|Died||November 30, 2017 101) (aged|
West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
|Education||Vancouver School of Art 1932-1936|
|Known for||Drawing, painting, writing|
|Movement||Modernism, Contemporary Realism|
|Awards||Order of British Columbia 1993|
Unity Bainbridge(July 6, 1916 – November 30, 2017) was a Canadian artist and writer of poetry inspired by the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast and its landscape.
Unity Bainbridge was born in Victoria, British Columbia on July 6, 1916.She was also known as Unity Bainbridge Brewster.
Her parents were George P. and Deborah Bainbridge. Unity was the eldest of three sisters; her two younger sisters were Ursula Ridgeway and Monica Resnick. She had one daughter, Deborah Ryan.Her niece is Lynn Johnston the comic artist of For Better or For Worse
Bainbridge married in 1946, moved to San Francisco, CA for five years, then moved back to British Columbia.
Unity was a long-time resident of West Vancouver, British Columbia. She died there on November 30, 2017 at the age of 101.
Bainbridge studied in Vancouver at the then newly formed Vancouver School of Art from 1932-1936 under Grace Melvin and Charles Hepburn Scott.
After graduating from the Vancouver School of Art, she attended the Cornish School of Art in Seattle briefly but returned to Canada within the year.
Bainbridge, in the early 1930s trekked through a vast area of British Columbia's remote wilderness. She preferred to work alone and shunned most art groups. She was invited to join the Canadian Portrait Academy as a Founding Academician, but declined this offer.[ why? ][ citation needed ]
She met Lawren Harris in Vancouver in the 1930s and A.Y. Jackson in Toronto.In 1976-77 she compiled her research and images from repeated trips to communities between Pemberton and Lillooet. The works comprise Songs of Seton and Lullaby of Lillooet, two small books Bainbridge published in limited editions."
Bainbridge met some members of the Group of Seven, and considered Arthur Lismer and A.Y. Jackson among her many mentors.
After returning from Seattle, Bainbridge made her living as a portrait painter in Vancouver. She felt strongly that portraits should be painted from the source, not from a photograph. This lead her to eventually start traveling around British Columbia painting portraits of people during the summers and then returning to Vancouver in the fall. She was especially drawn to paint portraits of the native community of northern B.C.
Bainbridge received the Order of British Columbia in 1993.
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