So although Shadbolt was born in England and trained in New York and Paris, it’s understandable that he’s regarded as one of Canada’s most important artists. Now, to mark the centenary of Shadbolt’s birth, the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery has organized “Jack Shadbolt: Underpinnings,” an exhibition of over 150 drawings, sketches and archival materials from the 1930s to the 1980s.
Many of the works in “Underpinnings” pick up on the themes of environment, First Nations and social conflicts that appeared and reappeared throughout Shadbolt’s practice. Studies for a large-scale mural work are also included. The exhibition at the Belkin, which runs all summer, is complemented for the month of May by an exhibition of Shadbolt works at Equinox Gallery. The result is an art historical legacy well worth bringing into the present day. (1825 Main Mall, Vancouver BC)