About the Artist

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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 printmaking page of this website.  i hope they engage you.

Links:

Robert Amos: Print-making security guard inspired by art exhibits
http://www.timescolonist.com/entertainment/robert-amos-print-making-security-guard-inspired-by-art-exhibits-1.308866

Custodians of our Memory
http://burnabyartgallery.tumblr.com/post/139936125790/custodians-of-our-memory

Man Wearing Still Life
https://lifeasahuman.com/2014/virtual-art-gallery/man-wearing-still-life/

Beacon Hill Park Illustrations
http://www.beaconhillparkhistory.org/contents/illustrations.htm


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:
                 creative writing
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


CURRICULUM VITE:


SOLO EXHIBITIONS:


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

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

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.