This exhibition includes twenty-five drawings from Maxwell Bates' "Hotel Series."
Bates, born in Calgary in 1906, studied painting at the Provincial Institute of Technology and Art 1926-27. He moved to London, England, in 1931 and had an active artistic practice until 1939 whenhe enlisted in the British army. In 1940 he was captured by the Germans and interned in a prisoner of war camp where he was put to work in the nearby salt mines. He returned to Calgary in 1946 and joined his father's architecture firm, allowing him to support the development of his art. In 1949-50 he studied drawing and painting for four months with Max Beckman through the Brooklyn Museum Art School. At the time of this exhibition he was living in Victoria, British Columbia where he had moved in 1961.