Jan Wheeler is a Canadian artist whose current work explores fluid movement in landscape. The artist holds a diploma in Design Arts from Seneca College of Art in Toronto, Ontario. She studied conceptual art at Byam Shaw School in London, UK and life drawing at Lorenzo d’Medici School of Art in Florence, Italy.
Jan's working travels as a young adult took her to Japan, Saudi Arabia, Europe, the UK and across Canada. While working and living in these rich and diverse cultures, Jan took every opportunity to learn more about her field. In Japan, while working as a young designer and lecturer she was able to study calligraphy at a professional calligraphy studio. In Jeddah, Saudi Arabia she exhibited a body of work “Impressions of the Middle East” painted during a year long stay. Extensive time in the UK and Europe gave the artist access to great art galleries and museums, driving her forward to find her own voice for her work.
The artist works in her studio in the century farm she and her husband call home. The farmhouse studio provides great light and lots of quiet to focus on her work.
Jan has enjoyed exhibiting her work in many cities around the world including New York, Toronto, Tokyo, Nashville, Jeddah and Vancouver.
Dr Robert Bennett People's Choice Award, Carmichael Landscape Juried Art Exhibit 2011, Orillia Museum of Art and History, Orillia, ON
Emerging Artist Project Award Recipient, Ontario Arts Council, 2010
1988 International Arts Competition, New York, NY, Award for Excellence in Painting
" Summer Heat III", Arta Gallery, Distillery District, Toronto, ON, July 2014
"Night in ALgonquin", theme exhibition at the Algonquin Art Centre, Algonquin Park, 2014
Toronto Art Expo, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, April 2014
"Colour Theory", Canadian Art Concepts, Arta Gallery, Distillery District, Toronto, March 2014
"The Canadian Shield", Algonquin Art Centre, 2013
Featured Artist Exhibition, "Wind & Water",Algonquin Art Centre, Algonquin Park, August 2012
"Water", Algonquin Art Centre, 2012
Featured Artist Exhibition, Gary Owen Framing & Fine Art, Barrie, ON, July 2011.
UN Year of the Forest Exhibition, Algonquin Art Centre, Algonquin Park, summer season 2011
Spirits of the Earth Exhibition, John D Carrier Gallery, Columbus Centre, Toronto, ON April 2011
BCI 2011, Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts, Hamilton, ON, January 2011
Canadian Contemporary Artists Exhibition, La Parete Gallery, Toronto, ON; Dec 2010 to Feb 2011
Climate Change: An Artists' Perspective, Algonquin Art Centre, Algonquin Park, Ontario. summer season 2010
Sunshine, Norman Felix Inc., 192 Spadina Ave Suite 104, Toronto, summer 2010
Images Thanksgiving Studio Tour, October 2009, my studio
The Red Carpet Social, September 2009,Norman Felix Gallery, Toronto, ON
Buckhorn Fine Art Festival, August 2009, Buckhorn, ON
Wye Marsh Inspired, July 2009, Wye Marsh, Midland, ON
Summer Group Show, July 2009, Ben Navaee Gallery, 1111 Queen St, Toronto, ON
Solo Exhibition: the Wild Places, May 2009, Gallery Hittite, Scollard St, Toronto
One Of A Kind Christmas Show, Dec 2 - 7, 2008. Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto, ON
2008/2009 representation by ArtTango, the Netherlands
Images Thanksgiving Studio Tour, 2008, 2007, 2006
Beyond Borders Exhibition of Fine Art from Canada, Agora Gallery, Chelsea, New York City, Sept/Oct 2007
Nov/Dec 2006 exhibition Overtures at Agora Gallery, Chelsea, New York City
2006/2007 representation by Agora Gallery, Chelsea, New York City
artist review in ARTisSpectrum magazine, Chelsea, NY
artist studio interview segment, Simcoe Living television program, Rogers
May/June 2006 exhibition at Dangenart Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee
2006 finalist, Nancie Mattice International Art Competition, Dangenart Gallery, Nashville Tennessee
2006 Women's International Art Show, Orillia, ON
2005 Images Thanksgiving Studio Tour, Lake Country
2005 Zephyr Gallery, Orillia 2005 Woodside Pottery and Gallery, Craighurst,
2004 Juried Exhibitions at the Distillery Historic District, Toronto
2003 & 2004 Open Studios
2003 & 2004 Midland Waterfest Fine Art Exhibitions
1997 Dreamers Rock, Barrie
1993 Images and Reflections Gallery, Orillia
1991 Shadowbox Gallery, Orillia
1988 I.a.C. competition, New York: recipient of Award for Excellence in Painting
1987 “Impressions of the Middle East” in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
1985-1986 Western Renaissance Society group exhibitions
1984-85 annual exhibitions of the F.C.A. in Vancouver.
Up and coming exhibitions will be announced on Page 5 as dates are confirmed. Jan can also be reached via her email address: email@example.com.
1988-1992 Partner, Art Director Treehouse International. Client: CCTA, HM Treasury London England. Project: ITIL, IT Infrastructure Library; corporate identity, publications design of initial modules that have become global standard. Project: Quality Management Library; corporate identity, publication design, production. 1994-1999 Designer, Art Director for Benjamin James Marketing & Advertising which later became part of Axia Multimedia Corporation; Clients: Sceptre Investment Counsel, Bridgestone Racing School, Polaroid Canada, 3 Guys and a Stove, International Commutator Company. 1992-1993 Humber College Educator; taught Technical Illustration for Technical Writing Program