B.C. (Bertram Charles) Binning (1909-1976), Convoy at Rendezvous


$1,500.00 $900.00

15.7 x 29.5 ins (40 x 74.9 cms)
Notes: Artwork is in good condition, signed and dated in plate, trimmed to the plate and dry mounted.

As a mid-century decorative piece of art this is a tremendous opportunity for lovers of both mid-century aesthetic and also the marvellous colour palette of this classic British Columbia serigraph.


This is one of Binning’s most sought after serigraphs. Created in the late 1940’s as a designer print.

Bertram Charles (B.C.) Binning was born in Medicine Hat, Alberta on February 10, 1909. One of Canada’s foremost modern artists, architectural innovators, and influential educators, Binning made major contributions to modern art and architecture in British Columbia.

At a young age, Binning moved with his family to Vancouver, B.C., this exposure to the West Coast would leave a lasting impression on Binning and influence a lifetime of his work. Binning had originally intended to follow his grandfather into architecture, but found himself drawn to being an artist.

Binning studied at the Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied Arts under Charles H. Scott, Fred Varley, and Jock MacDonald. He went on to attend school in the USA and the UK before returning to Vancouver to teach at the Vancouver School of Art.

Binning taught at the Vancouver School of Art from 1939 to 1949. During this time, Binning began to move towards the abstract by introducing bright colours, calligraphy-based forms and shapes into his drawings, developing a semi-abstract style that was still reminiscent of his coastal subjects. In 1954, the National Gallery of Canada exhibited his work, Ships in a Classical Calm, at the Venice Biennial.

In 1949, Binning moved into a teaching position at the University of British Columbia and in 1955 Became the Founding Head of the Fine Arts Department and Director/Curator of the Department’s Gallery. He retired from teaching in 1974.

In 1963 Binning worked in an advisory role with the Canada Council, winning a Senior Fellowship. He was awarded the Order of Canada in 1971.

Binning would hold 4 exhibitions of his work at the Vancouver Art Gallery over his career, a major retrospective was shown in 1974.

1976 Binning passed away in Vancouver at the age of 67.

In 1988 the Heffel Gallery mounted a major B.C. Binning retrospective covering his life’s work.

Over his career, Binning would exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the University of British Columbia Fine Arts Centre, Montreal’s Dominion Gallery, and the Bau-Xi in Vancouver.

More information about BC Binning plus some other artworks can be viewed here.

August 17, 2017


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