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Peter Noel Lawson Winterhalter Aspell

1918 - December 28 2004

Vancouver School of Art (Diploma 1942)
Peter Aspell School of Art

Peter Aspell was born in Vancouver, and studied art at the Vancouver School of Art, receiving his diploma in 1942.

In 1939 Aspell attended the Vancouver School of Art summer camp on Savary Island, and was noted in issues of THE SAVARY PUDDING.

He served in the Canadian army during World War II, and exhibited in the 1943 B.C. Society of Fine Arts annual exhibition as Sgt. Peter Aspell.

He 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, although his work was not in the exhibition.


Prospectus for the 1947-48 school year, portrait by Aspell.

Aspell taught at the Vancouver School of Art from 1948 to 1970, then started his own art school in Vancouver which he operated from 1970 - 1978.

Aspell won an Emily Carr Scholarship in 1948 and traveled in Europe. He had a solo show at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 1955, and many more solo and group shows in the decades since then, becoming one of Vancouver's most senior artists. He died in December 2004.

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION LOCATION
1992 Oct. 17 - Nov. 7 Heffel Gallery  "Beyond Primitive" paintings not indexed - info only

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION ARTWORK
1942 Sept. 25 - Oct. 18 VAG   B.C. Artists 11th Annual Self Portrait
St. Paul's Church, North Shore Reserve
Mill, North Shore Reserve
1943 May 15 - June 6 BCSFA   33rd Annual Spr. Fetterley, R.C.E.
1943 July 2 - Aug. 25 VAG   B.C. Artists 2nd Annual Summer Figure Study
Spr. Fetterley, R.C.E.
1943 Sept. 25 - Oct. 20 VAG   B.C. Artists 12th Annual Mike
Mack
1946 July 2 - 28 VAG   Jubilee Exhibition Self-Portrait
1946 Sept. 21 - Oct. 13 VAG   B.C. Artists 15th Annual Mary
Landscape (Near Fraser River)
1947 May 9 - June 1 BCSFA   37th Annual Helena
Reclining Figure
1947 July 8 - 27 VAG   B.C. Artists Summer Exhibition Mary
1947 Sept. 20 - Oct. 12 VAG   B.C. Artists 16th Annual Composition in White
Faith
1948 May 18 -June 6 BCSFA   38th Annual Double Portrait
Self Portrait
1948 Sept. 18 - Oct. 10 VAG   B.C. Artists 17th Annual Girl in Summer Landscape
Peter Brown
1949 May 3 - 22 BCSFA   39th Annual Woman in the Woods
1949 Oct. 8 - 30 VAG   B.C. Artists 18th Annual Figures in a Wood
1950 April 25 - May 14 BCSA   40th Annual My Son "Carl"
1950 Nov. 28 - Dec. 17 VAG   B.C. Artists 19th Annual October Landscape


References - BIBLIOGRAPHY

Refer to BIBLIO.

References - GROUP EXHIBITIONS

SOUVENIR CATALOGUE OF EXHIBITIONS OPENING
THE NEW VANCOUVER ART GALLERY
(refer to VAG51)

100 YEARS OF B.C. ART (refer to VAG58)

B.C. ARTISTS 27th ANNUAL (refer to BCA58)

7 WEST COAST PAINTERS (refer to VIF59)

SPRING EXHIBITION - FCA - BC REGION (refer to FCA64)

VANCOUVER: ART & ARTISTS 1931 - 1983 (refer to VAG83)

ARTROPOLIS 1990 (refer to ART90)

A MODERN LIFE: Art and Design in British Columbia 1945-1960 (refer to VAG04)
      Dorothy by Aspell (1947) reproduced in colour page 25.

GREATER VANCOUVER ART GALLERIES 1954-2020 (refer to GVAG20)
     5 references to Aspell.

References

THE SAVARY PUDDING folio by Frederick A. Amess, private collection.
   Original drawings, paintings and text by Amess, C.H. Scott, Grace Melvin,
       H. Mortimer Lamb, Plato von Ustinov, and other students and visitors.
   June 1935 (various dates), June 1939 (various dates)
   52 loose 12"x18" sheets of brown sketch paper

VISUAL ARTS BRITISH COLUMBIA (refer to VABC77)

ARTISTS IN CANADA 1982 - UNION LIST OF ARTISTS' FILES (refer to AIC82)

THE ALMA MATER SOCIETY ART COLLECTION
University of British Columbia 1948 - 1988

      No ISBN, 64 pages, illustrated in colour and b&w
      Includes history of the collection, artist biographies

A DICTIONARY OF CANADIAN ARTISTS (refer to M)

BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF ARTISTS IN CANADA (refer to BIAC03)
      5 references cited for Aspell.

In Memory of Peter Aspell 1918 - 2004 by editorial staff
      Visions, Spring 2005, page 2
      Published by Emily Carr Institute Foundation + Development Office

VANCOUVER PUBLIC LIBRARY - B.C. ARTISTS FILES (refer to VPL)

VANCOUVER SCHOOL OF ART - LIST OF GRADUATES & STUDENTS (refer to VSA)

Clippings

"Maharajah A.S. Pell - reclining on the edge of a 300 ft. cliff, eating cheese sandwich sahibs - scarin' his harum, cracking crusty gags and generally doing all right."
      From "View of the Day"
      Savary Pudding, June 6 1939

"Aspel - can hit a cuspitidin at 10 paces and still make it ring."
      From "Hi Run - and - Firun"
      Savary Pudding, June 8 1939

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