Scott Plear

Vancouver, BC

Bio

Born in Vancouver in 1952

Scott Plear is an abstract artist whose work is noted for its risk-taking use of colour, texture, and layering. His work focuses on non-objective imagery, and his practice of painting is concerned with the use of the visual elements as a means of expression. He paints on unstretched canvas, varying the format and process depending on the direction of the painting.

He has exhibited continuously for the past 28 years in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Among his primary influences were his experiences at the Emma Lake Artists’ Workshops through the University of Saskatchewan from 1977 to 2000.

In 2004, Scott Plear was recognized for his contribution to the visual arts in Canada by being awarded membership in the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. He teaches and maintains a studio in Vancouver, British Columbia

‘Painting has been of intense interest to me since a very early age. I have focused on painting, establishing studios that I have maintained over the past 30 years. During this time I have continuously painted and exhibited in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.’

‘My first painting experience was with watercolor. This work led me in a natural way to acrylic paint, which allowed me to play with a wider scale and texture range than watercolor would allow. I have been primarily concerned with; though have not limited my work to, abstract and non-objective imagery. My repertoire includes pictorial expressions principally in watercolor and drawing. My practice of painting focuses on the use of the visual elements (colour, line, texture, surface and form) as a means of expression.  I paint on both unstretched and stretched canvas, varying the format and process depending on the direction of the painting. ‘



Curriculum Vitae

Education Leave awarded for 2013, Langara College

Education Leave, Langara College

2004 Elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts

2001 Education Leave, Langara College

1977 Special University Prize

Head of the Graduating Class in Fine Arts

University of British Columbia

2017 Wild Jungle Songs, SOPA Fine Arts, Kelowna, BC

2016 Within Living Memory, South Main Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2015 Double Blind No Placebo, Bugera Mathison, Edmonton, AB

2014 Colour Bound, SOPA Fine Arts, Kelowna, BC

2013 A Blaze of Glory, Gallery MX, Montreal, PQ

2013 Skins and Hides, Bugera Mathison, Edmonton, AB

2013 Crossing the Line, joint exhibition, SOPA Fine Arts, Kelowna, BC

2012 Course Too Tender, Darrell Bell Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
2011 Core Theory, Agnes Bugera Gallery, Edmonton, Alta
2009 Core Quest, Darrell Bell Gallery, Saskatoon, Sask
2007 Aurora Flow, Petley Jones Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2006 Recent Works, Agnes Bugera Gallery, Edmonton, Alta
2005 Banners & Standards, Petley Jones Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2005 With Flying Colours, Fran Willis Gallery, Victoria, BC
2003 Harbingers, HSBC Bank Atrium, Pendulum Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2003 Full Fathom, Petley Jones Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2001 Spiritus Forma, Grand Forks Art Gallery, Grand Forks, BC
1998 An Uncertain Journey, National Exhibition Centre, Swift Current, Saskatchewan
1997 Sound Bytes, Vanderleelie Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
1994 Ten Painting Years, Grand Forks Art Gallery, Grand Forks, BC
1993 Zambesi Zone, Vanderleelie Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
1990 Scott Plear, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria – Art Rental
1987 Scott Plear – Recent Paintings, exhibition, Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby, BC
1987 travelling to the Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta & Grand Forks Art Gallery, Grand Forks, BC
1985 Scott Plear Paintings, Wade Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1983 Scott Plear, Martin Gerard Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta

2016 Poetica, SOPA Fine Arts, Kelowna, BC

2015 Hip TO Be Square, SOPA Fine Arts, Kelowna, BC

2013 Station Arts Centre, group show, Darrell Bell Gallery, Rosthern, SK

2012 Summer Tributes, Sopa Fine Arts, Kelowna, BC

2011 Paia Contemporary Gallery, Maui, Hawaii

2011 Criss-Cross, Sopa Fine Arts, Kelowna, BC

2010 Celebrating 25 Years, Darrell Bell Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

2010 Color Salute, Sopa Fine Arts, Kelowna, BC

2009 Remote Viewing, Sopa Fine Arts, Kelowna, BC
2008 Visions and Vistas, Petley Jones Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2008 The Body Exposed, Petley Jones Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2004 Abstract Artists: Charles Killam and Scott Plear, Agnes Bugera Gallery, Edmonton, AB
2002 Jerusalem, Jewish Community Centre, Sidney & Gertrude Zack Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1999 Cuillin Bantock/ David Lemon/ Scott Plear, Grand Forks Art Gallery, Grand Forks, BC
1996 Metamorphosis, Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, BC
1995 By Example, exhibition of Langara College Fine Arts Department Faculty Members, Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, BC
1994 My Own Space, The Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, AB

1994 The Abstract Image, Fran Willis North Park Gallery, Victoria, BC
1993 My Own Space, Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, AB

1993 Driven to Abstraction, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC
1992 Bonifacho, Gordon Caruso, Scott Plear, Fran Willis Gallery, Victoria, BC
1991 Jonathan Forrest & Scott Plear, Vik Gallery, Edmonton, AB

1991 Aspects of Abstraction, 291 Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
1988 Emma Lake 1988, Buschlen/Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1986 The Joy of Form, Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby, BC
1984 Keller, Christie, Perehudoff, Plear, The Gallery/art placement inc., Saskatoon, SK
1983 The Current Generation, Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, AB
1983 Dealing with Colour, Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, BC
1982 First Annual B.C. Festival of the Arts, Kamloops, BC
1981 The West Face, Charles Scott Gallery, Emily Carr College, Vancouver, BC
1981 B.C. Currents, Sarnia Art Gallery, Sarnia, ON
1981 Three from Vancouver, Martin Gerard Gallery, Edmonton, AB
1979 Malaspina Printmakers 5th Annual Exhibition, Presentation House, North Vancouver

1977 9th Burnaby Biennial Print Exhibition, Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby BC

2012 Paia Contemporary Gallery, Paia, Hawaii, USA

2011 Paia Contemporary Gallery, Paia, Hawaii, USA (group)

2010 Bounty: A Case of Preposterous Optimism, Morley College Gallery, London, UK
2007 Bounty: A Case of Proposterous Optimism, APT Gallery, London, UK (group)
1996 Harlech Biennale 1996, Harlech, Wales, United Kingdom (group)

1995 Scott Plear – Solo Exhibition, British Columbia House, London, England, U.K.
1993 Mbile International Artists’ Workshop Exhibition, Lusaka, Zambia (group)
1990 North of the Border, Whatcom Museum of History and Art, Bellingham, Washington, USA (group)
1988 Painting Exhibition, Eva Cohn Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, USA (group)

Art Bank, Canada Council, Ottawa, Ontario

Art Gallery of Alberta, (formerly Edmonton Art Gallery), Edmonton, Alta

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, B.C.

Bentall Capital, Calgary Alberta

B.C. Investment Management Corporation, Victoria, B.C.

Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby, B.C.

Campney & Murphy, Vancouver, B.C.

Canpotex Corporation, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Coast Hotels, Vancouver, B.C.

Hu Eliot Young Law Firm, Edmonton. Alberta

Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Surrey, B.C.

Langara College, Vancouver, B.C.

Montrose Mortgage Corporation, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Petroleum Club, Edmonton, Alberta

Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, B.C.

Saint Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver, B.C.

Sharecom Industries, DeWinton, Alberta

SITQ – Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Montreal

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Calgary. Alberta

Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, B.C.

TransAlta Corporation, Calgary, Alberta

Triangle Arts Association (Ltd.), New York, New York

Westburne Collection, Montréal, Quebec

2011 Painting Commission, British Columbia Investment Management, Corporation at Livingston Place, South Tower, Calgary, Alberta

2010 Painting Commission, British Columbia Investment Management, Corporation and SITQ – Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Montreal, at 1075 West Georgia Street, Vancouver BC

 

2007 Painting Commission, British Columbia Investment Management Corporation,
Livingston Place, Calgary, Alberta

1980 Designed chapel windows for Westminster Abbey Benedictine Monastery Church, Mission, B.C., through L. Haufschild and Associates Ltd.

Bingham, Russell, Canadian Contemporary Art – The Current Generation,

Update Magazine, The Edmonton Art Gallery, Vol. 4, No. 4, July/August 1983

 

Bouchard, Gilbert, Feeling, emotion produce joy in vibrant colours,

Preview, Edmonton Journal,      Friday, March 10, 2006, F6

 

Bouchard, Gilbert, Driven to Abstraction by Gallery Walk,

Edmonton Journal, Friday, November 16, 2004

 

Boulet, Roger H., Scott Plear, Recent Paintings, Update Magazine,

The Edmonton Art Gallery, 1987, First Issue

 

Fenton, Terry, Surprises 1981: The Year in Review, Update Magazine,

The Edmonton Art Gallery, Volume III, No. 1, Jan/Feb 1982

 

Hunt, Laurel, The West Face, exhibition catalogue,

Charles H. Scott Gallery, Emily Carr College of Art and Design, 1981

 

Moffett, Kenworth, Moffett’s Artletter,

Volume 1, Number 10, December 1986

2015     Double Blind, No Placebo, Paintings by Scott Plear, ISBN 9780988051041

2013     Skins and Hides, Paintings by Scott Plear, ISBN 9780988051010

2013     A Blaze of Glory, Paintings by Scott Plear, 9780988051034

2012     Course too Tender, Paintings by Scott Plear, 9780988051003

2005     Banners and Standards, Paintings by Scott Plear, ISBN 0973347554

2005     With Flying Colours, Paintings by Scott Plear, ISBN 0973347546

2003     Full Fathom, Paintings by Scott Plear, ISBN 0973347538

2003     Harbingers, Paintings by Scott Plear, ISBN 097334752X

2003     Mythos, Paintings by Scott Plear, ISBN 0973347511

2001     Spiritus Forma, Paintings by Scott Plear, ISBN 0973347503

2015 Gifted Painting, Deep River, library, Kwantlen Polytechnic University Library,

Surrey Campus, Surrey, BC

 

2011 Painting Commission, The Other Sleep Empire, British Columbia Investment                      Management Corporation at Livingston Place, South Tower,

Calgary, Alberta

 

2010 Painting Commission, Thermal Core, British Columbia Investment Management Corporation and SITQ – Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Montreal, at 1075 West Georgia Street, Vancouver BC

 

2009 Gifted Painting, Big Bam Boo, Langara College Library, Vancouver, BC

 

2007 Painting Commission, Alberta Aurora, British Columbia Investment Management Corporation, at Livingston Place, West Tower

Calgary, Alberta

 

1980 Designed chapel windows for Westminster Abbey Benedictine Monastery Church, Mission, B.C., through L. Haufschild and Associates Ltd

2000 Saskatchewan Invitational Artists’ Workshop, Emma Lake, Saskatchewan
1993 First Mbile International Artists’ Workshop, Siavonga, Zambia

1986 – 2013 Faculty Member, Fine Arts Department, Langara College, Vancouver, B.C.
1994 – 2001 Division Chair, Creative Arts Division, Langara College, Vancouver, B.C.
1992 – 1994 Department Chair, Fine Arts Department, Langara College, Vancouver, B.C.
1983 Assistant Professor, Extra Sessional Studies, Spring Session University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta
1978 & 1979 Visiting Member, Summer Session, Extra Sessional Studies, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C.

The Brutal Heart, A Joanne Kilbourn Mystery, Gail Bowen,

McClelland & Stewart, Toronto, 2008

 

Canadian Who’s Who, University of Toronto Press,

Toronto, Ontario, 2009 Edition

 

Who’s Who in American Art, Marquis Who’s Who,

New Providence, New Jersey, 28th Edition

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