Signed Lower Right - Numbered & Titled Bottom
Sight - 16 ins x 24 ins (40.64 cm x 60.96 cm)
Molly Lamb Bobak
(1920 – 2014 CAD) R.C.A., C.M., O.N.B.
Molly Joan Bobak, née Lamb, artist & teacher. She joined the Canadian Women’s Army Corps in 1942. In 1945, she became the first woman to be named an official Canadian war artist. She led workshops across Canada, gave live art lessons on television and served on many boards and arts councils. She was a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and received honorary degrees from the University of New Brunswick, Mount Allison University and St. Thomas University. She was appointed to the Order of Canada in 1995 and to the Order of New Brunswick in 2002.
Molly Lamb Bobak was born on Lulu Island (now Richmond), just south of Vancouver, to Harold Mortimer Lamb and Alice Mary Price. Her father’s activities as an art critic and collector (he was friends with Emily Carr and members of the Group of Seven) and her mother’s love of gardening and the beauty of nature seemed to predetermine Molly’s career in the visual arts.
Molly Lamb met her mentor, Jack L. Shadbolt, while she was a student at the Vancouver School of Art (now the Emily Carr University of Art and Design) from 1938 to 1941. Shadbolt’s influence remained strong throughout her career.
Molly Lamb joined the Canadian Women’s Army Corps in 1942 and spent three years “just begging to be a war artist.” Through the intervention of family friend A.Y. Jackson and Harry McCurry (the director of the National Gallery of Canada), she was appointed an official Canadian war artist in 1945. She was the only woman to receive such a distinction. It was through this work that she met her husband, Bruno Bobak, who at 21 was Canada’s youngest war artist during the Second World War.
Bobak’s works are included in many collections across Canada, including at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. Her illustrated diaries were published by Dundurn Press in 1992 under the title, Double Duty: Sketches and Diaries of Molly Lamb Bobak, Canadian War Artist. She also illustrated children’s books, including Sheree Fitch’s Toes in My Nose.
In 1993, the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina mounted a major travelling retrospective of Molly Lamb Bobak’s work. The exhibition’s curator, Cindy Richmond, said of Bobak, “Each one of her paintings reveals something unique and personal as seen through her eyes. They are celebratory in their beauty. There is nothing pretentious about her work. Her authenticity is a large part of her work.”
Bobak was a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and received honorary degrees from UNB (1983), Mount Allison University (1984) and St. Thomas University (1994). She was appointed to the Order of Canada in 1995 and to the Order of New Brunswick in 2002.
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Signed Lower Right - Numbered & Titled Bottom
Sight - 16 ins x 24 ins (40.64 cm x 60.96 cm)
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