About This Work...
"A man who, until a few years ago, was written off by the so-called experts as ‘passe’ because he didn’t paint a tree that looked like a cat’s mistake. Thank god he’s lived long enough to receive the acknowledgement from the experts that they were wrong." (46)
Newspaper clippings and events around and after 1959 suggest that appreciation for Weston’s representational landscape art began to surface in his later life.
A major retrospective exhibit was held in 1959 that celebrated Weston’s 50th anniversary of painting in British Columbia. "Fifty Years of Painting in BC: A History told in Mountains, Trees and Sea", at the Vancouver Art Gallery. It was his first exhibit in 13 years and was heralded as a ‘triumph for traditionalism’ by the Port Arthur Chronicle. (47)
"At 82 Weston is still the dedicated artist, still painting BC landscapes in his strong individual style, and still firm in his philosophy." (48)