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Lionel Arthur John Thomas

April 3 1915 - May 6 2009

B.C. Society of Fine Arts (Member)
Federation of Canadian Artists (Founding Member 1941)
Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (ARCA 1960)

Lionel Thomas was born in Toronto, Ontario, in 1915.

Thomas has solo exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 1942 and 1948. He exhibited in the B.C. Artists annuals from 1942 to 1947, and from 1950 to 1952.

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.

Thomas exhibited with the B.C. Society of Fine Arts in their annual exhibitions from 1942 to 1953, including 1942, 1943, and 1949. His artwork was used as the cover image for the 1948 exhibition catalogue.

He showed work in the 1944 British Columbia At Work exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery. He submitted four works to the 1949 B.C. Graphic exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery, two of them were selected for the exhibition.

Thomas had work in Royal Canadian Academy of Arts exhibitions in 1960 and 1970.

Thomas died in Vancouver in 2009.

EXHIBITIONS

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION LOCATION
1942 January 6 - 18 Solo exhibition (27 pictures) VAG
1948 Nov 16 - Dec 5 Solo exhibition (27 pictures) VAG

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION ARTWORK
1942 May 15 - 31 BCSFA   32nd Annual Margot
1942 July 7 - Sept. 2 VAG   B.C. Artists 1st Annual Summer Aage Madsen
1942 Sept. 25 - Oct. 18 VAG   B.C. Artists 11th Annual Reservist - Cpl. Ramsay
1943 May 15 - June 6 BCSFA   33rd Annual Study of a Young Boy's Head
1943 July 2 - Aug. 25 VAG   B.C. Artists 2nd Annual Summer Study of a boy's head
1943 Sept. 25 - Oct. 20 VAG   B.C. Artists 12th Annual Jeun Canadien
Study for "Jeun Canadien"
1944 May 13 - June 4 BCSFA   34th Annual Strength
1944 July 4 - Aug. 30 VAG   B.C. Artists 3rd Annual Summer Strength
1944 Sept. 23 - Oct. 22 VAG   B.C. Artists 13th Annual B.C. Fishing Village
Threshing
Head Study
1944 Nov. 21 - Dec. 10 Labour Arts Guild   1st B.C. At Work The Shingle Mill
1945 May 18 - June 10 BCSFA   35th Annual Chinese Night Study
Chinatown
1945 July 3 - Aug. 26 VAG   B.C. Artists 4th Annual Summer Chinese Night Study
1945 Sept. 22 - Oct. 21 VAG   B.C. Artists 14th Annual After Service
1946 May 31 - June 23 BCSFA   36th Annual The Harmonica Player
Still Life with Crabs
Head with Blue Background
Indian Church
1946 July 2 - 28 VAG   Jubilee Exhibition Poppies in a Copper Pot
1946 Sept. 21 - Oct. 13 VAG   B.C. Artists 15th Annual The End of the Bench
The Octopus Ride
1947 May 9 - June 1 BCSFA   37th Annual The Accordian Player
Landscape
1947 July 8 - 27 VAG   B.C. Artists Summer Exhibition Landscape
1947 Sept. 20 - Oct. 12 VAG   B.C. Artists 16th Annual Still Life
Abstraction
1948 May 18 -June 6 BCSFA   38th Annual Still Life
Still Life
Painting
1949 May 3 - 22 BCSFA   39th Annual A Winter's Tale
The Forest God
Solo
Abstraction
Abstraction
1949 Nov. 22 - Dec. 11 VAG   First B.C. Graphic #15, 28/10/49
#3. 15/9/49 (rejected)
#16, 29/10/49 (rejected)
#3, 6/9/49
1950 April 25 - May 14 BCSA   40th Annual The Accordionist
Spatial Experiences, Capilano
1950 Nov. 28 - Dec. 17 VAG   B.C. Artists 19th Annual Autumn No. 1
Autumn No. 2


References - BIBLIOGRAPHY

Refer to BIBLIO.

References - GROUP EXHIBITIONS

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

SUMMER BUBBLE (refer to BAG70)

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

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

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

VISIONS OF THE WEST COAST - ROBERT ALLER & HIS COMMUNITY (refer to UVIC05)

CROSS CONNECTIONS (refer to LAG10)

References

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 1-1/3 columns of concise information about Thomas.

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

A GUIDE TO SCULPTURE IN VANCOUVER (refer to GSV80)

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

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

A CENTURY OF SCULPTURE (refer to SSBC98)

BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF ARTISTS IN CANADA (refer to BIAC03)
      8 references cited for Thomas.

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)

GREATER VANCOUVER ART GALLERIES 1954-2020 (refer to GVAG20)
     6 references to Thomas.

Clippings

" ... together with oil and watercolour paintings by ... Lionel A. Thomas ... all contribute much to this extraordinary show."
      From "B.C. Society of Fine Arts Display Sets New High Mark," by Palette
      Vancouver Daily Province, May 16, 1942

"Among other prominent exhibitors are ... L. Thomas ... (continues)
      From "Summer Show at Gallery Major Event for Art Lovers," by Palette
      Vancouver Daily Province, July 7, 1943

"In the same field of expression but using richer and more violent colours are ... Lionel Thomas ..." (continues)
      From "Lively Spirit Pervades B.C. Artists' Exhibition" by Palette. Vancouver Daily Province, May 3 1949

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