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Originally from Toronto, Ontario, Gretchen Jeens majored in drawing and painting at the Ontario College of Art and Design, graduating with a BFA in 2009. She draws inspiration from the beauty of nature with a focus on exploring the complexities and experience of women through figurative painting. Working comfortably in oil, acrylic, watercolour, pencil, and pen, she achieves a whimsicality in the application of the chosen medium while delighting in the physical and emotional act of painting itself.

Earning many prestigious awards, her work has appeared in juried shows and group exhibitions including those of:

The Canadian National Exhibition/TWAC earning Critic’s Choice Award 1st Prize

Artworld Fine Art Gallery

Latitude 44 Gallery

John B. Aird Gallery

Buckingham Gallery of Fine Art

Auburn Gallery of Fine Art

The Ontario College of Art and Design

The Women’s Art Association of Canada

Silverbridge Gallery, Bracebridge, Ontario

Deerhurst Lodge, Huntsville, Ontario

The Markham Group of Artists

The Society of Canadian Artists

The Annual Schoolhouse Group of Artists Show and Sale

The Annual Fall Exhibition and Sale at the McMichael Gallery in Kleinburg, Ontario

The Distillery District’s Outdoor Art Exhibition

Barber Art Gallery, Guelph, Ontario

AWOL Gallery in Toronto

The Annual Spring Show and Sale of Muskoka Arts and Crafts

Framemaster, Toronto, Ontario


 Solo exhibitions include:

‘Let’s Face It’  Women’s Art Association of Canada

‘French Pastry’   Buckingham Fine Art Gallery

‘After the Party’   Artworld Fine Art Gallery

‘Solace in Newfoundland’   Auburn Gallery of Fine Art

‘Change of a Dress’   Chapel Gallery, Muskoka, Ontario

‘The Language of Clothing’   OCAD, Toronto, Ontario

‘Femme’   Auburn Gallery of Fine Art, Muskoka, Ontario.

Artist Statement:

“My artwork is an observation of people and is as much about thought and sentiment as it is about shape and form.  With a focus on the emotional identity of women, I strive to present provocative images of hidden meaning.  Using photographs, magazines, and my own life drawings as inspiration, I create a narrative through colour and gesture. Aesthetically, I mix traditional with contemporary, abstraction with realism in my hand drawn and painted figures.  The most ordinary posturing becomes compelling and remarkably valid in the representation of the life experience of women.”

Gretchen is currently represented by:

Artworld Fine Art Gallery, Etobicoke, Ontario

Auburn Gallery of Fine Art, Gravenhurst, Ontario

Buckingham Gallery, Uxbridge, Ontario

FrameMaster Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

Latitude 44 Gallery, Toronto, Ontario


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