Artist Biography

Molly Lamb Bobak (1922- ) is one of the most well- respected artists in Canada today. She was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, and studied at the Vancouver School of Art from 1938-1942, where she met her mentor, Jack Shadbolt. Upon graduating, Bobak joined the Canadian Women’s Army Corps and became the first woman in Canada to receive designation as a Canadian war artist. During her service in Europe, Molly met fellow war artist Bruno Bobak, whom she married upon returning to Canada. They  settled first in Vancouver and eventually in Fredericton, New Brunswick (1960), where they have maintained active careers as artists since.

Since 1945, Bobak has worked as both a teacher and artist. As an artist, she has focused her work on two primary themes: watercolour depictions of flowers and oil compositions of crowds of people in communal settings. Her floral compositions are elegant, simple, and oriental in their a symmetrical placement. Her crowd scenes are rich in colour, texture, and movement, and are meant to capture the essence of an occasion, rather than its details. These themes have allowed Bobak to explore the things she holds most important: paint, composition, and the moving human form.

Molly Bobak is the author of a book entitled Wild Flowers in Canada, which contains her own watercolours. She has illustrated two children’s books, (Toes in My Nose and Merry-Go-Day), and has been featured in Double Duty,  a book illustrating her war diary. Her work has been exhibited internationally in England, Germany, Switzerland, and Brazil. She has also had exhibitions throughout Canada. Bobak’s work can be found in numerous private and public collections across Canada, including the National Gallery in Ottawa.