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Jim Gummerson

Jim Gummerson Canadian Artist
Jim Gummerson
- Artist Statement & Explanation of Bodies of work -

Since the early 1990's my work has incorporated representational and expressionistic paintings through the use of Acrylic and Watercolor paint. In 1995 I began using different paper, canvas and boards throughout my paintings to express the emotional elements of the painting. I continue to incorporate different materials on which to paint and utilize different styles depending on how I feel for the subject. In my work, I explore Canadian Landscapes, History, and Culture, through the use of subject matter I have obtained throughout my travels across Canada. My work also addresses issues such as Conservation, and Urban Sprawl, through the use of naturalistic and non urban elements that portray a sense of preservation and spirituality. In many instances both past and present elements appear in a painting, coexisting to suggest the progression of time as well as our ideas and values towards ecological issues. Finally, the paintings document as well as confront.

As I have traveled throughout much of Canada and my home province of Ontario, I create images that provide clues to my own ideologies. Often I will work spontaneously to document the experience and at other times spend many hours in inclement weather painting only to conclude that the painting may need more time to complete in the studio. It is a process that requires intuition and stamina. I work mainly in Watercolors and Acrylics on canvas, board or various types of paper. Both mediums are similar and versatile which I use to symbolize both strong and a gentle qualities through the use of thick or transparent applications. The various materials, subject matter, and ideas are unified to suggest my perception and experiences of my life within Canada.
After The Storm - by Canadian Artist Jim Gummerson
Education
1989-1991
Sheridan College of applied arts and Technology, Ontario CA
Dissertation: 'Interpretive Illustration' 3 year Program


1992-1994
Independent Study, Art Jackson, Ontario CA
Painting and Design Elements: "Studied with Professional Artist Art Jackson"


1985-1989
High School: Cawthra Park School of the Arts Mississauga, ON


Awards
1999 ' Ducks Unlimited Artist of the year award
Nominated in the Top 5 Artists in Canada for 'Waterdance' Acrylic on Canvas. 1999

2002 ' Canadian Children's Book Center Illustrated Motivational children's book, One Step at a Time - Awarded by the Canadian Children's Book Center as one of the best children's books in Canada.

Exhibition record
2004 ' Foundation for Fighting Blindness, Oakville ON, solo exhibition, fund raiser

2003 ' Jen Li Gallery, London On, Gallery Representation

2003 ' Strathroy Arts Association, Strathroy On, Annual Group Exhibition

1999 ' Ducks Unlimited Conservation Fundraiser, Group Exhibition

Exhibited for fund raising event aimed at Conservation.

1998 ' Grouse Society London, On

Exhibited for fund raising event aimed at Conservation.

Corporate Sales
2006 ' Paul Davis Systems, Burlington ON, 'Dukhabour Door', Watercolor
2005 ' Joyce Hodgkiss Realty, Hamilton ON, 'Winter Orchard', Acrylic on Board
2005 ' Cave Art, Burlington in conjunction with Pixel Place, Hamilton ON
'WaterDance' 1999 Acrylic on Board: This piece was used in advertising both companies quality artistic reproductions.


Related Publication And Papers
2001 ' CBC Radio, British Columbia, Interview with the Author, Children's book
'One Step at a Time', Conversations with the author regarding Concepts and Illustrations: (Feature review)
2001 ' 'James Gummerson Local artist,' Age Dispatch News Paper, October 16 2001, 4.


Memberships
2006 ' Visual Arts Ontario Association
2001 ' Strathroy Art Association


Professional experience
2000 ' Instructor, Strathroy Ontario Arts Association, 'Drawing for Beginners'
(instructor of record)
1998 ' Instructor, Rossland Chamber of Commerce, BC, 'Fundamentals of Drawing and Painting.' Continuing Education, (instructor of record)
1997 ' Instructor, Trail Community Center, BC, 'Fundamentals of Drawing and Painting.' (instructor of record)


Visiting Artist Lectures
2001' Lecturer, 'An Artists Work,' Strathroy Ontario Public School, Ontario





March Ice Break(Southampton) - by Canadian Artist Jim Gummerson
Patriot - by Canadian Artist Jim Gummerson
Waterdance - by Canadian Artist Jim Gummerson
Morse Monument - By Canadian Arist Jim Gummerson

Stella - by Canadian Artist Jim Gummerson
Tangled Spring - by Canadian Artist Jim Gummerson
Cottage Country - by Canadian Artist Jim Gummerson
Winter Orchard - By Canadian Arist Jim Gummerson
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The Art of James Gummerson
44 Strathcona Avenue South
Hamilton, On Canada
L8P 4H9

E-mail: vhungler@cogeco.ca       Website: http://www.jamesgummerson.ca

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