Historic Art | Molly Lamb Bobak R.C.A.

About the Artist

Molly Joan Lamb Bobak was born on 25 February 1922 in Vancouver, British Columbia. She studied art at the Vancouver School of Art from 1938-1941 with Jack Shadbolt and Charles Scott. In 1942 she joined the Canadian Women's Army Corps and became the first Canadian female war artist in 1945; she painted in this capacity at Aldershot, Britain, and later in Holland. Of her experiences she wrote an article entitled "I Love the Army" and was quoted as saying, "It was the humanity I tried to capture in my paintings." On her return to Canada in 1946 she married Bruno Bobak and together they moved to Fredericton, New Brunswick. In 1950-51 Bobak painted in France after receiving a scholarship from the French government and in 1960-61 she returned to Europe on a Canada Council grant. By 1973 she had become a member of the Royal Canadian Academy. Bobak's paintings are in many collections around the world but she is also an accomplished illustrator and teacher. She has worked for many national and provincial arts organizations such as the National Film Board of Canada and as well has served on the National Gallery's Ottawa Advisory Board. She resides in Fredericton. Read Less..

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