June 20 to July 22, 1990
Wilf Aizlewood is a local pioneer who is still actively involved in his art at the age of 85 years. Wilf emigrated from England to Canada at the age of 21 and came to the Prince George in 1931 from the economically depressed prairies. Settling at Isle Pierre, he operated the local store for twenty-five years. In 1957, Wilf returned to Prince George to work in the Post Office until retirement in 1970.
Around this period, Wilf’s latent interest in art blossomed. “I have always wanted to be a commercial artist,” he recalls, “but my parents made me go to work.” With time to travel after retirement, Wilf’s watercolours are based on the many places he has visited in the past twenty years. In addition to Scotland, German and England, Wilf has captured some of the local landscape surrounding Prince George and region.
In recent years, Wilf has applied his energy to wood carving. Known for his excellent craftsmanship and beautiful designs, Wilf says his tools are simple, “patience and a fret saw.” His carvings process is guided by the colour and the grain of the wood. We welcome the opportunity to view the work of a pioneer in the year of Prince George’s 75th anniversary.
Wilf plans to leave his entire collection to the Child Development Centre.
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