James Postill

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James Postill graduated from the University of British Columbia Okanagan in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts.

Since graduating, James has painted private commissions for oil portraits and commissions for interior murals and fine decorative finishing. He found work as a picture framer to subsidize his work as an artist and continued to produce works in oils, inspired by the Okanagan landscape.

His landscape works evolved from still lakes to fast moving rivers and streams, culminating in his rain on windshields series which began in 2010. "As an artist, I am seduced by many factors, visual and otherwise, which contribute to my imagery; the contrast between near space and far space, distinct versus indistinct forms and especially the dysmorphic quality of water on objects. I am endlessly fascinated by the distorted reality seen through a rainy windshield."

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James Postill Description

James has been an art instructor since 2001. He began teaching art classes with the Monashee Arts Council in 2006 and the Vernon Community Arts Centre in 2007, and quit picture framing to concentrate on his career as an artist.

He accepted a commission to paint several exterior wall murals depicting the salmon run from the Monashee Arts Council in 2007, a commission which set him on the path to his true passion of fresco painting.

James studied and perfected the art of fresco under the mentorship of Father Dunstan Massey of Westminster Abbey, Mission, BC. Father Dunstan was then the only known practicing fresco artist in Western Canada, and he passed that mantle on to James when he retired from fresco painting in 2011.

April 2011 - March 2012 Artist in Residence Caetani Cultural Centre, Vernon, BC April 2012 - March 2013 Artist in Residence Caetani Cultural Centre, Vernon, BC May 2013 - June 2013 Artist in Residence Mackie House, Colstream, BC

2010 "Painting On The Edge" FCA International Juried Show, Federation Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2011 "Tryptic" FCA Shatford Centre, Penticton
2012 "Erotic Art Show", Lake Country
2012 "Terroir: Charting Boundaries", Penticton Art Gallery
2013 "Erotic Art Show", Sparkling Hills, Vernon
2013 "Hidden Treasures", Solo Exhibition, Vernon Public Art Gallery
2013 FCA Juried Show, Coat Check Gallery, Vernon, BC

2011 Membership - Federation of Canadian Artists
2011 Award of Excellence - FCA
2012 Best in Show - FCA Classic Painting

In addition to numerous private commisions for interior murals and portrait paintings, James Postill has undertaken a number of public artwork commissions.
2007 Lumby Salmon Run (Monashee Arts Council)
2008 Vernon Jubilee Hospital
2009 Eagles in the City (Rotary)
2011 Caetani Straw Bale Studio (Caetani Cultural Centre Society)
2012 Terracotta Warriers (Rotary)
2013 Fresco mural (Vernon Community Arts Centre

Gallery Representation
2011 Whiterock Gallery, BC
2013 Gibson Fine Art, Calgary, Alberta

Vernon Morning Star, May 2012
Canadian Brushstroke Magazine Article 2012
Vernon Morning Star, September 2013

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