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Job Posting: Professional Writer Wanted

July 11th, 2011

BC Publisher Mona Fertig of Mother Tongue Publishing is looking for a professional writer for the sixth book in the series on the Unheralded Artists of BC titled- The Life and Art of Jack Akroyd and Peter Paul Ochs. The writer must love art, have some art history background and knowledge, love researching, be passionate about the series and live in Vancouver. The manuscript deadline (12,000 words per artist) is due 30 December 2012 with publication slated for June 2013. Send resume and inquiry to mona@mothertonguepublishing.com.

JACK AKROYD (1921-1996) was born in Halifax, England. In 1947, he immigrated to Ontario to work as a machinist. It only took 18 months before he quit the CNR job to enroll at the Ontario College of Art in 1949. After graduating, in 1953, Jack moved to the West Coast, taking on various jobs. Jack worked full-time job as a draftsman with a Vancouver consulting engineering firm. He sketched and painted in spare time and between jobs. In 1961, he lived in Kitsilano and declared himself a freelance artist. Jack is quoted as saying “I figured if I could generate $100 per month, I could make it.” As not many of his early works sold, Jack supported himself by helping local sculptors. While Jack remained comparatively unknown on the West Coast, his work is held in many private collections and has been sought after in Japan. His work is a diary of what he saw, dreamt, imagined, heard and thought about in a week.