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
teach Tai Chi Chuan and pursue my life long career of art making
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
Statement by the Artist
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..
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
Weins and Woolard", Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, S.K.
Artists Exhibition, Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, S.K.
and Jessop" Alberta College of Art Galllery, Calgary, Alta.
||One Man. Little
Gallery, University of Calgary Faculty Gallery
||The Mid Western,
Juried travelling exhibition, Winnipeg Art Gallery.Mn.
Show, Cardigan Milne Gallery, Winnipeg, Mn.
juror, Saskatchewan Open, juried biennial
juror, Mendel Art Gallery
juror Saskatoon, S.K.
Tse", Rosemont Art Gallery, Regina, S.K.
Avant Garde Gallery, Calgary, Alta.
Rosemont Art Gallery, Regina, SK.
Reid/Figures",Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, B.C.
Spaces", One Man, Moose Jaw Art Museum
"Personalizing Imagery;Paintings by Gerald Jessop"
Public Gallery, Courtenay, B.C.
Nanaimo Art Gallery and Exhibition Centre, Nanaimo, B.C
One Man, "Kelowna Plates: Landscape Mandalas, Grand
Forks Art Gallery. B.C.
Barn Gallery, Oyama
Kelowna Community Theatre,
restaurants and Art Walk
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
|and many private collections