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William John Bertram Newcombe

July 18 1907 - August 23 1969

B.C. Society of Fine Arts
Royal Canadian Academy of Arts
Canadian Society of Graphic Art (President)
California Water Color Society (Member 1947)

William J.B. Newcombe was born in Victoria, B.C.

In 1933 Newcombe had one of the earliest solo exhibitions in the new Vancouver Art Gallery, in fact only the 29th exhibition held there. His work was exhibited in the Lecture Hall. He had another solo exhibition in June 1935.

He moved to Toronto in 1936, and served in the R.C.A.F. during World War Two.

He exhibited with the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts from 1938 to 1953.

He exhibited in a number of the B.C. Artists exhibitions, from the inaugural show in 1932 up to 1949.

He had work in the 1944 and 1945 British Columbia At Work exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery. His entry forms stated that he was a Sergeant in the R.C.A.F. in 1942, and a Flight Officer in 1944.

He exhibited with the B.C. Society of Fine Arts in their 39th Annual Exhibition in 1949 and again in 1950.

Newcombe moved to London, England, where he died in 1969.

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION LOCATION
1933 Feb 18 - 28 Solo exhibition VAG
1935 June 21 - 30 Solo exhibition VAG
1944 Oct 31 - Nov 19 Solo exhibition (36 pictures) VAG
1946 Jan 22 - Feb 10 Solo exhibition VAG

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION ARTWORK
1932 May - July VAG   All Canadian Exhibition Mountain Views
1932 Oct. 5 - 30 VAG   B.C. Artists 1st Annual Danish Windmill
1933 Sept. 22 - Oct. 15 VAG   B.C. Artists 2nd Annual A Coast Camp
In the Tops
Rock and River
Mountains
1933 Dec. 1 - 17 VAG   B.C. Artists Christmas Exhibition Danish Windmill
Sunlight & Shadow
Solitude
1935 Nov. 22 - Dec. 8 VAG   B.C. Artists Christmas Exhibition Evening
1942 Sept. 25 - Oct. 18 VAG   B.C. Artists 11th Annual P. 40's on Guard
Halifax - Job Done
1944 Sept. 23 - Oct. 22 VAG   B.C. Artists 13th Annual Coming In
After Blitz
Low Flying - Halifax
1944 Nov. 21 - Dec. 10 Labour Arts Guild   1st B.C. At Work Gantry on Sunday
1945 Nov. 13 - Dec. 2 Labour Arts Guild   2nd B.C. At Work Oil Refinery
Gravel Pit on Sunday
The Gleaners
1946 Sept. 21 - Oct. 13 VAG   B.C. Artists 15th Annual Street in San Miguel De Allende
The Maguey and The Resters
1947 July 8 - 27 VAG   B.C. Artists Summer Exhibition Street Scene in Mexico
1949 May 3 - 22 BCSFA   39th Annual The Penitent
Early Morning
1949 Oct. 8 - 30 VAG   B.C. Artists 18th Annual Window Dressing
1950 April 25 - May 14 BCSA   40th Annual Lonely Land

References

4th BURNABY NATIONAL PRINT SHOW (refer to BAG67)

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)

A DICTIONARY OF CANADIAN ARTISTS (refer to M)
      One page biography, numerous references

BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF ARTISTS IN CANADA (refer to BIAC03)
      7 references cited for Newcombe.

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

Clippings

"In the Domain of Art" by Reta W. Myers
     Daily Province February 12 1933

"Newcombe Art at Gallery by D.S.M."
     Vancouver Sun February 26 1933

" ... W.J.B. Newcomble (sic), ... and others are exhibiting in the various classes."
      From "Bargains in Art"
      Vancouver Sun, December 1, 1933

"No. 52 Evening by W.J.B. Newcombe" by (unknown)
     "Mr. Newcombe was born in Victoria, B.C. 1909. Educated at Victoria and Vancouver. No art training. Exhibited at Vancouver, Victoria, Montreal and Toronto. Has sold about 30 pictures. "Evening" was painted at Ladysmith B.C. in February 1935. Mr. Newcombe resides at 1066 Harwood Street."
     From "Pictures Purchased From 1935 Christmas Exhibition by Mr. D.N. Hossie"

"Among some of the most striking oil paintings are ... W.J.B. Newcombe's splendidly composed and emotionally somber "The Gleaners." "
      From "B.C. Industry Lives in Gallery Display"
      Newspaper unknown, (November 1945)

"However, one can not omit mentioning ... pictures by W.J.B. Newcombe ... (continues)"
      From "Lively Spirit Pervades B.C. Artists' Exhibition" by Palette. Vancouver Daily Province, May 3 1949


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