JAYE OUELLETTE

                                                                           visual artist

Since moving from Toronto to Nova Scotia, Jaye's work has continued to receive serious acclaim. Ouellette's work is currently in the ground breaking exhibition 'Terroir: A Nova Scotia Survey' at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, from June 2016-January 2017. 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

The constantly shifting pattern of colour and light of the ocean, ephemeral in every moment, is an increasing fascination for me. I find the mystery of this dynamic and ancient entity deeply compelling. Water embodies the concept of endlessness, of complexities repeated  from one drop to the vast sea.

Initially my work incorporated the sky and the ocean, but gradually my focus has shifted to the waves themselves. The intent of my paintings is about being immersed in this presence. I am interested in conveying how the ocean resonates, rather than a literal depiction, so power yet so fragile. Giving the work a decidedly contemporary immediacy and relevance. From one painting to the next, I attend to an ever deepening  understanding and engagement with this subject that is ‘moving water’.

 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

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        The Halifax Herald, Oct. 11, Halifax, N.S.

                 "Sharing Enchantment" Elissa Barnard. Arts Editor.

2013        The New Glasgow News, Dec.28, New Glasgow, N.S.

               "Shifting pattern of Colour and Light" Shawna Coleman

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

             

Public Commissions

2011       -Rumouski Jazz Festival, Quebec, 2 sculptures presented as awards.

1990       -First Canadian Investors, Toronto, Mixed media wall relief 3’x 8’ Reception Area

              -Skydome Hotel, Toronto, 2 mixed media wall reliefs, 2’ x 5’, Main Lobby

              14 reverse painted glass discs, 36" dia., 2 per floor.

1988       -Magna Corporation, Toronto, Mixed media wall relief, 3’ x 5’, Board room.

1987       -The Penta Stolp Group, Toronto,Mixed media sculpture, 6’ x 18" x 18", Main Entrance

              -Polyrim Ltd., Toronto, Mixed media wall relief, 3’ x 7’, Board room

1986       -Toronto Women in Film and Video, 10 pieces presented as awards

     Numerous other commercial and private commissions and collections.

 

*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!