Live Painting at Astral Harvest Festival, July 1 2016. Photo by Jeff Cruz
Live Painting at Astral Harvest Festival, July 1 2016. Photo by Jeff Cruz

I am a self-taught artist with a varied experience in the arts community over the last 35 years. In the 1980s, I worked at a sign and display company in all aspects of the business from display design, fabrication and installation. I worked on large scale installations such as Disney, Expo 86, Edmonton Space Science Centre, Frank Slide Interpretive Centre, John Janzen Nature Centre, Travel Alberta and many more. In the 1990’s, I worked with the Edmonton First Night Festival, the Citadel Theatre Teen & Children’s festivals. I was Marketing Coordinator for the Works Festival & PR manager for Art Evo gallery in City Centre Mall in 1992. In 1991, I formed the Blue Collar Art Company with 2 artist friends and we produced sculptural furniture and specialty store fixtures for 2 years. During this time I also produced & recorded 3 cd’s; designed numerous cd covers and websites; and filmed & edited 2 music videos which aired on MuchMusic.

After moving to Calgary in 1993, I began to focus more on painting while continuing to produce sculptural steel work in conjunction with several glass artists. Our work was sold in 3 or 4 galleries in Calgary. I returned to Edmonton in 1995 and for the last 20 years I have been busy helping run the family business. In 2013, I began painting seriously again with a renewed joy. I also have become an advocate and social media promoter for artists and art.

In, 2015, I was the creator of the Twitter event #artAdventCalendar which encouraged artists to post original art for 25 days in December. Over 20 Edmonton artists participated and the hashtag had over a million impressions. In 2016, 66 artists from around the world participated with over 6 million impressions. In 2017, 200 artists from around the world participated with over 2300 original works of art posted and over 25 million impressions. In 2021, there were 552 participants. 7518 images posted. Almost 80,000 tweets,12,000 contributors and over 200 million impressions.

In 2016, I was the founder of the #artforYMMHelps auctions to raise money for the Red Cross Fort McMurray fire relief. 24 artists from around the world donated 28 pieces of original art and raised over $18,000 for relief efforts.

Awards/Nominations

Membership

  •      Federation of Canada Artists 2020 Member

Long Term Exhibitions

Touring Shows

  • Forward Under Shared Skies (with Dawn Marie Marchand) 
    • Lakeland Credit Union, Bonnyville, AB, 2020
    • Bluehorse Gallery, 2021
    • Smoky Lake Inn, 2022   
  • Convection:
    • Akokiniskway Gallery Rosebud, AB April-May 2018
    • VASA Gallery St. Albert July 2018
    • Udell Xhibitions Edmonton September 2018 (as part of the Turbulent Skies show)

Solo Shows/Exhibitions

  •     Pop Up Art Show:  Oct 7 2015
  •     Gallery at Milner: Alberta: Of Earth and Sky Jan. 2-30, 2016
  •     Alcove Gallery, Jubilee Auditorium: Buffalo Lake Skies Jun 15-Aug.2 2016
  •     The Carrot Arts Coffeehouse: SDO Project June 27-July31 2016
  •     Jake’s Gallery: Sun and Earth September 12 – October 8 2016
  •     Remedy Cafe on 124th street December 1-31 2016
  •     Reset Wellness: Whyte Avenue, Edmonton April 28 – Jul 28

Public Art Installations and Events

  •     Set art for RealTalk with Ryan Jespersen Nov. 2020 – March 2022
  •     “See It Live” Mural – 17×40 ft 121st & 120st at 109ave, Edmonton September, 2015 (permanent)
  •     “In Good Hands” Mural ID Art – City of Ft. Saskatchewan/Shell Scotford, 2015 (permanent)
  •     Live Painting – Gallery At Milner Every Saturday of January 2016
  •     Live Painting & Paint Nights – Lotus Gallery, 2016
  •     Live Painting Showcase Artist , Astral Harvest Festival 2016, 2017
  •     Chalk It Up on 118 Festival Public, Chalk art July 2016, 2017
  •     Paint Night – Stone’s Throw Café, Blairmore, AB July 2016
  •     Kaleido Festival Public Chalk Art, September 2016
  •     Deep Freeze Festival Chalk Art, January 2017, 2019
  •     Beakerhead,  Calgary 2017

Charity

  •   “Winter Solstice at White Sands” March 2015, Rock n’ Robes Gala for YESS.Org
  •   “Sunset on the North Saskatchewan” May 2015, Fire & Ice Gala for ZebraCentre.ca
  •   “Prairie Fire”, #ArtForYMMHelps Ft. McMurray wildfire relief auction
  •    “After the Storm” May 2016, Rock n’ Robes Gala for YESS.Org & FreeFootie
  •    “View From The Pass”, August 2016, Hummingbird Gala, Alberta Diabetes Foundation

Group Shows/Exhibitions

  •     Art from the Unknown, Edmonton October 23-25, 2015
  •     Opening Show – Lotus Gallery, Edmonton, March 15- April 12 2016
  •     Geo-Intuition – Lotus Gallery, Edmonton, April 15-May27 2016
  •     Edmonton Art Walk, July 2016, 2017
  •     Rooted, Devonian Gardens July 2016
  •     124 Street Holiday heART Pop Up Gallery Dec 2016
  •     2017 Night Of Artists St. Albert March 2017
  •    Spruce Grove Art Walk: August 2017
  •    Strathearn Art Walk: September 2016, 2017

Turbulent Skies Project Media

CTV Edmonton: Artist Capturing Alberta Skies on Canvas http://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1188199&binId=1.1203428&playlistPageNum=1

Global Edmonton: A local artist is combining his love of painting with his love of weather.

https://www.facebook.com/GlobalEdmonton/videos/10154672430660927/?hc_ref=ARR7DbWBMA8UFcaWKstj1I7xS2HyY-0mO-VKJl3CYt9rZIVeQJVJWcQ3RHBw0g43zTg

CBC Edmonton: Edmonton painter captures perfect storms on canvas

http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/edmonton/storm-chasing-painting-photography-alberta-edmonton-1.4235582

CBC News Network (National): Storm chasers, painter make incredible storm art  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxtE7_9bnxY

EdmontonAM Radio Interview: Storm Chasers

http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1017401923998/

Sonic 102.9: Meet the Local Artist Turning Alberta Storms into Art

http://www.sonic1029.com/2017/08/06/74149/

General Media

Edmonton Examiner: Edmonton artist Jay Bigam leads YMMHelps auction

http://www.edmontonexaminer.com/2016/05/18/edmonton-artist-jay-bigam-leads-ymmhelps-auction-with-proceeds-going-to-the-red-cross

Vue Magazine: A round-up of the week in news

http://www.vueweekly.com/a-round-up-of-the-week-in-news/

CBC.CA: Edmonton artist starts Twitter #ArtAdventCalendar

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/edmonton-artist-starts-twitter-artadventcalendar-1.3360057

Edmonton Examiner: New musical mural finds a stage in Oliver

http://www.edmontonexaminer.com/2015/10/14/new-musical-mural-finds-a-stage-in-oliver