|Jean Pederson AWS, CSPWC, SFCA
|Jean is the author of "Expressive Portraits: Creative Methods for Painting People". She has been painting for over twenty years, balancing her strong teaching abilities, and writing with her continuing aspiration to convey her ideas in visual form.
Jean's traditional practice includes referential imagery of people, still life, landscape and abstraction. The layering of a variety of media offers Jean an assortment of possibilities within her work; quality of edge, line and texture all play a role within her imagery. Although Pederson is well known for her mastery of watercolours, mixed media has become an important venue for her creative expression.
The portraits in her paintings are based on people who she has met or impacted her. These subjects in her paintings often reflect different walks of life as well as diverse cultural and religious backgrounds. We are hard pressed to find a period in time when the human figure wasn't represented. Finding a way to express the human figure in a language that reflects the twenty-first century is perhaps the greatest challenge in figurative work today.
Jean has work placed in the Royal Collection in Winsor England, and has been honored with numerous National and International awards over the years. In 2005 Jean was the first recipient of the Federation of Canadian Artists Early Achievement Award, granted for her many honors, awards, international writing to promote art education, and consistent, exceptional painting.
Jean Pederson has exhibited her work Internationally in China, London England, Stockholm Sweden, New York -United Nations, San Francisco, Mexico and across Canada.
She has completed a body of work for Public Exhibitions dealing with the changes that have occurred within the social fabric of Rural Canada. This body of work is explored outside Jean's traditional practices, encompassing fragments from the past and present. Parts of the family farm, old receipts, fragments of the homestead (pieces of linoleum, doors, moldings, shingles), and photographs were used in an attempt to tell the story of the ever-changing landscape and social fabric of the prairies.
This work is as eclectic as the people who made up the rural society. Jean has included paintings, collage (using the old documents to symbolize all that is left of the family farm), Polaroid transfers of old and new photographs, and installations using the pieces of the old house to tell this story. The fragment represents all that is left from 100 years of farming in my family.
Farm Fragments is currently traveling to a variety of Public Galleries.
Select Group and Solo Exhibitions
2017 - New Arrivals, The Collectors Gallery of art, Calgary, AB
2017 - Group 9, The Collectors'Gallery of Art, Calgary, AB
2013, 12, 11, 10, 09, 08, 07, 06, 04, 03, 02, 01, 00 - CSPWC Open Water Exhibition, Toronto, Ontario
2012 - Group Exhibition, F.C.A. Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
2012 - Pennsylvania Watercolor Society State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA
2012 - China International Invitational Water Media Exhibition, Jiangsu Water Color Institute
2011 - C.W.A. National Exhibition, Gallery Concord, Concord, California
2010 - C.I.P.A. International Portrait Exhibition, Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta
2010 - China International Invitational Water Media Exhibition, Jiangsu Water Color Institute
2010 - T.W.S.A. International Exhibition, Kenosha Public Museum, Wyoming
2009 - Drawing Project 2009, Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts, Valdosta, Georgia
2008 - Triangle Gallery Atrist's Circle Exhibition, Calgary, Alberta
2008, 07, 06, 05, 01 - A.W.S. 134th International Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, N.Y., N.Y.
2009 - CIPA International Portrait Exhibition, Calgary, Alberta
2008, 07 - China International Invitational Water Media Exhibition, Jiangsu Water Color Institute
2007, 05, 03, 02, 01, 00 - C.W.S. National Exhibition, Academy of Art University Gallery, San Francisco
2007, 06, 03 - N.W.W.S. Exhibition, Artists Gallery, Seattle, WA
2007 Birchwood Gallery, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
2006 - CIPA National Open Exhibition, Red Deer Museum, Red Deer
2006 - T.W.S.A. 30th International Exhibition, Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL
2005 Leighton Centre, Calgary, Alberta2005, 04, 03 - Painting on the Edge, Federation Gallery, Vancouver
2004 - CIPA National Exhibition, Calgary, Alberta
2004 - C.S.P.W.C. 80th Anniversary Traveling Exhibition
2002 - 2003 International Watercolour Exhibition, National Watercolour Museum, Mexico City, Mexico
2002 - Search for the Human Essence, Triangle Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
2002 Birchwood Gallery, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
2001 - Royal Collection Exhibition, traveling exhibition: Canada House, London, England: O'Connor Gallery, Toronto, Ontario: Arts & Letters Club, Toronto, Ontario
2000 - A Brush With History: The first 75 Years, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga, Ontario
2000 - Your World In The Year 2000, International Exhibition, Winsor and Newton, traveling exhibition: New York (United Nations): London, England: Stockholm, Sweden
1999 - 2000 Mexico/ Canadian Watercolour Exhibition, Mexico
1998 Unisourse Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
1996 - 2005 The Alicat Gallery, Bragg Creek, Alberta
1996 - 2000 The Artnest Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
The Royal Collection, London, England
Covenant Real Estate, Alberta
Fairchild Resources, Alberta
Kinderhook Resources - Alberta
Coe & Company International: Udderly Art for The Mustard Seed - Alberta
A.G.R.A. Collection - Alberta
Phillips Bros. - Alberta
2013 - Author of "Mixed Media Painting Workshops" North Light Publications
2007 - Author of "Expressive Portraits: Creative Methods for Painting People" North Light Publications
2010 - Author of "Artists Pocket Guide to Better Painting" North Light Publications
2010 - North Light Publications "Sketchbook Confidentials"
2013, 11, 10, 08, 06, 05, 04, 03, 02, 01 - Watercolor Artist/Magic
2010 - Author of "Artists Pocket Guide to Better Painting"
2010 - Contributing Artist for North Light Publication "Sketchbook Confidentials"
2010 - CCP Video of Jean's work
2009 - American Artists Watercolor Summer Issue, Feature Article
2008-Jun-16 - Wyoming Tribute Eagle, Article by Karen Cotton
2009 - Feature Water Media Artist for Daniel Smith International Catalogue
2013, 12, 11, 10, 09, 08, 07, 06, 05, 04, 03, 02, 01, 1999 - Artist's Magazine
2013, 12, 11, 10, 09, 08, 07, 06, 05, 04, 03, 02 - Canada's Who's Who
• 2004, 03, 01, 00 - International Artist
• 2007, 06, 04 - Splash 14, 10, 9, 8 - F & W Publications
• 2005 - Magazin' Art - October
• 2000 - The First Seventy Years - Historical Book A.S.A.
• 2000 - Our World in the Year 2000 - Windsor and Newton