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He attended the Vancouver School of Art from 1937 to 1939, and had private studies under Allan Edwards. In 1939 he moved to San Francisco, and lived in California until moving to New York in 1956, where he died of cancer in 1988 at the age of sixty-nine.
Bladen exhibited in the 1939, 1941, and 1943 B.C. Artists exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery, and in 1946 had a solo exhibition at the gallery.
Over the years Bladen's artwork changed from painting to monumental sculpture. His paintings had evolved into semi-sculptures on their own, often built up in deep relief off the support, which he changed from canvas to board or masonite to support the weight.
Apparently, some time after he died a false wall was discovered in his apartment, behind which a collection of his work had been sealed off.
|1946 Jan. 22 - Feb. 10||Solo Exhibition||Vancouver Art Gallery|
|1939 Mar. 14 - 26||VAG IACS Vancouver Island Exhibition||Devotion-Derision-Destruction|
|1939 Sept. 15 - Oct. 8||VAG B.C. Artists 8th Annual||Anticipation|
|1941 Sept. 26 - Oct. 19||VAG B.C. Artists 10th Annual||Seated Woman|
|Figure Study (Impression of Ravel's "Bolero")|
|1943 Sept. 25 - Oct. 20||VAG B.C. Artists 12th Annual||A Toast|
ARTISTS IN CANADA 1982 - UNION LIST OF ARTISTS' FILES (refer to AIC82)
VANCOUVER CENTENNIAL BIBLIOGRAPHY by Vancouver Historical Society
1986, Compiled by Linda L. Hale; cartobibliography by Frances M. Woodward.
"A comprehensive, thematic bibliography on Vancouver", focussing on "Vancouver proper".
Four Volumes (Set ISBN 0-9692378-0-4)
Includes reference to Bladen.
VANCOUVER PUBLIC LIBRARY - B.C. ARTISTS FILES (refer to VPL)
BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF ARTISTS IN CANADA
(refer to BIAC03)
(6 references listed for Baden)
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