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The Collector's Gallery - Fine Canadian Art

 
Pat Fairhead
ARTIST STATEMENT
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.

I’ve 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. I’ve 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. I’ve 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.


EDUCATION
• 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


MEMBERSHIPS
•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 Collector’s 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


CORPORATE COLLECTIONS
Over 200 collections worldwide (Selected)
• Bell Cellular
• 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
• Reader’s 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.


PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
• Market Gallery, City of Toronto Archives
• Ontario House, London, England
• Queen’s 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


AWARDS
• A. J. Cassan Medal for excellence in watercolour from C.S.P.W.C.,Oct 2011