MAXWELL BENNETT BATES, R.C.A.
Private Collection, Newfoundland
Bates’ work typically incorporates themes of isolation and alienation. In 1967, the year this watercolour was executed, Canada was celebrating a centennial year. Bates was living in Vancouver, having moved from Calgary in 1962. Vancouver was undergoing a programme of urban renewal which resulted in the sorts of evictions depicted here. Specific neighbourhoods were disrupted, some might even say targeted, including those primarily inhabited by ethnic minorities.