Unity Bainbridge BREWSTER
1916 - 2017
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BREWSTER, Unity Bainbridge
July 6, 1916 - November 30, 2017
Predeceased by her parents, Ursula Ridgeway, (sister) and husband Bob. Unity is survived by her daughter Deb Ryan (Rick) and sister Monica Reznick as well as grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Unity was a recipient of the Order of British Columbia acknowledging her contributions to the art world with her focus on our Province and its people, places and nature. Unity said "never paint from anything but real life whether it is a person or flower." That belief was a foundation block for her approach to art. She admired the Indigenous people and devoted much of her life to painting portraits of First Nations members, especially those from the Squamish Nation and those she befriended in the Lillooet and Seton Portage areas. She loved painting old churches and farm houses and had a special affinity for trees. Her two books, Lullaby of Lillooet and Songs of Seton, together with her limited edition cards and prints have found a place in thousands of homes around the globe. Unity refused to categorize her artistic style. She was an outstanding portraitist as well as being recognized for her landscapes. Despite her unwillingness to be "marketed", her work is in the permanent collection of many galleries such as Buckingham Palace, Imperial War Museum, Diefenbaker Museum, Vancouver Art Gallery and in the homes of the internationally acclaimed. At Unity's request there will be no service. However she would always encourage family, friends and strangers to hug a tree.

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Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from Dec. 9 to Dec. 10, 2017.
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December 17, 2017
All too frequently the world does not appreciate the influence of our artists in helping society shape its values. Unity was unique. She provided us with a connection to the beauty of that which surrounds us. Her work brought us closer to her subjects and at the same time helped us to understand a deeper message of humanity, nature and the balancing of self interest with the broader, global influences that are felt and experienced by our actions and at times in-actions. One only needs to look at the faces of her portrait subjects or find themselves in her landscapes to feel what she wanted us to experience, human feelings and nature's warmth.Unity was a gift to all of us that will live on for generations and generations. She will be missed.
On behalf of the hundreds who were privileged to see her retrospective at the Ferry Gallery just a few weeks before her passing
December 13, 2017
To Unity's family my respect and heartfelt condolence's. Unique Unity, my best friend over many years! The BC Art world will miss this lady from their midst. Unity a gentle lady with a powerful voice of love this land' expressed this in all her landscapes. Though Unity was first and foremost a Portrait Painter Supreme.
Jane Clark
December 8, 2017
To Unity
I miss you.
Fly Free!
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