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Patience H. Birley
(m. S. Patrick Birley)

December 11 1905 - ?

Island Arts and Crafts Society

Patience Birley was born in Bedfordshire, England, in 1905, and studied in England and in Bruges, Belgium. After arriving in B.C. she was a student of Ina Uhthoff in Victoria.

Birley exhibited with the Island Arts and Crafts Society between 1935 and 1941, according to a card file in the Vancouver Art Gallery Library.

She exhibited in the B.C. Artists exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery from 1936 to 1949. In 1939 she had a solo exhibition of "animal portraits in pastel" at the Gallery, a type of work she was noted as specializing in.

Who's Who in Northwest Art, 1941, noted that she exhibited in the Fall Exhibition, Victoria, 1937 and 1938; B.C. Artists Exhibition, Vancouver, 1937 and 1938. She was living at 590 Transit Road, Oak Bay, Victoria.

B.C. Vital Statistics on-line has no information on Patience Birley, but does note that Studley Patrick Birley died in Victoria July 29 1962 at the age of 57. He was possibly the artist's husband.

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION LOCATION
1939 Dec. 5 - 17 Animal Portraits in Pastel Vancouver Art Gallery

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION ARTWORK
1936 Sept. 18 - Oct. 11 VAG   B.C. Artists 5th Annual Kittiwake
Tommy
1938 Sept. 16 - Oct. 9 VAG   B.C. Artists 7th Annual Cossack
English Setters
Oak Bay Team
1939 Mar. 14 - 26 VAG   IACS Vancouver Island Exhibition Cossack
Frieda and Heinie
1939 Sept. 15 - Oct. 8 VAG   B.C. Artists 8th Annual Champions
Thoroughbred
1945 Sept. 22 - Oct. 21 VAG   B.C. Artists 14th Annual Circus Tiger, Ottawa
Trust
1949 Oct. 8 - 30 VAG   B.C. Artists 18th Annual Waiting Patiently

References

WHO'S WHO IN NORTHWEST ART (refer to WWNA41)

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

ISLAND ARTS AND CRAFTS SOCIETY - List of Exhibitors

BRITISH COLUMBIA WOMEN ARTISTS 1885-1985 (refer to AGGV85)

BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF ARTISTS IN CANADA (refer to BIAC03)
      1 reference cited for Birley: WWNA above.


Clippings

"December Art Shows at Art Gallery" by (unknown)
     News Herald, December 1, 1939

"Canadian Artists Show Their Work" by P.C.W.
     Daily Province, December 6, 1939

"Three Artists Display Work" by (unknown)
     Vancouver Sun, December, 1939

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