The Life and Art of Arthur PittsBook - 2017
Arthur Pitts (1889-1972) was born in London, UK, in the Edwardian age and pursued a career of art and adventure, first in South Africa, then Canada, in BC (and in Victoria and Vancouver). From an early age, he was fascinated by indigenous cultures, which led him on a lifelong quest to document in vibrant watercolours, sketches and photographs, all he could see, as George Catlin, Paul Kane, Edward Curtis and Emily Carr had also done--in what Western society perceived to be "vanishing peoples." Pitts also created entire series of landscapes, portraits and architectural subjects, commercial work and hundreds of cartoons for Punch magazine. Travelling more than 4,000 miles in British Columbia and Alaska, he produced a large body of work focusing on Coast Salish, Tlingit and Ktunaxa First Nations. Pitts' fascinating story includes life as an artist in Vancouver in the 1920s and 1930s, where he attended the Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied Arts, studying under Fred Varley, Charles Scott and J.W.G. Macdonald; WWI trench warfare and a host of "truggle and prevail" adventures. His work is in the collections of the Royal BC Museum, the Glenbow Museum and several important private collections abroad. Few have heard about Pitts or seen his work.
Publisher: Salt Spring Island, B.C. :, Mother Tongue Publishing Limited,, 
Copyright Date: ©2017
Branch Call Number: 709.2 PIT
Characteristics: xi, 140 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour) ; 24 cm