We had the pleasure of attending the opening of Harold Mortimer-Lamb, Art Lover, curated by Robert Amos at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.
It was wonderful to hear about this fascinating tale within Canadian art history, and the piecing together of the intimate relationships behind many artworks, several of which have never been seen before now. I’ve provided a link (below) to purchase the book which goes by the same name as the exhibit – a great gift idea for history and art lovers alike.
The Art Lover
Date: November 15, 2013 – February 23, 2014
Who was Harold Mortimer-Lamb? The first to write about A.Y. Jackson; the leading pre-WWI Canadian art photographer; and father of Molly Lamb Bobak. He was a patron of Frederick H. Varley; associate of photographer John Vanderpant; neighbour of Lawren Harris; and friend of Jack and Doris Shadbolt. At the age of 70, he married Varley’s 30-year-old model and lover, artist Vera Weatherbie. They enjoyed 28 years of marriage.
The Mortimer-Lambs’ estate arrived at the Gallery in 1978; since then, Robert Amos has been researching the story of Harold Mortimer-Lamb: The Art Lover. The exhibition features Mortimer-Lamb’s photographs and paintings, and works by the many artists in his life.
About Robert Amos
Robert Amos has painted thousands of pictures of the urban landscape and specializes in commissioned paintings of homes and gardens. He writes a weekly column, “On Art,” published in the Times Colonist, and is the author (and illustrator) of seven books about Victoria, including <i, Artists in their Studios: Where Art is Born, and Inside Chinatown: Ancient Culture in a New World. Robert has recently been the artist in residence at the Fairmont Empress Hotel and is an Honorary Citizen of Victoria. He was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1995. Robert lives in downtown Victoria, British Columbia. Please visit Robert’s website at robertamos.com.