Current Show

Modus Operandi
Irene Thorne, Shelly Rothenburger, Jane Hennessy, Suzanne Saint Pierre

September 18th to October 7th, 2016

Opening Reception
September 24th, 3:00 - 8:00 pm

“Life drawing is a basic inquiry into the human form.” - Maurice Spiro

Basic Inquiry News

Patricia Graham Eulogy

May 9th, 2016

Greetings Members of Basic Inquiry

My late wife Patricia Graham Arrott drew for many years at Basic Inquiry, from the beginning I think. I am trying to remember before the Cobalt Hotel, where I know that I provided Jerry the blinds for the large west facing window from 1985 to 1987. After that Basic Inquiry moved to the building opposite Manard's on 6th Ave. My memory at 88 is not all that sharp. I do not remember Jerry's last name. I looked for some history on the Basic Inquiry Web site but did not find any. One of Patsy's favorite models was Peter ?? an Englishman with a bicycle. Peter was into performance art at the fringe festivals. I am planning to curate a show of Patricia's works next February in Seattle. Some history would be helpful.

Thanks for any help you can give me,
Tony Arrott

Please download Patricia's Obituary

Figuratively Speaking

December 12th, 2015

You may have noted in October 26, 2015 minutes reference was made to a September 29, 2015 video shoot at the studio by Spotlight Productions Ltd., a company under contract to provide video productions for the Telus Community Channel. Melinda Friedman the director has provided us with the links to the final product on both U Tube and Facebook. Please feel free to take a gander as it is a well done production featuring one of our outstanding models Francoise Thibault.

Your are invited to Alice Koan's Painting Group

November 23th, 2015

Dear Members,

Please find below the invite and proposal for Alice Koan's painting group. Alice is trying to put together a group of painters that would enjoy working at the studio a few times per week. For more information please contact Alice via her email:

You are Invited

To join an exciting painting group starting in January 2016

You: a member of Basic Inquiry, don’t want to be bored by painting at home alone, but love to work with others whom you can share ideas and experiences, and be motivated and motivate others simultaneously.
Age: 18 -100 years old
Painting experiences: 0 – 6000 years
Subject Matters: portraits, human figures, still-life, wild life, landscape, abstract, collage, etc.
Schedules: Tue: 7 – 10pm
Thursday and Friday: 2 – 5 pm
Fee: $25/month
Models: no models in any of these painting sessions
Location: Basic Inquiry Studio

Invitation Proposal

Basic Inquiry: Artists Helping Artists with W.L. Davis Memorial Fund

October 28th, 2015

Bursaries provide urgently-needed funding to students at the end of the academic year when their student loan funding has been exhausted. This year, 85 Emily Carr students received bursary funding and many more applied. The Basic Inquiry – W.L. Davis Memorial Fund was established by The Vancouver Life Drawing Society (VLDS) in September to provide support for students with the greatest financial need.

For more details please view the Emily Carr Website.