Bruno Joseph Bobak
1923 Born in Wawelowka, Poland
1925 Immigrated to Canada; settled in Saskatchewan
1926 Moved to Hamilton, Ont
1935 Moved to Toronto
1936 Attended Saturday Morning Art Classes, Art Gallery of Toronto; studied with A. Lismer, D. Medhurst, A. Taylor, G. Webber
1938-42 Attended Central Technical School, Toronto; studied with C. Goldhamer, R. Ross, C. Schaefer, E.W. Wood
1940 Instructor, Education Department and Children's Art Centre, Art Gallery of Toronto.
1943 Enlisted in Canadian Armed Forces; training at Petawa, Ont,; Sapper, Royal Canadian Engineers
1944 First Prize "Canadian Army Art Exhibition", The National Gallery of Canada; April, shipped overseas to England; October, commissioned, Official War Artist, War Records Dept. (1944-45 service in Belgium, Holland and Germany, mainly with the Fourth Canadian Armoured Division.)
1944-45 Studied at Central School of Arts and Crafts, London.
1945 Married Molly Lamb, Official War Artist, Canadian Women's Army Corps.
1946 Demobilized from Canadian Army; Designer, Canadian Government Exhibition Commission, Dept. of Trade and Commerce, Ottawa; son, Alexander, born.
1947 Moved to Galiano Island, BC
1947-57 Instructor, then Head of Design, Vancouver School of Art, Vancouver, BC
1950 Built house, designed by Douglas Shadbolt, Lynn Valley, BC
1952-53 Designed concrete mural for facade of the Vancouver School of Art.
1954 Jessie Dow Prize, "71st Annual Spring Exhibition", Montral Museum of Fine Arts for watercolour, Eclipse (The Winnipeg Arg Gallery)
1955 C.W. Jefferys Award, Canadian Society of Graphic Art.
1959 Studied at City and Guilds of London Art School, London, UK
1960 First Prize "Exhibition of Contemporary Art: Vancouver Art Gallery
1962 Accepted position of Director, Art Centre, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB
1967 Fine Arts Co-ordiator and supervisor for commissioned sculpture and displays by Atlantic artists for Expo '67.
1970-71 "Bruno Bobak's Humanism", exhibition organized by Owens Art Gallery, Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB
1972 Canada Council Senior Fellowship
1978 Silver Jubilee Medal
1982 'Campus Gates 1964', chosen for reproduction on Canada 30 cent postage stamp, issued June 30
Recent Exhibitions and Shows
Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen's University, Kingston Ont
Alberta College of Art, Calgary, Alta
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, BC
Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, Ont
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ont
Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor, Ont
Bank of Nova Scotia, Toronto, Ont
Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton, NB
Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, Ont
Canadian War Museum, National Museum of Man, National Museums of Canada, Ottawa, Ont
C-I-L Art Collection, Toronto, Ont
Concordia University Collection of Art, Montreal, Quebec
Confederation Centre of the Arts, Charlottetown, PEI
Dalhousie Art Hallery, Halifax, NS
Department of External Affairs, Ottalwa Ont
Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Mi, USA
Hart House, Univ of Toronto, Toronto, Ont.
Lavalin Inc., Montreal, Que
Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds, UK
Library of Congress, Washington DC, USA
London Regional Art Gallery, London, Ont
McIntosh Art Gallery, Univ. of Western Ontario, London, Ont.
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Que
Muzeum Narodowego, Warsaw, Poland
New Brunswick Art Bank, Fredericton, NB
New Brunswick Museum, St. John, NB
Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, Univ of Regina, Regina, Sask
Oslo Kunstforening, Oslo, Norway
Owens Art Gallery, Mount Allison Univ, Sackville, NB
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington
South London Art Gallery, London, UK
Toronto Dominion Bank, Toronto, Ont.
University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB
Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Man.
-Colin S. Macdonald, Dictionary of Canadian Artists
Category: Mixed Media