Art at the Archives

Grafton Tyler Brown in his studio at the Occidental Hotel, corner of Wharf and Johnson street, Victoria B.C.,1883.

Grafton Tyler Brown is the first professional Black artist in the Pacific North west and in 1883 he was the first artist to hold an art exhibition in Victoria.

In March 2018 the Royal BC Museum and Friends of the BC Archives Society purchased one of Brown’s paintings “Giant’s Castle Mountain: A.L. Fortune’s Farm, Enderby BC” dated October 6, 1882.
This painting was displayed at the event along with other artifacts (photographs, documents) related to BC Black Pioneers. The BC Black History Awareness Society hosted the event in partnership with the Archives and the Friends of the BC Archives Society.  Why June 25th? It was June 25th, 1883 when Brown opened the one week art exhibit.  Find out more about Grafton Tyler Brown on this website.