Randal Cullen

November 8th, 2017

Dear Members,

Many of you may have heard by now of Randal's passing. Please find attached a short biography of his life. Those of you who knew Randal were also aware of his commitment to the Society, serving on the Board of Directors for about 8 years as the Vice President. Any one interested in attending his Celebration in North Vancouver the evening of Thursday November 23, 2017 please feel free to contact myself or any other member of the Board.

Doug Smardon

Ingeborg Raymer

Ingeborg was a long time member and active contributor to the running of Basic Inquiry. I knew her as the no nonsense Monday morning session manger who always insisted on hiring her own models while I was the modeling booker. She was one of the last old guard to Basic to pass on. Due to failing health she withdrew from the activities of the Society but her mark on its make up persists today.

Biography and Interview @ Gallery Direct

Stephen Alexander Corcoran

November 10, 1948 – October 11, 2013

Stephen passed away peacefully at age 64 from a short illness surrounded by his loving family. Stephen is survived by his sons (Mathew, Kumar, and Owl); sisters (Sheila and Joan); brothers (Patrick, David, Bill, and Tom) and by many other caring relatives and friends.

A working artist whose canvas now spans eternity, Stephen attended the Vancouver Art School in the 1970’s (now Emily Carr University of Art and Design). Basic Inquiry Gallery and Studio in Vancouver showcased his art in February 2011 and October 2013, and the North Vancouver Arts Council continues to exhibit Stephen’s work. Stephen’s mixed media artwork provides special insight into his expressionistic and inspirational art.

Special thanks to family members Joan and Dave for their support to Stephen over the years. A private family service will follow at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Stephen A. Corcoran Memorial Fund at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

If you prefer to own a piece of Stephen's art, contact Joan for viewing at kjbox@telus.net, and all proceeds will go to the fund.

Wende L. Davis

Wende L. Davis bequeathed Basic Inquiry a generous sum of money and in in her name the Board is planning to set up a student bursary. Her estate has kindly granted permission to post the attached link to her web site which profiles the accomplishments of this extraordinary and talented woman.


Richard Morris

August 5th, 2011

Richard Morris

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing of Richard Morris on Saturday July 9, 2011 at 12 noon. Richard was a beloved and long time member of Basic Inquiry. For those of you who knew him he was one of the last remaining vestiges of what Basic used to be, an inspirational water colour painter, true to his art and kind in words to everyone he met. He will be sadly missed.

In follow up to Richard's passing his family have graciously given us permission to post a photo, his bio and examples of Richard's work; please see attached. No information has come forward regarding a service so the Board assumes the family wished it this way.

Richard was a cherished member of our community and it is hoped this humble representation of his life pays suitable homage to the time and passion he gave.



Bio for Richard Morris

Born in Vancouver in 1922, Richard served in the R.C.A.F. overseas from 1942 to 1945. On his return he entered the Vancouver School of Art, graduating Fine Arts in 1949. Following his graduation he pursued his art career in the commercial field as an Art Director at Trans-Canada Films, later managing newspaper advertising with a leading department store. Retiring in 1982, Richard pursued his interest in watercolours, participated in three two-man shows and was a frequent exhibitor at the Federation Gallery in Vancouver. In recent years Richard was associated with Basic Inquiry, pursuing life drawing, oils and portrait painting -- referred to by Richard as "a most enjoyable challenge."

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In Loving Memory of Yeana Kim

January 27th, 2011

On Sunday January 16, 2011 Yeana Kim our Thursday evening session manager succumbed to a very serious illness while in hospital. With all the sudden turmoil many details are lacking but the Board at our January 17, 2011 meeting agreed that as information unfolds a space on our web site and Facebook page be dedicated in her memory. Yeana's sister is presently with family in Korea. Upon her return we will seek the permission necessary to post photos and even examples of her art work.

At the studio are three sympathy cards to choose from for expressing support to the family.

Yeana started her volunteering with us last September. As a volunteer to our organization she was invaluable. Our session managers are held in high regards and we could not have asked for anyone better to run our Thursday evening sessions. She was dedicated, hard working, conscientiousness and well organized with a charming personality that radiated warmth and understanding. With a youthful enthusiasm that augmented a naturally calm demeanour she carried through with anything she did to a standard of excellence seldom seen.

For those of you who did not know Yeana she was a lovely young woman, in her early twenties who had away of leaving a lasting impression on anyone who had the pleasure to be graced by her presence.

She will be sadly missed; someone whose time came all too soon, such is a heart breaking reality of life.