Enriching the Arts

 Featured Artist: Jean Pilch, ASA


Mount Temple from the Saddleback, Jean Pilch


Jean Pilch is known for her finely detailed representational artworks in various media. Working in acrylic on canvas and pastel pencil on paper, she combines technical precision with strong design elements to present an edited but convincing realism. The paintings and drawings are studio work, taking several weeks to complete, and are based on reference photos taken on her photographic and hiking excursions.

Jean grew up in the Peace River country of northern Alberta, graduated from the University of Alberta, and is a long-time resident of Calgary. She has been a juried member of the Alberta Society of Artists since 1988 and a Life Member since 2001.


Piper Meadows, Jean Pilch

Jean’s award-winning work has been shown in numerous solo exhibitions in Alberta, including “Edited Realism” (2015) at the VAAA Gallery, Edmonton and  “Postcards From Italy” (2012), “New Works” (2011), “High Definition” (2009) and “Fall Fling” (2005), all at Masters Gallery, Calgary. She has participated in juried group exhibitions throughout Canada and in New York and Japan. She is represented in Calgary by Gainsborough Galleries and will be one of the Featured Artists in their annual “Masterpieces” exhibition which opens September 24, 2016, from 12 to 5 P.M.

Her work is found in numerous private and corporate collections and in the permanent collections of the Whyte Museum of the Rockies and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. Images have been published in several books.

Q & A with the ASA 

ASA: Can you tell us about your influences?

Jean: Early influences included Euphemia McNaught, who was a very early ASA member and was also a family friend. I have long admired many realist painters such as Ernest Lindner and Robert Bateman but am basically self-taught.

ASA: What would you consider to be your most successful body of work to date?

Jean: Local landscapes, especially Alberta foothills and mountain parks and flowers are the subject matter of my best-known work. However, in 2012 I had a very successful exhibition at Masters Gallery titled “Postcards From Italy”, a series of small paintings based on a trip to the Italian Alps and Tuscany.

ASA and TREX Address

Crossroads Art Centre
#302 - 1235 26th Avenue SE
Calgary, AB T2G 1R7
ASA Phone: (403) 265-0012
TREX Phone: (403) 262-4669

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