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Jack Leonard Shadbolt

February 4 1909 - November 22 1998

Federation of Canadian Artists (Founding Member 1941)
Royal Canadian Academy of Arts
Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour (1955 - 67)


Jack Shadbolt was born in Shoeburyness, England, in 1909, later emigrating to Canada. He studied art in Victoria and New York, and then taught art at Kitsilano High School in Vancouver. He also published essays in The B.C. Teacher, the monthly magazine of the B.C. Teachers Federation.


Shadzan the Ape-Man
From the Savary Pudding, 1939

In 1932 he travelled by car to see the Chicago World's Fair. He also viewed a Cezanne exhibition there which he stated "stunned" him. The trip continued to Toronto, then he lived for eight months in New York city before returning to Vancouver. He also exhibited with the Island Arts and Crafts Society in Victoria in 1932.


Shankbolt, the Versatile Vaulter
From the Savary Pudding, 1939

Shadbolt worked as a photo-classification officer in London, England during World War II, serving as a Lieutenant. He returned to Canada after the war, and began teaching painting at the Vancouver School of Art.

He exhibited his work in a number of the annual B.C. Artists exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery, from 1935 on, including 1951 to 1956, 1958, 1962, and 1966.

Shadbolt exhibited with the B.C. Society of Fine Arts in their annual exhibitions, from 1937 on, and from 1954 to 1964, and 1967.

He was on a list titled "Leading Vancouver Artists," provided to the Labour Arts Guild on April 10, 1946 by the Vancouver Art Gallery to assist in the Guild's call for entries to the second annual B.C. At Work exhibition.

Shadbolt showed his work in the 1944 and 1945 British Columbia At Work exhibitions. In 1946 - 1947 he had work in a Federation of Canadian Artists travelling exhibition.

He exhibited with the Royal Canadian Academy in 1941, 1942, and 1964.

He had a long and distinguished career, with numerous solo exhibitions. He continued to paint and create until his death in 1998. His wife Doris died in Mexico in 2003 of a heart attack. Following her death parts of the Shadbolt estate came onto the market, including thousands of books and exhibitions catalogues. Many of these volumes were inscribed to the Shadbolts, a number of them contained additional ephemera tucked in between the pages. One exhibition catalogue yielded the following "Chronology of Conceptual Concerns", a three-page typed manuscript that includes a range of dates from 1926 to 1977, although the manuscript is otherwise undated.

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION LOCATION
1936 Oct. 27 - Nov. 8 Oils, Watercolours, Drawing, and Prints VAG
1938 Nov. 8 - 20 Solo Exhibition VAG
1939 Oct. 10 - 22 Oil Painting & Watercolour (104 pictures) VAG
1940 May 28 - June 9 Models & Caricature VAG
1941 Jan. 14 - 26 Solo Exhibition VAG
1942 Feb. 17 - Mar. 1 Solo Exhibition (53 paintings) VAG
1942 Oct. 20 - Nov. 1 Solo Exhibition (89 watercolours) VAG
1943 June 27 - July 14 Solo Exhibition (23 pictures) VAG
1947 Feb. 25 - Mar. 16 Solo Exhibition (76 pictures) VAG
1948 July 13 - Aug. 2 Solo Exhibition (43 pictures) VAG

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION ARTWORK
1932 May - July VAG   All Canadian Exhibition Desolation
Rhythmic Roots
1935 Sept. 20 - Oct. 15 VAG   B.C. Artists 4th Annual Industrial Island #2
Pen Drawing
1936 Sept. 18 - Oct. 11 VAG   B.C. Artists 5th Annual Cowichan Lake Country
Abstract Plant Form
1937 April 16 - May 1 BCSFA   27th Annual Winter
Death Mask (Wood Carving)
1939 Sept. 15 - Oct. 8 VAG   B.C. Artists 8th Annual A Boy With Bandaged Hand
Still Life With Chianti Bottle
1940 May 17 - June 2 BCSFA   30th Annual Indian Reservation, Cowichan
1940 Sept. 20 - Oct. 13 VAG   B.C. Artists 9th Annual Landscape with Figure
Composition - Watermelons
Coal Harbour
Winter Landscape
Drawing from a Gothic Sculpture
Point Grey Houses in Winter
1941 May 10 - June 1 BCSFA   31st Annual Farmstead by Moonlight
White Buildings, James Bay, Victoria, B.C.
1941 Sept. 26 - Oct. 19 VAG   B.C. Artists 10th Annual Still Life with Cassava Melon
On Third Beach
A Country Church
A Red Shed, Saanich
1942 May 15 - 31 BCSFA   32nd Annual The White House
Signature Piece
1942 July 7 - Sept. 2 VAG   B.C. Artists 1st Annual Summer Signature Piece
Still Life with Cassaba Melons
1942 Sept. 25 - Oct. 18 VAG   B.C. Artists 11th Annual Indian Reservation, Cowichan
A Street Corner Event (Point Grey)
Windy Day, Point Grey
Landscape - Two Dogs in a Swamp
Along the Waterfront
1942 Nov. 3 - 15 FCA   Red Cross Benefit (no information available)
1943 May 15 - June 6 BCSFA   33rd Annual Road to Little Mountain Camp
Putting up Camouflage Nets
Suburban Night Scene
The Camouflage Boys
1943 July 2 - Aug. 25 VAG   B.C. Artists 2nd Annual Summer Nocturne in Snyder's Alley
Suburban Night Scene
1943 Sept. 25 - Oct. 20 VAG   B.C. Artists 12th Annual The Dream of St. Ernest
1944 May 13 - June 4 BCSFA   34th Annual Suburbs at Morning
Gravel Mill, Second Narrows Bridge
The Day of the Event
1944 July 4 - Aug. 30 VAG   B.C. Artists 3rd Annual Summer The Day of the Event
1944 Nov. 21 - Dec. 10 Labour Arts Guild   1st B.C. At Work Ship Under Construction
Road Grader, Little Mountain
B.C. Ranch
1945 Nov. 13 - Dec. 2 Labour Arts Guild   2nd B.C. At Work Mending the Hopper, False Creek Mill
Workers Going Home, Marpole Bridge
Fishermen Putting Out
1946 May 31 - June 23 BCSFA   36th Annual Cambie St. Carnival:
1. The Octopus
2. The Sky-Ride
3. The Spitfire
4. The Roll-O-Plane
5. The Ferris Wheel
1946 July 2 - 28 VAG   Jubilee Exhibition Eddie's Store, Robson and Homer Streets
1946 Aug. 13 - 25 VAG   Stanley Park in Pictures Over the Bridge
The Boeing Plant
1946 Sept. 21 - Oct. 13 VAG   B.C. Artists 15th Annual Memory of V.J. Day
Receding Profile Lower Yates Street, Victoria, B.C.
1946 - 47 F.C.A.   Travelling Exhibition #2 Mountain Stream
Under the Awning, Granville Street, Van.
Granville Street Theatre Section
Yellow House, Point Grey
Forest Edge (drawing)
Caribou Country
Landscape Along the Rideau River Near Ottawa
Old Houses Near Victoria
1947 May 9 - June 1 BCSFA   37th Annual Low Tide, Cornwall
River Town
1947 July 8 - 27 VAG   B.C. Artists Summer Exhibition Low Tide, Cornwall
1947 Sept. 20 - Oct. 12 VAG   B.C. Artists 16th Annual Red Knight
Bird Skeleton
1948 May 18 -June 6 BCSFA   38th Annual Trees and Rocks, Thormundby Island
Driftwood at Wreck Bay, Thormundby Island
Forest Edge, Buccaneer Bay
1949 Oct. 8 - 30 VAG   B.C. Artists 18th Annual Autumn Forms
1949 Nov. 22 - Dec. 11 VAG   First B.C. Graphic Stag (disqualified)
Seed World (disqualified)
Bursting Seeds (disqualified)
Seed Fruit (disqualified)
1950 April 25 - May 14 BCSA   40th Annual Indian Reserve
Stump Image
1950 Nov. 28 - Dec. 17 VAG   B.C. Artists 19th Annual Autumn Grasses
Forms for Winter


References - BIBLIOGRAPHY

Refer to BIBLIO.

References - GROUP EXHIBITIONS

SOUVENIR CATALOGUE OF EXHIBITIONS OPENING
THE NEW VANCOUVER ART GALLERY
(refer to VAG51)

100 YEARS OF B.C. ART (refer to VAG58)

B.C. PAINTINGS BURNABY 58 (refer to BAG58)

B.C. ARTISTS 27th ANNUAL (refer to BCA58)

7 WEST COAST PAINTERS (refer to VIF59)

SPRING EXHIBITION - FCA - BC REGION (refer to FCA64)

BOUQUET - A Selection of Flower Paintings (refer to BAG65.2)

B.C. ARTISTS' TRIBUTE TO COLIN GRAHAM (refer to AGGV74)

SOME PAINTERS OF THE B.C. MAINLAND (refer to AGGV66)

PAINTING '66 - VANCOUVER CENTENNIAL AWARD EXHIBITION (refer to BCA66)

BAU-XI GALLERY NORTHWEST DRAWINGS (refer to BX67)

SUMMER BUBBLE (refer to BAG70)

CONTEMPORARIES OF EMILY CARR IN BRITISH COLUMBIA (refer to SFU74)

FROM THIS POINT OF VIEW (refer to VAG77)

PAPERWORKS: Contemporary works on paper by BC artists (refer to AGGV78)

PRINTMAKING IN BRITISH COLUMBIA 1889-1983 (refer to AGGV83)

VANCOUVER: ART & ARTISTS 1931 - 1983 (refer to VAG83)

ARTROPOLIS 1990 (refer to ART90)

64 - 94 CONTEMPORARY DECADES (refer to ECU94)

ART UNLEASHED! (refer to ECU97)

YUMMM! THE COOKIE EXHIBITION (refer to CCDM01)

A MODERN LIFE: Art and Design in British Columbia 1945-1960 (refer to VAG04)

RICHMOND ART GALLERY 25:25 - 1980-2005 (refer to RAG05)

PAINT - A PSYCHEDELIC PRIMER (refer to VAG06)

OUR CHANGING LANDSCAPE (refer to BAG08)

VISIONS OF BRITISH COLUMBIA (refer to VAG09)

SHORE, FOREST AND BEYOND - ART FROM THE AUDAIN COLLECTION (refer to VAG11)

THE ORNAMENT OF A HOUSE - FIFTY YEARS OF COLLECTING (refer to BAG17)

References - GENERAL

A New Era Opens in the Teaching of Art by Jack Shadbolt
      1937, (Jan. or Feb. issue) The B.C. Teacher magazine

School Art and the Workshop Spirit by Jack Shadbolt
      1937, June issue The B.C. Teacher magazine

WHO'S WHO IN NORTHWEST ART (refer to WWNA41)

A Report on Art Today in British Columbia by Jack Shadbolt
      Canadian Art magazine, November-December 1948, p. 4-7, 45; 2 illustrations

:p.m. magazine, 3 issues published in Vancouver 1951
      Published by Robert Reid, Edited by Yvonne Agzarian, George Wright, John Brockington
      Issue 2 had one original linocut by Jack Shadbolt: Seed Children
      Issue 2 also included one original linocut by Molly Carter: Hooyah the Raven
      Issue 3 had two original linocuts by Jack Shadbolt: Forms For Spring, second is untitled
      Issue 3 Shadbolt linocuts were included in article on Jack Shadbolt by Marya Fiamengo
      Information from STIGMA by Vancouver publisher William Hoffer (see References)

MACLEAN'S MAGAZINE - B.C. CENTENNIAL ISSUE (refer to MAC58)

PERMANENT COLLECTION (refer to AGGV64)

CREATIVE CANADA - VOLUME TWO
      Compiled by Reference Division, McPherson Library, University of Victoria, B.C.
      1972; ISBN 0-8020-3285-0
      "A biographical dictionary of twentieth-century creative and performing artists."
      Includes 2 full columns of concise information about Shadbolt, confirmed by the artist.

CONTEMPORARY CANADIAN PAINTING by William Withrow
      1972, ISBN -07710-9029-3, publisher McClelland and Stewart Limited
      224 pages, hardcover, extensively illustrated
      Chapters on 24 artists, list of bibliographies and galleries
      Western artists include J.W.G. Macdonald, Jack Shadbolt

ISLAND ARTS AND CRAFTS SOCIETY - List of Exhibitors

THE SHELL CANADA COLLECTION (refer to SHEL77)

VISUAL ARTS BRITISH COLUMBIA (refer to VABC77)

ROYAL CANADIAN ACADEMY OF ARTS -
EXHIBITIONS & MEMBERS 1880 - 1979
(refer to RCA81)

BRITISH COLUMBIA ART COLLECTION 1974-80 (refer to BCAC80)

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

ART BANK CATALOGUE (refer to AB87)

MONTREAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS -
SPRING EXHIBITIONS 1880 - 1970
(refer to MM88)

THE ALMA MATER SOCIETY ART COLLECTION - University of British Columbia 1948 - 1988
      No ISBN, 64 pages, illustrated in colour and b&w
      Includes history of the collection, artist biographies

CARMANAH - ARTISTIC VISIONS OF AN ANCIENT RAINFOREST
      1989, 168 pages; Western Canada Wilderness Committee; ISBN 0-9692230-5-6
      Includes Foreword by David Suzuki, Preamble by Cameron Young;
            Introduction by Randy Stoltmann, History, Map, Natural History,
            Epilogue by Bruce Cockburn, The project by Arne Hansen, The Art.
      100 B.C. artists participated including LeRoy Jensen, Jack Shadbolt, Gordon Smith

A CENTURY OF SCULPTURE (refer to SSBC98)

ART BC, MASTERWORKS FROM BRITISH COLUMBIA by Ian M. Thom
      2000, Douglas & McIntyre Ltd., ISBN 1-55054-808-5
      232 pages illustrated in colour and b&w
      Includes historical essays, biographical notes on Shadbolt, index.

A DICTIONARY OF CANADIAN ARTISTS (refer to M)
     5 pages of information and references to the artist.

BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF ARTISTS IN CANADA (refer to BIAC03)
      26 references cited for Shadbolt.

PUBLIC ART IN VANCOUVER - ANGELS AMONG LIONS (refer to PAV09)

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

THE LIFE AND ART OF HARRY AND JESSIE WEBB (refer to MTP14)

THE FECKLESS COLLECTION (refer to FECK18)

GREATER VANCOUVER ART GALLERIES 1954-2020 (refer to GVAG20)
     4 references to Shadbolt.

Clippings

"Shadbolt Exhibition Shows Wide Variety" by T.H.W.
     News-Herald October 28 1936

"Exhibitors at Art Gallery" by E.N.B.
     Daily Province November 12 1938

"On board H.M.S. Zig-Zag. From five miles out, H.M. sailors sighted a red blob on the distant shore line. Focassing (sic) his spectacles on the "blob," the Cap't. confirmed it to be J. Shadbolt (Alias Sarcastic Shad) (Alias Scragy Jack) (Alias Popeyed Bolt). They reported his location to shore officials and it is hoped that he'll be rounded up."
      From "Sailors Sight Slinkie Convict!"
      Savary Pudding, June 6 1939

"With all this beauty round us we all feel that the men could do a little painting up. May we suggest:
      1. Plucked and arched eye-brows for the Scott
      2. Sanguine finger and toenails for Mr. A-mess
      3. Hot oil and Henna rinse for Shaggy-Shad
      4. A pin-curl special for Mr. Mortuary
      5. Rubinsteinís Plastic Pack for More Míduke Lamb
      6. AND ONE THING WE ARE SURE OF Ė (to reduce the Fire Hazard)
           the Baronís eyelashes singed, dimples blacklisted, perhaps Solitary Confinement."
      From "BEAUTY SUGGESTIONS"
      Savary Pudding, June 6 1939

"J. Shadbolt - Just come back from Nowersoffski - taking part in iconoclastic controversy."
      From "Hi Run - and - Firun"
      Savary Pudding, June 8 1939

"Here is Artist Whose Output is Remarkable" by (unknown)
     News-Herald October 11, 1939

"Artists represented in the group comprise the following ... J.L Shadbolt ... (continues)
      From "Maritime Art Association"
      Vancouver Art Gallery Bulletin, November (?), 1939

"Gay Caricatures In Gallery Display" by (unknown)
     Daily Province May 28 1940

"Murals Feature Gallery Display" by T.H.W.
     News-Herald May 29 1940

"J.L. Shadbolt's "Signature Piece," with a touch of surrealism, and "White House" with masses firmly disposed in space are both important creations ..."
      From "B.C. Society of Fine Arts Display Sets New High Mark," by Palette
      Vancouver Daily Province, May 16, 1942

"Well-known Vancouver artists recently elected (BCSFA) members include ... Jack L. Shadbolt ..."
      From "B.C. Artists' Display To Calgary For Exhibition," by Palette
      Vancouver Daily Province, May-June 1942

"Among those contibuting paintings and drawings are: ... Jack. L. Shadbolt ... "
      From "Noted Artists Offer Paintings For Red Cross"
      Vancouver Daily Province (presumed), November 1942

"Paintings by well known artists include ... Jack Shadbolt ... (continues)
      From "Summer Show at Gallery Major Event for Art Lovers," by Palette
      Vancouver Daily Province, July 7, 1943

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