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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.
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.
|1992 Oct. 17 - Nov. 7||Heffel Gallery "Beyond Primitive"||paintings not indexed - info only|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|1948 May 18 -June 6||BCSFA 38th Annual||Double Portrait|
|1948 Sept. 18 - Oct. 10||VAG B.C. Artists 17th Annual||Girl in Summer Landscape|
|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|
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.
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)
"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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