Molly Lamb Bobak
(1920 - 2014)
Painter, watercolourist, and printmaker, Molly Joan Lamb was born in Vancouver in 1922. She studied with Jack Shadbolt and Charles H. Scott at the Vancouver School of Art (1938-41). She served with the Canadian Women's Army Corps (1942-46), and was an official war-artist (1945-46). In 1945, she married the artist Bruno Bobak. She taught at the Vancouver School of Art (1947-50) and intermittently (1952-60), the Vancouver Art Gallery (1954-58), and the University of British Columbia (1958-60). In 1960, she moved with her family to Fredericton, where she taught at the University of New Brunswick Art Centre (1960-1977). In 1973, she became a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and in 1993, the Mackenzie Art Gallery in Regina organized a major touring retrospective of her work.
(1923 - 2012)
Painter, watercolourist, printmaker, sculptor and muralist, Bronislaw Josephus "Bruno" Bobak was born in 1923 in Poland, and immigrated with his family to Canada in 1925. He studied art with Arthur Lismer and Gordon Webber at the Art Gallery of Toronto (1933-37), and with Carl Schaefer and Elizabeth Wyn Wood at the Central Technical School, Toronto (1938- 42). He served in the Canadian Army (1943-46), and was an official war artist (1944-46). In 1945, he married the artist Molly Lamb. He taught at the Vancouver School of Art (1947-57), and was the artist in residence at the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, (1960-61), and the director of the Art Centre there (1962-88). In 1973, he became a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, and in 1983, the Sir George Williams Art Galleries, Concordia University, organized a touring retrospective of his work.
(1896 – 1985)
Lucy Mary Hope Jarvis (July 27, 1896 – May 24, 1985) was a Canadian painter and educator.The daughter of Edward William Jarvis and Kate Agnes Harris, she was born in Toronto and grew up in Yarmouth, Pembroke Shore (Nova Scotia), Fredericton and southwestern Ontario. Jarvis studied art at Havergal Ladies College and at the art school of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.She taught at Kings Hall in Compton, Quebec and at the Provincial Normal School in Fredericton. She worked as a cataloguer and draftsman for the Royal Ontario Museum. From 1942 to 1944, she showed films in rural New Brunswick for the National Film Board War Information Service. With Pegi Nicol MacLeod, Jarvis founded the Observatory Art Centre of the University of New Brunswick. From 1946 to 1960, she was director of the art department at the University of New Brunswick. Jarvis later received a fellowship from the Canada Council which allowed her to travel and study in Europe.In 1961, she established as studio at Pembroke Dyke. Jarvis died there at the age of 88.Her work is included in the collections of the University of New Brunswick, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, the New Brunswick Museum, the University of Toronto and the National Gallery of Canada. Jarvis worked in pastels, watercolours and oil.
(1912 - 1968)
Miller Gore Brittain (1912-1968) was born in Saint John, New Brunswick. He served as a bomb aimer with the Royal Canadian Air Force in World War II and became an official war artist in 1945. Brittain studied for three years at the Art Students’ League in New York (1930-1932), where he was influenced by the social realism so popular at the school during this time.
When he returned to Canada, Brittain brought with him a unique style. While many artists, like the Group of Seven, were concerned with landscape painting and non-objective art, Brittain’s work was primarily figurative with an unerring sense of structure and composition. Later, he began to combine figurative work with abstraction and surrealism, and his compositions became filled with emotion, from despair to ecstasy. He experimented with colour to intensify his messages and to make his works vibrate and move. Brittain’s paintings had many Biblical themes, and flowed from the inner pain he experienced after the death of his wife.
Miller Gore Brittain’s work can be found in many collections, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Montreal Museum of Fine Art, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Canadian War Museum, and the New Brunswick Museum.
Brittain died in Saint John, New Brunswick.
(1918 – 2014)
Joseph Plaskett graduated from the University of British Columbia, and continued his studies at the Vancouver School of Art. Before leaving for Paris in 1951, he traveled to San Francisco, New York, and London, for further studies in painting and drawing. The romance and society of Europe inspired Plaskett to paint. His chosen subjects have always been intimate expressions of everyday life – interiors, still life, and portraits of friends and models.
After living in Paris for almost fifty years, Plaskett has moved to the quiet countryside of England, where he continues to paint. Since the 1940's he has had solo and group exhibitions in both public and private galleries. His works are in public art gallery collections from Prince Edward Island to Vancouver Island, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Joseph Plaskett is considered to be one of Canada’s most talented and established painters. In the spring of 2001, he was awarded The Order of Canada for excellence in the field of visual art. Most recently, the Plaskett Foundation was launched in 2004 to aid and support Canadian visual artists.
Pegi Nicol MacLeod
(1904 – 1949)
Pegi Nicol MacLeod was born in Listowel, Ontario in 1904. She studied under Franklin Brownell at the Ottawa Art Association, then at the École des beaux-arts in Montréal, where she met her lifelong friend, Marian Scott.
Pegi Nicol lived in Toronto from 1934 to 1937. When she married Norman MacLeod in 1937, she moved to New York City. Every summer she returned to Canada, mainly to Fredericton, NB, her husband's hometown, where she taught summer art courses at the University of New Brunswick. In 1944, she was commissioned by the National Gallery of Canada to paint the women's division of the Canadian armed forces. One hundred and ten of her paintings, watercolours and oils, are now in their war collection. In 1949, she died in New York City after an eight month illness at the age of forty-five. MacLeod belonged to the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour and the Canadian Group of Painters.
RFM McInnis was born in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1942. After receiving a Diploma in Fine and Applied Arts in 1961 he spent five years in the Royal Canadian Air Force as a photographer. "It was the nearest to making pictures I could do and still earn a living in those days". Thus began a career of traveling and painting. McInnis has lived and painted in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec. In the late 1970's he was commissioned to do portraits of the leaders of the Progressive Conservative Party which currently hang in the National Headquarters building in Ottawa.
In 2006 he relocated to the city of Winnipeg. On November 16, 2017, McInnis was elected a fellow of the Canadian Geographical Soci
(1933 - 2008)
Gordon Dunphy was born into an old New Brunswick farm family on the Nashwaak river Valley. He spent the greater part of his life as a highly respected dairy farmer, specializing in animal husbandry. Dunphy never received formal training, but set himself up in a studio in Taymouth, N.B. He soon developed a reputation for creating eloquent turned wood pieces that showed off distinct characteristics of the original material. No one expected him to do anything else until the day in 1981 when he turned from farming to embrace his own art, imagination and poetry in his pursuit of wood turning. He soon received invitations to show his work throughout Canada and Europe, becoming an internationally recognized and renowned master craftsman.
A painter, water colourist, draughtsman and printmaker, Jack Humphrey brought a modernist approach to both figurative and abstract work inspired by his native Saint John. With particular attention to form, composition and colour, he created cityscapes and harbour scenes that convey the natural disorder of buildings, streets and boats. His portraits of working class children are moody character studies that convey both the hardships of the Depression, and the resilience and hopefulness of youth.
In the 1920s, Humphrey studied under Philip Hale at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, and under Charles Hawthorne at New York's National Academy of Design. He took additional summer classes under Hawthorne at his Cape Cod School of Art. After completing his formal studies in 1929, Humphrey spent a year in Europe. In Paris, he took classes from Cubist painter André Lhote. In Munich, he spent ten weeks studying under Hans Hofmann. He then went on to Italy, Cologne, the Netherlands and Belgium.
Humphrey returned to Saint John in the summer of 1930, several months into the Depression, and started painting the city and its inhabitants, creating still lifes, and doing field sketches in the region. In 1933, he spent several months in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal, exhibiting with the Canadian Group of Painters at the Art Gallery of Toronto, and befriending John Lyman, Jori Smith and Jean Palardy. By the mid-1930s, Humphrey was achieving recognition outside New Brunswick. In 1938, he travelled to Mexico, where he made over 100 watercolours and drawings, which he exhibited the following year at Toronto's Picture Loan Society. During the war, he was commissioned as an unofficial war artist to paint portraits of soldiers. In 1952, Humphrey returned to France on a fellowship, spending a year in Paris and two months in Brittany.
Humphrey's work from the 1930s shows that he was already concerned with formal organization and colour. The experimentation of his early work is evident in the drawing Still-life with Oil Lamp (1930). Edith White (1939) demonstrates the naturalism and textured brushwork that is typical of his portraits of children. In Shore of Night (1958), the artist moves towards more abstraction, with a new palette of primary colours with black accents.
Humphrey was a member of the Canadian Group of Painters, Eastern Group of Painters, Contemporary Arts Society, Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour, Canadian Society of Graphic Arts, and International Association of Plastic Arts, and a Fellow of the International Institute of Arts and Letters. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of New Brunswick in 1951