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Arthur Evans Shearman

May 8 1892 - May 21 1977

Canadian Expeditionary Force (World War One)
Atelier Sketch Club (Member)

Arthur Evans Shearman was born in Brantford in 1892, the son of a Methodist family. He was a teacher by trade, and came from a family that had many teachers and artists among its ranks. He was related to R.S. Sherman and Maud Sherman, as well as to Eustace Shearman, Vancouver's weatherman from 1918 to 1948. Shearman's father, of the same name, was a carriage painter by trade, working for Armstrong's Carriage works in Gastown painting "fancy" carriages. His father also designed the B.C. Mountaineering Club logo in 1907, still in use.

Shearman served overseas in the Canadian Expeditionary Force in World War One, enlisting with his cousins Tom Shearman and Walter Camdon Sherman. His "Particulars of Recruit" for the 68th Depot Battery, C.E.F., noted that he was a school-teacher living at 2269 6th Ave. W., Vancouver. His "description on calling up" noted that he was 5 ft. 5-1/2 ins. of height, of medium complexion, grey eyes, and brown hair. He also had "small scar 1" above inner end of right eyebrow. Small scar just above left eye-brow." His medical category was A.2.

Shearman exhibited work in the B.C. Artists exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery from 1945 to 1949, and in 1951.

Shearman was a member of the Atelier Sketch Club, a group formed by art students taking Evening Classes at the Vancouver School of Art.

He exhibited in the 1946 and 1948 Atelier Club Annual Exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

He later exhibited with the B.C. Society of Fine Arts in 1952 and 1953.

Shearman died in Vancouver in 1977.

EXHIBITIONS

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION LOCATION

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
DATE EXHIBITION ARTWORK
1945 Sept. 22 - Oct. 21 VAG   B.C. Artists 14th Annual The Blue Jay
Deep in the Swamp, Gillies Bay
1946 June 11 - 30 Atelier Club   7th Annual Autumn, Horseshoe Bay
Sewell's, Horseshoe Bay
Sleeping Beauty Range
1946 Sept. 21 - Oct. 13 VAG   B.C. Artists 15th Annual Swamp Neighbours
Dying Juniper
1947 Sept. 20 - Oct. 12 VAG   B.C. Artists 16th Annual Wind Tortured
Looking Over Sabine Channel
1948 Mar. 23 - Apr. 1 Atelier Club   9th Annual Bleached Wood
Evening Glow on Arrowsmith
Mossback and Devil Club
Old Kits. Bridge
1948 Sept. 18 - Oct. 10 VAG   B.C. Artists 17th Annual Alder Swamp
Overlooking Gillies Bay
1949 Oct. 8 - 30 VAG   B.C. Artists 18th Annual Cloud-rack
Patriarch of the Alder Swamp

References

WESTERN ART CIRCLE - 3rd ANNUAL EXHIBITION OF MEMBER'S PAINTINGS (refer to WAC56)

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

B.C. VITAL STATISTICS ON-LINE (refer to BCVS)

Clippings

"Congratulations are due to the Atelier Sketch Club for their ambitious exhibition. This self-organized group of evening school students are meeting every Friday in the Holden building and an invitation is extended to all students to join."
      "Evening School", by Fred Amess
      From Behind The Palette, Vancouver School of Art Annual 1939-40

"Art Group, Youth Share City Gallery"
      Daily Province April 4 1940

"Atelier Sketch Club Takes A Bow"
      News Herald April 3 1940

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