Work of the Week: Beach by John Snow

Date: Jul 26, 2019

Yearning for some sun, sand and surf this summer? If you can’t make it to the beach, we’re bringing the beach to you with this week’s Work of the Week - Beach by John Snow!

About the Artist: John Snow (1911-2004) 

John Snow worked for the Royal Bank of Canada (1928-71). Following service with the Royal Canadian Air Force and with the Royal Air Force in Great Britain, North Africa and India, he began to paint seriously in Calgary, Alberta. He studied life drawing at the Provincial Institute of Technology and Art, Calgary (1947-49) under Maxwell Bates. Otherwise, he is self-taught. He and fellow artist Maxwell Bates acquired lithography presses (1953) and were the first artists to use the medium in western Canada. After his retirement, he worked full time as an artist in his own studio in Calgary.

His style is derived from modernism, and through his work, Snow tries to interpret life in the Prairies. His circle of friends consisted of artists, dramatists and musicians; through these friends, Snow was influenced by existential fiction and absurdist drama, which comes through the work he completed in the first two decades of his career. His next two decades demonstrated optimism and light. In 1996, Snow received the Alberta Order of Excellence. He was also a member of the Royal Canadian Academy and the Alberta Society of Artists.

Snow is represented in the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Government House Foundation, the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England; and in many major private and corporate collections. He had numerous one-man exhibitions throughout Canada and in London, England. His work has been shown throughout England and in Scotland and Wales, and in Europe, Japan, Chile, Mexico, and Australia, as well as in Canada and U.S.A. In addition to printmaking, he worked in various painting media and sculpture.