BUS STOP, FREDERICTON, N.B.
signed; titled to gallery label on the reverse
15 ins x 24 ins; 38.1 cms x 61 cms
November 18, 2021
In 1960, Lamb Bobak and her husband Bruno returned to Canada from an extended stay in Europe, Bruno having been offered a one-year position as artist-in-residence at the University of New Brunswick. They would choose to settle permanently in Fredericton, with Bruno becoming the director of the University Art Centre while Lamb Bobak held a teaching position at the university in addition to her work as an art instructor across the province and on television.
Lamb Bobak’s enjoyment of urban scenes and city dwellers was apparent in her work from this period. She explained, “I think that it is an interest I have had ever since I was a kid. I simply love gatherings, mingling… It’s like little ants crawling, the sort of insignificance and yet the beauty of people all getting together.” While some of the most well-known examples are Lamb Bobak’s images of parades, sporting events and official gatherings, this vignette at the bus stop shows Lamb Bobak’s interest in the rhythms and formal compositional elements of a crowd—her brightly-coloured ants, all lined up and ready to go.
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