A Pioneering Black Artist in Victoria

Grafton Tyler Brown is BC’s first professional landscape artist and the first artist to hold an exhibition in Victoria. His exhibition was for 1 week beginning on June 25th,1883. On February 15th,2015 an audience of Society members, families, friends and invited guests gathered to hear UVIC History Dept. Chair, Dr. John Lutz talk about Brown’s life, career and experiences pre and post Victoria.

The public would learn more about Brown at an event promoted by our Society, put on by the UVIC Legacy Art Gallery on February 4,2017. This was an afternoon presentation by Dr. John Lutz, and writer and art historian, Robert Chandler. This event included a digital display of many of Brown’s works.

and there’s more … on March 19th,2017 at the UVIC Legacy Art Gallery, 3 local artists, Charles Campbell, visual artist; Kemi Craig, film and dance artist; and Ann-Bernice Thomas, spoken word artist; presented their interpretations of Brown’s life and work.

and … check out our event “Art at the Archives“, June 25th,2019.