Currriculum Vitae




Curriculum Vitae



JACK DARCUS  (to date, February 2017)


Education:  Bachelor of Arts Degree, University of B.C.,1963, with majors in Art History and Philosophy.   One year Post Graduate studies in Art History and Philosophy.


Since 1963:



Painting shows:  (All shows are solo exhibitions unless otherwise noted)


1963  Arts Club of Vancouver, Seymour Street

1964  Young Contemporaries, London, Ontario (Juried Group Show)

1964  Canvas Shack Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.

1965  Bau Xi Gallery  Vancouver, B.C. (Group Show, Circumference)

          Bau Xi Gallery  (Solo exhibition)

1966  Bau Xi Gallery

1967  Douglas Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.

1974  Victoria Art Gallery (Juried Group Show), Victoria, B.C.

1975  Burnaby Art Gallery  (solo exhibition which toured

    B.C., Penticton, Kelowna, Prince George, and

    Whithorse in Yukon Territory

1976  Bau Xi Gallery, Victoria B.C.

1976  University of B.C. Art Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.

1976  Upper Street Gallery, London, England

1978  Centre Culturel Columbien, Vancouver, B.C.

1980  Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Lobby Show, Vancouver, B.C.

1981  Keenleyside Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.

1987  St. Francis in the Wood, Church Hall, West Vancouver, B.C.

1988  Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey B.C.

1992  Deuxieme Salon International Oeuvres Support Papier,

    Nantes, France (Juried Group Show)


1993  Group Show, Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.

1994  Exhibition, Recent Paintings, Diane Farris Gallery,

    Vancouver, B.C.

1995   Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.

1998  - 2001 Heffel Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.  (works on exhibit)

2000 – website established:

- mural commission, “Dundarave Day” for Beach House Restaurant,

Dundarave, West Vancouver, B.C.  

2000 – Studio move to Granville Island, in Vancouver

2005  - Exhibition, “Jericho Spring & Recent Paintings, Omega Gallery, Vancouver

               - commission, “View from Taylor’s Lookout” for British Pacific Properties.

2006  Works represented by Winsor Gallery, Vancouver

           Works on display, The Avenue Gallery, Victoria, B.C.

2007  Works represented by Winsor Gallery, Vancouver

   Also, independent studio/gallery on Granville Island, Vancouver, B.C.

2008  Winsor Gallery Show, July, 2008

2009   Winsor Gallery feature of works, July 2009

2010, 2011  Works on display, Winsor Gallery, Vancouver

2012, 2013 Works on display, Granville Fine Art

2014 Works on Display, Darcus Studio Gallery, Granville Island, Vancouver

2015  Works on Display, Wendel Gallery, Granville Island, Vanvouver

2016m 2017  Works on display at Darcus Studio Gallery on Granville Island, Vancouver. B.C.

Since 1994 has donated works to the annual charity auction, at Arts Umbrella, Vancouver, B.C. in aid of children’s art education.  




1968 – With Ken Livingstone and Sandy Walton, co-founded Gallimaufry Theatre Co.  Designed sets for two seasons (1968, 69) of one-act plays in repertory.

1976 - Stage Designer for "The Homecoming" by Harold Pinter at Talbot Theatre in London, Ontario (dir. Ken Livingstone)

1989 - Directed, for Fringe Festival in Vancouver, "Six O'clock News" by Robert Gerow and Terry Barclay.




1970 - wrote, produced and directed first feature-length drama GREAT COUPS OF HISTORY (B&W, 87 Minutes) Screened at Edinburgh Festival, 1974

1972 - PROXYHAWKS (B&W, 77 Minutes) Screened at Critics Week, Cannes Festival, 1973 (,dir)

1974 - WOLFPEN PRINCIPLE  (Colour, 87 Minutes), starring Vladimir Valenta. (,dir) 

1984 - DESERTERS (Colour, 96 Minutes) starring Alan Scarfe, Dermot Hennely, John Brydon and Barbara March Nominated for six Genie Awards (,dir)

1986 - OVERNIGHT (Colour, 102 Minutes) starring Duncan Fraser, Gail Garnet, Alan Scarfe .  Nominated for four Genie Awards   Alan Scarfe won Best Actor (,dir)

1989 - KINGSGATE (Colour, 110 Minutes) starring Christopher Plummer, Alan Scarfe, Barbara March, Elizabeth Dancoes  (,dir)

1992 - THE PORTRAIT (colour 107 minutes) starring Alan Scarfe and Barbara March (,dir)

1997 - SILENCE  (colour 102 minutes) starring August Schellenberg, Tantoo Cardinal, and Alan Scarfe.  Selected for screening at the Sundance Festival, 1999 (prod,dir)




Fiction writing began with short stories while at University, and then progressed to Screenplays, many of which were produced (see FILM, above).  Several attempts at novels (without  publication) and in 2014, the philosophy essay, The Limits of Language.





1985, 1986, directed three episodes of TV series                                    

"Airwaves", produced in Toronto by CBC and Atlantis Films.

1987 - directed "Lunch Date", a one-half hour drama

for the episodic TV series "Lies From Lotus Land", produced by CBC





1964 - 1976  Night School Instructor in painting with Vancouver School Board four nights per week in fall and winter sessions.  Other classes included two sessions with the Centre For Continuing Education, UBC, and privately run classes in studio.  Also workshops in painting in the Okanagan (Summer School of the Arts, 1969) and in the Vancouver area.

1979- 82 Part-time sessional lecturer, Faculty of Education, UBC as instructor in painting.

1990, 1991 Part-time lecturer in screenplay writing at Emily Carr College of Art and Design.

1992 – 1994, writing instructor for classes 32, 33, 39 at the Vancouver Film

2001, Vancouver Film School Full-length Screenplay writing class.

2001-2003 Vancouver Film School, directing instructor, and screenplay writing instructor

2004 – workshop in traditional painting materials, Malaspina University College

2006 – workshop in egg tempera medium, Opus Framing

2010 – workshop in egg tempera medium, University Women’s Club, Vancouver       

workshop in egg tempera medium, Opus Framing

2011 - painting workshop (acrylics and oils) Feb 29 – March 5, Isle Sur la Sorgue, Provence, France

2012 – painting workshop, Isle sur la Sorgue, France

2013 – painting workshop, Isle sur la Sorgue, France

               Egg tempera workshop, Opus Framing and Artist Supplies

               Private instruction to students, Granville Island Studio

2014-2017  Private instruction to students, Granville Island Studio





Cinema Canada (feature article, July, 1986)

INNER VIEWS (interviews with ten Canadian film             directors) by John Hofsess, McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 1976

CBC RADIO (Arts National, June, 1985)


DREAMING IN THE RAIN, David Spaner, Arsenal Pulp Press, 2003





Past member, Board of Directors, Vancouver Art Gallery

Past member, Board of Directors, Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television

Supporting Member, League of Canadian Poets 

Life Member of The Director’s Guild of Canada

Treasurer, Artists and Artisans Society of Granville Island  2004 – 2010

Member, Vancouver Art Gallery

Member, Granville Island Business Community Association 2000-present.