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In 1939 Amess held the position of Evening School Supervisor at the art school, and wrote an article for Behind The Palette, the Vancouver School of Art Annual for 1939-40, titled Evening School, in which he discussed the courses given in the evening classes, and student activities such as production of Behind The Palette. With the outbreak of war in Europe making the headlines in the daily newspapers and on the radio, Amess wrote that "the fever of destruction" must be counteracted by "the stimulus of creation".
His watercolour "Artists in a Wind" won the Beatrice Stone medal in 1940, after the jury decided it was superior to all of the oil paintings, which were nominally the only artworks to be considered.
Amess married fellow artist Elizabeth (Betty) Elliott in Caulfeilds, West Vancouver, on June 21, 1941.
Amess was a Founding Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists in 1941.
Amess was on a list titled "Leading Vancouver Artists," provided to the Labour Arts Guild on April 10, 1946 by the Vancouver Art Gallery to assist in the Guild's call for entries to the second annual B.C. At Work exhibition.
He exhibited artwork in numerous B.C. Artists exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery beginning in 1932.
He entered four pen and wash drawings to the 1949 B.C. Graphic exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery, but none of them were selected for the exhibition as they "did not come in".
Amess was a charter member of the B.C. Industrial Design Committee.
He had solo exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 1950 and 1951, as well as a duo show in 1941. He also showed work at the National Gallery, Ottawa, and at the Seattle Art Museum. He exhibited work with the B.C. Society of Fine Arts and won two awards of merit for his work. He also won a Bronze Medal from an exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery.
|1941 June 3 - 15||J.H.O. Amess & Fred Amess||Vancouver Art Gallery|
|1950 Oct. 31 - Nov. 19||Solo show||Vancouver Art Gallery|
|1929 Nov. 16 - 30||BCSFA Winter Exhibition||Housie Housie, Hastings Park|
|1930 Nov. 27 - Dec. 7||PASOVAS Art Club Exhibition||Pen and Ink|
|Cold Water Stream|
|Sunlight, Grouse Mountain|
|1932 May - July||VAG All Canadian Exhibition||A Mill on the Fraser|
|1932 Sept. 17 - 30||PASOVAS Club Exhibition||"Haystack"|
|"The Raising of the Totem"|
|Sketch (red conte)|
|1932 Oct. 5 - 30||VAG B.C. Artists 1st Annual||The High Dive|
|The Street Scene|
|1933 May 3 - 18||VAG VSAGA 1st Annual Exhibition||Buccaneer Bay|
|The Old Barn|
|Studio Corner (Pen and Ink)|
|In a Chinese Vegetable Garden (Lithograph)|
|Unemployed (Dry Brush)|
|1933 June 3 - 11||VAG BCSFA 23rd Annual||Hello!|
|1933 Sept. 22 - Oct. 15||VAG B.C. Artists 2nd Annual||Hot Hills|
|Wind Twisted Trees|
|1934 Sept. 21 - Oct. 14||VAG B.C. Artists 3rd Annual||The Record|
|Torture and Calm|
|Sketch, Savary Island|
|1935 Sept. 20 - Oct. 15||VAG B.C. Artists 4th Annual||Summer Fallow|
|The Main Drag|
|1936 June 26 - July 12||VAG BCSFA 26th Annual||The Old Fisherman|
|1936 Sept. 18 - Oct. 11||VAG B.C. Artists 5th Annual||Mural Panel (Detail)|
|1938 Sept. 16 - Oct. 9||VAG B.C. Artists 7th Annual||Homeward Bound|
|1939 June 9 - 25||BCSFA 29th Annual||Fantasia|
|1939 Sept. 15 - Oct. 8||VAG B.C. Artists 8th Annual||Stack|
|H. Mortimer Lamb, Esq.|
|Cottage at Savary|
|1940 Sept. 20 - Oct. 13||VAG B.C. Artists 9th Annual||The Net|
|Artists in a Wind|
|1941 May 10 - June 1||BCSFA 31st Annual||Float, Kamloops|
|On the Fraser|
|1941 Sept. 26 - Oct. 19||VAG B.C. Artists 10th Annual||Ballet Rerhearsal|
|1942 May 15 - 31||VAG BCSFA 32nd Annual||Mission|
|1942 July 7 - Sept. 2||VAG B.C. Artists 1st Annual Summer||Ballet Rehearsal|
|Artists in the Wind|
|1942 Sept. 25 - Oct. 18||VAG B.C. Artists 11th Annual||The Artist and his Model|
|1943 July 2 - Aug. 25||VAG B.C. Artists 2nd Annual Summer||The Artist and his Model|
|1943 Sept. 25 - Oct. 20||VAG B.C. Artists 12th Annual||The Young Dancer|
|1944 Sept. 23 - Oct. 22||VAG B.C. Artists 13th Annual||Hope|
|1945 May 18 - June 10||BCSFA 35th Annual||Sheepfold|
|1945 July 3 - Aug. 26||VAG B.C. Artists 4th Annual Summer||Sheepfold|
|1945 Sept. 22 - Oct. 21||VAG B.C. Artists 14th Annual||Portrait|
|1946 July 2 - 28||VAG Jubilee Exhibition||Valley Farmer|
|1947 Sept. 20 - Oct. 12||VAG B.C. Artists 16th Annual||No. 8|
|1948 Sept. 18 - Oct. 10||VAG B.C. Artists 17th Annual||Beach|
|1949 Oct. 8 - 30||VAG B.C. Artists 18th Annual||Beach|
|1949 Nov. 22 - Dec. 11||VAG First B.C. Graphic||Ballet Rehearsal (did not come in)|
|Ballet (did not come in)|
|Woods (did not come in)|
|Northland (did not come in)|
WHO'S WHO IN NORTHWEST ART (refer to WWNA41)
VANCOUVER SCHOOLS DIAMOND JUBILEE SOUVENIR PROGRAMME
1946; 4 pages; published by Vancouver School Board
Cover images by Fred Amess
The Art In Living Group by Fred Amess
Canadian Art magazine, Vol. 5 No. 1, October-November 1947, p. 13, 52; 1 illustration
SOUVENIR CATALOGUE OF EXHIBITIONS OPENING THE NEW VANCOUVER ART GALLERY (refer to VAG51)
100 YEARS OF B.C. ART (refer to VAG58)
CREATIVE CANADA - VOLUME TWO
Compiled by Reference Division, McPherson Library, University of Victoria, B.C.
1972; ISBN 0-8020-3285-0
"A biographical dictionary of twentieth-century creative and performing artists."
Includes 2/3 of a column of information about Amess, confirmed by the artist.
ARTISTS IN CANADA 1982 - UNION LIST OF ARTISTS' FILES (refer to AIC82)
PRINTMAKING IN BRITISH COLUMBIA 1889-1983 (refer to AGGV83)
VANCOUVER: ART & ARTISTS 1931 - 1983 (refer to VAG83)
A DICTIONARY OF CANADIAN ARTISTS
(refer to M)
Half-page bio on the artist & numerous references.
BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF ARTISTS IN CANADA
(refer to BIAC03)
3 references cited for Amess.
VISIONS OF THE WEST COAST - ROBERT ALLER & HIS COMMUNITY (refer to UVIC05)
OUR CHANGING LANDSCAPE (2008) (refer to BAG08)
VANCOUVER PUBLIC LIBRARY - B.C. ARTISTS FILES (refer to VPL)
CITY & PROVINCIAL DIRECTORIES 1933-34 (refer to DIR)
THE FECKLESS COLLECTION (refer to FECK18)
GREATER VANCOUVER ART GALLERIES 1954-2020
(refer to GVAG20)
1 reference to Amess.
B.C. VITAL STATISTICS ON-LINE marriage, death (refer to BCVS)
"Among the larger paintings on display is Frank (sic) Amess'
"Woodland Temple," mural-like in style, and with unusually fine light-and-shadow
From "Pasovas Art Show" Vancouver Sun, November 6, 1934
"Artists represented in the group comprise the following ...
Fred Amess ... (continues)
From "Maritime Art Association" Vancouver Art Gallery Bulletin, November (?), 1939
"Fred Amess in "Mission" scores high, too, in a new vein."
From "B.C. Society of Fine Arts Display Sets New High Mark," by Palette Vancouver Daily Province, May 16, 1942
"Hung side by side, and yet in harmony, the visitor can enjoy on the
same wall such varied products as "The Dancers" by Fred A. Amess ...
From "Summer Show at Gallery Major Event for Art Lovers," by Palette Vancouver Daily Province, July 7, 1943
"It was '43 I think, when I was last in Trail, to see the first exhibit
of Vancouver artists, sponsored by
James L. (sic) Amess, of
B.C. Fine Arts association, Vancouver,
Mrs. Mildred V. Thornton,
Fred Amess and the writer.(continues)"
From "LIKES WESTON", by "Allan P. Allsebrook"
Trail Daily Times, March 1948
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