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About Jack & Doris Shadbolt

Doris and Jack Shadbolt married in 1945 and moved to Burnaby in 1950. Individually, they have made significant contributions to the art community on regional, national, and international levels.

Doris Shadbolt (1918–2003) was born in Preston, Ontario. An honours graduate in Fine Arts from the University of Toronto, she held positions at the Art Gallery of Ontario and the National Gallery of Canada before moving to BC. At the Vancouver Art Gallery, where she remained for 25 years — first as Director of Education, then as Chief Curator & Associate Director — Doris became known as the driving energy behind many of its more adventuresome programs and exhibitions. As an art historian and author, Doris has written numerous articles and books. She has served on many national boards and councils, and is the recipient of awards, including the prestigious Order of Canada in 1976.

Jack Shadbolt (1909–1998), was born in England, grew up in Victoria, BC and moved to Vancouver in 1931. After several years of travel and study, he began teaching at the Vancouver School of Art where he remained for 25 years as head of the drawing and painting department. Jack became well known as a lecturer and writer on the creative process in art, and as an advocate of contemporary art attitudes. An internationally recognized Canadian painter, he is represented in Canadian and American public, private and corporate collections. His work has been included in many international exhibitions. He has a long record of solo exhibitions, including a retrospective at the national Gallery in 1969, which toured the country. Jack is the recipient of many awards, including the Order of Canada in 1972. He is also the author of two books on art and a collection of poems with drawings.

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