Penguins in Stanley Park
Thelma Manarey (1913 - 1984). "Penguins, Stanley Park Vancouver" silkscreen.
Born in Edmonton, Manarey studied with Florence Mortimer before moving to Calgary where she studied under Henry G. Glyde at the Institute of Technology and Art. When she returned to Edmonton she became part of a group of artists working with George Weber in serigraph printmaking. She was an active member of the Alberta Society of Artists and held several positions: Vice President (1967-68), “Highlights” Editor (1957) and Assistant Editor (1960, 1963). She lectured at the Edmonton Art Gallery from 1953 and also at the University of Alberta Department of Extension.
Edward Goodall (1909-1982), Penguins, Stanley Park (ca 1940s). Pencil drawing
Born in Somerset, England, 1909. Goodall traveled in India, China and Japan, earning money for his trips by selling his drawings. In 1937 he visited Victoria, BC where he married his wife, Carol.
In 1942 he applied for the copyright to “Goodall’s Pencil Postcard Series” and began drawing scenes of Vancouver Island. It is estimated that he ultimately created more than 500 scenes for postcards.
In the 1950s he drew a series of west coast scenes for a British Columbia calendar and continued this annually through the 50s, turning to painting later that decade. Other commissions followed, including the Powell River pulp mill, the CPR ships, the Kitimat smelter, a series on education facilities in Canada, and scenes for British Columbia’s 1958 centennial celebrations.
As a member of the Alpine Club of Canada he climbed many well-known mountains and turned his watercolours and sketches into calendars.
He continued to paint postcards, and also personal Christmas cards for the Premier, Lieutenant Governor, Captain and crew of the Royal Yacht Britannia, and many more. He died in 1982 of throat cancer.
Norman Denkman, untitled, Penguins in the Rain.
Unfortunately, we can't find much information about Norman Denkman, but believe he lives in North Vancouver. A few of his oil paintings of Vancouver scenes have come to auction.
George Kuthan, from Menagerie
Georges Kuthan was born in Klatovy, Czechoslovakia. His studies as a medical student at the University of Prague were interrupted by the Nazi occupation in 1939. As a result, he turned his attention to art, studying at Prague’s School of Decorative Arts. He graduated six years later, in 1947.
That same year he left for Paris on a scholarship to study graphic art, printmaking and painting. He worked in the studio of Robert Camis at the Ecole de Beaux Arts & painted at the Academie de’Andre Lhote.
During his three years in Paris, he spent his free time in the city’s parks creating simple drawings on plain white paper in pen and ink. He found some commercial success in Paris, nonetheless, he made the decision to emigrate to Canada in 1950, first landing in Saskatchewan and then relocating to Vancouver within the year.
Kuthan taught printmaking at UBC, and actively used etching, wood-engraving, and lino-cutting in his own work on books, magazines, brochures and Christmas cards. A selection of his Christmas cards are featured in the Feckless Collection.
Kuthan’s Menagerie of Interesting Zoo Animals was published in 1960 by Nevermore Press. It’s known in the history of fine printing in Canada, not just for Kuthan’s linocuts, but also for the fact that only 60 of the edition’s 130 copies were ever bound; the balance remained in the bindery, eventually forgotten - but luckily, not lost.
The unbound copies were purchased in the late 1980s from the original binder's estate by two Vancouver booksellers. They sold the remaining unbound copies in the form of “livre d’artiste” – loose, with a new wrap and beautiful clamshell box.
Right up until his death in August of 1966, Kuthan provided illustrations for the quarterly magazine, Canadian Literature.