ART, VISUAL in BC marks an immigrant history of people and ideas.
As settlers and visitors to a new land, artists have sought to accommodate a vast and diverse landscape, its gradual urbanization and a particular cultural given, the arts of its First Peoples (see ART, NORTHWEST COAST ABORIGINAL). First were the colonial documentarists, beginning with the meticulous sketches of John WEBBER, the artist on James COOK's expedition to NOOTKA SOUND in 1778. Webber's...
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The Great Eagle, Skidegate, a watercolour painting by Emily Carr, 1929. Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
Pond Painting F.S. IV, Gordon Smith, 1996, acrylic on canvas, 150x120 cm. Private collection/Courtesy Equinox Gallery
Chief Moody Humchitt, Mildred Valley Thornton, c 1940, oil on board, 60x50 cm. Courtesy Heiltsuk Nation Collection, Heiltsuk Cultural Education Centre, Bella Bella
Marbled Murrelets, Robert Bateman, 1992, hand pulled lithograph, 22.5x30 cm. © Robert Bateman. Reproduction rights courtesy of Boshkung, Inc.
In the Mineral Regions, a Prospector's Hut, Charles John Collings, watercolour. Courtesy Uno Langmann
Blue Sky, Emily Carr, 1932–34, oil on canvas, 95.3x66.14 cm. Courtesy Art Gallery of Greater Victoria