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Vancouver Art Gallery

FIRST QUARTERLY GROUP EXHIBITION

P.G. COWLEY-BROWN
E.J. HUGHES
J.A.S. MACDONALD
PAUL RAND

June 20 - July 9, 1950


QUARTERLY GROUP SHOWS

     Since its founding in 1931, the Vancouver Art Gallery has been intimately associated with the artists of the Province, particularly through the B.C. Society of Artists and the B.C. Artists Annual Exhibitions. It has been more liberal of its handing space to local painters than any other gallery in Canada, above all in the matter of granting One-man shows. This has worked to the advantage of everyone, but the rapid growth of the city (and with it the number of artists) has placed a heavy burden on the Exhibition Committee in their work of screening applications for One-man shows. We have now on our records more than 400 names of people who paint. It is manifestly impossible to show the work of any but a very small proportion of these painters (except at the Annual B.C. Artists Exhibition) if we are to devote the very necessary time and space to our own collection and to important special exhibitions.

     It is in these circumstances that the Exhibition Committee decided to restrict One-man shows to three or four a year and to make them by invitation only. At the same time they instituted the Quarterly Group Shows in which the work of four or five artists will be hung together. Anyone may apply for inclusion in a Group show. It is intended that these shows should serve both established painters and also those who show real promise in their development. They will also ensure that the door remains wide open for any artist to approach the Committee and submit work for their consideration.

     With great pleasure we present this, the First Quarterly Group Exhibition. We are confident that these exhibitions will prove a very successful feature of our programs.

             J.A. Morris

P.G. COWLEY-BROWN

      Born in Singapore, 1918, he came to Canada in 1926. During the war he was appointed an Official War Artist and served with the R.C.A.F. Two of his war paintings were presented to the National Library of Wales.
      For the last year Pat Cowley-Brown has been living on Gabriola Island. He is represented in the collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery.

1 FISH BOATS AT DUSK $200
2 COAST RAPIDS   250
3 VESPERAL   200
4 OMNIPARITY   175
5 SOMNOLISM (Loaned by Mr. Gaston Lorans) NFS
6 BREAKWATER (Collection Vancouver Art Gallery) NFS

E.J. HUGHES

      Born 1913, he spent his early childhood in Nanaimo and later moved to Vancouver where he remained until 1939. He received his training at the Vancouver School of Art and then became a commercial artist. During the war he was appointed an Official War Artist and served in Britain, the Aleutians and Canada until 1946.
      In 1947 he was awarded the Emily Carr Scholarship and was elected a member of the Canadian Group of Painters in 1948. He now lives in Victoria.
      He is represented in the collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Toronto, Brock Hall and Hart House.

7 INDIAN CHURCH, NORTH VANCOUVER $375
8 HOUSES, QUALICUM BEACH   275
9 STEAMER APPROACHING THE WHARF, NANAIMO   150
10 STREET SCENE, COURTENAY   375
11 ROCK FORMATION, GABRIOLA ISLAND   275
12 COURTENAY RIVER LANDSCAPE   150

J.A.S. MACDONALD

      Born 1921 in Vancouver he is a graduate of the Vancouver School of Art.
      During the war he served overseas as a navigator in the R.C.A.F. and for some time was a prisoner of war.
      James Macdonald is now art teacher at the Vancouver Model School.

13 CARROLL & PENDER, NIGHT $50
14 FALSE CREEK   50
15 FIGURE AND INSTITUTIONS   50
16 PORTRAIT OF D.J. NFS
17 RED BUILDINGS   30
18 RIVER SKETCH #1   30
19 RIVER SKETCH #2   30
20 RAINY DAY NFS

PAUL RAND

      Born in Bonn, Germany, and attended art school in Frankfurt am Main for a year before coming to Canada in 1912. He studied at Vancouver School of Art night classes under F.H. Varley, W.P. Weston, A.R.C.A., J.W.G. Macdonald, and C.H. Scott, A.R.C.A. In 1934 he became a commercial artist and joined the staff of the Sun Publishing Co. in 1939, where he is now Art Director of Lithography.
      Paul Rand was elected to the B.C. Society of Artists in 1934 and has exhibited regularly with them since. For the past two years he has been President of the Society.
      The painting "Coal Diggers" in this show was included in the Canadian exhibition which toured the Southern Dominions in 1936.

21 COAL DIGGERS NFS
22 REST   500
23 TIMBER MEN   650
24 ZUCCA HARVEST   500
25 EARLY SPRING   300
26 CLAY BANK   300



Exhibition catalogue courtesy Vancouver Art Gallery Library.


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