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Alexander was elected as a member of the B.C. Society of Fine Arts in 1942, and exhibited in a number of their Annual Exhibitions.
He graduated with honours from the Vancouver School of Art in 1947, winning a scholarship, and taking further studies at the Art Students' League in New York c1954-55. He did portraits, figures, murals, and illustrations.
One of his specialties was portraits, and he did them for subjects in Toronto, Ottawa, Regina, Victoria, Vasar, New York, and Tokyo, Japan, as well as numerous portraits in Vancouver (including two portaits of the artist W.P. Weston).
One of his paintings was selected as the front cover image for the 1951 43rd Annual Exhibition catalogue of the B.C. Society of Fine Arts.
|1939 July 4 - 23||Six Local Artists||VAG|
|1936 Aug. 18 - 28||David Spencer B.C. Artists' Golden Jubilee||"a young, fair-haired man in a blue shirt"|
|1936 Sept. 18 - Oct. 11||VAG B.C. Artists 5th Annual||Portrait of my Brother|
|The Boy in the Blue Beret|
|1936 Oct. 15 - 20||VAG B.C. Artists Chilliwack Exhibition||The Boy in the Blue Beret|
|1937 Sept. 17 - Oct. 10||VAG B.C. Artists 6th Annual||Ukrainian Dancer|
|1938 Sept. 16 - Oct. 9||VAG B.C. Artists 7th Annual||The Yellow Coat|
|1939 Sept. 15 - Oct. 8||VAG B.C. Artists 8th Annual||Blue Mood|
|1941 Sept. 26 - Oct. 19||VAG B.C. Artists 10th Annual||Winter-Set|
|Blue and Gold|
|Inside Looking Out|
|1942 May 15 - 31||BCSFA 32nd Annual||Dark Russian|
|1942 July 7 - Sept. 2||VAG B.C. Artists 1st Annual Summer||Self Portrait|
|1942 Sept. 25 - Oct. 18||VAG B.C. Artists 11th Annual||Portrait Study|
|1943 May 15 - June 6||BCSFA 33rd Annual||Young Soldier|
|Self Portrait with Fitch|
|Chief's Daughter, Atlin, B.C.|
|Storm on Lake Atlin|
|1943 July 2 - Aug. 25||VAG B.C. Artists 2nd Annual Summer||Soldier Lineman|
|Self-portrait with fitch|
|Storm on Lake Atlin|
|1943 Sept. 25 - Oct. 20||VAG B.C. Artists 12th Annual||Portrait|
|1944 May 13 - June 4||BCSFA 34th Annual||Portrait|
|1944 July 4 - Aug. 30||VAG B.C. Artists 3rd Annual Summer||Portrait|
|1945 Sept. 22 - Oct. 21||VAG B.C. Artists 14th Annual||Commodore Brock, R.C.N.V.R.|
|1946 May 31 - June 23||BCSFA 36th Annual||November|
|Black and Copper|
|1946 July 2 - 28||VAG Jubilee Exhibition||Portrait of Alf Karlsen|
|1946 Sept. 21 - Oct. 13||VAG B.C. Artists 15th Annual||Lumber Mill|
|1947 April 12 - 13||WVCAC Exhibition of Fine Arts||Tide Flats|
|1947 May 9 - June 1||BCSFA 37th Annual||Mrs. A. Herstein|
|Figures in a Park|
|1947 July 8 - 27||VAG B.C. Artists Summer Exhibition||Figures in Park|
|1947 Sept. 20 - Oct. 12||VAG B.C. Artists 16th Annual||Scarred Landscape|
|1948 May 18 -June 6||BCSFA 38th Annual||Portrait of Irene|
|1949 May 3 - 22||BCSFA 39th Annual||Michael|
|1949 July 12 - July 31||VAG Stanley Park in Pictures||Lost Lagoon, Early Morning|
|1949 Oct. 8 - 30||VAG B.C. Artists 18th Annual||Woman With Comb|
|1950 April 25 - May 14||BCSA 40th Annual||Self Portrait with Fitch|
|Double Image on Lake Atlin, B.C.|
|1950 Nov. 28 - Dec. 17||VAG B.C. Artists 19th Annual||Yellow Tree|
B.C. PAINTINGS BURNABY 58 (refer to BAG58)
B.C. ARTISTS 27th ANNUAL (refer to BCA58)
SOME PAINTERS OF THE B.C. MAINLAND (refer to AGGV66)
PAINTING '66 - VANCOUVER CENTENNIAL AWARD EXHIBITION (refer to BCA66)
ROYAL CANADIAN ACADEMY OF ARTS -
EXHIBITIONS & MEMBERS 1880 - 1979 (refer to RCA81)
ARTISTS IN CANADA 1982 - UNION LIST OF ARTISTS' FILES (refer to AIC82)
A DICTIONARY OF CANADIAN ARTISTS
(refer to M)
Brief biography, includes info from 1961 "document from artist".
BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF ARTISTS IN CANADA
(refer to BIAC03)
5 references cited for Alexander.
VANCOUVER PUBLIC LIBRARY - B.C. ARTISTS FILES (refer to VPL)
Email correspondence with Renee Alexander, daughter, November - December 2010.
Interview with Renee Alexander, daughter, North Vancouver, December 15 2010
Interview with Renee Alexander, daughter, North Vancouver, March 2 2011
Visit to HMCS Discovery March 22, 2013
" ... together with oil and watercolour paintings by ...
R.S. Alexander ... all contribute much to this extraordinary show."
From "B.C. Society of Fine Arts Display Sets New High Mark," by Palette Vancouver Daily Province, May 16, 1942
"Well-known Vancouver artists recently elected (BCSFA) members
include ... R.S. Alexander ..."
From "B.C. Artists' Display To Calgary For Exhibition," by Palette Vancouver Daily Province, May-June 1942
"Among other prominent exhibitors are ... R.S. Alexander ...
From "Summer Show at Gallery Major Event for Art Lovers," by Palette Vancouver Daily Province, July 7, 1943
"Other artists showing creditable work are ... R.S. Alexander ..."
From "Notable Exhibits of Artists' Work" by Mildred Valley Thornton Vancouver Sun (presumed), May 1944
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