W. James Leyland
From The Gold Stripe, 1918
James Leyland was an artist, a gallery owner, and an important supporter of
the arts in Vancouver in the early part of the twentieth century.
He wrote an article titled Art and the Soldier,
published in Vancouver in The Gold Stripe, Volume One,
In 1920 Leyland was made President of the newly formed
Advisory Board of Fine Arts,
an organization created to "act in conjunction with the Exhibition Association" to
put on an exhibition of art at Hastings Park (now known as the
Pacific National Exhibition). He also represented the Art,
Historical and Scientific Association of Vancouver on the Advisory Board.
Leyland was also a member of the B.C. Art League, founded in
1920, and was appointed to the Organizing committee 1920.
He advertised his gallery in The Paint Box in 1926 and
1927. The gallery was previously at 665 Granville Street, and
then at 609 Dunsmuir Street. In 1928 he showed an exhibition of the work of
A.C. Leighton. In 1929 he loaned paintings to the
Citizens' Loan Exhibition
of Water Colors sponsored by the B.C.
BC Vital Statistics on-line did not provide any information on the artist
as of October 2021.
THE FINE ARTS IN VANCOUVER, 1886 - 1930
(refer to THOM)
Refer to Early Art and Framing Stores of Vancouver.
CITY & PROVINCIAL DIRECTORIES 1918-1929
(refer to DIR)
"The committees which will be recommended to the League were named as follows:
... J. Leyland ..."
From "B.C. Art League Committees Are Active" by (unknown)
Western Woman's Weekly, October 9, 1920