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 Jean Pilch, ASA


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Jean Pilch, Sunshine Winter

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Jean Pilch, The Chipmunk Deli


Jean’s finely detailed representational artworks in various media depict the landscape of western Canada, with a primary focus on the mountains of the Kananaskis and Banff Parks. 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 and graduated from the University of Alberta in 1967. She and her husband lived briefly in Ottawa and Fredericton but have made their home in Calgary since 1970. They have two grown children.

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. As a member of the Pastel Society of Canada (Premier Pastellist designation) and the Alberta Society of Artists (Life Member), she has participated in juried group exhibitions throughout Canada and in New York and Japan. Recent traveling exhibitions include: “Celebrating Alberta”, ASA traveling exhibition, 2013-14; “Forest Show”, Alberta Foundation for the Arts Traveling Exhibition, 2011-13; “Forest Show”, ASA traveling exhibition, 2011; “Small is All”, ASA traveling exhibition, 2008-2010; “Common Ground”, ASA traveling exhibition, Manitoba and Alberta, 2006-2008

Her work is found in numerous private and corporate collections, including Sunshine Village, the Hyatt Regency, Flames Rotary House and the Cross Cancer Institute, 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, including “Mount Assiniboine, Images in Art”, Jane Lytton Gooch, Rocky Mountain Press (2007), “Alberta Society of Artists, the First Seventy Years”, Kathy Zimon, University of Calgary Press (2000) and “Best of Canadian Pastels”, Pastel Society of Canada, Art Instruction Associates (1999).

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Crossroads Art Centre
#305 - 1235 26th Avenue SE
Calgary, AB T2G 1R7
ASA Phone: (403) 265-0012
TREX Phone: (403) 262-4669

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