Artists Announced for 2022 Artists in Residence Program
The Prince Rupert Community Arts Council and the Cassiar Cannery are excited to announce the 2022 Artists in Residence
Two Canadian artists – Prince Rupert’s Chris Fraser and Vancouver artist Jeff Wilson – will take up residence at Cassiar Cannery in the spring and fall of 2022. During their residencies, the artists will develop new work inspired by the location and the experience, and, should Covid-19 protocols allow, conduct workshops for local artists and residents.
Jeff Wilson grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland and trained as a structural geologist. He worked in mineral exploration around the world, settling in Vancouver in 2004, and took art classes at Emily Carr University, kick-starting a hobby that transitioned to a full-time art practice in 2013. He says “I love producing acrylic paintings with immediately recognizable subjects, in a distinctive in style, defined by a combination of dynamic composition, subject and vibrant colour. In terms of process, I always keep my camera close and typically compile a large photographic record of chance encounters. Such photos are a great foundation to work from, as they are able to capture the particular spontaneity and movement of a specific time and place.
Chris Fraser says “Working with clay has always been a freeing and tactile way of being able to translate a vision of exploring organic structures within the Pacific Northwest”. Chris is a multi-disciplinary, non- binary artist residing in Prince Rupert, BC. Moving from Edmonton to Vancouver, they studied graphic design at BCIT. Chris draws inspiration from the flora and fauna sweeping throughout rain forest floors and everything else that survives and scavenges within it. In future projects, Chris hopes to bring focus towards Northern communities through creating a visual dialogue as to what it is like living in the Pacific Northwest through conceptual interpretations and natural connections, helping translate the intricate ecosystems within their artwork.
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This program is made possible by financial support from the Province of British Columbia and the City of Prince Rupert.