Jill Sharpe is a Canadian visual artist working the mediums of paint and film. She began painting at the age of 13 and has been exploring image through the lens of film for nearly 3 decades. As a filmmaker Sharpe has created an internationally showcased body of work that has won several awards (see film bio for complete list of credits). As a painter Sharpe has been fortunate to study under many accomplished artists and she has begun to show her work internationally.
In 2001 Sharpe embarked on a 3-year painting study in Mexico joining Galeria 910 under the tutelage fo Nicias Aridjis. In 2006 she traveled to France to study under Dutch painter Jos Vandeven. And in Canada from 2008 - 1010 she mentored with Canadian landscape painter Sheri Bakes.
In 2012 Sharpe was invited to exhibit her paintings at the Solas Art Festival in Glasgow Scotland. That same year she released the film BONE WIND FIRE about the creative process of three painters (Frida Kahlo, Georgia O'Keeffe and Emily Carr) which was nominated for an Emmy; awarded at the International Festival fo Films on Art (FIFA) and screened at major art museums such as the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London and the Lincoln Centre in New York.
In 2012 Sharpe also became interested in combining her film and paint exploration more symbiotically and created a new series of paintings inspired from her film BONE WIND FIRE. The resulting series was invited for month long solo shows at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum's Education Annex in Santa Fe and at the Emily Carr House in Victoria. In 2013 Sharpe was invited to give a presentation about her work at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection near Toronto. Sharpe is delighted to commence 2015 with her first solo commmercial gallery show at the Madrona Gallery in Victoria.
Sharpe's paintings are inspired from the intricate beauty she sees in nature and the innate energy hidden from view.
GALLERY EXHIBITS - PAINTING
2002 Galeria 910, Group Show, Oaxaca Mexico
2003 Casa del Angel, Group Show, Oaxaca, Mexico
2012 Solas Art Festival, Selected Works - Illuminata,, series Glasgow/Biggar Scotland
2012 Emily Carr House, 2 month Solo Show, BONE WIND FIRE series, Victoria BC
2012 Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Education Annex,1 month solo show, BONE WIND FIRE series
Santa Fe, NM
2013 Slide Presentation and Talk, McMichael Art Gallery, Kleinburg, Ontario
2015 Madrona Gallery, Victora BC, solo show
GALLERY EXHIBITS - FILM
Sala Rekalde, Bilbao Spain – 3 month group show (with Cindy Sherman)
2012 Bone Wind Fire:
Musee des beaux arts, Montreal
Sonoma Valley Art Museum, Sonoma, California
Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Quebec City
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
National Gallery of Art, Washington
2013 McMichael Gallery, Kleinburg, Ontario
Le Fesnoy - Studio National des Arts Contemporains,Tourcoing, France
Lincoln Centre New York, opening film for Lincoln Centre Film Society's 35th anniversary tribute to
FIFA (International Festival of Films on Art)
AVA Gallery Lebanon, New Hampshire
VISUAL ARTS TRAINING:
1988 BA ARTS, Honors Role, Glendon College - York University, Toronto
1999 Atlin School of Art, “Idea & the Creative Process”, Atlin, BC
2001-04 Galeria 910, painting collective, Oaxaca, Mexico
2005 Private Painting Sessions with landscape painter Liliana Kleiner, Vancouver
2005-08 Emily Carr University, painting Certificate courses (P/T), Vancouver
2006 Dutch Master Techniques, studio sessions with Joss Van De Ven, Brittany, France
2007 Primal Painting 1, with Japanese abstract painter Meera, Pune, India
2008 Primal Painting 2, with Japanese abstract painter Meera, Ibiza Spain
2009 Studio sessions with portrait painter Jay Snetchko, Vancouver, BC
2008/09/12 Private mentorship with landscape painter Sheri Bakes, Vancouver
*see Film Bio for complete body of work & training in film