|BRITISH COLUMBIA ARTISTS|
She exhibited work at the Vancouver Art Gallery in the 1st Annual B.C. Artists exhibition in 1932, and also in 1933, and 1934. She was living in Vancouver. She also had solo exhibitions of her work at the gallery in 1932, 1933, and 1934.
In 1932 she was a signatory to an agreement to boycott the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa for their exhibition and purchase policies related to Canadian artists. She was noted as being a Vancouver artist.
The 1932 City Directory lists her as Mrs. Gytha Owen, occupation not noted, residence 1290 Burnaby Street, Vancouver. The 1935 and 1936 Directories list her as "artist - Famous Players" living at 1847 Pendrell Street. She is not listed in Vancouver from 1937 to 1940. Owen and Farquharson divorced, and he remarried in Coldstream in 1938.
An undated newspaper clipping c1939 notes that Owen "has literally painted her way round the world after leaving her homeland sixteen years ago. She has worked and exhibited through-out U.S.A., Canada, and the Near and Far East countries." It also noted that she had visited China, and painted a fresco of Ferdinand the bull at the American Consulate in Hong Kong. She was also commissioned by Pan-American Airways to paint a mural in Hong Kong.
An artwork by Gytha Owen that is posted online is titled "Shanghai 1942."
Owen returned to New Zealand where she died at Christchurch in 1988.
|1932 Sept. 2 - 11||Solo Show||VAG|
|1933 Aug. 18 - 28||Solo Show||VAG|
|1934 Aug. 21 - 31||Drawing & Oil Painting||VAG|
|1932 Oct. 5 - 30||VAG B.C. Artists 1st Annual||Asleep|
|The Pattern of Life|
|1933 Sept. 22 - Oct. 15||VAG B.C. Artists 2nd Annual||Unfinished Field|
|1933 Dec. 1 - 17||VAG B.C. Artists Christmas Exhibition||Nude|
|1934 Sept. 21 - Oct. 14||VAG B.C. Artists 3rd Annual||The Striped Counterpane|
|The Blue Hat|
|1934 ? - ?||VAG B.C. Artists Edmonton Exhibition||The Striped Counterpane|
|The Blue Hat|
B.C. VITAL STATISTICS ON-LINE marriage (refer to BCVS)
" ... the 118 artists who have signed the agreement to date
... include ... Githa Owen ... "
From "Canadian Artists Unite to Boycott National Gallery" by The Canadian Press Montreal Gazette, December 8 1932
"In the Domain of Art. A Weekly Causerie of Interest to Art Lovers" by Reta W. Myers
Vancouver Province, August 25 1934
"Born in Christchurch, New Zealand on 3 Feb 1903 to Sydney Charles Owen and Florence
Mary Roberts. Isabel Gytha Owen married Stanley Farquharson and had 1 child. She passed
away on 28 Mar 1988 in Christchurch New Zealand."