Sunday, July 10, 2011

Jerry Grey

Visual artist, teacher

Born in Vancouver, lives in Ottawa.

Has been exhibiting nationally since 1963; her work appears in numerous public and private collections.

Has received commissions for several important public art installations, including The Great Canadian Equalizer at Statistics Canada; The Tiles of Time at the Ottawa Police Station; and The Sisters of Charity Building Hope, for the Sisters of Charity (Grey Nuns).

Elected to membership of The Royal Canadian Academy of Art in 1984.

Lectures on a variety of topics at the National Gallery of Canada, the Banff School of Fine Arts, the Emily Carr School of Art, the University of Ottawa, the Ottawa School of Art and the Avenue Road Art School in Toronto.

Works in oils, watercolour, pastels and glass media; explores themes of nature, politics, history and issues of public concern. Some examples are:
  • Dualities, a series of paintings reflecting the artist's reaction to the Gulf War, exhibited at the Carleton University Art Gallery, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, and the new Abdullah Salem Exhibition Hall in Kuwait.
  • Rare Spirits: A Personal Tribute to Vintage Elders, a series of portraits of accomplished older Canadians, opened in Ottawa and then traveled to Vancouver, Toronto and Kelowna before being purchased by the new Portrait Gallery of Canada.
  • Icons of Beauty was given a solo exhibition in September 2005 at the Galerie d’art Jean-Claude Bergeron in Ottawa.

Received the Victor Tolgesy Arts Awards in 2011 for enhancing Ottawa with a high caliber of artistic achievement and for her profound and sustained commitment to the arts community, including the performing arts of music and dance, and extensive and valued participation in numerous committees and fundraising activities.

No comments: