Jim Stokes

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Jim Stokes is an artist from Grande Prairie, Alberta. He has been painting and showing his work for 23 years in Alberta and across Canada. His many solo exhibitions have been for the most part a large on going series of painterly landscapes.

Fluid and gestural paint handling is played off against a sharp sense of light in the distance. Less known have been a series of interiors, a continuing group of figurative works, and many experimental prints and works on paper. Made with fairly traditional media, paint on canvas and paper as well as distressed wood panels, these works are frankly celebratory. The emotion from a place, a time of day, or some fragment of nature, has a rich resonance. I try to balance this with the influence of abstraction. All over mark making and the material nature of painting are important as well.


Primarily self-taught, influenced by Jack Chambers & Dorothy Knowles.


2014    Alberta Requiem (Gordon Lewis & Jim Stokes), Wallace Galleries, Calgary, AB
2012    Blue Notes & Stormy Weather, Scott Gallery, Edmonton, AB
2012    Journey, Prairie Gallery, Grande Prairie, AB
2008    Scott Gallery, Edmonton, AB
2006    Scott Gallery, Edmonton, AB
2003    Muse Gallery Grande Prairie, AB
2002    Prairie Gallery, Grande Prairie, AB  
2001    La Clarte Dieu, Quebec City, QC
1998    Prairie Gallery, Grande Prairie, AB
1998    Unique Gallery, Grand Prairie, AB
1996    West End Gallery, Edmonton, AB
1996    Prairie Gallery, Grande Prairie, AB
1995    Wallace Galleries, Calgary, AB
1994    Unique Gallery, Grande Prairie, AB
1993    Unique Gallery, Grande Prairie, AB
1992    Wallace Galleries, Calgary, AB
1992    Prairie Gallery, Grande Prairie, AB
1990    Unique Gallery, Grande Prairie, AB
1989    Wallace Galleries, Calgary, AB
1988    Prairie Gallery, Grande Prairie, AB
1987    West End Galleryl, Edmonton, AB
1986     Picture Perfect Gallery, Grande Prairie, AB
1985    Prairie Gallery, Grande Prairie, AB
1981    Prairie Gallery, Grande Prairie, AB                  
1979    Prairie Gallery, Grande Prairie, AB


1996    Group Exhibition, Wallace Galleries, Calgary, AB
1995    Group Exhibition, Unique Gallery, Grande Prairie, AB
1989    "Alberta Drawing", Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, AB
1988    "Prairie Scapes", Petley Jones Gallery, Vancouver, AB
              "The Big Canvas", West End Gallery, Edmonton, AB
1987    Group Exhibition, Wallace Galleries, Calgary, AB
             "Recent Acquisitions", McMullen Gallery, Edmonton, AB
l986     "Parallels & Affinities", Muttart Gallery, Calgary, AB


Alberta Foundation of the Arts                  
Jarvis Engineering
Prairie Gallery                                             
Lion Business Machines
City of Grande Prairie                                    
Stuart Olson
Queen Elizabeth II Hospital                          
Parlee McLaws
W.C. MacKenzie Health Science Centre     
City of Edmonton
Alberta Government Telephones                  
Canadian Utilities
Inter Provincial Pipeline                          
Edmonton Art Gallery
Alberta Energy
Goepel Shields                                             
Westcoast Petroleum
Continental Communication


Jim Stokes

Born: Grande Prairie, AB, 1959
Price range: $950-$5000