After studying art and education at UBC, Falk became an elementary schoolteacher, devoting her spare time to art. In 1965, after a decade of teaching, she became a full-time artist, and had her first solo exhibition at a commercial gallery in Vancouver.
Since then, Falk has become one of Canada’s most critically acclaimed artists. Her work has been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions across Canada. She was awarded the Gershon Iskowitz Prize in 1990, was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1997, and in 2013 received the Audain Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Visual Arts.
Portrait Sculpture of The Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin, P.C. by Keith R. Hamilton, QC
In 2004 the late Mr. James (Jim) P. Taylor, QC was on a committee that raised funds to commission a portrait sculpture of the Chief Justice to be displayed in the Supreme Court of Canada following her retirement. There is a long-standing practice that the Bar of the Province from which the Chief Justice came commissions a portrait sculpture which is held in storage until the Chief Justice’s retirement and then installed in the foyer of the Supreme Court of Canada. In this case, two additional portrait sculptures were commissioned, one for the Law Courts in Vancouver, and the other for the law school.
Mr. Keith Hamilton was commissioned in 2004 to create the bronze portrait sculpture of the Chief Justice. Mr. Hamilton has special ties to the law school, as an alumnus of the graduating class of 1971 and as an adjunct professor. In addition to a successful law practice and various contributions to the legal profession, Mr. Hamilton is an accomplished artist. Beginning in his mid-50s, he took classes for two years in clay sculpting with Suzy Birstein, then three years of instruction in stone sculpting with Alberto Replanski. He was accepted into the Studio Art Program at Capilano College for three years, directed by George Rammell. He began to explore painting in 2017, studying with Efren Gonzalez in Ajijic, Mexico and Dene Croft in North Vancouver.
The portrait sculpture can be viewed on the 4th floor of Allard Hall.