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Gerald and Margaret Jessop Biographies

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I was born in Ponteix, Saskatchewan in 1947. My public school years were in Yorkton, Saskatchewan; B.F.A. Degree in Winnipeg, Manitoba and M.F.A. in Regina, Saskatchewan in 1977. Employment consisted of two years as Community Artist in Weyburn, Sk.; three years as Supervisor of the Enriched Art Program for the Division of Continuing Education in Calgary, Alberta.; Summer Session Lecturer in Art Education at the University of Calgary in 1975; Teaching Assistant at the University of Regina in 1976 and 1977; Director/Curator Moose Jaw Art Museum from 1977 thru 1989; Director/Curator Kelowna Art Gallery, 1989 to December 1994. In these situations I was actively involved as a juror, an art advisor for government and an executive board member on art and museum associations. In Kelowna I was on the Public Art committee for the City and the Healing Arts executive for the Okanagan. From 1996 to 2006  I worked as an Art and Tai Chi Chuan Instructor in Kelowna utilizing 28 years of experience in both areas, and  managed a Bed and Breakfast as well to bring in additional income.  In May of 2006, Marge and I moved to Buena Vista, Saskatchewan, where I  pursue my life long career of painting.


Statements on my Art

Richard Reid, Curator of the Grand Forks Art Gallery, stated in their gallery exhibition brochure of September 1999:

"Jessop's paintings are rapidly executed, heavily impastoed surfaces that capture an immediacy in the spirit of his subject."

Marie Leduc, Art Historian at Malsapina University College in Nanaimo, stated in the Summer 1977 issue of Artichoke Magazine:

"Barely touching down on the canvas, the more opaque brushstrokes create a movement which, like a memory, is rich but only transitory. .... Jessops paintings are not only of land and figure, but images that make us question how we see. The fleeting, broken, almost abstract method of painting that Jessop employs recalls the visual experimentations of the Impressionists."


Statement by the Artist

I am currently using recreational subject matter to set up a relaxing and stimulating viewing experience.  I have painted the figure from my beginning days as a  professional painter in the early 1970’s, finding the figure to be communicative, erotic, and sensuous..

In the formal aspects of painting, I use colour in an intuitive way, imagining colour in the many tones of nature.  In a somewhat automatic way of applying paint, I rely on randomness, spontaneity and accident  to add to the viewers experience of the process in the work.   This way of using colour and fragmenting of   shape can be seen in the work of the Post Impressionists, whom I have always admired. I have been an advocate of “more is more” as seen in the movement created by paint strokes , which pick you up and send the eye on an interesting journey

Selected Exhibitions

1972, January "Jessop, Weins and Woolard", Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, S.K.
1972, April Saskatchewan Artists Exhibition, Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, S.K.
1972, December "Sutherland and Jessop" Alberta College of Art Galllery, Calgary, Alta.
1975, March One Man. Little Gallery, University of Calgary Faculty Gallery
1976, June The Mid Western, Juried travelling exhibition, Winnipeg Art Gallery.Mn.
1979,November Phoenix Group Show, Cardigan Milne Gallery, Winnipeg, Mn.
1980,September Allan Mckay, juror, Saskatchewan Open, juried biennial
1986,September Joyce Hall, juror, Mendel Art Gallery
1988,June Greg Curnoe, juror Saskatoon, S.K.
1981,November "Jessop and Tse", Rosemont Art Gallery, Regina, S.K.
1983,April Juried Western, Avant Garde Gallery, Calgary, Alta.
1984.May "Jessop/Escanlar", Rosemont Art Gallery, Regina, SK.
1991,March "Jessop and Reid/Figures",Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, B.C.
1991,December "Integrated Spaces", One Man, Moose Jaw Art Museum
1996,June.August "Personalizing Imagery;Paintings by Gerald Jessop"                                                                                                                               Arts Alliance Public Gallery, Courtenay, B.C.      Nanaimo Art Gallery and Exhibition Centre, Nanaimo, B.C
1999, September One Man, "Kelowna Plates: Landscape Mandalas,  Grand Forks Art Gallery. B.C.

  2007,  June and July                                                             "The Beach"   Cathedral Village Freehouse Restaurant,  Regina Art Gallery, Regina, Sk.

  2008,  February and March                                                  "Beaches"         Elsie Scherle Gallery,   Last Mountain Cultural Centre, Regina Beach, Sk.

  2012, September                                                                   "Regina Beach Remembered"  Elsie Scherle Gallery

  1994 to 2008                                                                    Barn Gallery, Oyama, B.C.

  2006 to 2013                                                                    McIntyre Gallery, Regina, Sk.

2010 to present                                                                   Saskatchewan Network for Art Collecting

2012 to present                                                                   Scott Nicholson Fine Art


Works are in the collections of: 

Mendel Art Gallery                                                            Saskatchewan Arts Board
University of Regina Moose Jaw Art Museum
Kelowna General Hospital Holiday Park Resort                                                            

Last Mountain Lake Cultural Centre                            Regina Beach Yacht Club

Regina Beach Golf Course                                           Gordon Smith Collection






Margaret Jessop


MargeI was born and raised in Northern Manitoba where I developed an early appreciation for the woods and images in nature. Weekly fishing trips with my family allowed plenty of time for study and reflection on subjects in the wild. Upon receiving my Bachelor of Education from the University of Calgary and moving to southern Saskatchewan for fourteen years, the images for my tapestry weavings and paintings became very flat with suggestions of hills in the background. For the past eleven years, I have lived in Kelowna and concentrated on the strikingly beautiful shapes of the hills, valleys, lakes and streams in this area. My interpretations of the photographs my husband and I take on our hiking outings are meaningful and real experiences. The imagery leans more towards the abstract and allows for strong impressions of shapes in nature. I believe that my appreciation for this environment really ties us to this area.

Curriculum Vitae 


  1. Bachelor of Education - University of Calgary, 1972: extra Fine Arts Courses in clay and painting
  2. Fine Art Courses - University of Saskatchewan, 1971
  3. Educational Tours of Tapestry Methods - a. Les Gobelins, Paris b. San Francisco Tapestry Workshop
  4. Tapestry Workshops in Saskatoon with Deborah Forbes


  1. 1975 - Biennial Show - Dunlop Gallery, Regina Public Library
  2. 1981- Sask. Teacher's Federation Purchase/Juried Competition - Saskatoon
  3. 1984-Saskatoon Weaver's Guild Juried Show - Saskatoon Public Library
  4. 1986- Botswana/Saskatchewan Tapestry Tour (CUSO)
  5. 1987- "Dimensions 87"- Saskatchewan Tour- Sask. Craft Council Show
  6. 1988-89- Ponderosa Weavers Guild/Argentinian Textiles- Kelowna Art Gallery
  7. 1991- "Hang the Okanagan" - City Hall Branch, Kelowna Art Gallery, B.C.
  8. 1992- "Okanagan Open"- Juried by Nancy Tousley ,Kelowna Art Gallery
  9. 1993- Two Man showing, Station House Gallery, Williams Lake, B.C.
  10. 1993-l994- "Objects and Images", Honorable Mention, Penticton and Kelowna
  11. 1994- One Man Show, Grand Forks Art Gallery, Grand Forks, B.C.
  12. 1994- One Man Show, National Exhibition Centre, Castlegar, B.C.
  13. 1996- Two Man Show, Winn Art Gallery, Summerland, B.C.
  14. 1997 - Two Man Show, Richmond Art Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
  15. 1998 - One Man Show, Kelowna Community Theatre
  16. l999 - Winner at OMRAC Regional Show, Kelowna, B.C.
  17. 2000- Two Man Show, Station House Gallery, Williams Lake, B.C.
  18. 2000- One Man Show, Kelowna Community Theatre
  19. 2001 -Kelowna Public Library, Kelowna Arts Council
  20. 2002- The Verve Gallery, Kelowna
  21. 2003- KADAC - Kelowna and District Arts Council Art Space
  22. 2004 - present - The Barn Gallery, Kelowna
  23. 2006 - OSAC (Sask. Arts Council) successful in adjudicated show, Weyburn
  24. 2006 - "Inspired by the Qu'Appelle", Lumsden
  25. 2006 - present: McIntyre Gallery, Regina, Sk.
  26. 2007 - Cathedral Freehouse Restaurant, Regina Art Gallery
  27. 2008 - "Trees"  Moose Jaw Cultural Centre, Moose Jaw, Sk.
  28. 2013 - One Man Show, Elsie Scherle Gallery, Regina Beach Cultural Centre.
  29. 2014 - Out of The Box,  Regina Art Gallery

(summarized from thirty-five showings)