Artwork by William Percival Weston,  Howe Sd. from Squamish Road

W.P. Weston
Howe Sd. from Squamish Road

oil on board
signed lower left; signed, titled and dated 1953 on the reverse
16 x 18 ins ( 40.6 x 45.7 cms )

Auction Estimate: $15,000.00$12,000.00 - $15,000.00

Price Realized $22,800.00
Sale date: June 9th 2021

Private Collection, Toronto
Born in London, England, William Percival Weston settled in British Columbia in 1909. Weston explored coastal B.C. on frequent sketching trips, impressed with the region’s rugged natural beauty. An admirer of the work of Emily Carr, the two corresponded, sharing their ideas and artistic motivations. Influential as an arts educator, Weston created an instructional drawing manual for teachers which was published in 1932. His emphasis on drawing was well-suited to capturing the distinctive trees, immense mountains and rocky expanses of his surroundings. In 1946, Weston retired from teaching and devoted himself to painting full-time.

This work offers a view of Howe Sound, North of Vancouver and close by the town of Squamish. With its breathtaking mountains and fjords, the captivating vistas of the region provide ample inspiration for landscape painters. The painting is thoughtfully composed with the directional unity of tree, water and road. Weston’s deeply felt admiration at the natural grandeur of the Northwest Pacific Coast permeates throughout his art.

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William Percival Weston
(1879 - 1967) Canadian Group of Painters, ARCA, BCSFA, RBA

Born (1879) and trained in London, England, William P. Weston settled in British Columbia, Canada in 1909 and took the position of art teacher at King Edward High School. He continued to teach until his retirement in 1946 and thus did not rely on painting as his primary source of income. Weston was a member of several groups and associations including the Royal Canadian Academy, the Canadian Group of Painters (formerly the Group of Seven), and the British Columbia Society of Fine Artists. Considered rather innovative at the time, Weston's interpretation of the BC landscape was imaginative and had a strong sense of style and vitality.