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He came to Canada in 1927. He was an instructor of life drawing and painting at the Vancouver School of Art.
In 1933 he had a studio at 1087 Bute Street, along with a number of other artists and art teachers.
He had one-man exhibitions at the Alexander Reid & Lefevre Gallery in London, 1926, and at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 1933, 1936, and 1939.
He was a member of the B.C. Society of Fine Arts, and exhibited his work with them in May 1929 and 1930, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1941, 1942, from 1950 to 1955, and in 1958.
He showed work in the B.C. Artists Christmas exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 1933.
He exhibited his work as a guest in a 1936 exhibition of the PASOVAS Art Club, held at the Vancouver Art Gallery. He also exhibited in the annual B.C. Artists shows from 1932 to 1942, 1944, 1947, 1950, 1951, 1952, and 1955.
A handwritten letter on file at the Vancouver Art Gallery Library, sent in preparation for the exhibition, noted that Ustinov was the "winner of the 1935 Beatrice Stone medal".
Ustinov exhibited in Royal Canadian Academy of Arts exhibitions in 1938 and 1939.
In 1939 Ustinov attended the Vancouver School of Art summer camp on Savary Island, and was noted in issues of THE SAVARY PUDDING. He exhibited two paintings from Savary Island that September in the B.C. Artists 8th Annual exhibition.
He was an instructor for the Saltspring Island Group, a local artists society in the Gulf Islands, in at least 1948, according to information on file at the Vancouver Art Gallery Library.
He was a member of the Atelier Sketch Club, a group formed by art students taking Evening Classes at the Vancouver School of Art. The group put together an exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 1940.
Invitation to a 1971 solo exhibition in Vancouver:
Ustinov died in Laguna Hills, California in 1990.
|1933 July 7 - 16||Drawing, Oil Painting & Watercolours||VAG|
|1936 Nov. 10 - 22||Sketch-book Portraits||VAG|
|1939 Feb. 7 - 19||Oil painting, Watercolours, Drawing, Prints||VAG|
|1929 May 18 - June 8||BCSFA 21st Annual||Landscape|
|Portrait Sketch, Rachmaninoff|
|1930 May 31 - June 14||BCSFA Spring Exhibition||Portrait of Mr. F.L.|
|Portrait Miss A.W.|
|Portrait Mr. L.D.|
|Portrait Mr. O.F.|
|1932 Oct. 5 - 30||VAG B.C. Artists 1st Annual||Head (sculpture)|
|1933 Sept. 22 - Oct. 15||VAG B.C. Artists 2nd Annual||Portrait|
|1933 Dec. 1 - 17||VAG B.C. Artists Christmas Exhibition||Near the Fraser|
|Second Beach, Stanley Park|
|Snow in the Mountains|
|1934 Sept. 21 - Oct. 14||VAG B.C. Artists 3rd Annual||Portrait of a Lady|
|Portrait of a Lady|
|Breeze and Sunshine, English Bay|
|Miniature Portrait Bust (Mr. P.)|
|1934 ? - ?||VAG B.C. Artists Edmonton Exhibition||Portrait of a Lady|
|1934 Dec. 4 - 16||VAG B.C. Artists Christmas Exhibition||Rocky Shores|
|1935 Sept. 20 - Oct. 15||VAG B.C. Artists 4th Annual||Portrait of Maestro Fabri|
|1936 Feb 21. - Mar. 5||PASOVAS Art Club exhibition||Mill on the Fraser|
|1936 June 26 - July 12||BCSFA 26th Annual||Portrait, Gordon McDonald|
|1936 Aug. 18 - 28||David Spencer B.C. Artists' Golden Jubilee||(artwork)|
|1936 Sept. 18 - Oct. 11||VAG B.C. Artists 5th Annual||Impression|
|1936 Oct. 15 - 20||VAG B.C. Artists Chilliwack Exhibition||Impression|
|1937 April 16 - May 1||BCSFA 27th Annual||Portrait, Mrs. Arthur Nation|
|Study in Grey and White|
|Mills on the Fraser|
|1937 Sept. 17 - Oct. 10||VAG B.C. Artists 6th Annual||Scavengers of the Dump|
|Study - "Old Ranger Bill"|
|1938 April 29 - May 15||BCSFA 28th Annual||The End of False Creek|
|1938 Sept. 16 - Oct. 9||VAG B.C. Artists 7th Annual||Master Peter|
|1939 Sept. 15 - Oct. 8||VAG B.C. Artists 8th Annual||High Noon, Savary Island|
|Heavy Skies, Savary Island|
|1940 April 2 - 14||Atelier Sketch Club Group exhibition||The Artist's Wife|
|1941 May 10 - June 1||BCSFA 31st Annual||Master Arthur|
|Portrait of Mrs. Doris H. Kask|
|1941 Sept. 26 - Oct. 19||VAG B.C. Artists 10th Annual||Mary and Elizabeth|
|Portrait of Miss M.E. Price|
|1942 May 15 - 31||BCSFA 32nd Annual||Corporal Brooks, R.C.A.F.|
|1942 July 7 - Sept. 2||VAG B.C. Artists 1st Annual Summer||Portrait of Miss McGuiness|
|1942 Sept. 25 - Oct. 18||VAG B.C. Artists 11th Annual||Portrait of Sylvia L.|
|1944 Sept. 23 - Oct. 22||VAG B.C. Artists 13th Annual||British Salt|
|1944 Nov. 21 - Dec. 10||Labour Arts Guild 1st B.C. At Work||The Foundry|
|1947 Sept. 20 - Oct. 12||VAG B.C. Artists 16th Annual||Evelyn (Courtesy of Mr. Gavin C. Mouat)|
|1950 April 25 - May 14||BCSA 40th Annual||"Maestro Fabri"|
|Boat House on the Fraser|
WHO'S WHO IN NORTHWEST ART (refer to WWNA41)
WALLNEWS March 1945
"Issued by Industrial Information Division Wartime Information Board. Production by National Film Board."
Painting The Foundry by Ustinov illustrated.
100 YEARS OF B.C. ART (refer to VAG58)
THE FINE ARTS IN VANCOUVER, 1886 - 1930 (refer to THOM)
ROYAL CANADIAN ACADEMY OF ARTS -
EXHIBITIONS & MEMBERS 1880 - 1979 (refer to RCA81)
ARTISTS IN CANADA 1982 - UNION LIST OF ARTISTS' FILES (refer to AIC82)
A CENTURY OF SCULPTURE (refer to SSBC98)
BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF ARTISTS IN CANADA
(refer to BIAC03)
2 references cited for von Ustinov: RCA and WWNA above
VANCOUVER PUBLIC LIBRARY - B.C. ARTISTS FILES (refer to VPL)
CITY & PROVINCIAL DIRECTORIES 1933 (refer to DIR)
"Many other well-known artists are represented, including ... P.V. Ustinow ... "
From "Bargains in Art" Vancouver Sun, December 1, 1933
"P.V. Ustinov Gains Beatrice Stone Medal" by (unknown)
News Herald October 10 1935
"... artists invited to join the club for the exhibition include:
. . . P.W. Ustinow (sic) . . ."
From "PASOVAS EXHIBIT - Pioneer Art Students' Show" by (unknown)
Daily Province, February 21 1936
"For the first time several non-members artists have been invited to participate
and one of the outstanding contributions from this source is "Mill on the
Fraser," by P.V. Ustinow, who will be recalled
as winner of the Beatrice Stone Silver Medal in 1935."
From "FINE PASOVAS ART EXHIBITION" by (unknown)
Vancouver Sun (?), February 21 1936
"In an informal little chat with Mr. P.V. Ustinow, he tells me that
he has no clear recollection of just where he viewed the stars for
the first time but he thinks it was somewhere between Stamboul &
Nijninovgorod. He has distinct remembrances, as a youth, of riding
for miles & miles - and miles - on the back of a camel across the
desert wastes. Dates were common food to him then & many a night,
sitting by an oasis where he was encamped, he has spent hours
listening to the lusty tales of dark-bearded men wearing scimitars
& bed-sheets - His mornings were generally spent in folding the
tent, milking the goat, weaving rugs or drinking coffee. (as a
coffee-maker he is without peer).
He tells me that many of his happiest moments were spent chasing the soap in the basin of the Euphrates, that ancient river running between Jerusalem & Bagdad (with extensions at both ends). Such names as these roll trippingly off his tongue: St. Petersburg, Paris, Munich, Shavotzky, Omsk, Tomsk & Constantinople, Alexandria, Haifa, Berlin, Vladivostock, Lethbridge, Calgary & Marpole. He know the night-life of all these places. His favorite food is Haschti-Paschti, a richly spiced Eastern dish that takes 7 weeks to prepare. This dish is washed down by vodka. His favorite perfume is Camel-ia.
From "Interviews with well-known people No. 1 Mr. P.V. Ustinow"
Savary Pudding, June 3 1939
"With all this beauty round us we all feel that the men could do a little painting up. May we suggest:
1. Plucked and arched eye-brows for the Scott
2. Sanguine finger and toenails for Mr. A-mess
3. Hot oil and Henna rinse for Shaggy-Shad
4. A pin-curl special for Mr. Mortuary
5. Rubinsteinís Plastic Pack for More Míduke Lamb
6. AND ONE THING WE ARE SURE OF Ė (to reduce the Fire Hazard)
the Baronís eyelashes singed, dimples blacklisted, perhaps Solitary Confinement."
From "BEAUTY SUGGESTIONS"
Savary Pudding, June 6 1939
"To the wild cheering of a hoarse-throated audience Baron
Von Ustoff refused to be thrown by King Kong Freddie.
Mr. Ustoff poured blood in a charming matched two piece suit of shipdeck grey."
From "BEHEMOTHS BATTLE TO DRAW ON SHIPDECK"
Savary Pudding, 1939
"Breath-taking feats and hair-raising acts made stout-hearted
men fade away, and faint-hearted women ________ ? Fake stopping
of the heart caused strong-minded Barbara to show the white
feather. The knife act gave everyone the shudders, and he was
only stopped from performing more horrible feats by the refusal
of the audience to stand any more."
From "The Russian Wizard Causes Near Panic"
Savary Pudding, June 9 1939
"Artists represented in the group comprise the following ...
P.v. Ustinow ... (continues)
From "Maritime Art Association" Vancouver Art Gallery Bulletin, November (?), 1939
"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
" ... together with oil and watercolour paintings by ...
P. Ustinow ... all contribute much to this extraordinary show."
From "B.C. Society of Fine Arts Display Sets New High Mark," by Palette Vancouver Daily Province, May 16, 1942
"Hung side by side, and yet in harmony, the visitor can enjoy on the
same wall such varied products as ... a portrait by P.V. Ustinow ...
From "Summer Show at Gallery Major Event for Art Lovers," by Palette Vancouver Daily Province, July 7, 1943
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