About the Artist
I was born in Vancouver, b.c. and raised in rural Surrey before it was paved with freeways and strip malls. As a child i was always drawing and as a teenager began designing posters. Inspired by album cover art of the 1960's, I attended the Kootenay School of Art to study graphic design.
From there i roamed about, working in sweat shops, painting houses, building wilderness
trails, laboring on the railroad and in sawmills. Along the way i studied applied design at Douglas College and printmaking at the Alberta College of Art. I learned to print textiles in the N.W.T.
Returning to the Kootenays, i co-founded a design and screen printing shop and my line drawings began to be published in literary magazines.
In 1982 i re-located to the west coast and continued to work in graphic design and exhibit my assemblages. For a time i worked on video documentaries and facilitated collage making workshops.
In 1990 i was offered an opportunity to create a series of illustrations pertaining to the natural and human history of Beacon Hill Park. This project had a profound influence on my career as an illustrator. Currently my work continues to focus on line drawing which, to my mind, is a basic human language. The black and white lino prints i create are on the BLOCK PRINTING page of this website. i hope they engage you.
Robert Amos: Print-making security guard inspired by art exhibits
Custodians of our Memory
Man Wearing Still Life
Beacon Hill Park Illustrations
Island Illustrators video document.
Gordon m. Friesen
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
2008: Victoria school of business and technology:
Web design certification.
1988-89: Industry Canada:
Independent video documentary trainee
1987-88: Rogers community cable:
volunteer studio and remote camera operator
1985: Metchosin Summer School of the Arts:
Japanese woodblock printmaking
1977: David Thompson University Center:
1976: Kootenay School of Art:
diploma with scholarship, painting and printmaking 1975: Alberta College of Art:
painting, intaglio printmaking
1973-74 Douglas College: art history, applied design,
painting and drawing.
1970-71 Kootenay School of Art:
Cetrificate, graphic design
2015: "Beyond Kingsway" Burnaby Art Gallery, lino prints
2014: "Man Wearing Still Life" Havana Gallery, lino prints
2011: "Live at the Beanery"..Been Around the World. wall reliefs
2006: "Victoria Map Project" presenter, Arts in the City Victoria
2003: "Human Industry: Relics and reconfiguration" wall reliefs
Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria
1996: CROP/CIRCLE/MAN mixed media
Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria
1992: "First Night, Victoria" presenter:
Island illustrators video documentary
1986: "Color Fission" Victoria city hall color xerox seascapes
1984: "NGC-6543" Xchanges gallery, Victoria, white prints
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
2017: "LOOK" show, Victoria. lino prints
2017: Victoria NOW, Victoria. lino prints
2017: aggv Moss Street Paint in, Victoria
2017: "PSYCHEDELIA" Martin Batchelor Gallery
2015: aggv Moss Street Paint in, Victoria
2014: aggv Moss Street Paint in, Victoria
2013: "Splendid Diversity" Martin Batchelor Gallery
2013: "Imprinted Messages" Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
2012: "Iced Dream Sandwich" Polychrome Fine Arts
2012: "Multiple Impressions" Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
2011: "Hob Nobs" Polychrome fine arts
2010: "Works on paper" Polychrome fine arts
2007: Art gallery of greater Victoria "Winter Show"
2007: Art gallery of greater Victoria "Small Works" show
2005: "LOOK" show, Victoria
2004: aggv Moss Street Paint-in. Victoria.
2002: CNIB "Eye Appeal" wall reliefs
1996: aggv Moss Street Paint-in
1992: "Facades" Island Illustrators group show
1991 "Magic Places" Island Illustrators group show
1988: "Fringe Festival" Victoria. mural
1987: Pitt Gallery, Vancouver. manwoman group show.
1986: Open Space, Victoria. white prints
1986: Taller Galleria Fort, Barcelona, Spain
1986: Off Center Center, Saltspring Island
1985: Chinatown Street Festival of the Arts. mural
1984: Osaka New Art Center, Japan
2006: Central Middle school, Victoria "enrichment" program..mural and map painting.
1999: Monterey elementary school, Victoria. Artists in the Schools program.
1990-92: The Collage Making workshop, Victoria. independently run.
1976: Nelson Youth Centre. relief printmaking techniques
1975: Worlds Within Worlds summer arts camp. Golden, B.C....screen printing techniques
1974: Haiku summer arts camp, Alta Lake, B.C. relief printmaking techniques.