|Subject:||Visual Arts||Publisher:||MOTHER TONGUE PUBLISHING|
|Published:||October 1st 2017||Series Title:||The Unheralded Artists of BC|
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. His fascination with indigenous cultures, led him to travel over 4,000 miles in British Columbia and Alaska, producing a large body of watercolours and sketches that focused on Coast Salish, Tlingit and Ktunaxa First Nations. Pitts also created entire series of landscapes, portraits and architectural subjects, commercial work and hundreds of cartoons for Punch magazine. Pitts’ fascinating story includes life as an artist in Vancouver in the 1920s and 1930s, where he attended the Vancouver School of Art, studying under Fred Varley, Charles Scott and J.W.G. Macdonald; WWI trench warfare and a host of “struggle and prevail” adventures. He lived for over 30 years in Saanichton. His work is in private collections, the Royal BC Museum and the Glenbow Museum.