The Life and Art of Ina D. D. Uhthoff

City of Victoria Butler Book Prize
About this Work 

Of all the artists (including well-known painter Emily Carr) who showed their work in the controversial Modern Room of the 1932 Island Arts and Crafts Annual Exhibition, only one also exhibited in the traditional section. That singular artist was Ina D.D. Uhthoff (1889-1971), the versatile, respected professional who was able to straddle contrasting viewpoints with aplomb. Founder and principal of the Victoria School of Art, a key figure in the establishment of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, an esteemed columnist for the Victoria Daily Colonist, a teacher of children and adults using various media, she was first and foremost a continually evolving artist. In this fifth book in the Unheralded Artists of B.C. series, the life and art of Ina D.D. Uhthoff, called the “doyen of Victoria painters,” is revealed. It is the story of an influential twentieth-century artist and hard-working teacher, who sustained a successful career while rearing two children single-handedly. Though Emily Carr is renowned, Ina Uhthoff, a colleague who was equally supportive of modern trends and a force in her community, has receded from prominence. It is time to balance our view of the history of art in British Columbia’s capital city and add to the wider picture of the development of the arts in Canada.

Mother Tongue Publishing
Christina Johnson-Dean

Christina Johnson-Dean graduated with an MA in History and Art from the University of California, Berkeley, before earning a Professional Teacher’s Certificate from San Jose State University. After travelling around the world, she returned to live in Canada. At the University of Victoria she completed an MA in History in Art. Her publications include The Life and Art of Ina D.D. Uhthoff and The Life and Art of Edythe Hembroff-Schleicher, both in the Unheralded Arts of BC series. She teaches in the Greater Victoria School District.