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  • Clarington Outdoor Festival 2019: Call for Submissions

    Location: Bowmanville, ON

    Call all artists! The Clarington Outdoor Art Festival (COAF) 2019 is celebrating the..
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  • Beacon Original Art Call for Artists

    Location: Calgary, AB

    Beacon Original Art invites emerging, mid-career and professional artists to participate in our..
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  • 2020 Ducks Unlimited National Portfolio

    Location: Bracebridge, ON

    DUCKS UNLIMITED CANADA – NATIONAL ART PORTFOLIO CALL FOR ENTRIES – DEADLINE JULY 31,..
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  • 2019 ANIMA MUNDI - CONSCIOUSNESS

    Location: VENICE,

    ITSLIQUID Group, in collaboration with Venice Events and Ca’ Zanardi, is pleased to..
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  • Walker Industries Juried Art Exhibition

    Location: Niagara on the lake, ON

    Daisy Fresh has been selected as one of 26 finalists in this juried..
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  • The Second Latin American Contemporary Fine Art Competition

    Location: New York, NY

    The Second Latin American Contemporary Fine Art Competition - May 21st to June..
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  • Lines, Shapes & Objects Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the Lines, Shapes & Objects art competition. For this..
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  • HEDI KYLE: THE ART OF THE FOLD

    Location: Halifax, NS

    The NSCAD School of Extended Studies & Letterpress Gang are hosting a..
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  • Toronto Outdoor Art Fair - Call for Artists

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Attend the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair Attend the 58th Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, Canada’s..
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  • Surfaces Exploration and Experience Karen Colville Artist

    Location: New West Minster, BC

    In the Plaskett Gallery @ Massey Theatre Surfaces…Exploration & Experience Artist Karen Colville June 25th..
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  • Race, Ethnicity and belonging

    Location: CALGARY, AB

    The Alberta Society of Artists invites all artists (over 18) residing in Alberta..
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  • Art District Gallery Membership

    Location: Kitchener, ON

    Art District Gallery May Membership Drive - Drop in Open House -Tuesday May..
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  • Art in the Garden 2019

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    Taking place at various gardens on Vancouver's North Shore, this will be the..
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  • North Van Arts Deadline Extended! (50th Anniversary Exhibition)

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    North Van Arts has extended our deadline to Sunday May 26 at Midnight..
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  • Manitoba Neuroscience Network Donation Request

    Location: Winnipeg, MB

    Seeking art pieces for the silent art auction that will take place as..
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  • “White” International Call - Art & Literature Journal - Deadline June 30, 2019

    Location: Toronto, ON

    | Theme: White cats, white milk, white snow. Reflecting most wavelengths of visible..
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  • Call for Art | 4th Annual Cityscapes Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 4th Annual Cityscapes art competition. For this competition,..
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  • Myseum Intersections 2020: Call for Submissions

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Myseum of Toronto is launching a call for submissions for our fifth annual..
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  • Call For Artists - Art Sale Fundraiser

    Location: Toronto, ON

    ART SALE FUNDRAISER BENEFITING CRISTINA’S TORTINA SHOP HOSTED BY PROGRESSIVE TRAINING COLLEGE OF BUSINESS..
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  • H.A.P. Art Contest by ALPHA Education

    Location: Scarborough, ON

    ALPHA Education is hosting its annual History + Art = Peace Art Contest!..
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  • On the Same Page: Transforming Paper

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    On The Same Page: Transforming Paper showcases artists working with paper as an..
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  • ANIMA MUNDI | VENICE MAY-NOV 2019

    Location: Venice,

    CALL FOR ARTISTS: ANIMA MUNDI | VENICE MAY-NOV 2019 ITSLIQUID International Art Festival ITSLIQUID GROUP,..
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  • 9th Annual

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an art call for the..
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  • Past (Tense) by David Scott Exhibition

    Location: Calgary, AB

    HUB @ 302 Crossroads Art Centre The Alberta Society of Artists #302 – 1235-26th Avenue SE Calgary,..
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  • Call for Artist/Writer in Residence

    Location: Harrison Hot Springs, BC

    The Kent Harrison Arts Council Artist in Residence Program Visual Artist / Writer in..
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  • Sue J Amon Art Exhibit

    Location: Yarmouth, NS

    There will be an art exhibit of the works of Sue J Amon..
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  • Acrylic Painting Workshop with Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki

    Location: Nakusp, BC

    In this 2-day workshop, we will learn from the award-winning acrylic painter Tatjana..
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  • Artists’ Network Gallery Streetcar Art Exhibition

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Submissions: March 8 – May 31, 2019 Exhibition: June 11 – 27, 2019 We are..
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  • Friends of Bon Echo Art and Sale exhibition

    Location: Cloyne , ON

    Call to Artists With its striking views and varied moods, Mazinaw Lake has drawn..
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  • Acrylic Painting Workshop with Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki In this 2-day workshop, we will learn how to quickly develop rich..
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  • Jun 8 – Intro to Stained Glass Workshop

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    In this workshop attendees will learn how to make a simple sun catcher..
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  • Jun 6 – 27 – Introduction to Acrylics

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    This course is intended for anyone who would like to try acrylic paints..
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  • May 29 – Jun 19 – Core Drawing Skills

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    Master the fundamentals of drawing in this introductory course, which will build your..
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  • May 25 & 26 – Cedar Bark Hat Workshop

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    Join master weaver Jessica Silvey and learn the fundamental techniques of the checker..
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  • International Open Call to all Artists: Painting on the Edge

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    International Open Call to all Artists: Painting on the Edge Painting on the..
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  • The Wilds of Venice: Study Contemporary Art + Creative Entrepreneurship at the European Cultural Academy with the Jealous Curator and The Wild Residen

    Location: Venice,

    Education Opportunity for Artists: the 'Wilds of Venice' Certificate Course in 'Creative Entrepreneurship +..
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  • Summer Solstice Art Festival

    Location: Brainerd, MN

    We are having a Summer Solstice Art Festival June 23rd 10-4. We..
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  • Architectonic

    Location: St. Charles, MO

    The Foundry Art Centre is a Community Art Center with Fine Art galleries..
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  • Mid Main Art Fair

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    The 9th annual MID MAIN ART FAIR will be held on Sunday, June..
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  • Game Studio needs Art Illustrators

    Location: Bridgewater, NS

    We are a fully funded video game studio in Nova Scotia that is..
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  • Anima Mundi

    Location: Venice, Italy,

    CALL FOR ARTISTS: ANIMA MUNDI | VENICE MAY-NOV 2019 ITSLIQUID International Art Festival Deadline: April..
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  • Call to Artists - $40,000 in Awards - The Salt Spring National Art Prize

    Location: Salt Spring Island, BC

    The Salt Spring National Art Prize offering $40,000 in awards, one of Canada’s..
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Paul Jorgensen - Paintings Without Borders

By Robert Amos December 15, 2003

} Paul Jorgensen - Paintings Without Borders This evening, December 4, six downtown Victoria art galleries are staying open late (5-8 pm) for a Gallery Walk. I suggest you start your tour with a look at Paul Jorgensen’s paintings at West End Gallery. Last week I met Paul Jorgensen in the vaults below West End Gallery. He had just delivered 22 of his new 'paintings without borders' for his show which opens tonight (1203 Broad Street, 388-0009, more pictures at www.westendgalleryltd.com, until December 18). Jorgensen has a Mickey Rooney boyishness which belies his 55 years. There’s a charming trace of innocence in his manner. He seems to find it hard to believe that after years of struggle he has been accepted by a prestigious gallery and is popular with a growing public. 'I’ve always painted,' Jorgensen began. 'My dad was a house painter.' As a young artist he progressed from an early passion for paint-by-numbers to the learn-to-paint books of Robert E. Wood. Building model cars, boats and ‘planes trained his hand and eye. Upon graduation from high school, he studied commercial art at the Vancouver School of Art (now Emily Carr Institute). After graduation, 'I worked for a year or so for a magazine,' he went on, 'but I thought, 'I can’t make a living out of this.' With his wife, Nancy, he settled into life in Nanaimo where he ran a tropical plant store, a cafeteria restaurant and worked in a bakery and deli. But he never gave up painting, exhibiting in his studio and wherever else he could. 'Painting has always been the goal, ' this artist concluded. Jorgensen is of the opinion that it was Yellow Point artist Nixie Barton who called Dan and Lana Hudon at the West End Gallery and told them to take a look at his work. The artist admits that at that point his painting was 'all over the place,' in regard to subject, style and size. Of the six paintings which he brought to West End, the Hudons chose three views with a sort of bird’s-eye perspective, a point of view looking down on fields and rooftops. The gallery sold them before the week was out, and called for more. Many paintings in the current show are also seen from above, looking down on Jorgensen’s imaginary townscapes. His quaint buildings are stretched way up vertical, like bean sprouts reaching for the sun. Bulbous hedges (a la Stanley Spencer) and polka-dot meadows fill in the space. Matchbox cars and birdhouses indicate someone is at home, but mostly the people are keeping out of sight. 'I used to work from photographs,' Jorgensen admitted. But he prefers to add and subtract from his subjects at will. 'This way I have so much more freedom to create an eye-catching landscape.' Those sunset skies he favours certainly are eye-catching. 'I want to be dramatic,' the artist insisted, 'without being...'. He paused to consider. Without being what, Paul? 'They’re not profound or thought-provoking,' he continued. 'I want them to be pleasant, yet you can always look around and find new things.' Jorgensen doesn’t aspire to be part of the avant garde, or to break new ground. His goal is to create something which will attract people and make a decorative statement. He says he wants to leave viewers 'pleasantly buzzy'. Not to say the man isn’t extremely creative. His new crop of images includes some very appealing ones which show his toytown world as seen from ground level looking up. Peering up from the pavement we get a looming view of an old car’s grille, a chance to savour the wooden moulding under the eaves of a nearby house, and consider the overarching presence of the trees. These views are unexpected. 'They’re views you never see,' Jorgensen explains, 'unless you fall down or you are in an airplane.' He paints on panels of Masonite, a common pressed wood-fibre board. These panels are beautifully mounted and are undercoated with glossy black acrylic paint. With chalk he lays out his composition and then begins to colour the areas one by one. 'I do them in a paint-by-numbers way,' Jorgensen jokes. The flat shiny surface allows him a great deal of freedom the 'push the paint around', moreso than the toothy weave of canvas. He employs an apparently endless range of paint applications, whether the passages of his paintings be dry-brushed, sprayed on, dripped wet-into-wet or glazed in transparent layers. When I asked him about this, he offered that he 'just let the paint do what it might.' Jorgensen went on to note that he uses a technique of subtraction. As important as putting the paint on is his skill at taking it off with a bit of paper towel. This approach may seem tentative, but it acquires a brilliant finality when sealed beneath an unctuous layer of glossy acrylic varnish. Jorgensen’s confidence is growing fast, and he has allowed himself lots of room to grow. While the toytown elements link this pictures to the nostalgic heart of his audience, these are in fact impressive abstract paintings. The future looks good in The Land of Borderless Painting. ___________________________________________ Copyright © 2003 Robert Amos Robert Amos is an artist and art writer who lives in Victoria, B. C.. He can be contacted by e-mail and you can view his paintings at www.robertamos.com