Tommy Brayshaw Exhibit
Nine pastel paintings of trout and salmon by the acclaimed illustrator and artist Tommy Brayshaw are now on exhibit in Gallery 1. An artist and conservationist, Brayshaw was trained as a draftsman in his native Yorkshire, England and emigrated to British Columbia in 1920. Although active as a woodcarver and sculptor, it was his illustrations published in the 1947 revision of Roderick Haig-Brown’s classic The Western Angler that brought him fame. He subsequently drew hundreds of pastel paintings of salmon and trout for friends and admirers and sold them through local galleries. They capture the elusive quality of movement in water and balance anatomical accuracy with artistic composition. Tommy Brayshaw’s focus was always on the fish itself. The pieces exhibited were donated to Special Collections by the McKenzie Flyfishers of Eugene, Oregon and curated by Tamara Belts. This exhibit is flanked by two displays related to fly fishing. One shows a number of bamboo fly fishing rods, among them one made by Tommy Brayshaw, which hints at his wood carving bent. The other highlights literature on “Images from the waters” taken from the Paul and Mary Ann Ford Fly Fishing Collection. Items in both displays are housed in Special Collections.