Jack Shadbolt has long been recognized as an artist of international stature. Shadbolt is a respected and loved artist, teacher and benefactor who made an outstanding contribution to the arts in Canada and particularly in British Columbia. He was born in England in 1909 and came to Canada with his parents in 1912.
Shadbolt’s role as a mentor of younger artists is well known. His personal support and encouragement has been crucial to many young artists' careers. In 1988, with Doris Shadbolt, he established the Vancouver Institute for the Visual Arts (VIVA), a foundation granting awards to visual artists in British Columbia. He has also been prominent in support of the Children's Arts Umbrella.
Jack Shadbolt’s prolific body of work has been featured in over 60 solo exhibitions and retrospectives. He has represented Canada in international exhibitions around the world. His works are represented in all major galleries across Canada and he is in the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Canada. His works also hang in many private and corporate collections. Shadbolt’s work has had a major influence on the development of Canadian painting.
Poet, author, teacher and mentor Jack Shadbolt died in 1998.