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Max Maynard and Emily Carr meet again in Victoria

Posted April 27, 2015

Maynard_MaxWhen my father was a young artist in Victoria, with more swagger than money, he took a job teaching children at the Lampson Street School. He’d often bound out at the end of the day, sketchbook tucked under his arm, to meet a stout, middle-aged woman at the wheel of a waiting sedan. The sight of her mesmerized the kids. Imagine, a lady driving a car! ( This was in the 1930s, when women drivers were all but unheard-of.) They had no idea she was going to be a famous artist. Her name was Emily Carr, and she had come to take her acolyte, Max Maynard, sketching.

If you’ll be in Victoria between now and August 28, you can see some of my father’s paintings at the Art Gallery of Victoria’s show “Emily Carr and the Young Generation.” This is a big year for Carr exhibitions: “From the Forest to the Sea” has just opened at the Art Gallery of Ontario after making a splash in London at the Dulwich Picture Gallery (said The Telegraph: “…she gravitated unerringly to the most progressive trends in European and American art and made them her own.”) I’m proud to know Max Maynard’s work is appearing alongside hers, in the city where they both started out.

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