James Postill

About the Artist

 

James Postill graduated from the University of British Columbia Okanagan in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts. 

 

Since graduating, James has earned private commissions for portraits and specialized  interior work, and public commissions for fresco and latex murals, while continuing to produce works in oils, inspired by the Okanagan landscape..​

 

His landscape works evolved from still lakes to fast moving rivers and streams, culminating in his rain on windshields series which began in 2010.

 

"As an artist, I am seduced by many factors, visual and otherwise, which contribute to my imagery; the contrast between near space and far space, distinct versus indistinct forms and especially the dysmorphic quality of water on objects.  I am endlessly fascinated by the distorted reality seen through a rainy windshield.'

An art instructor since 2001, James has taught art classes with the Monashee Arts Council and the Vernon Community Arts Centre, and facilitated group workshops and private lessons on request.  

 

Accepting a commission from the Monashee Arts Council in 2007 to paint several exterior wall murals, ultimately set him on the path to his true passion of fresco painting. In 2010 while attempting to teach himself the medium, a friend told him about an amazingly artistic Benedictine Monk that he just had to meet.

 

After the first meeting in 2011with Father Dunstan Massey in Mission, BC, James spent the following two years studying the art of fresco under his long-distance mentorship.  Father Dunstan is one of a few known practicing fresco artists in Western Canada and has graciously passed his knowledge along to James.

More recently, James has incorporated airbrush painting into his studio practice, and after purchasing the same type he has been using at work, he is greatly enjoying learning and discovering more about it each time he uses it.

 

 

Residencies

 

April 2011 - March 2012   Artist in Residence   Caetani Cultural Centre, Vernon, BC 

April 2012 - March 2013   Artist in Residence   Caetani Cultural Centre, Vernon, BC 

May  2013 - June 2013      Artist in Residence   Mackie House, Colstream, BC  

 

 

Exhibitions

 

2010 "Painting On The Edge" FCA International Juried Show, Federation Gallery, Vancouver, BC  

2011 "Tryptic" FCA Shatford Centre, Penticton

2012  "Erotic Art Show", Lake Country

2012  "Terroir: Charting Boundaries", Penticton Art Gallery

2013  "Erotic Art Show", Sparkling Hills, Vernon

2013  "Hidden Treasures", Solo Exhibition, Vernon Public Art Gallery

2013  FCA Juried Show, Coat Check Gallery, Vernon, BC

2015  FCA Juried Show, Coat Check Gallery, Vernon, BC

2016  "OASIS" FCA Juried show, Peachland Art Gallery, Peachland, BC

2016 "Diversity" FCA Juried show, Vernon Public Art Gallery

2018 "Altered Perception" group show, Elevation Gallery, Canmore, Alberta

2020 "Connection" solo, social distancing show, Nadine's Fine Arts, Vernon, BC

 

 

Awards

 

2011   Membership - Federation of Canadian Artists

2011  Award of Excellence - FCA 

2012   Best in Show - FCA Classic Painting

2016  Award of Excellence - OASIS FCA juried show

2019  3rd Place - FCA juried show

2020 Award of Excellence - OASIS FCA juried show

 

 

 

Commissions

In addition to numerous private commisions for interior murals and portrait paintings, James Postill has undertaken a number of public artwork commissions.

 

2007  Lumby Salmon Run  (Monashee Arts Council)

2008  Vernon Jubilee Hospital

2009   Eagles in the City (Rotary)

2011   Caetani Straw Bale Studio (Caetani Cultural Centre Society)

2012   Terracotta Warriors  (Rotary)

2013   Fresco mural (Vernon Community Arts Centre)

2014   J W Inglis Elementary School Mural

2014   Ellison Elementary School Fresco Mural  (Project funded by Artists in the Classroom)

2016  Powerhouse Theatre Historical Mural (Vernon, BC)

 

Gallery Representation

Gibson Fine Art, Calgary, Alberta   

Elevation Gallery, Canmore, Alberta

Articles/Reviews

 

Okanagan Life, October 2011

Vernon Morning Star, May 2012

Canadian Brushstroke Magazine Article 2012

Vernon Morning Star, September 2013

Art Avenue March/April 2014

Vernon Morning Star, May 2020

 

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