Bruno Bobak

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Bruno Bobak
Brunislaw Jacob Bobak

27 December 1923
Wawelówka, Poland
Died24 September 2012
Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
NationalityPolish Canadian
EducationArt Gallery of Toronto under Arthur Lismer.
Known forwatercolour painting

Bruno Bobak, CM (born Brunislaw Jacob Bobak; 27 December 1923 – 24 September 2012) was a Polish-born Canadian war painter and art teacher. His main medium was watercolour painting but he also produced woodcuts.

Early years and war artist[edit]

Born in Wawelówka, near Skalat in Poland, Bobak's family left in 1925 and eventually settled in Saskatchewan, Canada in 1925. Bobak lived in Toronto where he studied art at Central Technical School and under Arthur Lismer.[1] Boback moved to Hamilton, Ontario. He settled in Toronto in 1935. He studied at the Art Gallery of Toronto under Arthur Lismer.

Bobak joined the Canadian Army in 1942, following high school. He won first prize in Canadian Army Art Competition. He was named as an Official War Artist. He served in Europe as Canada's youngest war artist in World War II.[2]

Teaching career[edit]

After the war Bobak returned to Canada and lived briefly in Ottawa before moving with his wife (whom he met in London) to Vancouver in 1947 to teach art at the Vancouver School of Art.[1] The Bobaks moved one final time to New Brunswick in 1960 and he became artist in residence at the University of New Brunswick. Bobak was appointed Director of the University of New Brunswick's Art Centre. Retired in 1986, Bobak remained in New Brunswick until his death.[2]

In 1995, along with his wife, fellow war artist Molly Bobak, he became a Member of the Order of Canada.[3][4][5]


Bobak married Molly Bobak in 1945 and is survived by two children, Alexander Bobak (b. 1946) and Anny Scoones (b. 1957) and grandchild Julia Bobak.[6]


Bobak's work is primarily found in Canada, but can be found also in the United States, Poland and Britain.[1]


On 8 September 1998 Canada Post issued 'The Farmer's Family (detail), 1970, Bruno Bobak' in the Masterpieces of Canadian art series. The stamp was designed by Pierre-Yves Pelletier based on an watercolour painting "The Farmer's Family" (1970) by Brunislaw Jacob Bobak in the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton, New Brunswick. The 90¢ stamps are perforated 12.5 X 13 and were printed by Ashton-Potter Limited.[2]


Bruno Bobak died 24 September 2012, at age 88. He was diagnosed with lung cancer earlier that summer. His wife, Molly Bobak, joined him two years later on 2 March 2014, from natural causes.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Artist Biographies
  2. ^ a b c Canada Post stamp
  3. ^ "Canadian war artist Bruno Bobak dies in New Brunswick at age of 88". CTV News. 25 September 2012.
  4. ^ "Legendary war artist Bruno Bobak dies at age 88". CBC News. 25 September 2012.
  5. ^ "Bruno Bobak". The Daily Telegraph. London. 4 October 2012.
  6. ^ Bruno Bobak: obituary and death notice on InMemoriam
  7. ^ "Members since 1880". Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Archived from the original on 26 May 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2013.

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