Jack Hambleton, 1916-1988
Born: Preston, England, 1916
Came to Canada in 1924
Died: Kelowna, BC, 1988
Jack Hambleton was born in Preston England and came to Canada in 1924.
His early interest in drawing and painting led to some sporadic instruction at the Vancouver School of Art. Private study of art history and evening classes developed his painting techniques. Jack considers himself self-taught and throughout his life he loved painting and calligraphy. He worked in the design field for many years and was, until 1963, Art Director and partner with Challier Associates in Vancouver. In 1962 he was president of the Art Directors Club of Vancouver.
He and his wife Lorna moved to Kelowna in 1964 where they opened the Hambleton Galleries on Bernard Ave. In 1966 Jack and Lorna built the Gallery at Chandler Street where the family lived upstairs and the gallery was downstairs. Jack suffered a heart attack in 1988 and passed away.
Photo shows Jack and Lorna with good friends and artists O.N.(Rick) de Grandmaison and Robert Genn on Lorna's left and Peter Ewart and Egbert Oudendagg on Jack's right.
Jack was instrumental in introducing fine art to the Okanagan as both a collector and an artist. He has had many one-man exhibitions at important galleries in Westen Canada and his work has been exhibited in juried shows in Canada and the United States. His paintings are included in many hundreds of private and corporate collections.