GLEN HOWARTH: PUB SCENE
UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA
Glen Howarth was hugely influential to Victoria painters such as Robert Amos, Pat Martin Bates, myself and many others as a sophisticated Montreal artist-critic-curator-teacher.
I believe he wrote for both the Victoria Times (when it was a Liberal afternoon daily) and Monday Mag.
He exhibited at the Collector’s Gallery, a short-lived gallery that I opened in the early seventies, in the present location of Sound Hounds.
He used to have a studio in Fan Tan Alley, Chinatown, many years later taken over by Noah Becker and his friends.
Those were the days when Ariel O’Sullivan and Yvonne Owen used to preside over their circles at the Black Madonna shop, across Fan Tan Alley from Glen’s studio, on the east side (presently Triple Spiral, I believe).
Glen was always very supportive of La Rosa, my occasional square-format publication on the ‘underground’ art scene in Victoria in the early nineties.
He thought that the square format with rounded corners had been infuenced by Apple computers, tvs or something techno, but I assured him that it was rather influenced by the classic Viennese Secessionist publication Ver Sacrum.
Glen used to like to drink, as did most of the artists in those days, in the basement pub below the Churchill Hotel with Jack Kidder and his circle, and I believe that this ‘Pub Scene’ is very likely an homage to those legendary bohemian debauches.
– Goyo de la Rosa