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Stanley Ernest Brunst (Stanislau Ernest Brunst)

c1894 - January 6 1962

Federation of Canadian Artists (Founding Member 1941)
B.C. Society of Artists

Stanley E. Brunst was born in Birmingham, England. He came to Canada at age eighteen and lived in Saskatchewan. He moved to Vancouver and became active in the local arts scene, having three solo exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery, in 1941 (watercolours), 1942 (22 pictures), and 1944 (28 pictures).

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.

He exhibited in the B.C. Artists' shows at the Vancouver Art Gallery from 1940 to 1950, and in the 1948 and 1949 Stanley Park in Pictures exhibitions.

In 1946 - 1947 he had work in a Federation of Canadian Artists travelling exhibition, and wrote a short statement to describe his approach to painting, "Introduction to the Modern Spirit" as well as providing some notes on his paintings in the show.

He exhibited with the B.C. Society of Fine Arts in their annual exhibitions from 1942 to at least 1950.

He died in Vancouver in 1962 at the age of sixty-seven.

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION LOCATION
1941 Jan. 7 - 26 Solo Exhibition VAG
1942 Apr. 28 - May 10 Solo Exhibition VAG
1944 Oct. 24 - Nov. 12 Solo Exhibition (28 pictures) VAG

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION ARTWORK
1940 Sept. 20 - Oct. 13 VAG   B.C. Artists 9th Annual Winter Fantasy
1942 May 15 - 31 BCSFA   32nd Annual Composition
Tennis Players
1942 July 7 - Sept. 2 VAG   B.C. Artists 1st Annual Summer Spring Sunshine
The Red Chair
1942 Sept. 25 - Oct. 18 VAG   B.C. Artists 11th Annual E. 19th Ave.
Near Coquitlam
Late Afternoon, Coquitlam
1943 May 15 - June 6 BCSFA   33rd Annual Machinery Composition No. 4
Basement Steps
1943 July 2 - Aug. 25 VAG   B.C. Artists 2nd Annual Summer Basement Steps
Machinery Composition No. 4
1943 Sept. 25 - Oct. 20 VAG   B.C. Artists 12th Annual Organization
Whonnock Home (Tempera)
1944 May 13 - June 4 BCSFA   34th Annual Abstraction
On the Veranda
1944 July 4 - Aug. 30 VAG   B.C. Artists 3rd Annual Summer Houses
1944 Sept. 23 - Oct. 22 VAG   B.C. Artists 13th Annual Children's Fairy Tale
1945 May 18 - June 10 BCSFA   35th Annual Cedar Cottage in Winter
1945 Sept. 22 - Oct. 21 VAG   B.C. Artists 14th Annual Coquitlam
Seated Nude
1946 May 31 - June 23 BCSFA   36th Annual Avenue Scene
1946 July 2 - 28 VAG   Jubilee Exhibition Houses
1946 Sept. 21 - Oct. 13 VAG   B.C. Artists 15th Annual Composition
Still Life
1946 - 47 Federation of Canadian Artists
Travelling Exhibition #2
Composition C
Buildings
Machinery
Circles and Forms
Winter Grey Day
October in Saskatoon
Composition 2
Composition 1
1947 May 9 - June 1 BCSFA   37th Annual Autumn
Composition
1947 Sept. 20 - Oct. 12 VAG   B.C. Artists 16th Annual River Road, Sea Island, B.C.
1948 May 18 -June 6 BCSFA   38th Annual Back Lane, Vancouver, B.C.
Old Barn and Silos, Lulu Island
1948 July 27 - Aug. 15 VAG   Stanley Park in Pictures Checker Players
Tennis in the Park
1948 Sept. 18 - Oct. 10 VAG   B.C. Artists 17th Annual Abstraction
The Loges
1949 May 3 - 22 BCSFA   39th Annual Burrard St. Mood
Organization of Varied Forms
1949 July 12 - July 31 VAG   Stanley Park in Pictures Early Morning, Lost Lagoon
Tennis Players
1949 Oct. 8 - 30 VAG   B.C. Artists 18th Annual Inventor's Dream of the First Megaphone
1950 April 25 - May 14 BCSA   40th Annual Chess Tournament No. 1
1950 Nov. 28 - Dec. 17 VAG   B.C. Artists 19th Annual The Tennis Players, Series 3
Stanley Park


References - MONOGRAPHS

Refer to BIBLIO.

References - GROUP EXHIBITIONS

IMAGES OF THE LAND - Canadian Block Prints 1919 - 1945
      1984 (1st Edition) Patricia Ainslie, Glenbow Museum; 1985 (2nd Edition)
      166 pages; ISBN 0-919224-40-7
      Extensively illustrated in colour and black and white
      Numerous chapters on all aspects of prints, including techniques, associations, exhibitions
      Footnotes, bibliography, catalogue, artist index, list of lenders, exhibition itinerary
      Brief biography of Brunst page 85, 3 works illustrated page 121

A MODERN LIFE: Art and Design in British Columbia 1945-1960 (refer to VAG04)

References - GENERAL

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

A DICTIONARY OF CANADIAN ARTISTS (refer to M)

BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF ARTISTS IN CANADA (refer to BIAC03)
      3 references cited for Brunst, including Macdonald above.

Clippings

" ... forms part of a group of abstract or semi-abstract compositions by ... S.E. Brunst ..."
      From "B.C. Society of Fine Arts Display Sets New High Mark," by Palette
      Vancouver Daily Province, May 16, 1942

"Among other prominent exhibitors are ... S.E. Brunst ... (continues)
      From "Summer Show at Gallery Major Event for Art Lovers," by Palette
      Vancouver Daily Province, July 7, 1943

"Lawren Harris and S. Brunst are in the vanguard of the abstractionists ... "
      From "Notable Exhibits of Artists' Work" by Mildred Valley Thornton
      Vancouver Sun (presumed), May 1944

"In the same field of expression but using richer and more violent colours are ... Stanley Brunst."
      From "Lively Spirit Pervades B.C. Artists' Exhibition" by Palette. Vancouver Daily Province, May 3 1949

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