Deborah Wachter

Jane Aitken Finalist 2017

Kitchen Party | 12″ x 36″ | Acrylic on canvas “Kitchen Party” is a genre piece which depicts a traditional Canadian social gathering. The image is made twisted or surreal by the employment of modern panoramic technology while speaking to the past through the application of paint on canvas.


Brad Turner

Jane Aitken Finalist 2017

Redundant Vessels (Pair) | 22″ x 16″ x 8″| Handblown glass “Redundant Vessels” are comprised of hand-blown glass pieces that fit and stack together. More than the sum of the parts, these objects begin as an exploration in form, colour and transparency. They go on to reveal an ambiguity that denotes figurative forms, functionality, interior space, and a hint of …


Alison Shields

Jane Aitken Finalist 2017

Studio Conversations: Adam Gunn’s Studio | 22″ x 30″ | Oil on canvas Shields’ recent body of work emerged from a research project that took her across Canada, visiting over 125 artists in their studios. Following that journey, she created paintings of those spaces while re-listening to the interviews with the artists, thus extending that conversation and bringing it back …


Joanna Rogers

Jane Aitken Finalist 2017

In Memorium or The Wake of Progress | 35″ x 19″ x 6″ | Weaving, cotton, cassette tape This piece explores the idea of obsolescence. The panels were handwoven using cassette tape in an old overshot pattern, long out of fashion. The form is based on armour once woven and worn by the Kiribati people of Micronesia. All these things …


Gillian Richards

Jane Aitken Finalist 2017

Melting | 26″ x 32″ | Acrylic on panel This painting is part of an ongoing series that emerged from looking at the façades of houses in my Vancouver neighbourhood. With their unpeopled yards and driveways, I am intrigued by the vague feeling of voyeurism that results from looking at these private spaces from the public space of a sidewalk. …


Dave Parsanishi

Jane Aitken Finalist 2017

WINNER | 3RD PRIZE, PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS – $1,000 About his work, he says, “I find beauty in everyday things and the patina created by age and wear. This could be in a person, a discarded chunk of metal or something washed up on the shore. Not all things are beautiful, but there is beauty in all things. I’m not …


Peter McFarlane

Jane Aitken Finalist 2017

WINNER | 2ND PRIZE, PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS – $2,000 Peter McFarlane has been a professional artist for 25 years and his work is in public and private collections on 3 continents. He relies on obsessively long hours, serendipity and taking risks to uncover his ideas. He works with everyday recycled materials that he manipulates to contour and re-contextualize meaning and …


Mena Martini

Jane Aitken Finalist 2017

Like Mother and Child | 18″ x 24″ | Oil on canvas We are here to live Be brave my child Forgive your pain, the shadows when stark You are the light.


Katherine MacNeill

Jane Aitken Finalist 2017

WINNER | JUROR’S CHOICE AWARD – JUROR, NAOMI POTTER – $2,000 After an intense and time-consuming career as a Certified Management Accountant, I retired with my husband and Siamese cat to our straw-bale home on a small acreage in the South Okanagan. I joined a local art group in 2015, discovered collage as my medium using paper and other recycled …


Lou Lynn

Jane Aitken Finalist 2017

Tracing Wheel | 15″ x 20″ x 7″ | Bronze & glass “Tracing Wheel” is an interpretation of a tool that is used to copy patterns onto fabric. The resulting object takes a serious departure from function; while making an implied reference to a functional implement, it offers only an impractical solution for imagined tasks.