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Vancouver Sun, May 1944
(Editor's note: the exhibition was open May 13 to June 4)

Notable Exhibits of Artists' Work

by Mildred Valley Thornton

     British Columbia's senior art organization, the B.C. Society of Fine Arts, is holding its 34th annual exhibition at the Art Gallery.
     The society has steadily grown in influence and interest until now its exhibits constitute the major art event of the spring season. It has a membership of about fifty, and usually shows a proportion of work of non-members by invitation.
     The exhibit this year is lively and aggressive in spririt though not so daring as some we have seen, being on the whole rather conservative in character.

OLD GUARD REPRESENTED
     Most of the "old guard" are represented adequately in their latest work. W.P. Weston has a fine study of the outdoors called "Foxglove." It is masterly in design and reminds one of J.E.H. MacDonald's famous "Tangled Garden."
     Outstanding in color and character is Paul Rand's large canvas "Zucca Harvest." This is perhaps the artist's best effort and is dazzling in its brilliancy.
     J.W.G. Macdonald's impressive mountain canvas "Mount Lefroy" is very strong and convincing. It is a compact and truthful composition and has unusual power. Lawren Harris and S. Brunst are in the vanguard of the abstractionists. The work of Brunst is pure design in raw, primary colours. Lawren Harris is invading another sphere which has to do with planes, emotions, and aesthetic experience.
     Following his trend in legendary subjects J. Delisle Parker is showing a large vertical panel called "Drake sees the Olympics," painted in the character, color and feeling which he has made his own.

MYSTERIOUS PAINTINGS
     Sybil Cianci exhibits three mysterious paintings with innocuous titles, but there seems little justification for promulgating the cult of ugliness in a world which is already grievously oppressed with that afflication. (sic) Harry Hood displays more and more authority in his sensitive landscapes, and G.H. Tyler has several small landscapes to his credit.
     Ronald Jackson has taken to painting wild life, and his studies of birds on the wing are very satisfying in an academic sort of way.
     "Across the Ottertail Valley" by Bess Harris is one of the best efforts we have seen by this artist. James Amess has made remarkable strides and is showing a deft drawing and a lively watercolor.
     Beulah Jaenicke's "Night Alarm" is extremely clever and humorous, while "Poles and Potlatch," by Gordon A. Smith, is a watercolour to remember.
     Doris LeCocq has two fine pieces in the sculpture section, and David Purrott is showing a direct carving from plastic which is very lovely.
     Other artists showing creditable work are G. Thornton Sharp, Maud Sherman, Dorothy Bell, R.S. Alexander, Jane Billaux, Marion Morham, and Mable (sic) Bain.


Clipping provided courtesy of Vancouver Art Gallery Library

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