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Art in Profile #7: The Art of John Snow

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John Snow was a farm boy who played the violin, a navigator for the Royal Air Force (RAF) in enemy skies, a student of Henry Moore and British modernism, a loans officer at the Royal Bank of Canada, a lithographer . . . and an animateur of the arts in Calgary.” So begins Elizabeth Herbert’s intriguing study of a vital and influential figure in the cultural development of Calgary and a pioneer in the art of printmaking in Canada. Although everyone in Calgary’s art community is familiar with the work of John Snow (1911–2004), there has never been a full-scale exhibition of Snow’s art in his hometown, nor a monograph on the subject of his work. Yet there is evidence in plain sight that he was an artist of great power and individuality, whose work was shaped by the local and international literary avant-garde in ways that challenge conventional views of Alberta’s art history. Interested in art and music from an early age, Snow was already established in a banking career when, after his service in the Second World War, he decided to become a serious artist. From 1947 to 1949 he studied life drawing under Maxwell Bates, sparking a rich creative and personal relationship that would continue until Bates’s death in 1980. In 1953, Snow and Bates salvaged two lithographic presses from the scrapyard, and Snow began to cultivate the art of printmaking. Motivated by his desire to make art more affordable and accessible, Snow become Alberta’s premiere printmaker, producing over 400 lithographs of his own work and for artists such as Bates and Illingworth Kerr, while also excelling in a variety of other media, including oils, watercolour, and sculpture.
     Deftly integrating the artist’s archived papers, interviews with surviving contemporaries, and publications of the period, Herbert gives us access to Snow’s rich-hued, varied, and venturesome artistic vocabulary and reveals the uniqueness of his approach to Modernism. He was esteemed as a mentor to many, and acknowledged as a pioneer printmaker. In our time, the significance of his art has just begun to be measured.

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A banker turned artist, John Snow (1911-2004) was a major figure in the cultural development of Calgary and a pioneer in printmaking. His work was shaped by the local and international literary avant-garde in ways that challenge convention views of Alberta's art history. This book draws on Snow's archived papers, interviews with surviving contemporaries, and publications of the period to reveal his unique approach to Modernism. Herbert, an art curator and educator at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, explains how lithography emerged as an art form in Calgary, discusses Snow's influences, and explores how he manipulated the traditional genres of still life and figure studies. Color paintings and color photos of art by John Snow and others appear on every page. The book is distributed in the US by Michigan State University Press. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Interested in art and music from an early age, John Snow was already established in a banking career when, after his service in the Second World War, he decided to become a serious artist. Motivated by his desire to make art more affordable and accessible, Snow become Albertas premiere printmaker, producing over 400 lithographs of his own work, while also excelling in a variety of other media, including oils, watercolour, and sculpture. He was an artist of great power and individuality, whose work was shaped by the local and international literary avant-garde. He was a vital and influential figure in the cultural development of Calgary and a pioneer in the art of printmaking in Canada.

Synopsis:

John Snow was a farm boy who played the violin. He was also a navigator for the Royal Air Force (RAF), a student of Henry Moore and British modernism, a loans officer at the Royal Bank of Canada, a lithographer . . . and an animateur of the arts in Calgary. Despite the fact that there has never been a full-scale exhibition of his art in his hometown, nor a monograph on the subject of his work, Calgary's art community is familiar with his work. Snot (1911-2004) was an artist of great power and individuality, whose work was shaped by the local and international literary avant-garde in ways that challenge conventional views of Alberta's art history.
     Deftly integrating the artist’s archived papers, interviews with surviving contemporaries, and publications of the period, Herbert gives us access to Snow’s rich-hued, varied, and venturesome artistic vocabulary and reveals the uniqueness of his approach to Modernism. He was esteemed as a mentor to many, and acknowledged as a pioneer printmaker. In our time, the significance of his art has just begun to be measured.

About the Author

Elizabeth Herbert currently works as a curator and educator at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781552385166
Author:
Herbert, Elizabeth.
Publisher:
University of Calgary Press
Author:
Herbert, Elizabeth
Author:
Herbert. Elizabeth
Subject:
Canadian
Subject:
Art-History and Criticism
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Art in Profile: Canadian Art and Archite
Series Volume:
7
Publication Date:
20110231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
118
Pages:
220
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , Interested in art and music from an early age, John Snow was already established in a banking career when, after his service in the Second World War, he decided to become a serious artist. Motivated by his desire to make art more affordable and accessible, Snow become Albertas premiere printmaker, producing over 400 lithographs of his own work, while also excelling in a variety of other media, including oils, watercolour, and sculpture. He was an artist of great power and individuality, whose work was shaped by the local and international literary avant-garde. He was a vital and influential figure in the cultural development of Calgary and a pioneer in the art of printmaking in Canada.
"Synopsis" by ,
John Snow was a farm boy who played the violin. He was also a navigator for the Royal Air Force (RAF), a student of Henry Moore and British modernism, a loans officer at the Royal Bank of Canada, a lithographer . . . and an animateur of the arts in Calgary. Despite the fact that there has never been a full-scale exhibition of his art in his hometown, nor a monograph on the subject of his work, Calgary's art community is familiar with his work. Snot (1911-2004) was an artist of great power and individuality, whose work was shaped by the local and international literary avant-garde in ways that challenge conventional views of Alberta's art history.
     Deftly integrating the artist’s archived papers, interviews with surviving contemporaries, and publications of the period, Herbert gives us access to Snow’s rich-hued, varied, and venturesome artistic vocabulary and reveals the uniqueness of his approach to Modernism. He was esteemed as a mentor to many, and acknowledged as a pioneer printmaker. In our time, the significance of his art has just begun to be measured.
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