Jesse Garbe

Home: Maple Ridge, British Columbia
Title: Art Dealer and Dog
Media: Oil on canvas / huile sur toile
Dimensions: 121 x 91 cm

The subject of my work is relationships.

On one level it is about perception and finding the formal and structural relationships, through direct observation, between an ear or a shine on a forehead and their corresponding marks on the canvas.

On another level it is about these formal concerns becoming intertwined with subjective meaning
to form content.

My intent with this body of work was to approach the process of painting a portrait as conceptual tool and to utilize its confrontational, suggestive and psychological potential. My work is about perceiving and being perceived, reflecting and being reflected upon.


Present Masters of Fine Arts, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University, Halifax, N.S.
2004 Bachelors of Fine Arts, Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver B.C.
2001 Diploma in Fine Arts, Langara College Fine Art Program, Vancouver B.C.


2007 Interrobang, MFA Group Show (NSCAD)
2005 Recent Paintings (solo exhibit), Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver B.C.
2004 Celebrating 20, Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver B.C., Grad Show, Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design
2003 Under 18, Diane Farris Gallery, Portrayal, Diane Farris Gallery, Sneak Preview, Diane Farris Gallery, What Goes on in Your Mind? Concourse Gallery, Vancouver, Gerhard vs. Richter, Concourse Gallery, Vancouver B.C.


2007 Joseph Beuys Memorial Scholarship, NSCAD University
2006 Entrance Scholarship and Teaching Assistantship, NSCAD University
2003 The Alvin Balkind Memorial Scholarship, (Full Tuition) ECIAD University
2002 Arc Arts Council Grant, Port Moody
2001 Painting Award, Langara College
1999 Full Tuition Award, Frasierside Community Center, New Westminster, B.C., Award for Artistic Excellence, New West Secondary School


Artist’s reflection haunts his portraits of others, Amy O’Brian, Vancouver Sun,
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
North by Northwest, Trevor Hughes, CBC Radio 1, May 16, 2004
Sneak Preview, Queue, The Vancouver Sun, April 24 – May 1, 2003
Under Graduates Attract Gallery Interest, ECIAD News, April, 2003


Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, ON
Simon Fraser University, Burnaby B.C.