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Jack Akroyd: Works from the Burnaby Art Gallery Permanent Collection

Jack Akroyd

February 19-April 22, 2013
McGill Library

Artist Jack Akroyd (1921-1996) was born in Halifax, England. In 1947, he immigrated to Ontario to work as a machinist. After 18 months he quit his job working for the CNR and enrolled at the Ontario College of Art, going on to graduate in 1953. Shortly after, Akroyd moved to the West Coast, taking on various positions and working full-time as a draftsman with a Vancouver consulting engineering firm. He sketched and painted in his spare time and between jobs. By 1961, he was living in Kitsilano and had declared himself a freelance artist. Jack is quoted as saying “I figured if I could generate $100 per month, I could make it.” As not many of his early works sold, Jack supported himself by helping local sculptors. While Akroyd remains comparatively unknown on the West Coast, his work is held in many private and public collections, and a forthcoming book by Mother Tongue Press will feature his work. The works shown here, most from the early 1970s, present outdoor scenes of British Columbia. The Burnaby Art Gallery is honoured to present its wonderful collection of Akroyd paintings and drawings as a tribute to a highly skilled artist who documented his surroundings with meticulous detail and a personal, almost humorous touch.