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She studied at the Vancouver School of Arts from 1938 to 1942, including a year of graduate studies.
She enlisted in the CWACs in World War Two, and was an official Canadian War Artist from 1945.
In 1945 she met Bruno Bobak and became his wife. They settled in Vancouver after the war. She exhibited in the B.C. Artists exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery from 1940 to at least 1950. She was a Lieutenant in the C.W.A.C. during the war.
Her husband was head of the Design Department at the Vancouver Art School from 1947 to 1957, while Molly taught painting at the school from 1947 - 1950. They later moved to New Brunswick. In 1993 a major retrospective exhibition of her work was produced by the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan. The exhibition toured across Canada, and an excellent large exhibition catalogue was produced.
Lamb died in 2014 at the age of 95.
|1942 Feb 17 - March 1||Solo exhibition (13 drawings)||VAG|
|1940 Sept. 20 - Oct. 13||VAG B.C. Artists 9th Annual||Galiano Wharf|
|1941 Sept. 26 - Oct. 19||VAG B.C. Artists 10th Annual||Composition|
|1942 May 15 - 31||BCSFA 32nd Annual||Main Street, Nanaimo|
|1942 July 7 - Sept. 2||VAG B.C. Artists 1st Annual Summer||Main Street, Nanaimo|
|1944 Nov. 21 - Dec. 10||Labour Arts Guild 1st B.C. At Work||Workers on Ferry|
|1945 Sept. 22 - Oct. 21||VAG B.C. Artists 14th Annual||Baker's Shop|
|Street Scene, Toronto|
|1945 ? - ?||FCA B.C. Artists Selections from 14th Ann.||Street Scene, Toronto|
|1949 July 12 - July 31||VAG Stanley Park in Pictures||Skating at Lost Lagoon|
|1949 Oct. 8 - 30||VAG B.C. Artists 18th Annual||Mother and Child|
|1950 Nov. 28 - Dec. 17||VAG B.C. Artists 19th Annual||Asters|
|Event, Hornby Island|
See also Harold Mortimer-Lamb biography "The Art Lover" by Robert Amos (q.v.).
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)
BOUQUET - A Selection of Flower Paintings (refer to BAG65.2)
PRINTMAKING IN BRITISH COLUMBIA 1889-1983 (refer to AGGV83)
VANCOUVER: ART & ARTISTS 1931 - 1983 (refer to VAG83)
BRITISH COLUMBIA WOMEN ARTISTS 1885-1985 (refer to AGGV85)
64 - 94 CONTEMPORARY DECADES (refer to ECU94)
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)
THE ORNAMENT OF A HOUSE - FIFTY YEARS OF COLLECTING (refer to BAG17)
88 ARTISTS FROM 88 YEARS (refer to ECU17)
MACLEAN'S MAGAZINE - B.C. CENTENNIAL ISSUE (refer to MAC58)
CREATIVE CANADA - VOLUME TWO
Compiled by Reference Division, McPherson Library, University of Victoria, B.C.
1972; ISBN 0-8020-3285-0
"A biographical dictionary of twentieth-century creative and performing artists."
Includes a column of information about Lamb, confirmed by the artist.
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)
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)
2 page biography with numerous references.
BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF ARTISTS IN CANADA
(refer to BIAC03)
14 references cited for Bobak.
VANCOUVER PUBLIC LIBRARY - B.C. ARTISTS FILES (refer to VPL)
THE FECKLESS COLLECTION (refer to FECK18)
GREATER VANCOUVER ART GALLERIES 1954-2020
(refer to GVAG20)
2 references to Bobak.
"Molly-Ha-Ha the dapple-dark-loving dare-devil threw all
fear to the winds as she slept spook-surrounded on the sand-dunes. Kept warm by
generating her own heat until “the rains came” and our Molly retired to the play
room wicker basket under the Union Jack, to dream of the Norwegian King and Queen."
From "IN THE FIRING LINE – GIRL RISKS LIFE UNDER THE SHOOTING STARS"
Savary Pudding, June 7 1939
"Crime at Deadman's Gulch. Soft spoken Dick fooled, foiled,
and finished. Believed work of notorious Molly ha-ha
Savary Pudding, June 8 1939
"Molly Lamb in her colorful "Main Street, Nanaimo" takes
another stride forward as a promising young artist."
From "B.C. Society of Fine Arts Display Sets New High Mark," by Palette Vancouver Daily Province, May 16, 1942
"Paintings by well known artists include ... Molly Lamb ...
From "Summer Show at Gallery Major Event for Art Lovers," by Palette Vancouver Daily Province, July 7, 1943
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