Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Molly Lamb Bobak at Galerie Eric Klinkhoff

Speed Skaters at LBR 

One of my favourite Canadian artists is having a retrospective loan exhibition at Galerie Eric Klinkhoff in Montreal, April 26 - May 10, 2014. You can see the whole exhibit on line, but of course it's nothing like seeing the real thing.

Summer's Bouquet, 1997 
Molly Lamb Bobak was best known for her vibrant paintings of public events and street scenes.

The catalogue of the show describes them as having "staccato brushstrokes, etching movement onto the canvas with quick dabs, creating an astoundingly simple yet complex composition."

Her paintings of flowers "speak of an astounding maturity in the handling of the medium, and of a singular talent." The catalog adds, "She worked magic with oils and watercolours."

Interior with Piano, 1997

Molly Lamb was born in Vancouver in 1920, into an unconventional family. Her father was an art critic and collector, and painters like A.Y. Jackson, Frederick Varley, and Arthur Lismer were frequent visitors to her family home in Vancouver.

She studied at the Vancouver School of Art, taught by Jack Shadbolt, and later was the first Canadian woman artist to be sent overseas to document Canada's war effort, in 1945. While in London, she painted with Alex Colville and Bruno Bobak, whom she married on their return to Canada. Their marriage lasted 64 years, until his death in 2012. Molly Lamb Bobak passed away in February of this year, the last surviving member of the 32 official Canadian war artists of World War II.

Skiers - Crabbe Mountain 

A member of Montreal's Beaver Hall Group, and elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1973, she is among the first generation of Canadian women artists to work professionally and to earn a living from her art.

Galerie Eric Klinkhoff, 1200 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, QC H3A 1H6, phone 514-288-7306.

Tuesday - Friday 9:30 - 5:30
Saturday 9:30 - 5:00

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