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His painting November was reproduced in the February 15, 1918 issue of the Studio Magazine, published in London, England (see also 1919 review by McEvoy below).
Weston exhibited extensively for many years with the B.C. Society of Fine Arts, from 1909 to 1930, from 1936 through to 1962, and in the group's final exhibition in 1967. The 1930 exhibition catalogue noted that he was on the Society's Executive Committee.
Weston exhibited in Victoria with the Island Arts and Crafts Society in 1913 and from 1927 to 1930.
The 1922-1923 issue of the Provincial Normal School annual noted the following
about Weston on "The Faculty" page:
"An artist - but we need say no more, for his deeds and not our words have forever left their imprint upon the minds of the classes of our year - we have all struggled for the result which is at once so simple and yet so difficult to obtain.
One of the things which we like most about Mr. Weston is his genuineness. A blob of colour is a "blob of colour" and a bunch is a "bunch"."
In the same catalogue, on the "From the Faculty Page", Weston noted:
"Much of our knowledge and pleasure is gained through the eye.
The eye, however, must work and see with intelligence. Drawing constitutes a measure of our ability to see a thing completely and intelligently, hence its value in general education."
Weston taught Class III in 1922-23, and the class page included the following
little poem on page 25:
Little daubs of crayon,
Little daubs of paint.
Make Class III's B. B.
Just what it ain't.
On page 56 of the 1922-23 Normal School Annual, it was noted that the Annual Dance was to be held in the gymnasium, but "not the gymnasium in its ordinary, barren, week-day school dress, but a veritable fairy-land, transformed under Mr. Weston's artistic direction. The room was adorned with rose and green streamers, and the lights, enclosed in dainty, flowerlike shades, cast a soft radiance over all. A special feature of the decorations was a large yellow moon hung over the balcony, which added a most realistic touch to the Moonlight waltzes by shedding its moonbeams over the throng of dancers."
Weston was also included in the Humor pages of the 1922-23 Normal School
Mr. Weston: We'll take this period for catching up on anything you are behind in.
Bergie: Alright, Mr. Weston, I am going to catch up on my sleep.
Mr. W___n: What is righteous anger?
Student: Being angry without swearing.
Under the heading of "Pedagogical Psalms:"
Mr. Weston: "I am as a wonder unto many." Ps. 71.7
Included in a poem about the Normal School are the following lines about Weston:
Then we see the drawing master,
See the great man, Mr. Weston;
Just a touch of brush on paper,
See! look! but it is so simple!
And we look, but in amazement.
Then he shows us very clearly,
Just how simple is the method.
How each step blends with the other.
Cook (to Mr. Weston): "I hear they are going to magnetize the rear axle of the Ford."
"What's the idea?"
"So it will pick up the parts that drop off."
Weston was made an Associate of the Royal Canadian Academy in 1936. He has been mistakenly identified as the first artist of Western Canada to be so honoured, but in fact Sophie Pemberton was made an Associate in 1906. Weston was one of 31 Charter members of the Canadian Group of Painters, the successor organization to the Group of Seven and the Group of Eleven, and exhibited in their first group show in Atlantic City, sponsored by Heinz.
Weston was on the Faculty at the Provincial Normal School for many years.
The 1932-33 School Annual gave the following insights into his teaching:
"His pencil was striking, resistless, and grand;
His manners were gentle, complying and bland;
Still born to improve us in every part,
His pencil our faces - his manners our heart."
"As our training at Normal draws to a close, we, the members of Class III, begin to realize how deeply indebted we are to our class teacher, Mr. Weston. His unfailing encouragement and boundless enthusiasm have been a great help to us all. Even those students who were sure that the drawing of such things as birds, animals and fish was far beyond their ability have been able to produce some remarkable results."
He was also included in one of the jokes on the "Alleged Humor" page:
A Lady Member of the Sketch Club: "How do you make eyes, Mr. Weston?"
Mr. Weston: "How should I know? I'm a married man."
Weston was one of the Faculty members who looked after the Normal School's Outdoor Club, which made trips to local scenic spots such as Grouse Mountain, Hollyburn Ridge, and Seymour Creek. He also sponsored the Normal School's Sketch Club, both assisting the group and sketching with them. The 1932-33 school annual also a reproduction of one of his pen and ink Christmas cards of Grouse Mountain on the page for the Sketch Club.
The Spring 1936 edition of The Smock Pocket, the Vancouver School of Art Graduates' Association newsletter, noted that Weston was one of three jurors for the association's Fourth Annual Exhibition.
In 1938 he exhibited a painting in the 55th Annual Spring Exhibition of the Art Association of Montreal. His address was given as 1045 West 15th Ave., Vancouver in the exhibition catalogue. In 1939 he exhibited at the New York World's Fair. He also exhibited at the Tate Gallery, London England, and the Toronto Art Gallery.
He exhibited with the B.C. Society of Fine Arts in their 39th Annual Exhibition in 1949.
He submitted four linocuts to the 1949 B.C. Graphic exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery, two of them were selected for the exhibition.
Refer also to website created for Weston's work:
|1934 Sept. 21 - 30||Paintings and Drawings||Vancouver Art Gallery|
|1938 July 12 - 27||Six Local Artists||Vancouver Art Gallery|
|1941 April 8 - 20||Solo Exhibition||Vancouver Art Gallery|
|1945 May 1 - 17||Solo Show - 31 pictures||Vancouver Art Gallery|
|1946 Nov. 12 - Dec. 1||Exhibition||Vancouver Art Gallery|
|1909 Oct - Nov||Vancouver Studio Club Autumn Exhibition||Wimbledon Commons|
|1909 November||BCSFA Second Exhibition||A Village Church|
|Portrait of Mr. W. Weston|
|Head of Lake Windermere|
|1910 May||BCSFA Third Exhibition||Eastbourne from Beachy Head|
|On the Cornish Coast|
|1912 Nov. 25 - 30||BCSFA Annual Exhibition||Morning|
|Toronto Exhibition Grounds|
|1915 April||BCSFA Works by Members||Cornish Cliffs|
|Twilight, Toronto Exhibition Grounds|
|A Squally Day|
|Portrait of my Father|
|A Sunny Day|
|Nanaimo - The Mill|
|Eastbourne from Beachy Head|
|1917 Sept. 14 - 22||BCSFA Eleventh Exhibition||Summer Calm|
|On The Wharf, Gibson's Landing|
|1920 September 18 - 25||BCSFA Annual Exhibition||From Mount Tolmie|
|Moonrise, Cadboro Bay|
|Fresh Breeze Off Gordon Head|
|1921 Sept. 19 - 24||BCSFA 13th Annual||Evening, Oak Bay|
|Dead Calm in the Gulf|
|Sunset Glow, Cadboro Bay|
|A Frosty Morning, Sunrise|
|1922 Sept. 16 - 23||BCSFA 14th Annual||From the Hill Top, Victoria|
|Through the Trees, Grantham's Landing|
|Sunset Through Smoke|
|A Summer Night|
|1923 May 12 - 19||BCSFA 15th Annual||The Close of Day|
|'Round the Mark, Dinghy Race|
|Sunset, Little Mountain|
|1924 May 3 - 17||BCSFA 16th Annual||Summer Morning, Grantham's|
|A Camp, Grantham's|
|Dingman's Cove, Gabriola|
|1924 Aug. 9 - 16||Vancouver Exhibition Annual Exhibition||Summer, Howe Sound|
|1925 May 9 - 16||BCSFA 17th Annual||Soames Beach, Howe Sound|
|A Windy Day, Sea Island|
|A Sketch, Winter|
|The Passing Squall|
|Sunset, Deep Cove|
|The Waterfront, Victoria|
|Sunshine and Snow, Kamloops|
|Autumn, Marine Drive|
|1926 May 8 - 15||BCSFA 18th Annual||Trolling|
|Sun Rising Through Fog|
|Fog, Frost and Sunshine|
|Yacht Race, English Bay|
|1927 June 10 - 25||BCSFA 19th Annual||The Lions|
|From Mt. Douglas|
|Yacht Race, English Bay|
|The Avenue, Normal School|
|The Court Yard, Normal School|
|1928 Feb 18 - Mar 18||Palette and Chisel Club Exhibition||Shadows|
|1929 May 18 - June 8||BCSFA 21st Annual||Grouse Mountain - Winter|
|In Howe Sound|
|The Western Lion, Sunset|
|The Western Lion (Afternoon)|
|1929 Nov. 16 - 30||BCSFA Winter Exhibition||Road to Swartz|
|Evening, Howe Sound|
|Mountains, Copper Cove|
|1930 May 31 - June 14||BCSFA Spring Exhibition||Totems|
|Scrub Pines, Howe Sound|
|1930 Aug. 6 - 16||VanExh Oil Paintings & Water-colours||Cheam|
|1932 May - July||VAG All Canadian Exhibition||Scrub Pines, West Coast|
|Peaks of Silence|
|1932 Oct. 5 - 30||VAG B.C. Artists 1st Annual||Finis|
|1933 June 3 - 11||VAG BCSFA 23rd Annual||Survival|
|1933 Sept. 22 - Oct. 15||VAG B.C. Artists 2nd Annual||Jotunheim|
|1935 Sept. 20 - Oct. 15||VAG B.C. Artists 4th Annual||Beached|
|1936 June 26 - July 12||BCSFA 26th Annual||Battle Scarred|
|The Far Place|
|1937 April 16 - May 1||BCSFA 27th Annual||Shadows|
|The Gravel Pit|
|1938 Mar. 17 - Apr. 10||AAM 55th Spring Exhibition||Gleneagles|
|1938 April 29 - May 15||BCSFA 28th Annual||Winter Phantasy|
|1939 June 9 - 25||BCSFA 29th Annual||Hill-top|
|1939 Sept. 15 - Oct. 8||VAG B.C. Artists 8th Annual||Mt. Klitsa|
|1940 May 17 - June 2||BCSFA 30th Annual||Mt. Baker|
|1940 Sept. 20 - Oct. 13||VAG B.C. Artists 9th Annual||Horseshoe Bay|
|1941 May 10 - June 1||BCSFA 31st Annual||Coast Scene|
|Tommy's Shack, Yale|
|1942 May 15 - 31||BCSFA 32nd Annual||Spring|
|The White Church, Vancouver Island|
|1942 July 7 - Sept. 2||VAG B.C. Artists 1st Annual Summer||Spring|
|1942 Sept. 25 - Oct. 18||VAG B.C. Artists 11th Annual||Evening|
|1942 Nov. 3 - 15||FCA Red Cross Benefit||(no information available)|
|1943 May 15 - June 6||BCSFA 33rd Annual||Abandoned Gravel Pit|
|1943 July 2 - Aug. 25||VAG B.C. Artists 2nd Annual Summer||Devil's Club|
|1944 May 13 - June 4||BCSFA 34th Annual||Winter Garden|
|The Close of Day|
|Cradle of Clouds|
|1944 July 4 - Aug. 30||VAG B.C. Artists 3rd Annual Summer||The White Church, V.I.|
|1944 Sept. 23 - Oct. 22||VAG B.C. Artists 13th Annual||Golden Ears|
|1945 May 18 - June 10||BCSFA 35th Annual||Glacier Mountain (1) Thunder Weather|
|Glacier Mountain (2) Slocan Lake|
|1945 July 3 - Aug. 26||VAG B.C. Artists 4th Annual Summer||Golden Ears|
|1945 Sept. 22 - Oct. 21||VAG B.C. Artists 14th Annual||Mt. Denver|
|1946 May 31 - June 23||BCSFA 36th Annual||Swamp Lanterns|
|Afternoon, Slocan Lake|
|Mt. Denver, 5 a.m.|
|1946 July 2 - 28||VAG Jubilee Exhibition||Yale, B.C.|
|1947 May 9 - June 1||BCSFA 37th Annual||Castor-Oil Plant|
|Red Mountain, New Denver, B.C.|
|1947 July 8 - 27||VAG B.C. Artists Summer Exhibition||Castor Oil Plant|
|1947 Sept. 20 - Oct. 12||VAG B.C. Artists 16th Annual||Unnamed Peak|
|1948 May 18 -June 6||BCSFA 38th Annual||Trail|
|1949 May 3 - 22||BCSFA 39th Annual||Anvil Island|
|Mt. Peak, Coast Range|
|1949 Nov. 22 - Dec. 11||VAG First B.C. Graphic||Old Tree, Mt. Baker|
|Fisherman's Bay (rejected)|
|Mountain Forms (rejected)|
|1950 April 25 - May 14||BCSA 40th Annual||Cornish Coast 1910|
100 YEARS OF B.C. ART (refer to VAG58)
VANCOUVER: ART & ARTISTS 1931 - 1983 (refer to VAG83)
BEYOND THE CANVAS - Artists, Stories and the Sea
by Jennifer Breckon and James P. Delgado
Featuring the Mary and Bill Everett Family Collection
2000, ISBN 0-9695221-4-2; exhibition at the Vancouver Martime Museum; illust. in colour
Includes Foreword by Patricia E. Bovey, Introduction by James P. Delgado; list of works
Exhibition included work by Weston
DAILY GRIND EXHIBITIONS (refer to DG04)
A MODERN LIFE: Art and Design in British Columbia 1945-1960 (refer to VAG04)
RICHMOND ART GALLERY 25:25 - 1980-2005 (refer to RAG05)
SHORE, FOREST AND BEYOND - ART FROM THE AUDAIN COLLECTION (refer to VAG11)
COTTAGES TO COMMUNITIES (refer to WVHS11)
MANUAL OF DRAWING AND DESIGN FOR ELEMENTARY AND HIGH SCHOOLS
by W.P. Weston, Charles H. Scott, S.P. Judge
1925, Authorized by the Dept. of Education of B.C.; Nelson & Sons, Toronto
Text and illustrations by Judge, Scott, and Weston; edited by Charles H. Scott
THE ANNUAL - PROVINCIAL NORMAL SCHOOL 1932 - 1933
Published by the Provincial Normal School, Vancouver B.C.
80 pages; illustrated with black and white drawings and photographs
Includes article on Normal School Sketch Club, and notes and one illustration by Normal School Art Master Weston page 58.
WHO'S WHO IN NORTHWEST ART (refer to WWNA41)
THE FINE ARTS IN VANCOUVER, 1886 - 1930 (refer to THOM)
CREATIVE CANADA - VOLUME TWO, by University of Toronto Press
1972; ISBN 0-8020-3285-0
"A biographical dictionary of twentieth-century creative and performing artists."
2/3 column of information about Weston.
ISLAND ARTS AND CRAFTS SOCIETY - LIST OF EXHIBITORS
ROYAL CANADIAN ACADEMY OF ARTS -
EXHIBITIONS & MEMBERS 1880 - 1979 (refer to RCA81)
KATHARINE EMMA MALTWOOD - ARTIST (refer to UVIC81)
ARTISTS IN CANADA 1982 - UNION LIST OF ARTISTS' FILES (refer to AIC82)
MONTREAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS -
SPRING EXHIBITIONS 1880 - 1970 (refer to MM88)
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
Includes historical essays, biographical notes, index.
BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF ARTISTS IN CANADA
(refer to BIAC03)
12 references cited for Weston
THE FECKLESS COLLECTION (refer to FECK18)
VANCOUVER PUBLIC LIBRARY - B.C. ARTISTS FILES (refer to VPL)
"W.P. Weston is a new - and a welcome artist in Vancouver. "The North Arm -
Summer Evening" (51), is good."
"Vancouver Studio Club", by Felix Penne
B.C. Saturday Sunset, November 6 1909
"W.P. Weston is another member of the organization, who is engaged in teaching.
He is an artist of considerable capacity, and in some of his seascapes displays a
power and vision which have made his contributions in this line of art to local
exhibitions very acceptable."
From "Art in British Columbia", by Bernard McEvoy
Opportunities Magazine, 1910
"Mr. W.P. Weston's "Full Moon," though not a large picture is
exceedingly attractive by reason of the exquisite modulation of light and color, and the
highly decorative way in which a sketchily painted sapling spreads its branches over the
main part of the picture. There is a reticence and tasteful handling in this picture
that make it a very desirable work of art."
From "With The B.C. Artists", by "A Visitor"
Vancouver Daily Province, September 27, 1916
"Mr. W.P. Weston of Vancouver, a competent
exponent of art, and a painter of much imaginative power, shows at his
best in his fine breezy picture entitled "November". Simple in composition
and powerful in treatment, this work bears the mark of artistic inspiration.
It took the fancy of the editor of the "Studio" when it was first
exhibited, and a reproduction of it appeared in the pages of that emininent
London periodical of contemporary art."
From "Local Work is on View" by Bernard McEvoy
Vancouver Daily Province, October 2 1919
""Sunset" by W.P. Weston is the most daring
and wonderful sunset I have seen pictured; it is a study in contrast
and seems to hint of battle, the noble kind of battle that is lost
before it is fought. This sunset seems to beat itself uselessly on
the heads of two dull, sullen mountains; it hurls its battalions of
color helplessly against their mass and indifference. It is a wonderful
picture badly framed."
From "Pictures at B.C. Fine Arts", by J. Butterfield
Vancouver Daily Province, September 19 1921, page 12
"Proceeding further on the modernist line, Mr. W.P.
Weston's "Booming Ground, Gambier Island" No. 18, must be intended as
a joke. Such florid color, such blues, greens and yellows were never seen on
land or sea. Mr. Weston is certainly "joshing" his fellow members who became
so deeply infected with the latest development of painting. In No. 15,
Mr. Weston is perhaps more intelligible, and the remarkable tree in the
yellow field, was evidently perceived through a pair of agitated and
circumlocutory glasses. The twiddling twigs are very amusing. Mr. Weston
further exemplifies his conversion or retraction in No. 29."
From "B.C. Society of Fine Arts" by Bernard McEvoy
Vancouver Daily Province, April 28 1928
"Decidedly the most striking picture from a masculine brush is the large
landscape with a wind-tormented tree in the middle and an expanse of snow
realistically painted with the afterglow of sunset upon it. It is impressionistic
with a sane impressionism and gentle and simple looked at with understanding and
delight. This is Charles Scott's. (Editor's
note: the painting is actually by W.P. Weston, as
corrected in a subsequent notice in the paper.)"
"Mr. W.P. Weston, always a standby of the society since he came here with fine credentials from London - an academic painter by education who experiments occasionally with modernism by way of recreation - is seen in six canvases which should be studied with the desire to get the artist's point of view, as he is not the man to do things without reason."
From "B.C. Society of Fine Arts", by Diogenes
Vancouver Daily Province, November 13 1930
"One-Man Display By W.P. Weston at Art Gallery Attractive" by (unknown)
Vancouver Daily Province, September 25 1934
"Art Textbook Author Shows His Paintings" by T.H.W.
News-Herald, September 25 1934
"W.P. Weston, A.R.C.A., not only shows examples of his strong
characteristic B.C. landscapes but adds surprising achievement
in entirely different compositions of skunk cabbages."
From "B.C. Society of Fine Arts Display Sets New High Mark," by Palette Vancouver Daily Province, May 16, 1942
"The new executive committee is composed of ... W.P. Weston ..."
From "B.C. Artists' Display To Calgary For Exhibition," by Palette Vancouver Daily Province, May-June 1942
" ... Among those contibuting paintings and drawings are: ...
W.P. Weston, ARCA ... "
From "Noted Artists Offer Paintings For Red Cross" Vancouver Daily Province (presumed), November 1942
"Paintings by well known artists include ... W.P. Weston ...
From "Summer Show at Gallery Major Event for Art Lovers," by Palette Vancouver Daily Province, July 7, 1943
"W.P. Weston has a fine study of the outdoors ... "
From "Notable Exhibits of Artists' Work" by Mildred Valley Thornton Vancouver Sun (presumed), May 1944
"Weston Display Major Event In Province's Art History"
From "In the Realm of Art", by "Palette"
Vancouver Daily Province, November 13, 1946
""Never part with a painting until you've lived with it least (sic)
a year." Such was the sage advice given to the
West Van Sketch Club by W.P.
Weston, A.R.C.A., at last week's meeting."
From "Painter's Colic" by E.L.
The Lions Gate Times, March 11 1948
"Sir: - Was very amused at Mr. Ed. Costello's witty and kindly column
(last month) re W.P. Weston, ARCA. I
join with him in the opinion that
Mr. Weston's one of the finest painters today in the province with a
reputation deservedly dominion-wide. The writer has very vivid memories
of his kindly and helpful spirit when he was art Instructor at the
Japanese student-teacher's summer school in New Denver in the summers
of '44 and '45. (continues)"
From "LIKES WESTON", by "Allan P. Allsebrook"
Trail Daily Times, March 1948
"In the more representational school W.P. Weston,
ARCA, refusing to rest on past laurels, show five large paintings into
all of which he has injected a fresh note. Especially fine in rhythmic
movement are his logs on Kew Beach and a majestic view of Anvil Island."
From "Lively Spirit Pervades B.C. Artists' Exhibition" by Palette. Vancouver Daily Province, May 3 1949
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