|Dark Expelled, 1960
oil on canvas, 45½" × 35"
Jack Shadbolt Artist Biography
Jack Leonard Shadbolt, OC OBC (February 4, 1909 November 22, 1998) was a Canadian painter. Born in Shoeburyness, England, Shadbolt came to Canada with his parents in 1912. He was raised in Victoria, British Columbia. Shadbolt studied at the Art Students' League in New York City (1948) and in London (1937) and Paris (1938). Starting in 1938, he taught and studied with Frederick Varley at the Vancouver School of Art. During World War II, Shadbolt was an official War artist in the Canadian Army.
After the war, Shadbolt returned to his faculty position at the Vancouver School of Art (VSA). When he retired in 1966, he had become the head of painting and drawing section. He devoted more time to painting. In 1987, Shadbolt and his wife founded the Vancouver Institute for the Visual Arts, a charitable foundation to provide grants to individuals in support of their artistic endeavours. The foundation was later re-named The Jack and Doris Shadbolt Foundation for the Visual Arts.
In 1956, works by Shadbolt along with those of Louis Archambault and Harold Town represented Canada at the Venice Biennale. In 1972, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 1990, he was awarded the Order of British Columbia. Throughout his life, Shadbolt continued to advance the boundaries of his art.