Enriching the Arts

Featured Artist: Joan X Wieser, ASA


Joan X Wieser, Tree of Life, A Winter’s Day


JOAN XAUEN WIESER was born in Tangier, Morocco, North Africa in 1934 to British parents. She came to Calgary in 1961, Married Sig in 1962, has two sons and five grandchildren. Joan is a Canadian citizen.

Originally working on a career as a singer and winning a Silver Medal from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto, she was halted by a four year battle with cancer and was forced to change her direction in the Arts. In 1980 Joan undertook her first serious visual art studies and attended workshops at the Leighton Centre with such well known artists as Stan Blodget and Stan Perrott. From 1985 to 1990, she became a full time senior student at the Alberta College of Art, graduating with a Diploma in Printmaking.

In 1988, Joan attended a Red Deer Series course on Mono-printing given by Dorothea Bilder at Red Deer College. This art form so intrigued her that she incorporated mono-printing into her final ACA college years. After experimentation, Joan came up with her own unique style. In this concentration of expressing mood and emotion with pure colours, her love for music shows through, much like Kandinsky’s theory on colours predicts.


Joan X Wieser, Rebirth

Joan is a member of the Alberta Society of Artists & Alberta Printmakers’ Society, Calgary and Past member of the Centennial Gallery Co-op. She is past President and founder of the Kaleidoscope Artists Association, and held a variety of offices as a member of the International Mono-printers’ Guild. As a member of the Alberta Society of Artists, from Exhibitions Co-ordinator, to Chair of the South Branch and Provincial Vice President, her happiest and most interesting time within the visual arts was as Assistant Editor to the ASA Highlights quarterly, where she met many wonderful people.

With so many diverse interests over the years, starting out with astronomy, volunteering to help with patterning a special needs child to co-ordinating volunteers for the Family Life-Observation Nursery, school reading/library volunteer and IODE, where she held many offices, Joan has no problem finding themes for her work – just specific titles. In 2002, it was with great pride that her many volunteer efforts in the arts and otherwise was rewarded with an Immigrants of Distinction Award in Arts & Culture.


Joan X Wieser, Untitled

Q & A with the ASA

ASA: Can you tell us about your influences?

Joan: Kandinsky’s use of colour likely influenced me most as displayed by my mono-prints.

ASA: What would you consider to be your most successful body of work to date?
Joan: The body of work that has been most successful for me as far as sales are concerned, was the combination of mono-print & woodcut. My mixed media mandalas & and mono-prints most successful in being shown in exhibitions.

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