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 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

 

Long Term Exhibitions

 

Touring Shows

  •     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

  •     “See It Live” Mural – 17×40 ft 121st & 120st at 109ave, Edmonton September, 2015
  •     “In Good Hands” Mural Identification Art – City of Ft. Saskatchewan/Shell Scotford, 2015
  •     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
  •     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