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About John Ogilvy


John Ogilvy

My art deals with landscape and our civilization’s impact on it. I realize that our subtle impacts on the land can arguably be more aesthetically interesting than the raw wilderness that preceded them. In my paintings I like to include things that I know exist in the landscape, which usually are considered unsightly in a work of art. When looking at a scene, one tends to overlook these objects. By bringing attention to them in my work, I offer the viewer, in some ways, a more realistic view of a typical scene.

The paintings are often of no specific place, but rather are synthesized from many experiences and memories. I travel a fair amount, often internationally, accumulating these ideas before painting them in my studio on Gabriola Island, B.C. Canada or in Lima, Peru. I do not foresee any sudden thematic changes in my work, but rather a continuation of the artistic progression I've been making for more than thirty years.

John Ogilvy was born December 11, 1961 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.


Graduated from F. H. Collins Secondary High School, Whitehorse, Yukon

1980 – 1981
Studied at University of Victoria, Major in Music, Victoria, British Columbia

1982 – 1985
Graduated from Red Deer College, Diploma in Fine Arts, Red Deer, Alberta

1985 – 1988
Graduated from Emily Carr College of Art and Design (Honours), Diploma in Fine Arts with Painting Major, Vancouver, British Columbia


1988 $8,000. – Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, Montreal, Quebec


“Songs of the Wild” Beautiful British Columbia Book, 1982


Formerly showing at:

2014 - 2016: Bezanson Art Consulting, Vancouver, B.C.
2014 - 2016: Artworks Gallery, Gabriola, B.C.
2009 - 2014: Ian Tan Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
2001 - 2008: Artworks Gallery, Gabriola Island, B.C.
1998 - 2008: Bezanson Art Consulting, Vancouver, B.C.


2014: Solo Exhibition at Artworks Gallery, Gabriola Island, B.C.
2012: Solo Exhibition at Ian Tan Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
2010: Solo Exhibition at Ian Tan Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
2005: Solo Exhibition at Art Works Gallery, Gabriola Island, B.C.
2002: Solo Exhibition at Art Works Gallery, Gabriola Island, B.C.
2000: Solo Exhibition at Malaspina College Public Gallery, Nanaimo, B.C.
1998: Solo Exhibition at Acme Fine Art, San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
1996: Solo Exhibition at Yukon Arts Centre Public Gallery, Whitehorse, Yukon
1992: Solo Exhibition at Heritage Gallery, Whitehorse, Yukon
1989: Solo Exhibition at Woltjen / Udell Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
1988: Group Show at Woltjen / Udell Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
1988: "Images and Objects" Group Juried Exhibition, Vancouver and Kimberly, B.C.
1988: Emily Carr College Graduation Student Art Show, Vancouver, B.C.
1987 - 1988: "Artists in the Square" Group Juried Exhibition, Vancouver, B.C.


John now also has a studio in Lima, Peru since December 2008.

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