THE BIOGRAPHY OF JAKE VANDENBRINK
The serenity of nature is the underlying theme of this Canadian born artist's work. The art portrays a timeless sense of calm through carefully rendered depictions of the landscape. While looking at Jake's work the viewer is rewarded with a peaceful feeling, and an immediate appreciation for the outdoors.
As a self taught artist, Jake's style has developed over many years, and has evolved from childhood. Early in life he nurtured a close bond with nature and wildlife, and it was this relationship with the natural world that would ultimately become the basis for his artistic endeavors.
Working primarily in acrylics, Jake captures the landscape with striking compositions emphasizing light, balance and color. Among the artist's preferred subjects are the serene lakes, forests, mountains and countryside of both his native Canada and abroad.
Jake has enjoyed a popular following over the years, as his art continues to attract collectors throughout Canada and beyond. He feels honoured to have had collectors throughout the world from places as far away as Japan, Dubai, and Europe, in addition to a growing following in Western Canada and USA. He has over the past 20 years exhibited his work in fine art galleries, which include his native province of Ontario, as well as Alberta, and British Columbia. In 1998 a prominent gallery in Tokyo, Japan hosted an exhibition of Jake's original paintings. All images were of Canadian landscapes, demonstrating that there are no geographical boundaries in terms of people's taste in art.
Residing in Southern Ontario the artist continues to enjoy creating new art, which he hopes he can share, and provide us all with the same appreciation for nature that he feels. In the mean time Jake looks forward to continuing his travels and love for the outdoors which always breathes new life into his creativity as an artist.
1988 - First place in wildlife art competition sponsored by Chrysler Corporation
1990 - Ducks Unlimited Eastern Ontario Sponsor Award
1993 - Ducks Unlimited National Artist
1995 - Ducks Unlimited Canada "Artist of the Year"
1999 - Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, "Artist of the Year"
1989 - "The Facsination of Painting" , Heritage Place, Uxbridge, Ontario (group show)
1989,1990 - Professional Picture Framers Association Show, Toronto, Ontario (trade show)
1991 - Northeastern Wildlife Exhibition, Lansing, Michigan (group show)
1991,1993 - Canadian Heritage Art Company, Kleinburg, Ontario (solo show)
1992-present - Buckhorn Wildlife Art Festival, Buckhorn, Ontario (group show)
1993- Earned Diploma in Commerial and Fine Art, Granton Intstitute, Toronto, Canada
1994 - Canada Fine Art, Port Hope, Ontario (solo show)
1995 - Canada Fine Art, Pickering Ontario (solo show)
1997,2003,2006,2008 - Gallery on the Lake, Buckhorn Ontario (solo shows)
1998 - Mitzukoski Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (solo show)
2001 ,2003 ,2005, 2007, 2011 - Algonquin Park Visitor Centre (solo show)
2006 - Became signature member of "Artists for Conservation" (AFC)
2015 - "Artist In Residence", Banff Spring Hotel, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada