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David Edwin Purrot

c1914 - ?

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David Purrott was born in Vancouver and was working in 1943 as a cabinet maker. He attended Vancouver Heights Public School, Vancouver Technical School, and then attended the Vancouver School of Art for six months. He began as an artist in 1942. He entered a sculpture titled "Fear" into the juried 12th Annual B.C. Artists Exhibition in 1943, winning a Bronze Medal for it. (Information from VAG Library files for B.C. Artists Exhibitions).

He exhibited in the 1943 and 1944 B.C. Artists exhibitions, the 1944 British Columbia At Work exhibition, and in the 1944 B.C. Society of Fine Arts 34th Annual exhibition.

An interesting piece of paper is in a collection of artwork by Alec H. Dalgleish, inherited by his niece Judith Copithorne (a visual poet). The paper contains a sketch of Mt. Waddington in the Coast Range of B.C., presumably drawn by Dalgleish who was attempting to climb the mountain when he was killed. At the top of the piece of paper is a handpainted square done as a letterhead, which reads: "D.E. Purrott, B.C.C.A., Vancouver British Columbia". B.C.C.A. refers to the B.C. College of Arts Ltd. that Dalgleish attended in 1933 and 1934. The letterhead square is crossed out. There is thus some link between Dalgleish and Purrot, who were probably both students at the B.C.C.A. together. They may have climbed together as well.

EXHIBITIONS

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION LOCATION

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION ARTWORK
1943 Sept. 25 - Oct. 20 VAG   B.C. Artists 12th Annual Fear
Eva
1944 May 13 - June 4 BCSFA   34th Annual Bookends
Genesis
1944 Sept. 23 - Oct. 22 VAG   B.C. Artists 13th Annual Ballerina
1944 Nov. 21 - Dec. 10 Labour Arts Guild   1st B.C. At Work Base Metals
Assembly Shop

References

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

A CENTURY OF SCULPTURE (refer to SSBC98)

Clippings

"David Purrott is showing a direct carving from plastic which is very lovely."
      From "Notable Exhibits of Artists' Work" by Mildred Valley Thornton
      Vancouver Sun (presumed), May 1944


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