|MOLLY LAMB BOBAK, C.M., O.N.B., R.C.A. (1920-2014)|
|Tobacco Plant, 1986|
|Watercolour 22" x 30"|
|Signed, l.r. `Molly Lamb B` and dated, on the verso.||
Private collection, Toronto.
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Molly Lamb Bobak Biography
Molly Lamb Bobak was born near Vancouver, British Columbia on February 25, 1922, daughter of Alice Mary Price and art critic Harold Mortimer Lamb.|
She joined Canadian Women's Army Corps (C.W.A.C.) in 1942 and became lieutenant. She was appointed Official War Artist with the Canadian Army in Europe and went overseas in 1945-46, becoming the first Canadian female to become an Official War Artist (National Library and Archives Canada).
In 1945 she married Bruno Bobak, himself an outstanding artist.
Molly Lamb Bobak was an instructor in painting at Vancouver School of Art, 1947-50, taught at University of British Columbia Extension and Summer Schools in1958 and 1959.
In 1960 she began teaching at the University of New Brunswick Art Centre. She has also taught at Banff School of Art, Sunbury Shores Arts and Nature Centre, Inc. and the Alberta College of Art.
In 1995, Molly Lamb Bobak was appointed to Member of the Order of Canada (C.M.), one of Canada's highest civilian honours, and in 2002 she was appointed to the Order of New Brunswick (O.N.B.).
She died on March 2nd, 2014. According the obituary published in the UK's Daily Telegraph, Molly Lamb Bobak had been one of the last surviving Official War Artists to have served in the Allied forces during the Second World War (13 April, 2014).
Molly Lamb Bobak Awards and Honours
Third prize, Canadian Army Art Competition, 1944.
First prize, Graphic Art Society, 1966.
French Government scholarship for study in France, 1950-51.
Canada Council fellowship for study in Europe, 1960-61.
Royal Canadian Academy of Arts
Order of Canada, 1995
Order of New Brunswick, 2009
Molly Lamb Bobak Exhibitions (Known one-person shows)
Vancouver Art Gallery, c. 1940
Vancouver Art Gallery, 1950-60.
New Design Gallery, Vancouver, 1950-60
Waddington Gallery, Montreal, 1950-60.
Roberts Gallery, Toronto, 1962.
Roberts Gallery, Toronto, 1964.
Wells Gallery, Ottawa, 1965.
The National Gallery of Canada (travelling show), 1965.
Dalhousie University Art Gallery, 1966.
Roberts Gallery, Toronto, 1967.
Walter Klinkhoff Gallery, Montreal, 1968.
Beaverbrook Art Gallery, 1970.
Roberts Gallery, Toronto, 1971.
Sir George Williams Art Galleries, Montreal, 1972.
Walter Klinkhoff Gallery, Montreal, 1975.
The New Brunswick Museum, Saint John, 1977.
Walter Klinkhoff Gallery, Montreal, 1980.
Gallery 78, Fredericton, 1983.
Walter Klinkhoff Gallery, 1985; 1987; 1989; 1993.
Retrospective travelling exhibition, 1993-1994 - MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan.
Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton, N.B.
Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta.
The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, B.C.
Molly Lamb Bobak Group Exhibitions
Exhibition of Canadian Paintings, Rio de Janeiro and
Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1944.
Canadian Women Artists, Riverside Museum,
New York, 1947.
Sao Paulo Biennial, Museu de Arte Moderna, 1951.
Festival of Britain, London, 1951.
German Industries Fair, Berlin, 1953.
Canadian Painting Exhibition, Pakistan, India and
International Print Exhibition, Lugano, Switzerland.
Second, Third and Fourth Biennial Exhibitions of Canadian Painting, The National Gallery of Canada, 1957, 1959, and 1961.
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