William Allister

Born in Manitoba in 1919, William Allister's adventurous career has taken him to the far corners of the earth. From being an actor and documentary filmmaker in Hollywood, soldier in Hong Kong, P.O.W. in Japan during World War II, writer in New York and Mexico, to pursuing his talent of painter in Montreal and British Columbia.

His first novel, A HANDFUL OF RICE, won the first prize for literature in 1961, and was translated into Dutch and Norwegian. He also holds 9 international first prizes for his documentary films. In 1986, he was presented with an Author's Award by the League for the Advancement of Canadian Letters. In his twin career as a painter, he has held over 30 one-man shows to date. His work is in collections in Canada, the U.S., France, Japan, South Africa, and Mexico, and reproductions of his work are sold worldwide. The "EAST WEDS WEST" collection has been shown to enthusiastic audiences at the Asian Centre, U.B.C., the Richmond Art Gallery of B.C., and the Gallery of Greater Victoria. In 1993 his collection was exhibited at the Canadian Embassy Gallery in Tokyo, which was sponsored by the Canadian Government, to coincide with the opening of THE ART OF COMPASSION, an hour-long documentary film on his life. William Allister's memoir, WHERE LIFE AND DEATH HOLD HANDS (Stoddart Publishing 1989, paperback edition 2000, Restila Publishing) was published in Japanese in 2001, and won the Canadian Prime Minister's Award for the promotion of inter-cultural relations. Now in his 80’s, William Allister creates breathtaking and inspiring paintings in Tsawassen, B.C. His powerful and thought-provoking work continues to captivate audiences from around the world.

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