|Pat Fairhead OSA CSPWC SCA
I was born in Hull, Yorkshire, England, and came to Canada at the age of ten. I fell in love with the Canadian landscape. My Canadian life is camping, canoe tripping, hiking, photographing, sketching and drawing all to take back to the studio. The Arctic, vast bare, loaded, powerful, soaring black rock face, glaciers hundreds of feet high bursting into the sea, desolation, isolation, a million miles of vacancy. Always I have been fascinated by water, dipping the paddle into the lake or the sea, icebergs, waterfalls. The exquisite sensation of being in a place where I can say to myself, I may be the only person who has ever stopped here.
Ive been nine times to the high Arctic, paddled the west coast of British Columbia, camped in the Amazon rainforest, hiked the back country of Australia. Ive done Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, Egypt, Europe, New Zealand and on and on. In May 2011 a trip to the Scottish Isles by ship, preparatory to an exhibition of Scottish watercolours, then on to London.
I have painted since I was a child, and now have painted full time for 35 years. Ive been successful with 70 shows in Canada and the U.S.A., over 200 corporate collections, National and Provincial collections and a watercolour in the Royal Collection of Prints & Drawings, Windsor Castle, England.
I would like people to look at my work and feel something. Is there anything else? I am known as an innovator, a colourist, always pushed the edge, to see what I could do. I love transparent vibrant colour, beautiful papers and big sizes. The thrill and challenge of a five-foot piece of paper is my idea of cloud nine.
Born in Hull, Yorkshire, England, came to Canada as a child.
Master of Arts: Goddard College, Vermont, U.S.A.
Master of Education: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Department of Adult Education, Fellowship Grant, Research
and Development Grant for Learning Environments.
The Ontario College of Art & Design, Proficiency Prize
Royal Canadian Academy of Art, elected 1993
Ontario Society of Artists, elected 1986
The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto, elected 1985
Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, elected 1966
Society of Canadian Artists, founding member and past president
SOLO EXHIBITIONS (Selected)
The Collectors Gallery, Calgary, AB, 2012
Agora Gallery, Chelsea, New York, 2011
Upstairs at 111 Bathurst St., Toronto, ON 2011
Trias Gallery, Toronto, ON 2008, 2012
Gallery One, Toronto, ON 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003
Roberts Gallery, Toronto, ON 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996
Chancery Gallery, Bracebridge, ON 2008, 2009
Thielsen Gallery, London, ON 1987, 1991, 2001
Harbour Gallery, Mississauga, ON 1993, 1995, 1997
Wallace Galleries, Calgary, AB 1996
Mabey Gallery, Richmond, Virginia, USA 1992, 1993, 1996
Lydon Fine Art Inc., Chicago, Illinois, USA, 1992
Fraser Galleries, Halifax, Nova Scotia 1991
Gallery 1667, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1998
The Arts and Letters Club, Toronto, ON 1987, 2004, 2008
Queen Charlotte Islands Museum, British Columbia 1986
Wells Gallery, Ottawa, ON 1985
Jacox Gallery, Edmonton, AB 1969
Sobot Gallery, Toronto, ON 1966, 1967
Pollock Gallery, Toronto, ON 1981
Over 200 collections worldwide (Selected)
Canadian General Electric Company Ltd.
Canadian Tire Corp.
Esso Resources Limited, Calgary, AB
Great West Life Assurance Company
Law Society of Upper Canada
Nabisco Brands Ltd.
Prudential Insurance Co. Ltd., Montreal
Readers Digest Association (Canada) Ltd.
ReMax West Realty Inc.
Royal Bank of Canada
Sumitomo Bank Ltd., Toronto
The Toronto Stock Exchange
Toronto Dominion Bank
Union Bank of Switzerland (Canada)
Weston Hotel, Ottawa
Wheat First Securities, Virginia, U.S.A.
Market Gallery, City of Toronto Archives
Ontario House, London, England
Queens Park Parliament Buildings, Toronto
Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa
Royal Collection of Drawings & Watercolours, Windsor Castle
St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre, St. Thomas-Elgin
Varley Art Gallery, Unionville
A. J. Cassan Medal for excellence in watercolour from C.S.P.W.C.,Oct 2011