|BRITISH COLUMBIA ARTISTS
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.
PATTERN OF CLOUDS
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.
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.
"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.