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John E. Ritchel

1913 - 2008

Provincial Normal School

John Ritchel was born in Prince Rupert in 1913. His family moved to Victoria in 1914, then he studied art in England 1923-26.

He graduated from the Provincial Normal School in 1934.

He exhibited artwork in a 1941 solo exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

In 1977 the artist was living in Victoria with his artist wife Maia.

Interestingly, the news item in the VAG Bulletin states that Ritchel had exhibited work in the BC Artists' exhibitions "on several occasions" when in fact he did not exhibit in them.

EXHIBITIONS

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION LOCATION
Mar. 18 - 30, 1941 Solo show VAG

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION ARTWORK

References

VISUAL ARTS BRITISH COLUMBIA (refer to VABC77)

ARTISTS IN CANADA 1982 - UNION LIST OF ARTISTS' FILES (refer to AIC82)

A DICTIONARY OF CANADIAN ARTISTS (refer to M)
      One-page bio with references

BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF ARTISTS IN CANADA (refer to BIAC03)
     1 reference to Ritchel (Macdonald).

Clippings

No. 375 - JOHN RITCHEL.
"Mr. Ritchel is a young local artist, trained at the Vancouver School of Art, whose work has been exhibited in our B.C. Artists' Exhibitions on several occasions. He is an accomplished draughtsman and the exhibition under review will display Mr. Ritchel's talents in this direction."
    Vancouver Art Gallery Bulletin, 1941


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