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Biography

Born in Saskatchewan
Lives and works in Vancouver, BC

Education

1976 - 1980 
The Alberta College of Art, Calgary, Alberta

BFA with Distinction, Honors Painting
1973 - 1975
The University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Fine Arts Major


Inventory Catalogue


Solo Exhibitions



2013
Melt, Winter Group Exhibition, Art Beatus, Vancouver, BC


2010
New Work, P + A, Vancouver, BC

2009
Notion, Art Gallery of Prince Albert, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan


2007 Conjunct, Split Biennale III, Split, Croatia


2007
New Work, Dundarave Gallery, Vancouver, BC


2005
Dialogue, Naranca Gallery + Konzervatorska Gallery, Split Croatia


2005
A Number of Events, Open Studio Gallery, Toronto, ON


2004
Fortune, Dundarave Gallery, Vancouver, BC


2002
(Look), Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC


2000
Tian I, Dundarave Gallery, Vancouver, BC


1999
Tangram, Dundarave Gallery, Vancouver, BC


1998
Fragments, Rosemont Art Gallery, Regina, SK


1997
Asaraton, Maison V, Vancouver, BC


1996 Asaraton, Eye Level, Halifax, NS


1996
Analecta, Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver, BC


1994
Janice Wong, Temple Sholom, Vancouver, BC



Group Exhibitions




2011
40th Anniversary Exhibition, Dundarave Print Gallery, Vancouver BC

2010
Line Up!, Art Beatus Gallery, In Conjunction with Drawn Festival,
Vancouver, BC


2008
Across: Asian Heritage Month, Dundarave Gallery, Vancouver, BC


2007
MAAPS 1st Intl. Printmaking Exhibition (Korea, Japan, China, Eastern Canada)


2007
New Mexico Printmakers Exchange, Sante Fe, New Mexico


2006
Home and Away, Malaspina Printmakers Gallery, Vancouver, BC     


2006
BIMPE IV, New Leaf Editions, Vancouver, BC


2005
Stimuli - 4 person exhibition, SNAP Gallery, Vancouver, BC


2005 5th British Intl Miniature Print Exhibition, Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries, Scotland


2005
5th International Graphics Triennial, Lahti Art Museum, Lahti Finland


2004
Keep Expanding, Jennifer Kostuilk Gallery, Vancouver, BC


2003
Light..., Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC


2003
Split Graphic - International Graphic Art Biennial, Split Croatia


2003
Printmakers from the Northeast and Canada, Francesca Anderson Fine Art, Lexington, MA


2003
Group Exhibition, Distill Gallery, Toronto, ON


2003
Particle Garden, Granite Block, Vancouver, BC


2002
Threshold / Great Canadian Printmaking Competition, Edward Day Gallery, Toronto, ON


2002
Vancouver 5, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA


2002
Exchanges, Cambridge Art Center, Cambridge, MA


2002
BIMPE II, New Leaf Editions, Vancouver, BC


2002
19th Annual Almost Miniatures Exhibition, Francesca Anderson Fine Art, Lexington, MA


2001
Prints from Canada's Pacific Province, Graphic Studio Gallery, Dublin, Ireland


2001
4th International Graphics Triennial, Lahti Art Museum, Lahti Finland


2001
Just to Print - 30th Anniversary Exhibition, Dundarave Gallery, Vancouver, BC


2000
4ta Muestra Internacional, Rosario Argentina


2000
WFA 2000, Exhibition, Krantjj Slovenia


2000
BIAM Exhibition, La Salle Augustin-Chénier, Ville Marie, Québec


2000
BIMPE I, Juror's choice, New Leaf Editions, Vancouver, BC


2000
Sphere/The Pink/Vernal Pleasures, Gallery Larson Verster, Vancouver, BC


1999
National Exhibition, Dundarave Gallery, Vancouver, BC


1995
Sublime Landscape, Eastern Edge, St. John's, NF


1995
Between Cultures, Forest City Gallery, London, ON


1995
Currents, L" Atelier, Vancouver, BC


1995
Fragments Memory, Open Space, Victoria, BC


1994
Work In Progress, Vancouver East Cultural Centre, Vancouver, BC


1993
Contemporary Canadian Art, Olga Havel Foundation, Prague, Czech Republic


1993
In My Country, Seymour Art Gallery, North Vancouver, BC


1993
The Emerging Landscape, New Zones, Calgary, AB


1992
Art Can't Hurt You, New Zones, Calgary, AB


1992
Janice Wong, Norman Rich, Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, BC


1992
Women in the Visual Arts, Harrison Festival of the Arts, Harrison Hot Springs, BC


1990
The Saskatchewan Open, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK


1989
Others Among Others, Women in Focus Gallery, Vancouver, BC


1989
Galleries: BC Artists, Community Arts Council of Vancouver, Vancouver, BC


1989
Images + Objects VII, B.C. Arts Festival, Chilliwack, BC


1989
Annual Juried Exhibition, Community Arts Council, Vancouver, BC


1989
The New Landscape, Pitt International Galleries, Vancouver, BC


1981
New Work: Gogarty/Sagert/Wong, Muttart Gallery, Calgary, AB


1980
Young Calgary Artists, Muttart Gallery, Calgary, AB


1976
University of Saskatchewan Printmakers, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK



Awards



2007,2003,1992    
Canada Council Mid Career Grant


2005,1996,1995
Project Grant, Cultural Services British Columbia


2002,1997,1995
Canada Council Travel Grant


1996,1994
Canada Council Project Grant


1980
The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant


1980
The Province of Alberta Prize


1979,1978
Alberta Cultural Visual Arts Grant


1979
Cariboo College Award


1979
Sien Lok Society Award


1978
Heinz Jordan Memorial Scholarship



Printmaking Awards




2005 Robert Adams Award, Split Graphic Biennale, Split, Croatia


2003
Honorable Mention, Split Graphic Biennale, Split, Croatia


2002
Honorable Mention, Ernst + Young Great Canadian Printmaking Competition


2000
Juror's Choice, BIMPE I, New Leaf Editions, Vancouver, BC



Collections



PUBLIC  Dept. of Foreign Affairs & International Trade, Gov't of Canada I The Canada Council Art Bank Dunlop Gallery, Prov. of British Columbia I University of Saskatchewan I Richmond Art Gallery Museum of Modern Graphic Art, Split, Croatia I Ministry of Public Works, Gov't of Canada

CORPORATE  RIZE Alliance I CARA Consulting, Hong Kong I Concorde Pacific I Greystone Propertiies Helen O" Toole Architecture I Ideographic Inc I Lederrey Holdings, France I Mansfield Minerals Ouchi Design, Calgary I Summit Lodge, Whistler I Rio Alto Explorations I Inco Mining & Exploration

PRIVATE  Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, England, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, United States of America
 




Bibliography



2010         
New and Notable, The Vancouver Sun, (Hyslop, L.)


2009
Artist Explores a Literary Twist, The Prince Albert Daily Herald, (Hill, A.)


2005
Slobodna Dalmacija, September 2005, Croatia


2005
Nov List, September 2005, Croatia


2005
Not Everything All at Once catalogue essay, Open Studio, Toronto
(Koester, J.)



1997
Wong's Paintings Evoke Spiritually from Intricacy, Regina Leader-Post
(Beatty, G.)



1995
Visual Arts Review, Saturday Review, The Vancouver Sun (Lawrence, R.)


1994
Works Blossom in the Merry Month of May, The Vancouver Sun
(Lawrence, R.)



1994
Art Melds Dreams & History, Pacific Current, pp.32-33 (Shefrin, E.)


1994
Fragments of a Larger Harmony, Catalogue Essay, Vancouver (Celotto, L.)



Artist Statement

About my work in general:

I think that all creative endeavours are essentially autobiographical, reflecting the greater curiosities and preoccupations, as well as the small, seemingly insignificant attributes of the individual. And, I find that often these small (and constant) signifiers are most revealing. 

My works shift in scale, medium, or principal concerns, but these attributes trace throughout:  a love of open space, colour, tone and form; rhythm and relationship, movement, transition, sound, growth, subtlety and balance; notation, tracery and repetition.

I describe these attributes as a corollary, a natural result of my early years in Saskatchewan, my former job as a mapmaker, my memories of my seamstress mom, and my experience of music.

Developed as abstract notations, my works "play" with these attributes; and offer the space for some to recede, for some to come to the fore, but ultimately for all to remain constant.

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About the drawings:

As a youth, I studied a few musical instruments: the piano, the clarinet and the guitar. Many years later, I tried to reacquaint myself with the guitar and it soon proved to be too rigorous; I realized that I needed my hands and fingers for my studio work...sadly, taut wires were to be relegated to my past. Or so I thought. Not long after putting down my guitar, I began making these drawings. It was only after making several that I noticed a link to music notation. Then, I began clustering the lines in groups of five, like the staff or stave in western music notation.  And, I began thinking of how visual art and music are often described in similar terms. We often speak of tone and balance, rhythm and counterpoint; colour and form.

While no longer playing an instrument, I felt like I was still able to make music, at least in this abstract manner. The drawings also relate to my interest in code: music notation is a picture of what sound looks like.

To make the drawings, I used sumi ink from Japan and my favourite ink pens, left over from my days as a map maker.

 

 - Janice Wong