Jack Bishop

Jack Bishop, for Alex, Acrylic and Oil on Canvas, 48x36, Newzones, Calgary, Canada

“For Alex”, 2024, Oil +AC on Canvas, 48×36 in.

Highlighting a shift in subject matter and conceptual exploration, Bishop’s newest body of work, you didn’t have to do that but thankyou focuses on flowers and their associated symbolism. Continuing his material exploration of paint and colour theory, florescent and iridescent paints have become signature of his work, while also seeing the introduction of thick impasto on the canvas.

Speaking on the new body of work, Bishop explains:

“Flowers are probably considered by most a clichéd subject matter in that they are bright and cheery or simply a form of colourful decoration, but I have also been thinking of the symbolism they can convey. The way we have flowers for different occasions: for celebrations, to express love or sorrow, sympathy and for recovery. After having a rough 2023 I started making flower vase paintings as a distraction for myself while mourning, and after a period of time working on them I started to consider them as a form of art therapy for myself, using the subject matter to convey a personal message, almost like a Hallmark card. I began titling the works after common generic phrases of condolences and well wishes as a way of helping me express and work through my own grief, and over time and reflection, have come to think of them as motifs representing a sense of comfort, support, gratitude and healing.”

Jack Bishop was born in Saint John, New Brunswick and currently lives and works in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from NSCAD University in 2007. He is a three time recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts Creation Grant, including most recently in 2021, which supported his body of work Road Trip Playlist. He has exhibited nationally across Canada and his work can be found in private collections world-wide.

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Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canadian contemporary painter Jack Bishop received his BFA from NSCAD University in 2007. He is the three time recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts Creation Grant, and his work has been exhibited throughout North America. His work can be found in private collections world-wide. Bishop’s work can be found in the collections of: Canada Council Art Bank (Ottawa), Department of Foreign Affairs Canada (Ottawa), Nova Scotia Art Bank, Fidelity Investments (Boston), the Colart Collection, and Beaverbrook Art Gallery, to name a few.

you didn’t have to do that but thankyou:

Highlighting a shift in subject matter and conceptual exploration, Bishop’s newest body of work focuses on flowers and their associated symbolism. Although the exhibition features a change in subject, Bishop continues his material exploration of florescent colours and iridescent paints which have become signature of his work, while also seeing the introduction of thick impasto to the canvas.

Speaking on the new body of work, Bishop explains:

Flowers are probably considered by most a clichéd subject matter in that they are bright and cheery or simply a form of colourful decoration, but I have also been thinking of the symbolism they can convey, the way we have flowers for different occasions, for celebrations, to express love or sorrow, sympathy and for recovery. After having a rough 2023 I started making flower vase paintings as a distraction for myself while mourning, and after a period of time working on them I started to consider them as a form of art therapy for myself, using the subject matter to convey a personal message, almost like a Hallmark card. I began titling the works after common generic phrases of condolences and well wishes as a way of helping me express and work through my own grief, and over time and reflection have come to think of them as motifs representing a sense of comfort, support, gratitude and healing.

Road Trip Playlist:

Featured the recurrent subject matter of driving, this body of work  become autobiographical for Bishop. They are – in a sense – family portraits of Bishop, his wife, and their dog in the car, and are repeated motifs of what matters most to Bishop. Inspired by years of regularly travelling the highway back and forth between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, the openness of the highway and it’s segments of scabby foliage has become the mise-en-scene for these works. Bishop states “I have always like the idea of a painting not being defined by a specific place, in the way it could be ‘anywhere’.”

Additional inspiration for this series is taken from Bishop’s love of music. Artworks are titled using appropriated song lyrics, creating a pop culture reference which frames the paintings into a conceptual narrative: giving a level of atmosphere to the work and inclusivity to the viewer. Speaking on this Bishop explains “I like to think about the paintings like tracks of music from a personal playlist you would listen to while coasting down the highway on the road trip”.

The introspective subject matter of Bishop’s artwork is met with materially based explorations of paint and colour theory. Using florescent and iridescent paint, the surface becomes activated, where colour becomes transcendent, carving light and space into abstraction.

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