AMOS, Robert




Author Tags: Art, Kidlit & Young Adult

Born on June 29, 1950 in Belleville, Ontario, Robert Amos attended York University in Toronto. He moved to Vancouver in 1974 where he served as Assistant to the Director of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Amos was made an Honourary Citizen of Victoria in 1985 and he has been the art columnist for the Times-Colonist since 1986. He was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts in 1995. Having interviewed and photographed many Vancouver Island and Gulf Island artists over a 15-year period, Amos provided an insider's view of 33 artists' studios in Where Art is Born: Island Artists in their Studios (Touchwood 2007).

Fully bilingual, with both Chinese and English texts, Inside Chinatown: Ancient Culture in a New World (2009) is a tribute to Canada's oldest Chinatown, located in Victoria, B.C.

Robert Amos next wrote Harold Mortimer-Lamb: The Art Lover (Brindle & Glass 2013), a profusely illustrated tribute to the photographer, writer, painter and promoter who was a patron and friend to artists that included A.Y. Jackson, Emily Carr and Jack Shadbolt. As a friend to both painter Frederick Varley and his young student Vera Weatherbie, Mortimer-Lamb, at the age of seventy, eventually married her when she was thirty. “The purpose of this book,” Amos writes, “is to shine a light on the remarkable and tightly integrated art collection donated by Harold and Vera Mortimer-Lamb to the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria in 1977. Almost every major event in Mortimer-Lamb’s life is illustrated by significant works of art created by the participants, often presenting multiple views of the same situation.” The gallery passed along Mortimer-Lamb’s papers to B.C.Archives in 1992.

Reviews of the author's work by BC Studies:

Harold Mortimer-Lamb: The Art Lover

Inside Chinatown: Ancient Culture in a New World

BOOKS:

“Baron + Rago’s…” (Coach House Press, 1973)
An Introduction to Japanese Art (Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 1980)
Victoria By Robert Amos (Orca Books, 1989)
Victoria: Another View (Orca Books, 1993)
No Such Thing as Far Away (Orca Books, 1994) [Illustrator, text by Laura Langston]
Victoria Sketchbook (Orca Books, 2001)
Where Art is Born: Island Artists in their Studios (Touchwood 2007).
Inside Chinatown: Ancient Culture in a New World (Touchwood 2009) with Kileasa Wong.
Harold Mortimer-Lamb: The Art Lover (Brindle & Glass 2013) $24.95 9781771510189

[BCBW 2013] "Art" "Kidlit"