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Memorable Manitobans: Byllee Fay Lang (1908-1966)

Artist.

Born in Alberta in 1908, she was the daughter of a rancher. She studied at the Winnipeg School of Art from 1926 to 1930, before moving on to the Ontario College of Art in Toronto. She later studied in Europe. Lang returned to Winnipeg when her husband joined the Spanish Red Cross during the Spanish Civil War, and taught sculpture at the Winnipeg School of Art from 1940 to 1943. She also operated a private school of sculpture and completed a number of portraits in stone. She became convenor of the Manitoba Regional Group of the Federation of Canadian Artists in 1942, commenting, “The isolation of artists in western Canada has been practically a disease.” In 1945 she again left Winnipeg, first for Montreal and then for Bermuda, where she settled.

Sources:

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 February 2020

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