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  1. Jack Shadbolt, Image in Cedar Slash, 1947.
    Oil on wood board, 58.0 x 73.0 cm. Gift of the
    Estate of Sheila and Wilfred Watson, 1998.

  2. Jack Shadbolt, Image in Cedar Slash, 1947.
    Graphite on paper, 39.0 x 48.0 cm. Gift of
    Doris Shadbolt, 1998.

  3. Jack Shadbolt: Underpinnings. Exhibition catalogue. 24 pages, colour and b/w images.
    Soft cover. Essays by Robert Linsley and
    Scott Watson. $2.00.
    ISBN# 978-0-88865-806-7 — To order contact:, tel. 604.822.2759,
    fax. 604.822.6689.

Jack Shadbolt: Underpinnings

Works on Paper from the Collection

1 May - 23 August, 2009

Opening reception: Saturday, May 2, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Download the Exhibition Catalogue [636 kB]

Jack Shadbolt (1909-1998) is one of Canada’s most important artists. He is known for his paintings and murals that draw from his personal experiences and from the social and political conflicts that have taken place in British Columbia’s and world history such as the struggles of the First Nations, the Second World War, and the environmental movement.

Jack Shadbolt: Underpinnings is a celebration of the artist’s centenary and includes over 150 drawings and sketches from the Collection of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery as well as journal entries and archival materials from The University of British Columbia Library, Rare Books and Special Collections. The works of art and documents date from the 1930s to the 1980s and many are being exhibited for the first time. One section of the exhibition reveals the artist’s technical approaches to large scale mural work and also shows the artist’s creative approaches to themes which continue to resonate today.

Over the past two decades, the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery has benefited from a rich relationship with the Shadbolts. The works of art that have been gifted by Jack and Doris Shadbolt from 1996 to 1998, by Doris Shadbolt in 1998 after the death of her husband, and by the Estate of Doris Shadbolt from 2008 to 2009 have deepened the Gallery’s existing collection of important work by this artist. The works are significant to the understanding of Shadbolt’s production and to the history of Canadian art.

Jack Shadbolt was born in England in 1909 and with his family, came to Canada in 1912, eventually settling in Victoria, British Columbia. He lived and taught in Victoria, Vancouver, and Burnaby. His work is represented in all the major galleries across Canada as well as in corporate and private collections. Shadbolt’s numerous awards include The Order of Canada in 1972, an Honorary Degree from the University of British Columbia, and in 1987 he and his wife, art historian and curator Doris Shadbolt established VIVA, the Vancouver Institute for Visual Arts, which supports and recognizes the achievements of artists in British Columbia.

This exhibition is part of an ongoing series that highlights works from the collection of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery at the University of British Columbia. Containing more than 2,500 significant works of art by Canadian and international artists, it is the third largest public art collection in the province.

We thank the University of British Columbia Library, Rare Books and Special Collections and gratefully acknowledge the support of The Canada Council for the Arts.

For further information please contact: Jana Tyner at,
tel: (604) 822-1389, or fax: (604) 822-6689