Being an artist in northern Ontario. The greatest influence, from living in northern Ontario, stems from its unique landscapes, especially the areas from the French River westward to Blind River. Its peace and solitude blends with my inner soul which results in an unending artist’s journey.
Ivan Wheale’s paintings are strong studies in realism, capturing the atmosphere, texture and nature of the landscape. His landscapes are in watercolours and oils.
Ivan was born in Sunderland, England in 1934 and settled in Canada in 1957. He moved to Manitoulin Island in 1975 where he now lives and works. Ivan is a self-taught artist whose work hangs in
numerous public and corporate collections including the Queen’s Collection, Windsor Castle, the Government of Ontario, the Provincial Buildings, Ottawa, and the Lieutenant Governor’s, Queen’s
Park, Toronto. He is the recipient of many awards including an Honorary Degree from Laurentian University, the Rotary International Paul Harris Award and the Canada Council. He was listed in the
American Artists Survey of Leading Contemporaries in 1989. He has held over 94 solo exhibitions including three touring exhibitions circulating Ontario, and a fifty-year retrospective at the
Centennial Museum, Sheguiandah. He has also contributed to over 65 group exhibitions. Ivan’s writing includes The Artist’s Conception, Manitoulin Expositor, 1985, and a five-year
weekly television programme in Sudbury. He is a past member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour and the Society of Canadian Artists. He was an art instructor at Haliburton School
of Fine Arts, Elliot Lake School of Fine Arts, Cambrian College, Georgian College, the Ontario Arts Council and Laurentian University. Ivan Wheale has been a featured artist at Perivale Gallery
Some of Ivan's other achievments include:
-A fifty year retrospective at Sheguindah
-An Artist Journey at The Art Gallery of Sudbury (2009)
-Founding member of the Grimsby Public Art Gallery and The La Cloche Art Show Willisville
-Guest lecturer- The Ontario College of Art and the Toronto School of Fine Art
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