The Estate of Jack Shadbolt
The Estate of Gordon Smith
January 20, 2018 - February 22, 2018
Jack Shadbolt (1909 – 1998) was an influential Vancouver modernist whose experimentations with abstract painting resonated both within Canada and internationally. The body of work presented here was made in the post-war period when Shadbolt was developing his formal vocabulary as a painter. Shadbolt was one of several artists who returned to Canada after the war with a profound sense of uncertainty about the future, and whose practice looked to new imagery to express a sense of social disruption during the post-war years.
In relationship to The Ghost Universe are a selection of works by B.C. Binning, Gordon Smith, Molly Lamb Bobak, Bruno Bobak and Marion Nicoll. While stylistically diverse, these artists shared an awareness of the anxieties and uncertainties during the post-war era as well as an eagerness to explore abstraction as a means of expression.Press Release
Bertram Charles (BC) Binning was one of Canada’s foremost modern artists, architectural innovators, and educators. His early work from the 1940s was characterized by elegant, expressive yet controlled line drawings, often with nautical themes, using brilliant colour to express the painting’s flatness as a structural element and emphasizing a strong sense of order and composition. In 1941 Binning designed and built his flat-roofed, post-and-beam home in West Vancouver, which became the key example of West Coast modernist design, shaping the area’s architectural landscape for the next decade. His interest in architecture led to the design of large mosaic murals for public buildings, including the British Columbia Electric Building (1955). This interest also informed his paintings from the 1960s and 1970s which gradually evolved to purely abstract forms and explorations of clear colour and form.View Work