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James Picard

Picard Studios
International Artist and Art Instructor BFA

Vancouver artist James Picard hardly ever sleeps. Inwardly aware that every minute counts, James works feverishly, seizing all opportunities to create the vivid and vibrant images his mind conjures up and transfers them onto canvas.

In “James Picard: Off the Canvas”, a documentary film about the artist, Picard describes how, as a young boy, he often drew on the backs of cupboard doors or under the sheets by flashlight in order to hide his compulsion for creating. He knew from a young age that art would undoubtedly be the pathway where he would be able to truly express himself. At the age of eighteen, his talents drew him to prestigious art schools such as Sheridan College and the Ontario College of Art where he began formal studies and began to foster the artistic talent he knew he had all along.
Eager to develop even more artistically after completing art school, his talents flourished when he began to associate with artists such as William Ronald, Joyce Weiland and Jack Shadbolt and apprentice for well-known artists such as: Cuban artist Ramon Amor, Canadian sculptor Thaddeus Szpelowitz and the notable Canadian artist Harold Town. It was through his apprenticeships that Picard was able to learn how to convey his messages and visions into any art form.

Picard has since exhibited extensively in over one hundred different art shows throughout North America and Europe and has had the rare privilege of painting live with renowned composer George Blondheim and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. His work, being prized by an ever growing number of collectors, can be seen in both public and private collections across Canada, the United States, London, Paris, Japan, Germany, Spain and Australia. His work has elevated to such a high degree that, his art is now being exhibited next to world renowned art legends such as: Picasso, Matisse, Miro and Warhol.

When James Picard is not painting, he is teaching others how to paint. Whether it is in Vancouver or New York, his talents for teaching painting, drawing and sculpting are recognized and well respected. He has received countless awards and accolades for his work and for his contributions to communities throughout North America and has been commended for his work with both hospitalized and inner city kids and for starting up the first sculpture class in the province of British Columbia for visually impaired students.

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