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As an artist, Lort mostly created woodcuts, but also did watercolor and tempera paintings. In 1918 he exhibited carved animals as "crafts" with the Island Arts and Crafts Society.
Lort married Cecilia Marion F. Rolston in Victoria on July 22, 1913. They had five children.
In 1931 Lort self-published a limited edition of All Creatures Great and Small, a small artist's book. The book consisted of 26 limericks about animals, each illustrated with a humourous linocut block print. In the 1960s Lort had another edition of the book published by Marine Printers, Vancouver. In an interview with Lort's son Billy Lort the editor was advised that all of the linoleum blocks for the book had disintegrated over time. An effort was made to print the book again after the 1960s edition, but the blocks were not in good enough condition to be used again, and were all thrown out.
The 1936-37 issue of the art school Prospectus noted that Lort was teaching a night course in Stagecraft, and that he "has been responsible for the stage sets of over one hundred plays produced by The Vancouver Little Theatre Association over a course of twelve years."
In 1945 Lort was Chairman of the Education Committee at the Vancouver Art Gallery. He was also on the New Building Committee in 1945, and was eventually awarded the commission to design the art gallery extension that opened on September 26, 1951. (coincidentally this was the very day the editor was born across town at St. Vincent's Hospital)
Lort died in Vancouver in 1968, aged 78, after suffering from a stroke.
|1932 May - July||VAG All Canadian Exhibition||Barn, Lulu Island|
|Lonely Trail, Cheakamus Canyon|
|1932 Oct. 5 - 30||VAG B.C. Artists 1st Annual||The Fisherman's Quilt|
|1933 June 3 - 11||BCSFA 23rd Annual||Coal Bunker, False Creek|
|A Hydah Raid|
|The Golden Ear|
|1937 April 16 - May 1||BCSFA 27th Annual||Blank Expression|
|On Nicola Street|
|1940 May 17 - June 2||BCSFA 30th Annual||Circus Detail|
|1945 May 18 - June 10||BCSFA 35th Annual||Haida Indian Oolichan Box Designs (1)|
|Haida Indian Oolichan Box Designs (2)|
|1950 April 25 - May 14||BCSA 40th Annual||Coalbunker|
100 YEARS OF B.C. ART (refer to VAG58)
4th BURNABY NATIONAL PRINT SHOW (refer to BAG67)
PRINTMAKING IN BRITISH COLUMBIA 1889-1983 (refer to AGGV83)
VANCOUVER: ART & ARTISTS 1931 - 1983 (refer to VAG83)
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 Ross Lort
ISLAND ARTS AND CRAFTS SOCIETY - List of Exhibitors
ARTISTS IN CANADA 1982 - UNION LIST OF ARTISTS' FILES (refer to AIC82)
OCEAN PAPER STONE by Robert Bringhurst
"catalogue of an exhibition of printed objects", published by William Hoffer Spring 1984
Includes All Creatures Great and Small with publisher/edition information
Although Bringhurst didn't know who Lort was, he knew about the two editions of the work
A DICTIONARY OF CANADIAN ARTISTS (refer to M)
BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF ARTISTS IN CANADA
(refer to BIAC03)
2 references to Lort.
BUILDING THE WEST - Early Architects of British Columbia
2003; Edited by Donald Luxton, numerous contributing authors and researchers
Talonbooks, ISBN 0-88922-474-9
560 pages, extensively illustrated in black and white, some colour
4 page biography of Lort; 2 linocuts from All Creatures Great and Small reproduced
THE FECKLESS COLLECTION (refer to FECK18)
Telephone interview by Gary Sim with Billy Lort, son of Ross Lort, and interview at editor's apartment with Billy Lort.
Review of Lort fond at Vancouver Art Gallery Library.
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