Art & Artists in Exhibition: Vancouver 1890 - 1950
The Art in Living Group
(also Design Through Living, Design in Living)
? - 1946 - 1949 - ?
The group was conceived during WWII, but was apparently
organized after the war. As noted in Scott's article,
was the Chairman of the Group in 1947. Other members of the group
included Lilette Mahon, architect Ned
Pratt (later of the firm Thompson Berwick & Pratt), and
The Art in Living Group was an "offspring" of the
Federation of Canadian Artists that
was itself founded in 1941.
The article in Canadian Art magazine noted that the group
had put on four exhibitions by that time, and had inspired a
number of local groups to "chip in" to bring Richard Neutra,
well-known American architect and town planner, to Vancouver,
where he gave two lectures. The article also noted that
members of the group who had helped put on their exhibitions
numbered "to the better than one hundred".
The group put on at least two exhibitions at the
Vancouver Art Gallery, in 1946 and 1949.
Design Through (For) Living Group (VAG exhibition Nov. 8 1949)
The Art In Living Group by Fred Amess
Canadian Art magazine, Vol. 5
No. 1, October-November 1947, p. 13, 52; 1 illustration
"The B.C. Region of the Federation of Canadion Artists has been
engaged for the past five years in Province-wide activities. Included in these
activities are the sending of small travelling exhibitions of Art to the Interior
towns of the Province in co-operation with the University's Department of Extension;
the planning and financing of a campaign to further the Community Centre Art Brief,
and co-operation with the Parks Board of the City for an Art Festival Week in
Stanley Park during the summer. Excellent work has also been done by a group of
Federation members known as the Art in Living Group. The chief
concern of this group lies in acquainting the public of what is best and most modern
in home and community planning. This it does by means of attractively designed
diagrams, plans, elevations, photographs, printed matter and beautifully-made
three-dimensional scale models. Mr. Fred Amess is the
Chairman of the Group."
From A Short Art History of British Columbia
By Charles H. Scott, 1947.