Vancouver Province, September 19 1942

At The Art Gallery

Colorful Display Presented In Exhibition By B.C. Artists

by Palette

     The eleventh annual B.C. Artists' exhibition, opened at the Gallery Friday night by Dr. G.G. Sedgewick, stands out as a colorful and attractive display.
     In spite of the absence of some prominent exhibitors and of the large number of ambitious canvases which made last year's show impressive, the current exhibition succeeds in maintaining a lively interest and high standard.
     On the whole the tendency is toward conservatism, without being academic or dull, rather than adventuring in experimental and radical fields.
     Notable oil paintings, indicating strong individuality and power of achievement of their creators, include "Up Country" by Ronald Jackson, a large composition of sweeping lines and bold contrasts in its depiction of an Indian village and blue-grey distant hills; C.D. Gaitskell's three forthright expressions of characterful B.C. scenery in "West Coast Cannery," "West Coast Mission" and "Spring Chinook, Peace River," and Jane Billaux's two portrait studies, vibrant with palpitating color and again revealing this painter as one of the most talented and sensitive artists in the West.


     Paul Rand has shown individuality and courage in his "Afternoon," a scene of open spaces with an intriguing pattern of clouds hanging over sea and land.
     In more sombre tones Florence M. Parker has succeeded in projecting strength and construction in well designed pictures of Galiano. W.P. Weston, A.R.C.A., again shows in his familiar style and with fine lyrical and decorative values a landscape combining water, mountains and vast expanse of sky.
     Portraits this year are numerous and unusually effective. R.S. Alexander has painted in dashing colors a large composition of a girl, lacking in pictorial structure but carried out with gusto and the glow of exuberant youth. Lionel Thomas also takes a full stride ahead with his warm colors and rich virile interpretation of "Reservist Cpl. Ramsey."


     Other interestings models have inspired Mary Bull in her depiction of an elderly gentleman and Myfanwy Spencer Campbell in "Trudie," spacious in composition and painted with a lively feeling and virtuosity recalling John Sargent.
     Smaller but convincing with its deep tones and rhythmic forms the canvas of an old lady by F.J. Prendergast has been painted with both human tenderness and aesthetic consideration.
     The blue "Composition" by Jim Dickie reveals an arrangement of balanced and varied forms which impart much dignity to a small canvas. This painting and "The White Flower" by Bess Harris are among the few semi-abstract or abstract exhibits.
     J.H. Eustis in his "Still Life with Squash" has indicated in a rich rhythmically arranged composition a Cezanne influence.
     In her painting of bathers, excellent in its fine strong tones, well arranged masses and directness, Elizabeth Amess has displayed much vigor and individuality in one of the most striking pictures in the show.<


     "The Artist and His Model" by Fred A. Amess has humor and liveliness but lacks the unity and plastic sense we expect from this talented painter. B. Jaenicke has depicted the charms of Alta Lake in deep rich tones and Daniel McLellan has painted his "Cactus" still life with decorative feeling and clean fresh color.
     Interesting aspects of B.C. scenery are also shown by Vaughan Grayson, F.F. Miller (sic), Margaret Lougheed, J.L. Shadbolt, Unity Bainbridge, R.W. Major and Margaret H. Carter, whose "Alley" is slight but personal and sensitive.
     A second visit is required to enjoy fully the numerous watercolors, pastels, drawings and sculpture of the B.C. Exhibition and the remarkable display of 75 Latin American prints, sent here by Thomas J. Watson, president of the International Business Machines Corporation. These two large shows of contemporary art occupy the whole of the main floor of the Gallery.

Clipping provided courtesy of Vancouver Art Gallery Library