JAYE OUELLETTE

                                                                           visual artist

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.

 Artists Statement

 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.

Jaye Ouellette 

                                     Curriculum Vitae

Autodidactic

Solo Exhibitions

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

Honors

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

Related Experience

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,

                 Instructor-Laura Doneffer

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      

                Gundar Robez                       

1985         Alfred University, New York, Guest Artist Glass Department,

                Instructor-Robin Johnson

Bibliography

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!