Jeff Willmore

Small Oaks
Small Oaks, 2010
oil on panel, 7" × 7"
Evening Beach
Evening Beach, 2007
acrylic on panel, 36" × 39"
Water's Edge
Water's Edge, 2015
acrylic on panel, 36" × 36"
Entrance to Bonne Baysold
Entrance to Bonne Bay
acrylic on plywood, 54" × 60"
Winter House
Winter House
acrylic on canvas, 20" × 16"
Night Fire
Night Fire
oil on panel, 7" × 7"
Calm Morning
Calm Morning, 2000
oil on panel, 10" × 12"
Top of Gros Morne
Top of Gros Morne
oil on panel, 8" × 10"
Hillside, 2008
oil on panel, 9" × 9"
Oxford Autumn
Oxford Autumn, 2009
oil on panel, 7" × 7"
Fish Jump
Fish Jump, 2009
oil on panel, 7" × 7"


Jeff Willmore – Biography

In this introspective collection of recent paintings, Jeff Willmore explores the relationship between man and nature. Placing various figures within his expressive landscapes and street scenes, the artist presents a vision that runs contrary to tradition, introducing psychological and whimsical elements in paintings that resemble performance pieces. Although his earliest works were appropriately sketchy and brusque, the artist has since adopted the guise of iconic painters such as John Singer Sargent, Paterson Ewen and Edward Hopper, refining his eclectic approach though never losing its spontaneous edge.

Willmore has made a practice of amassing field studies, as did earlier painters such as Tom Thomson and members of the Group of Seven. He does this with a workman-like studiousness. The artist's pickup truck, which he calls his portable studio, allows him to sit comfortably as he documents the often tumultuous terrain.

Willmore's work has been described as edgy, larger than life, humorous, and occasionally brutal. His current works share a presence and energy that are revealed through the act of gouging the paint surface. He speaks with pride about wearing his brushes down to nubs, defying formality and conveying the sheer exuberance with which he expresses his vision

Gallery Gevik Exhibitions

  • 2005 Gallery Gevik, Toronto, Ontario, "Local Project" [solo]
  • 2001 Gallery Gevik, Toronto, Ontario, "Curious Landscape" [solo]

Daphne OdjigDaphne Odjig, Canadian Indigenous Artist and Icon Dies at 97. Click here for more details.

Odjig is frequently referred to as the "Grandmother of Indigenous Art." She has been the recipient of many awards, honours and recognitions for her works, to name a few: The Order of Canada, the Governor General's Award, and eight Honorary Doctorates. Her works have been shown in the National Gallery of Canada, The McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

She established the first native-run fine art print house in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1971. Known as 'Odjig Indian Prints,' this print house was so successful that it evolved into an Indigenous gallery space in 1974, called the New Warehouse Gallery, run by Odjig and her husband, Chester Beavon. She was also a founding member of the Indian Group of Seven. This artistic group's purpose was to promote Contemporary Indigenous art and artists.

Alex JanvierAlex Janvier's major retrospective, "Alex Janvier: Modern Indigenous Master" is now on display at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.

Alex Janvier is one of Canada's most acclaimed contemporary Indigenous artists. His career of sixty-five years has yielded thousands of paintings, and more than twenty-five murals and public commissions. This retrospective of his artwork is on display from 25 November 2016 to 17 April 2017.

(Photo credit: Kim Griffiths) Click here for more details.