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Lived/Active: Ontario/British Columbia / Canada      Known for: painting, mural, printmaking, photography, teaching

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Jerry  Grey
Untitled – 11” X 15” watercolor on paper, dated 1971. Collection of the MacKenzie Art Gallery.
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Jerry Grey RCA
A painter, muralist, photographer, printmaker and educator, Jerry Grey was born in Vancouver, British Columbia and has lived in Ottawa, Ontario for over forty years (as of 2012). Her works are in the permanent collections of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre (Kingston, Ontario), Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (B.C.), Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), Carleton University Art Gallery (Ottawa), Mackenzie Art Gallery (Regina, Saskatchewan), Ottawa Art Gallery (Ontario), Robert McLaughlin Gallery (Oshawa, Ontario), and the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies (Banff, Alberta). Attached below is some biographical information taken from her website and other sources.
Below from the Jerry Grey website (excerpted and edited):
Jerry Grey studied at the Vancouver School of Art [now Emily Carr University of Art + Design] (1960 – 1963) and the University of Saskatchewan's Emma Lake Artists' Workshop* (1964 – 1966) [where she studied under Jules Olitski, Lawrence Alloway (art critic 1926 – 1990) and Harold Cohen]. Grey has lectured on a variety of topics at the National Gallery of Canada and taught at the Banff School of Fine Arts, the Emily Carr School of Art [now Emily Carr University of Art + Design], the University of Ottawa, the Ottawa School of Art and the Avenue Road Arts School in Toronto.(1) (2)
Working in oils, watercolour, pastels and glass media, Grey often explores themes of nature, politics and history. Much of her work is rooted in issues of public concern. Dualities, a series of paintings reflecting the artist's reaction to the Gulf War, was exhibited at the Carleton University Art Gallery, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, and the new Abdullah Salem Exhibition Hall in Kuwait. Rare Spirits: A Personal Tribute to Vintage Elders, a series of portraits of accomplished older Canadians, opened in Ottawa and then traveled to Vancouver, Toronto and Kelowna before being purchased by the new Portrait Gallery of Canada. Galerie d'art Jean-Claude Bergeron in Ottawa gave the painting series Icons of Beauty a solo exhibition in September 2005. In June 2006, Simon Fraser University featured Grey's painting Lacrimosa: A Requiem for the Planet at its international conference, Water and Cities: Acting on the Vision.

She has been exhibiting nationally since 1963. Her work appears in numerous public and private collections and she has received commissions for several important public art installations, including The Great Canadian Equalizer at Statistics Canada [located at the Jean Talon Building, Tunney's Pasture, Ottawa]; The Tiles of Time at the Ottawa Police Station; and The Sisters of Charity Building Hope, an allegorical installation for the Sisters of Charity (Grey Nuns) [located at the Saint-Vincent Hospital, Ottawa].
The Royal Canadian Academy of Arts* elected Grey to membership in 1984.
Primary source: Jerry Grey website
(1) Grey’s work was included in the exhibition “Emma Lake Workshops, 1955 – 1973” at the MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina (1973). Source: Art Gallery of Ontario Research Library & Archives. – MDS
(2) All artists mentioned in this biography and its footnotes, except those with life-dates after their name, have their own pages in AskART.
Additional sources:
Canadian Heritage Information Network*  (museums)
Rare Spirits project website  (biography)
Council for the Arts in Ottawa (biography)
Archives Canada (source for Jules Olitski, Lawrence Alloway, and Harold Cohen reference)
Art Gallery of Ontario

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Submitted by M.D. Silverbrooke.

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