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John A. Radford: ‘Artistic Dean’ . . . Who?

When John Radford died, the Vancouver Sun hailed him as “dean of Vancouver artists and famous throughout Canada as an architect, water-colorist and art critic”. Today, you would be hard-pressed to find anyone in Vancouver (even in art or local … Continue reading

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Crookall as Colville

This CVA image made by local amateur James Crookall strikes me as being an outstanding photograph. It shows four men in a sailboat on relatively calm water. The gent with the cigar appears to be the eldest of the four … Continue reading

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Comfort’s 1954 Portraits at UBC

This is just a line to accompany the images of the portraits shown above. It was learned this week that these six images of UBC faculty and officials (which had been shown in UBC’s Archival Collections as painted by “unknown” … Continue reading

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Valentin Shabaeff’s Lost Art in the Hotel Vancouver

Update (Originally published December 2018) Mini Bio Valentin Firsov Shabaeff (1891-1978) was born in central Russia. He was admitted to the Moscow Art Academy at the age of 16, where he studied for five years; subsequently, he studied at the … Continue reading

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A. J. Davis, Vancouver Painter

The painting above was purchased by my good friend, Wes, at a thrift store, recently. He didn’t know who the artist was nor anything of his story. He just liked the painted rendering of the portrait. A bit of digging online revealed that the painting … Continue reading

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