Donald Jarvis

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Donald Jarvis

1923 - 2001
BCSFA CGP FCA RCA

Donald Jarvis was born in Vancouver in 1923, and remained connected to the area his entire lifetime. From an early age Jarvis had a passion for drawing, and aspired to be a cartoonist as a teenager. He enrolled in the Vancouver School of Art (now the Emily Carr Institute of Design) in 1941 and studied under B.C. Binning and Jack Shadbolt. After a hiatus, he returned to the school in 1946, and after being awarded an Emily Carr scholarship, completed his education in 1948. His talent was noticed by Lawren Harris, who suggested that he move to New York to pursue his painting with Abstract Expressionist artist Hans Hofmann. After his sojourn in New York, Jarvis returned to Vancouver in 1950 and had a solo exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery. The National Gallery of Canada acquired two of his canvases that same year.

Jarvis was a continual presence on the Vancouver art scene, both in galleries and in the classroom. His relationship with the Vancouver School of Art continued in 1950 when he became the Instructor of Painting and Drawing there. Later in his teaching career, Jarvis was appointed the head of that department and continued in this position until retirement in 1986.

Jarvisís exhibition history is extensive, notably showing at the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and the New Design Gallery in Vancouver. He exhibited internationally, in multiple Canadian Biennials (1955, 1957, 1959, 1961, 1963), the International Engraving and Drawing Exhibition in Lugano, Switzerland in 1956 and the Inter-American Exhibition of Painting and Graphic Art in Mexico in 1958. Jarvis was also awarded many distinguished honours during his career, including a Canada Council Senior Arts Fellowship in 1961, and was named an Associate of the Royal Canadian Academy in 1962, becoming a full member in 1967.

Jarvis died in Sechelt, BC in 2001.

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Fire Image (2)
40 1/2 x 30in 102.9 x 76.2cm
oil on board

Estimate:  $2,500 - $3,500 CDN
Sold for:   $22,230 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's September 2008 - 3rd Session auction on Thursday, September 25, 2008
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Encounter II
59 x 47 3/4in 149.8 x 121.3cm
oil and Lucite on canvas

Estimate:  $4,000 - $6,000 CDN
Sold for:   $8,850 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's March 2016 - 2nd session auction on Thursday, March 31, 2016
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Winter Encounter
30 x 40in 76.2 x 101.6cm
oil on board

Estimate:  $6,000 - $8,000 CDN
Sold for:   $7,080 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's May 2016 - 6th Session auction on Saturday, May 28, 2016
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Fire on the Shore (2)
40 x 30in 101.6 x 76.2cm
oil on board

Estimate:  $5,000 - $7,000 CDN
Sold for:   $5,265 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's June 2010 - 1st Session auction on Thursday, June 24, 2010
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Figure in Night Forest
67 x 48 1/2in 170.2 x 123.2cm
acrylic on canvas

Estimate:  $4,000 - $6,000 CDN
Sold for:   $4,973 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's March 2011 - 1st Session auction on Thursday, March 31, 2011
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Red Figure
50 x 36in 127 x 91.4cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $4,000 - $6,000 CDN
Sold for:   $4,425 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's September 2015 - 1st Session auction on Thursday, September 24, 2015
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Persephone
67 1/2 x 48 1/2in 171.4 x 123.2cm
acrylic on canvas

Estimate:  $4,000 - $6,000 CDN
Sold for:   $4,388 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's September 2011 - 1st Session auction on Thursday, September 29, 2011
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Winter Encounter
30 x 40in 76.2 x 101.6cm
oil on board

Estimate:  $5,000 - $7,000 CDN
Sold for:   $4,388 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's June 2010 - 1st Session auction on Thursday, June 24, 2010
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Hillside
27 1/2 x 34in 69.8 x 86.3cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $3,000 - $5,000 CDN
Sold for:   $4,095 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's November 2008 - 3rd Session auction on Thursday, November 27, 2008
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Phoenix No. 3
44 x 27in 111.7 x 68.6cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $3,000 - $5,000 CDN
Sold for:   $3,510 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fall 2008 - 1st Session auction on Wednesday, November 19, 2008
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