John Snow (1911-2004)


John Harold Thomas Snow was born in Vancouver. His family moved to England but returned to the Olds/Innisfail area of Alberta in 1919. He had a forty three year career with the Royal Bank of Canada that was briefly interrupted with his enlistment and overseas tour during the Second World War. On his return to Calgary, again working for RBC, he pursued a second professional interest – art.

In 1953 Snow and his friend, architect/artist Maxwell Bates, acquired two presses and began to explore fine-art lithography. This is what Snow is now best known for. No one in Alberta was producing fine-art lithography at the time, so the two men taught themselves. Snow mastered the form and essentially established Alberta as a printmaking centre.

His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is included in many institutional collections including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Glenbow Museum, the National Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England. Red Flowers is in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada.

Works of Art

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Additional Information

Nocturne Red Flowers
23/50 Colour lithograph on paper
26 x 18 in (66 x 45.7 cm)
Provenance: Hodgins, Private Collector

Red Flowers (1965)
Colour lithograph on woven paper
62 x 52 cm: stone 55.9 x 40.4 cm
Provenance: Hodgins, Private Collector

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