Marie Paddling to Eric by Legh Mulhall Kilpin. (Photograph by Greenhouse PhotoGraphix Inc.)

Artist’s work revisited a century after his passing

Kilpin art featured in Langley Centennial Museum exhibition

Artistic quality expressed in a variety of media are hallmarks of the works of Legh Mulhall Kilpin.

The British teacher, painter, and printmaker who came to Canada at the beginning of the 20th Century is being featured in an exhibition at Langley Centennial Museum, opening May 4.

The exhibition is drawn from the Langley Centennial Museum’s extensive collection of Kilpin’s works, nearly all of which were donated by the late granddaughter of the artist, Mrs. Elizabeth Illsey.

“The museum is commemorating the 100th year of Kilpin’s passing with a re-examination of this important collection,” noted Curator Kobi Christian. “People are really taken with the number of pieces on display and the quality and variety of art he created.”

Kilpin was 66 years of age when he died in 1919.

The exhibition explores the life and work of the artist who was trained in Britain and came to Canada at a time when Canadian art was predominantly influenced by the British and French schools.

Various mediums in which he worked are included in the exhibition, including oils, watercolours, etchings, and monotypes.

Kilpin worked in a variety of genres, including portraits and landscapes.

Also on display in the exhibition is a short two-part film, entitled, “Home is Where the Art Is,” created by Edward Petherbridge in 2012. Petherbridge used works from the museum’s Kilpin collection in the film.

A free reception will be held to celebrate the exhibition at Langley Centennial Museum, 9135 King St., on Saturday, May 4, from 2 to 4 p.m.

The exhibition will be on display until Sunday, June 2.


The Crystal Gazer by Legh Mulhall Kilpin. (Photograph by Greenhouse PhotoGraphix Inc.)

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