Molly Lamb Bobak

Canadian artist, RCA , Canadian Women's Army Corps, Order of Canada, Order of New-Brunswick , Canadian Group of Painter

Molly Lamb Bobak

Molly Lamb Bobak was born in Vancouver in 1922. Thanks to her father, the famous art critic Harold Mortimer Lamb, the young Molly was quickly exposed to the world of the arts. While still a child, she took classes at the Vancouver School of Art. The Lamb family is also close to the painters A.Y Jackson and Emily Carr who undoubtedly had a significant influence on the young artist.

From 1938 to 1941, she studied at the Vancouver School of Art under Jack Shadbolt and Charles H. Scott.

In 1942, Molly Lamb enlisted in the women's service of the Canadian Army, she was deployed to Europe for a period of 3 years and it was not until Victory Day that she was chosen as the very first artist. women of war. She was sent to northwest Europe to document the festivities at the end of the war. This experience will be significant for Molly Bobak because throughout her career she invites emerging artists to document Canada's involvement in international conflict zones.

During her military service, Molly met the war painter Bruno Bobak who would become her husband in 1945. The first years after the return from Europe, from 1947 to 1960, the Bobak family settled in British Columbia. She held a teaching position at the Vancouver School of Art and intermittently at the Vancouver Art Gallery and then at the University of British Columbia (UBC)

Her husband, Bruno Bobak, was offered a position as artist-in-residence in Fredericton and the Bobak family settled in the Maritimes. Molly L. Bobak will be actively involved in her new community and will participate in many charities. Her professional life will also continue for her, teaching at the art center of the University of New Brunswick.

Molly Bobak's art is imbued with joy and gaiety. The author of Molly Lamb Bobak, her life and her work, Michelle Gewurtz describes the works of the painter like this: “For Molly Lamb Bobak, artistic maturity is a source of balance between the subjects of her works and their formal treatment. She does not neglect line, color and texture, but marries these formal elements to her subjects in such a way that they are always recognizable. Although she made a great deal of crowd scenes, floral compositions and domestic still lifes, she also painted landscapes and urban scenes. "In addition, Molly will excel in interior scenes, which are unlike her other favorite subjects, calm, static and serene.

At the age of 84, the artist stopped painting due to eye problems. Her husband, Bruno Bobak died in 2012. Molly died in 2014 in Fredericton at the age of 94 years old. 

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