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Kirkby, Ken
Kirkby, Ken

Ken Kirkby
Oil on Masonite, 6 x 16 inches

“Artist KEN KIRKBY was born during an air raid in London, England in 1940. The timing may have foreshadowed the warrior-painter he was to become.

He grew up in Portugal where he had his first successful exhibit at age 16. In the late 1950s, he realized his dream to move to Canada. He found work in northwestern British Columbia and gradually migrated further north. He spent five years walking, paddling and sledding across the Canadian Arctic with various groups of Inuit.

Becoming very involved with social issues in the North, he promised the people that he would find a way to raise awareness of these issues in the rest of Canada.” from http://www.whiterockgallery.com/Ken_Kirkby.htm#kirkby_bio

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Untitled 846

DeJager, Henry
DeJager, Henry

Henry DeJager
Edmonton, AB, Canada
Watercolour on Paper, 5 x 7 inches

“Hendrik de Jager was born in Rotterdam, Holland in 1940. He started drawing and painting when he was young. Hendrik has a natural talent for art and is primarily self-taught. He was educated in Rotterdam and became interested in architecture. Eventually he chose the profession of sign designer and worked at various sign shops throughout Holland.

In 1967 he married Carla Verloop in Holland and in that same year the two immigrated to Canada. They settled in Edmonton, Alberta, where Hendrik began his own commercial sign business. It was in this business that Hendrik developed his own intricate and creative method of sign creation. He created three-dimensional cedar signs, which were heavily decorated with his own fine artwork. These cedar creations were not merely signs, but beautiful works of art. These masterpiece signs are displayed all over Canada, with many in Alberta and British Columbia. After thirty years of intense involvement in the sign business Hendrik now devotes all his energy to his love of watercolours.

Even though Hendrik worked as a sign designer it is drawing and painting, especially creating watercolours, that has remained the primary focus in his life. He draws inspiration for his art from various places and experiences. The people and places of Canada have been an ongoing wealth of artistic inspiration for Hendrik. He particularly enjoys canoe trips down the Coppermine and Nahanni rivers, which allow him to spend time painting in the great wildernesses of Canada. As well, his adventures throughout Europe have helped to inspire some of his most beautiful paintings.

Hendrik has developed his own unique style of watercolour painting in which vibrant colours and spontaneity create remarkably beautiful individual works of art. He enjoys painting flowers, ships, landscapes and cityscapes as well as portraits of individuals from interesting cultures around the world.

Hendrik’s paintings have been shown in numerous galleries throughout Alberta and Holland. He has attended art workshops all over Canada and Holland. He continues to spend most of his time painting, but he also continues to create their works of art in the medium of wood including hope chests and other decorative knives.” from

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Untitled 845

Dixon, Richard (1954 -      )
Dixon, Richard (1954 – )

Richard Dixon (1954 –      )
Watercolour, 4.5 x 2.5 inches

“Richard Dixon was born in 1954.  He was raised in Pincher Creek, Alberta, where he developed his interests in mountain climbing and hiking.  He began drawing and painting at a n early age and has matured his abilities over the last 20 years through private study of art throughout North America.  Presently he shows his works in Canada, the United States and Japan.”

http://richarddixon.net/

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Untitled 844

Dixon, Richard (1954 - )
Dixon, Richard (1954 – )

Richard Dixon (1954 –      )
Watercolour, 4.5 x 2.5 inches

“Richard Dixon was born in 1954.  He was raised in Pincher Creek, Alberta, where he developed his interests in mountain climbing and hiking.  He began drawing and painting at a n early age and has matured his abilities over the last 20 years through private study of art throughout North America.  Presently he shows his works in Canada, the United States and Japan.”

http://richarddixon.net/

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