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John Harold Thomas Snow
Painting II

24 x 20in 61 x 50.8cm
acrylic on board

Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500 CAD
Sold for:   $1,750 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's January 2016 - 4th Session auction on Thursday, January 28, 2016
John Harold Thomas Snow
Night I

26 x 20in 66 x 50.8cm
acrylic on board

Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500 CAD
Sold for:   $1,375 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's March 2016 - 5th session auction on Thursday, March 31, 2016
John Harold Thomas Snow
Farmyard (02542/2013-772)

18 x 24in 45.7 x 61cm
oil on canvas board

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,600 CAD
Sold for:   $938 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's Fall 2015 - Imperial Oil Limited Charity Auction auction on Saturday, October 24, 2015
John Harold Thomas Snow
Roadway

10 x 15in 25.4 x 38.1cm
lithograph on paper

Estimate: $300 - $500 CAD
Sold for:   $875 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's March 2017 - 7th Session auction on Thursday, March 30, 2017
John Harold Thomas Snow
Wire Gate

14 x 18in 35.6 x 45.7cm
lithograph on paper

Estimate: $500 - $600 CAD
Sold for:   $875 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's March 2017 - 7th Session auction on Thursday, March 30, 2017

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John Harold Thomas Snow
Four Works


Estimate: $400 - $600 CAD
Sold for:   $863 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's September 2004 auction on Saturday, September 25, 2004
John Harold Thomas Snow
Priddis Landscape (02948/2013-1349)

23 3/4 x 17 3/4in 60.3 x 45.1cm
lithograph on paper

Estimate: $300 - $500 CAD
Sold for:   $750 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's November 2015 - 4th Session auction on Wednesday, November 18, 2015
John Harold Thomas Snow
Motril

26 x 20in 66 x 50.8cm
acrylic on board

Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500 CAD
Sold for:   $688 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's November 2015 - 7th Session auction on Saturday, November 28, 2015
John Harold Thomas Snow
Muttart Art Gallery (02545/2013-1895)

12 x 9 1/2in 30.5 x 24.1cm
lithograph on paper

Estimate: $300 - $500 CAD
Sold for:   $594 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's Fall 2015 - Imperial Oil Limited Charity Auction auction on Saturday, October 24, 2015
John Harold Thomas Snow
Red Hen

10 3/4 x 9in 27.3 x 22.9cm
lithograph

Estimate: $600 - $800 CAD
Sold for:   $585 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's July 2013 - 3rd Session auction on Thursday, July 25, 2013
John Harold Thomas Snow

John Harold Thomas Snow

1911 - 2004
ASA CSGA RCA

John Snow was born in Vancouver and lived and worked in Calgary for almost 70 years. Known as a pioneering printmaker who started the first fine art lithographic press studio in Calgary, he was also a painter and sculptor. His extensive body of work is well-known in Calgary, where his vibrant prints grace numerous public and private collections including the Nickle Galleries at the University of Calgary, which has a complete set of his lithographs.

Snow worked as a banker for most of his life, but was deeply interested in art. He was part of a family that included artists and that exposed him to fine art often in his youth, and he began his art career as a watercolour painter. With the outbreak of World War II, he enlisted with the Canadian Air Force and trained as a navigator, and was eventually posted with the Royal Air Force in Gibraltar, where he dropped supplies via paratroopers to various locations in Europe. His work as a map reader and navigator forced him to observe the land below him in a unique manner that would later influence his sense of spatial relations in his prints.

Upon his return to Canada, Snow was eager to become an artist and took a life drawing class at the Provincial Institute of Technology and Arts - then called The Tech - now the Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD). The class was taught by Calgary modernist painter Maxwell Bates, who had spent five years in a POW camp in Germany. Bates had explored abstraction in Calgary as early as 1928 and his experiences as a prisoner-of-war led to an interest in a style of expressionism heavily influenced by Max Beckmann, whom Bates studied under at the Brooklyn Museum Art School. Bates introduced Snow to printmaking via the woodcut, and in this medium the influence of Beckmann can be seen. Bates and Snow would work together for years, influencing each other strongly. They worked side-by-side, sometimes pulling prints from stones which Snow had discovered abandoned in the alley behind Western Printing and Lithography, a Calgary firm that was upgrading to more modern equipment. Along with the stones, Snow found parts of a press, which he gathered and put back together, eventually purchasing more parts from the same company.

Snow worked tirelessly to promote art in Calgary. He became a technical expert on the lithographic press, hand-pulling each of his prints. He also interested people into his studio to observe and learn from him. He was adamant in his championship of the fine art print, praising not only its quality, but its affordability. Snow wanted people of modest means to be able to acquire fine art. Landscape, the figure, abstract forms and the still life all appear in Snow’s prints. He was known to experiment with modern materials, especially in the 1970s, using plastic doilies, nylon fabric and other types of synthetic cloth to impose pattern over form in his work. Prints of this type speak uniquely of their time, and echo the influx of cheaply made plastics into modern life.

Snow’s dislike of the limelight has resulted in his low profile, but his prints speak for themselves, marking him as a significant figure in the world of Canadian fine art prints.

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