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Gretchen Jeens

Artist Summary

Gretchen Jeens  – Working comfortably in oil, acrylic, watercolour, pencil, and pen, she achieves a whimsicality in the application of the chosen medium while delighting in the physical and emotional act of painting itself.  Price Range: $750 – $3,500

Full Biography

Gretchen Jeens

Originally from Toronto, Ontario, Gretchen Jeens majored in drawing and painting at the Ontario College of Art and Design, graduating with a BFA in 2009. She draws inspiration from the beauty of nature with a focus on exploring the complexities and experience of women through figurative painting. Working comfortably in oil, acrylic, watercolour, pencil, and pen, she achieves a whimsicality in the application of the chosen medium while delighting in the physical and emotional act of painting itself.

Her work has appeared in juried shows and exhibitions including those of the Ontario College of Art and Design, the Women’s Art Association of Canada, the Markham Group of Artists, the Society of Canadian Artists, the annual Schoolhouse Group of Artists Show, The Annual Fall Exhibition and Sale at the McMichael Gallery in Kleinburg, Ontario, the AWOL Gallery in Toronto, and the Annual Spring Show and Sale of The Muskoka Arts and Crafts earning many prestigious awards. Solo exhibitions include ‘Solace in Newfoundland’ at The Auburn Gallery of Fine Art, ‘Change of a Dress’ at the Chapel Gallery, Muskoka, Ontario, ‘The Language of Clothing’ OCAD, Toronto, Ontario, and ‘Femme’ at The Auburn Gallery of Fine Art, Muskoka, Ontario.

Artist’s Statement

“My artwork is an observation of people and is as much about thought and sentiment as it is about shape and form.  With a focus on the emotional identity of women, I strive to present provocative images of hidden meaning.  Using photographs, magazines, and my own life drawings as inspiration, I create a narrative through colour and gesture. Aesthetically, I mix traditional with contemporary, abstraction with realism in my hand drawn and painted figures. The most ordinary posturing becomes compelling and remarkably valid in the representation of the life experience of women.”  Gretchen Jeens

TWAC/CNE 2016

Critics Choice – 1st Prize Winner