
1946 Aug. 13 - 25 VAG   Stanley Park in Pictures Trees and People
Near Lost Lagoon
Trees Near Lumberman's Arch
1946 Sept. 21 - Oct. 13 VAG   B.C. Artists 15th Annual Man Reading
View From a Hill
1947 July 8 - 27 VAG   B.C. Artists Summer Exhibition English Bay
1947 Sept. 20 - Oct. 12 VAG   B.C. Artists 16th Annual Victory Square
Houses on Georgia Street
1948 July 27 - Aug. 15 VAG   Stanley Park in Pictures Coal Harbour
Spring Rain
1948 Sept. 18 - Oct. 10 VAG   B.C. Artists 17th Annual Houses by the Beach
Old Boat
1948 Nov. 9 - 28 Coast Group   B.C. Painters Alley
West End Corner
City Scene
House on Georgia
1949 May 3 - 22 BCSFA   39th Annual City Evening
Lights and People
1949 Oct. 8 - 30 VAG   B.C. Artists 18th Annual By the Sea, Summer Evening
1949 Nov. 22 - Dec. 11 VAG   First B.C. Graphic On the Subway
Two Men on a Park Bench (rejected)
Fall Evening
A Sheltered Cove
1950 April 25 - May 14 BCSA   40th Annual A Dark Afternoon
1950 Nov. 28 - Dec. 17 VAG   B.C. Artists 19th Annual The Beach
River Bank


References - BIBLIOGRAPHY

Refer to BIBLIO.

References - GROUP EXHIBITIONS

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

3rd BC GRAPHIC & CANADIAN SOCIETY OF GRAPHIC ART (refer to BCG57)

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

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

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

7 WEST COAST PAINTERS (refer to VIF59)

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

SOME PAINTERS OF THE B.C. MAINLAND (refer to AGGV66)

BAU-XI GALLERY NORTHWEST DRAWINGS (refer to BX67)

SUMMER BUBBLE (refer to BAG70)

B.C. ARTISTS' TRIBUTE TO COLIN GRAHAM (refer to AGGV74)

PAPERWORKS: Contemporary works on paper by BC artists (refer to AGGV78)

BRITISH COLUMBIA ART COLLECTION 1974-80 (refer to BCAC80)

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

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

64 - 94 CONTEMPORARY DECADES (refer to ECU94)

ART UNLEASHED! (refer to ECU97)

ART & ARTISTS OF THE 20th CENTURY (refer to AVA99)

GENERATIONS - FIVE DECADES OF ART IN WEST VANCOUVER 1912 - 1962 (refer to WVMA99)

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

RICHMOND ART GALLERY 25:25 - 1980-2005 (refer to RAG05)

References - GENERAL

CREATIVE CANADA - VOLUME ONE, by University of Toronto Press
      1971; ISBN 0-8020-3262-1
      "A biographical dictionary of twentieth-century creative and performing artists."
      Includes one and a quarter columns of information about Jarvis

VISUAL ARTS BRITISH COLUMBIA (refer to VABC77)

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

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

ART BANK CATALOGUE (refer to AB87)

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)

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
      Includes historical essays, biographical notes, index.
      Article on Jarvis page 78; one work illustrated "The Crowd", 1955.

BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF ARTISTS IN CANADA (refer to BIAC03)
      8 references cited for Jarvis.

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

VANCOUVER SCHOOL OF ART - LIST OF GRADUATES & STUDENTS (refer to VSA)

GREATER VANCOUVER ART GALLERIES 1954-2020 (refer to GVAG20)
     4 references to Jarvis.

Clippings

"However, one can not omit mentioning ... pictures by ... Don Jarvis."
      From "Lively Spirit Pervades B.C. Artists' Exhibition" by Palette. Vancouver Daily Province, May 3 1949


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