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ARTIST NAME: Frederking, Elva
ACCESSION NUMBER: 0356.175.000007
TITLE: OIL REFINERY, EDMONTON
DATE: c. 1954
CATEGORY: Painting
MEDIUM: oil
SUPPORT: masonite
DIMENSIONS: Actual: 53 x 77 cm (20 7/8 x 30 5/16 in.)
COLLECTION: Jubilee Collection


OTHER HOLDINGS: Frederking, Elva
ARTIST BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH: Elva Frederking's (Pearson) parents immigrated to Canada from Sweden in 1911. She was educated in Edmonton where she developed a love of art. She attended the University of Alberta for a year before deciding to go to art school. She studied at the Banff School of Fine Arts, and in Vancouver B.C. followed by classes at the University of San Francisco. Here she was first exposed to abstract art, a form that she preferred for the rest of her career. In 1948 she went to work for an advertising firm in Beverly Hills, California doing fashion drawings many of which appeared in local and national magazines and newspapers. In 1949 she married fellow Edmontonian, Ren Frederking who was doing graduate work in Economics at the University of Southern California. They settled in Orange County and raised three sons. She spent much of her spare time working with charitable organizations in and around Orange County while continuing to produce paintings, most of which were sold privately. In 1957 she was commissioned by St. Paul's United Church in Edmonton to paint a mural on the wall behind the chancel of the church. The work, which is 8 ft wide by 25 feet high, was titled "Empty Cross". She considered this painting to be her most significant work. She designed and created a mosaic entitled "The Pentacost" for the Tustin Presbyterian Church in California in 1969. In 1978 she moved to Grass Valley in Northern California where her family had timber and mining interests and resided there until her death in 1987.


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