Jennifer Annesley is a Canadian artist whose career currently spans 28 years and 73 exhibitions. Her work is collected and exhibited worldwide and receives international recognition through juried exhibitions and fine art publications.
Annesley grew up in Edmonton and attended the University of Alberta graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Art and Design. Her work has been represented by many Canadian Galleries, including Virginia Christopher Fine art in Calgary (1994 - 2009) and Canada House Gallery in Banff (2008 to present) and resides in collections such as the University of Alberta, The Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives, and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. In 2006, she received the highest watercolour award in Canada by the the C.S.P.W.C., the A.J. Casson medal.
Annesley draws inspiration from historic architecture and remote landscapes, and travels extensively to explore the subject matter that is the foundation of her work. Her focus on unusual light creates exceptional drama in her architectural interiors, landscapes and still lifes. Through her precise and unconventional use of watercolour and charcoal, she creates a remarkable sense of light, atmosphere and a seductive balance of elegance and power.
In 1994, Annesley established her annual solo exhibition at Edmonton’s Fairmont Hotel Macdonald, an unparalleled event where the majority of her year’s work is exhibited for one night. It is a cornerstone for her career and continues to provide momentum and exposure for her paintings.
In her Edmonton studio, Annesley produces approximately 40 paintings per year, taking from 10 to 300 hours each. Her paintings are recognized for their realism, dramatic light and atmosphere, and balance of elegance and power, achieved through her unconventional use of watercolour and charcoal.
Jennifer's work is represented exclusively by Canada House Gallery in Banff, Alberta.
In Edmonton, you are welcome to visit Annesley Studio by appointment.
Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour (CSPWC) Elected by jury in May 2000
Canadian Federation of Artists (FCA) Elected by jury in April 2000
Edmonton Arts Council (EAC)
Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton (PACE)
Edmonton Community Foundation’s Communications Committee, 2000 - 2004
2015 Guest Critic for Edmonton Arts Club, Edmonton, AB
2010 Jury Member for Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton
2009 Jury Member for the Callingwood Recreation Center Public Art Project, Edmonton, AB
2009 Guest Critic for St. Albert Painter’s Guild, St Albert, AB
2008 Guest Critic for Edmonton Arts Club, Edmonton, AB
2006 Guest Critic for Edmonton Arts Club, Edmonton, AB
2005 Guest Critic for Edmonton Arts Club, Edmonton, AB
2008 Guest Critic the Allied Arts Council
2006 Guest Critic the Allied Arts Council
2005 Guest Critic the Allied Arts Council
2006 Sole Juror for the Edmonton Arts Club Annual Exhibition, Edmonton City Hall, Edmonton, AB
2006 Juror for Allied Arts Council of Alberta Annual Exhibition
2005-06 Elected to national jury for 2 year term to select new artists for membership in CSPWC
2004 Presented seminar on visual art to students at Victoria School of Performing and Visual Arts