Since moving from Toronto to Nova Scotia, Jaye Ouellette's work has continued to receive serious acclaim. Most recently Ouellette's work was selected for the ground breaking exhibition 'Terroir: A Nova Scotia Survey' at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 2016-17. She was also included in the ‘Capture’ exhibition that travelled the province for two years. In an interview, curator Tom Smart says about Ouellette’s painting in the exhibition “The image is deep and metaphysical. It’s a glorious painting”. Since living in Nova Scotia she has had five solo shows at public galleries in the province. In a full page article in the Halifax Herald October 2014, arts editor Elissa Barnard said about Jaye’s work ”Ouellette’s paintings stand apart from traditional wave images. Her colours are unusual, her patterns dazzling, her perspective original”.
Jaye’s foundation is glass, she went on to become a nationally recognized Canadian 'contemporary architectural glass artist'. Ever evolving she began to move away from flat glass, to a three dimensional format. Then onto mixed media sculpture with glass elements, eventually abandoning glass altogether.
Jaye has exhibited her work many times, through galleries in Canada, the United States and France. Including six solo shows in Toronto. She has been awarded numerous grants, through the Ontario Arts Council and the Ontario Craft Council, and has had the honor of serving as a juror for an OAC grant. Ouellette's work is included in a number of private and corporate art collections. Her commission work is extensive, most notably, the Skydome Hotel, in Toronto, and has created the annual awards for "Toronto Women in Film". Her work and show reviews have also been featured in various art publications. Currently, her primary focus is painting in her studio on the ocean.
My paintings contain a realism embellished by affect. By constant observation, I strive to understand its magnetism and elements, eternally changing and yet forever the same. I pay close attention to a saturated strand of purple or turquoise radiating from a wave's trough, or the rosy glow of sun against crest, so luminous it could be lit from within. Those fleeting traits impress only on memory. I paint the Ocean as the mind understands it – not a precise recording nor the rendering of an impressionist's flourish, but something between the two.
I build my work around those singular details, focusing on a solitary swell or a rolling curl as it ripples toward the shore. I get close to the surface, so close that the foreground flattens out, skewing the viewer's perspective, nearly abstracting the subject. My depictions are purely of water, without land, sky or scale, one is lost, consumed, ensnared.
The paintings capture a slice of time that the ocean will never again replicate. I notice these moments through visceral reflex, an inexplicable attraction to the sheen of a particular swell, with its roiling foam and opalescent mid tones that hint at emerald depths. These are the elements that move me and compel me to depict the Ocean. I paint the sea itself, caught in its persistent motion, a meditative reflection on this ancient body, at times so violent and other times so serenely beautiful, that has birthed legend, tragedy, life.
2016 Grace Jollymore Arts Centre, Ice House Gallery, Tatamagouche, N.S., 'Ocean'
2014 St. Francis Xavier University Art Gallery, Antigonish, N.S., 'Water Wood and Wind'
2013 Marigold Art Centre Gallery, Truro, Nova Scotia. 'SEA',.
2012 J. Franklin Wright Gallery, Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia, 'Waves'
2011 Robertson Gallery, Mobile, Alabama, 'The View from Nova Scotia'
1992 N. F. Doyle Gallery, Toronto, 'Tooth and Nail'
1989 Gallery Burston Roberts, Toronto, 'Qem-entu/Was Found'
1988 Weller-Potovsky Gallery, Toronto, 'Looking for a Title'
Neo-Faber Gallery, Toronto, 'I + II=X '
1987 Neo-Faber Gallery, Toronto, 'Outside the Inskirts'
1985 Art Gallery of Lindsay, Lindsay, Ontario, 'Inside the Outskirts'
Selected Group Exhibitions
2017 the Chase Gallery, Nova Scotia Archives, Halifax, 'Relate.Report.Repeat'
2016 Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, 'Terroir: A Nova Scotia Survey'
2015 Inverness Cultural Centre, Inverness, N.S. 'The Forest'
2015 McCarthy Galley, Truro, N.S., 'Water is Key'
2014 Dalhousie University Art Gallery, Halifax, N.S., 'Capture' (Touring to the following galleries)
St. Francis Xavier University Art Gallery, Antigonish, Nova Scotia
Cape Breton University Art Gallery, Sydney, Nova Scotia
Acadia University Art Gallery, Wolfville, Nova Scotia
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
1994 Jacob’s, Fairview Mall, Toronto, 'The Feminine Viewpoint'
1990 Lake Gallery, Toronto, Arts Against GST
Robert L. Kidd Gallery, Birmingham, Michigan, Glass Invitational 90
1989 The Glass Gallery, Bethesda, Maryland, Ten + Canadians
Neo-Faber Gallery, Toronto, Living with Limits
London Regional Art Gallery, London, Ontario, 3rd Dimension
1988 Weller-Potovsky Gallery, Toronto, Bill C-54
Robert L. Kidd Gallery, Birmingham, Michigan, Glass Invitational 88
John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, Magna Magnifique
(Touring exhibition of Canadian Glass to Strasbourg, France)
1987 Artspace, Peterborough, Ontario, An-region-al
Art Gallery of Northumberland, Cobourg, Ontario, Glass Act
The Glass Gallery, Bethesda, Maryland, Capital Glass Invitational
Weller-Potovsky Gallery, Toronto, In-teg-ri-ty
1986 Weller-Potovsky Gallery, Toronto, Touch of Glass
1985 John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, Glass Visions
1984 Artspace, Peterborough, Ontario, No Robots Here
2015 Profiled in the documentary "Searching for Realism" Director Peter Murphy
2014 Invited as Marquee Artist for 'CBC: Sharing the View' - Feeding Nova Scotia charity art auction event and calendar.
Organized by CBC Halifax.
1988 Ontario Arts Council Material Assistance
Ontario Arts Council Craftsman Grant
Ontario Crafts Council Scholarship
Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle, Washington Scholarship
1986 Ontario Arts Council Craftsman Grant
1985 Ontario Arts Council Materials assistance
Ontario Arts Council Craftsman Grant
Ontario Crafts Council Scholarship
1984 Ontario Arts Council Materials Assitance
2015 Painting selected for the cover of the Program 'Key' for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra's October and November Issue, Toronto, Canada
2014 Painting selected for the cover of 'The Antigonish Review', an international literary magazine produced by
St. Francis Xavier University , Antigonish, N.S.
2014 Painting selected as a label for 'Steinhart Distillery's' vodka, Arisaig, N.S.
1992 Jury Member, Ontario Arts Council, Craftsman Grant
1990 Ryerson University, Toronto, Guest Artist, 1st. Year Architecture, Prof. Tom Carnegie,
Sheridan College, Toronto, Guest Artist, Glass Department,
1988 Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle, Washington, Graduate Workshop, 3 week session,
Only non-graduate student accepted
1985 Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle, Washington, Glass Assemblage, 3 week session
T.A. for Instructor-Judy Bally-Jensen
1986 'German Glass and Design Study', OCAD, T.A. for Instructors-Peter Zips and
1985 Alfred University, New York, Guest Artist Glass Department,
2016 "Terroir: A Nova Scotia Survey", Exhibition catalogue.
2014 "Capture 2014: Nova scotia Realism", Exhibition catalogue.
2014 The Halifax Herald, Oct. 11, Halifax, N.S.
"Sharing Enchantment" Elissa Barnard. Arts Editor.
2011 Mobile Press Register, Jan. 23, Mobile, Alabama
Review of The View from Nova Scotia
"One Long Commute" Arts editor: Thomas B. Harrison
1994 Jacob’s The Feminine Viewpoint ,Catalogue-2 photos published
1989 NOW Magazine, July 29, Toronto, Review of Living with Limits
"Stretching Ability with Limits" Arts editor: Deidre Hannah
1989 New Work Magazine, NYC, Winter Issue,
"Human Forms: Figuring us out" Gloria Hickey
-Canadian House and Home. May/June Issue, "Style Search", photo published.
1988 Azure Magazine, April Issue, Toronto,
"Collaborating with Fate, The Art of the Found Object"
Cover photo, article, Gloria Hickey
1987 New Work Magazine, NYC, Fall Issue, Review of Outside the Inskirts
Corporate commissions and collections
Advocate Media, Maritimes Canada
Merrick Jamieson Sterns Washington & Mahody law firm, Halifax
Rumouski Jazz Festival, awards, Quebec,
First Canadian Investors, Toronto
Skydome Hotel, Toronto
Magna Corporation, Toronto
The Penta Stolp Group, Toronto
Polyrim Ltd., Toronto
Toronto Women in Film and Video awards
*You will notice a gap in my CV history. In 1992 I became suddenly and permanently blind in my right eye, in 1999 my left eye was also affected, but mercifully, not as severely. It took me some time to recover from this blow. Understandably, I was not focusing on my art career for a period of time. But I am now painting more than I ever have!