Artwork by Jack Leonard Shadbolt,  Mexican Evening

Jack Shadbolt
Mexican Evening

colour serigraph
signed, titled, dated 1981 and numbered 5/50
22.5 x 29 ins ( 57.2 x 73.7 cms )

Auction Estimate: $3,000.00$2,000.00 - $3,000.00

Price Realized $1,725.00
Sale date: May 28th 2015

Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver
Private Collection, Ontario
Shadbolt presents this tri-colour print in silver, black and red clay as a semi-abstract work that includes powerful symbolic references to ancient peoples and cultures. A delicately balanced graphic design composed in appealing and carefully considered opaque tones, the subject matter echoes classical references to an iconography that is thousands of years old.

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Jack Leonard Shadbolt
(1909 - 1998) RCA

Jack Shadbolt was a dominant figure in the Vancouver art scene beginning in the 1940s, alongside B.C. Binning. Shadbolt drew from many sources of inspiration, including Cubism, Surrealism, American Regionalism and Northwest Coast Native American art. He drew on these various sources to help him express his deep affinity for nature and its cultural representation.

Shadbolt emigrated from England in 1912 and moved first to the BC interior before settling in Victoria in 1914. He met Emily Carr in 1930 while attending Victoria College, who left a strong impression on his life and work. Although their artistic styles varied considerably from one another, they were both inspired by the spiritual unity with nature apparent in Northwest Coast Native American art. Shadbolt was an official war artist in the Canadian Army during World War II. After the war, he resumed his post as a faculty member at the Vancouver School of Art, and in 1987 founded the Vancouver Institute for the Visual Arts with his wife Doris (now The Jack and Doris Shadbolt Foundation for the Visual Arts). Shadbolt studied at the Art Students' League in New York, London, and Paris, and with Group of Seven member Frederick Varley at the Vancouver School of Art. He received numerous accolades during his lifetime, including Officer of the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia.