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Farley was a member of P.A.S.O.V.A.S., the Pioneer Art Students of Vancouver Art School, an artist's group formed in 1930 from the students who entered the Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied Arts in its first year and a half of classes in 1925 and 1926. She was also a student of Harry Tauber's.
She was "highly commended" for her textile designs at the British Empire Industrial Arts Exhibition in London, England, 1930. She had work in the PASOVAS exhibitions in 1932 and 1936 at the Vancouver Art Gallery.
Farley began exhibiting her paintings and sculptures with the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1936, showing 10 works in six exhibitions up to 1947. In 1945 she showed a wood carving at the British Columbia At Work exhibition, also at the Vancouver Art Gallery. She became a member of the B.C. Society of Fine Arts in 1938, and exhibited her work in their annual exhibitions in 1942, 1943, and 1949.
She 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.
She was a "designer, muralist, and sculptor in realism, semi-abstraction, and abstraction". She completed two murals and decorative bronze details for the Hotel Vancouver that was completed in 1939 in time for the Royal visit, as well as carved patterns for the Vancouver Post Office.
Later in her life she lived and taught art in Whitehorse, Yukon, where she died in 1989.
|1946 March 12 - 31||Solo exhibition (12 pictures)||VAG|
|1930 Nov. 27 - Dec. 7||PASOVAS Art Club Exhibition||Tree Panel|
|Copper Paper Weight
"Archie From Australia"
|Design "Bellingham Ferries"|
|Design "Barclay Street"|
|Large Design "Backstage"|
"Livingston in Deepest Africa"
|Handblock curtain "Chickens"|
|1932 Sept. 17 - 30||PASOVAS Club Exhibition||Marionette Designs: "The Witch Doctor"|
|Marionette Designs: "Egyptian Ballet"|
|Marionettes: Characters from "The Witch Doctor"|
|Hand-Wrought Fire Screen|
|1932 Oct. 5 - 30||VAG B.C. Artists 1st Annual||Decorative Panel|
|1933 May 3 - 18||VAG VSAGA 1st Annual Exhibition||Shacks|
|Beaux Arts Poster|
|Decorative Head Panels|
|Head of Madonna|
|Hand Woven Purse|
|Silk Theatrical Mask|
|Nubian Slave Boy Marionette|
|1933 Sept. 22 - Oct. 15||VAG B.C. Artists 2nd Annual||Congo Child|
|1934 Sept. 21 - Oct. 14||VAG B.C. Artists 3rd Annual||Mediaeval (sic) Maiden|
|1935 Sept. 20 - Oct. 15||VAG B.C. Artists 4th Annual||Octoroon|
|1936 Feb. 21 - Mar. 5||PASOVAS Annual Group Show||(titles?)|
|1936 Sept. 18 - Oct. 11||VAG B.C. Artists 5th Annual||Carving in Mahogany|
|Carving - Head|
|1937 April 16 - May 1||BCSFA 27th Annual||Meditation|
|1937 Sept. 17 - Oct. 10||VAG B.C. Artists 6th Annual||Madonna|
|1938 April 29 - May 15||BCSFA 28th Annual||Spring Form|
|1939 June 9 - 25||BCSFA 29th Annual||Photograph of Sketch for Mural, Hotel Vancouver|
|Photograph of Sketch for Mural, Hotel Vancouver|
|1940 May 17 - June 2||BCSFA 30th Annual||Drawing of a Head|
|Studies for Wall Decorations: (a) Negro Dancers|
|Studies for Wall Decorations: (b) Dance Rhythm|
|1941 May 10 - June 1||BCSFA 31st Annual||Wolf Mask|
|Photograph of Carved Figure|
|A Decorative Figure|
|1942 May 15 - 31||BCSFA 32nd Annual||West Coast Indian Mask|
|Photo of the sculpture purchased by I.B.M.|
|1942 July 7 - Sept. 2||VAG B.C. Artists 1st Annual Summer||Native Dancer|
|1943 May 15 - June 6||BCSFA 33rd Annual||Carving in Mahogany|
|1944 May 13 - June 4||BCSFA 34th Annual||Decorative Head|
|1945 Sept. 22 - Oct. 21||VAG B.C. Artists 14th Annual||Carving|
|1945 Nov. 13 - Dec. 2||Labour Arts Guild B.C. At Work||Carving|
|1946 May 31 - June 23||BCSFA 36th Annual||Leaf Unfolding|
|1946 July 2 - 28||VAG Jubilee Exhibition||Pavanne|
|1947 May 9 - June 1||BCSFA 37th Annual||Fronds|
|1948 May 18 -June 6||BCSFA 38th Annual||Figure in White Mahogany|
|1949 May 3 - 22||BCSFA 39th Annual||Figure in Mahogany|
|1950 April 25 - May 14||BCSA 40th Annual||Figure in Mahogany|
100 YEARS OF B.C. ART (refer to VAG58)
ROYAL CANADIAN ACADEMY OF ARTS -
EXHIBITIONS & MEMBERS 1880 - 1979 (refer to RCA81)
List of six exhibitions and ten artworks
ARTISTS IN CANADA 1982 - UNION LIST OF ARTISTS' FILES (refer to AIC82)
BRITISH COLUMBIA WOMEN ARTISTS 1885-1985 (refer to AGGV85)
FIRST CLASS - Four Graduates From The Vancouver School of
Decorative and Applied Arts
1987, Letia Richardson; The Floating Curatorial Gallery at Women in Focus
Exhibition catalogue; ISBN 0-921823-03-7
Includes survey essay of women artists in Vancouver.
Chronologies of Lilias Farley, Irene Hoffar Reid, Beatrice Lennie, and Vera Weatherbie.
A DICTIONARY OF CANADIAN ARTISTS (refer to M)
A CENTURY OF SCULPTURE (refer to SSBC98)
ART BC, MASTERWORKS FROM BRITISH COLUMBIA by Ian M. Thom
2000, Douglas & McIntyre Ltd., ISBN 1-55054-808-5
232 pages illustrated in colour and b&w
Farley biography page 64, work "Jack-in-the-Pulpit" illustrated page 65.
BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF ARTISTS IN CANADA
(refer to BIAC03)
4 references cited for Farley.
A MODERN LIFE: Art and Design in British Columbia 1945-1960 (refer to VAG04)
VANCOUVER SCHOOL OF DECORATIVE & APPLIED ARTS - List of Students
CITY & PROVINCIAL DIRECTORIES 1934 (refer to DIR)
"Margaret Williams, Maud
Shearman (sic), and Lilias Farley are well
represented in the show,"
From "Pasovas Art Show" Vancouver Sun, November 6, 1934
"... Lilias Farley ... are all represented."
From "PASOVAS EXHIBIT - Pioneer Art Students' Show" by (unknown)
Daily Province, February 21 1936
"In the working of material into decorative
effect there are buffalo book-ends by
Maisie Robertson, and mahogany
carving by Lilias Farley."
From "PASOVAS CLUB - Annual Display on View at Art Gallery" by (unknown)
News-Herald, February 1936
"Lilias Farley, who is famous as sculptor and painter, too,
exhibits some striking Indian decorative heads."
From "B.C. Society of Fine Arts Display Sets New High Mark," by Palette Vancouver Daily Province, May 16, 1942
"... Lilias Farley (was elected) honorary secretary ..."
From "B.C. Artists' Display To Calgary For Exhibition," by Palette Vancouver Daily Province, May-June 1942
"The sculptors include ... Lilias Farley ... (continues)
From "Summer Show at Gallery Major Event for Art Lovers," by Palette Vancouver Daily Province, July 7, 1943
"Other notable exhibits include a characterful and rhythmic wood
carving of a woman worker by Lilias Farley ... "
From "B.C. Industry Lives in Gallery Display" Newspaper unknown, (November 1945)
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