By James Soules
One day at the Federation Gallery on Granville Island, I asked Executive Director, Patrick Meyer, if there was some sort of volunteer work I could do for them. He quickly came up with a short list. One of the items on the list was to organize and properly archive the Stafford Plant Collection.
Born in Esquesing, ON in 1914, Stafford D. Plant was a talented painter, instructor and graphic designer. He was a student of renowned painter L.A.C. Panton, F.H. Brigden and Group of Seven member, Arthur Lismer. Plant won the 1932-33 Brigden Scholarship and immediately after graduating from Western Technical School of Art in Toronto, was hired by Brigden’s design firm. He was a founding member of the Toronto Arts Club, served as a council trustee for the Vancouver Art Gallery, and was a member of the Canadian Society of Marine Artists as well as a Senior Member of the FCA.
Plant mostly painted landscapes across Canada and in parts of the United States. Some 330 plus paintings were donated to the Federation shortly after his death in 2000. The collection had never been shown in its entirety.
I immediately agreed to Patrick’s request and began photographing framed paintings, paintings on gallery-wrapped canvases, canvas board paintings and even paintings on wood board. After photographing all of the pieces at the storage, I uploaded the images to the Stafford Plant Collection gallery on the Federation’s website and entered the name of the paintings, size, medium and price.
The Federation now has a complete catalog of Plant’s donated paintings for viewing or purchasing. Several pieces have already been sold after being hung in Federation Gallery.
It was my great pleasure to be able to do this project and uncover this treasure of work.
The FCA would like to express its gratitude to James for taking on this huge project. Due to Jame’s commitment and work, the Stafford Plant Collection in its entirety is now available online for the public to view and enjoy, thereby not only doing justice to Plant’s life work but also providing more people access to this impressive collection. Thank you, James!
To view the whole Stafford Plant collection, visit the FCA website at: