Robert Amos, R.C.A.

Exhibition and Sale, November 2011   


                             Return to Chinatown

Back in the late 1970’s, I used to hang out with my friend JC Scott in his studio in Fan Tan Alley. It was the most colourful place in the city - and still is. When I became a professional artist in 1980 I chose Victoria’s Chinatown as a subject to which I would give my full attention.

Over the years I have pursued many projects based in Chinatown. Every issue of the Victoria Chinatown Newsletter, the Chinese-language publication of Victoria, has featured my original art on the cover. With the students of the Chinese Public School I have painted three murals, including their dragon dance scene on the Yen Wo Society building. In 1994 I illustrated No Such Thing As Far Away, a children’s story set in Chinatown, and in this show I offer some of the original art work published here.The culmination of my study of Chinatown was the publication in 2009 of Inside Chinatown, a photo essay on the meeting halls, shrines and altars of this, the oldest Chinatown in Canada. This book earned Heritage BC’s Outstanding Achievement Award. The paintings which resulted from that work were shown in a solo exhibit at the University of Victoria’s Legacy Gallery near Chinatown. Some of the work from that show is offered at this time.

I will continue to paint Chinatown as it evolves. At this time I thought it might be fun to return to my roots - JC Scott’s studio is still there in Fan Tan Alley - and show some of what has already been accomplished.

Robert Amos

Robert Amos was born in Belleville, Ontario in 1950. Since graduating from York University in Toronto, Amos has pursued a career in the arts. He was Assistant to the Director of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (1975-1980) and is art writer for the Victoria Times-Colonist newspaper, which has published his weekly column on art since 1986. He is a full-time professional artist.

1979 “Victoria Through Artists’ Eyes”, Art Gallery of Victoria

1981 solo exhibit at Tachyon Gallery, Osaka, Japan

1984 named Honorary Citizen of Victoria  Victoria

1989 solo exhibit at opening of Victoria Conference Centre, the City of Victoria purchased four paintings; 

- “Victoria by Robert Amos” published by Orca Books, Victoria

1991 solo exhibit at Stephen Lowe Gallery

1993 “Victoria: Another View” published by Orca Books

1994 “No Such Thing as Far Away” published by Orca Books

1995 solo exhibit at Emily Carr’s Birthplace in Victoria

1996 City of Victoria purchases painting of Chinatown Gate;  elected to Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts

1997 Heritage Canada commissions bronze plaque for Chinatown

1999 City of Victoria published print of Amos painting for gifting
2000 Heritage Canada commissions a print edition

2001 exhibition "Unknown Chinatown" at University of Victoria

2002 “Victoria Sketchbook” published by Orca Books

2003 Amos was the official artist of the Royal Victoria Marathon

2006 featured artist at the Filberg Festival in Comox, British Columbia

2007 created the interior tables, murals etc. for the James Joyce Bistro in Victoria; 

  1. -“Artists in their Studios” published by TouchWood Editions, Victoria; 

  2. -solo exhibit of Artists in Their Studios at Maltwood Museum, University of Victoria

2008 created Dragon Dance mural at Government Street in Chinatown for City of Victoria;

- exhibition at the Canadian Embassy, Tokyo, Japan and featured artist at Ome Art Jam, Japan

2009 “Inside Chinatown” published by TouchWood Editions, Victoria;

- exhibit of paintings from Inside Chinatown at University of Victoria’s Legacy Gallery

2010 award for Outstanding Achievement from Heritage BC

- artistic director of Art Jam 2010, an exchange in Victoria with 8 Japanese artists

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