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James Picard is a Canadian artist, teacher and humanitarian, born January 25, 1964 in Burlington, Ontario. He is known for his diversity in styles and mediums in painting and sculpture; and for being extremely prolific.[1][2]

James Picard
James Picard in his studio, 2006
James Picard in his studio, 2006
James William Pickard[nb 1]

(1964-01-25) 25 January 1964 (age 55)
OccupationPainting, Sculpture

In 1988 Picard moved his young family from Toronto to Vancouver, British Columbia where he raised his two children, Rachael and Simon Picard, while continuing to paint and sculpt. Since 1995, he has taught at numerous post-secondary institutions in the greater Vancouver region. He is recognized for his inspirational teaching.[3] Throughout his adult life, Picard has been active in humanitarian work in his local community and in New York City.



Picard knew from a young age that he would be an artist. As a youth, he taught himself to paint and he read extensively about art and artists. He names Francis Bacon, Pablo Picasso, Rembrandt and Monet as influences. [4] Picard studied at Sheridan College and the Ontario College of Art. He worked with several artists: Cuban watercolourist Ramon Amor, Canadian sculptor Thaddaeus Szpelowitz, Canadian painter Harold Town. Harold Town stated in a written note that Picard's talent "is rare in the art world". [5]

Picard's philosophy is based on following one's own creative urge. He firmly rejects producing art solely for the demands of the market and has spoken out to artists to avoid doing so. His own work defies identification as one style and ranges expressionism through traditional realism.[6][7]

Picard works and teaches in his studio in the Commercial Drive area of Vancouver. He is a master in oils, acrylics, watercolour, and inks. His images are primarily representational and include portraits, figures, landscapes, and classical scenes. His sculptural mediums include clay, metal and wood.

Picard's paintings and sculptures are in private and public collections.


Picard teaches drawing, painting and sculpture in Vancouver at various post-secondary and community locations including Emily Carr University of Art and Design, North Vancouver Neighbourhood House and Picard Studios. He has arranged student shows to give students an opportunity to show their work. He is known for his inspirational teaching that focuses on the creative process. [8][9] In 1998, Picard set up the first sculpture class for visually impaired students in the Vancouver area.[10][11]


  • He has also taught painting to children with cancer at the annual Camp GoodTimes since 2006 [12] summer camp organized by the Canadian Cancer Society
  • In 2015, Picard’s State of the Art show in Vancouver donated a portion of the art sales to a local charity, the CKNW Orphans’ Fund.[13]

Selected Achievements & EventsEdit

  • 2017 - Grand Prize winner "New Media Film Festival" for the documentary The Dark and Wounded. Los Angeles, CA
  • 2008 Lonsdale Quay Gallery - James Picard and Students
  • 2007 (Annually since 2002) International Summer Centre of the Arts, Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 2007 Canadian Artist Series Stamp, Canada Post
  • 2007 Outstanding Instructor Award, 10 Years of Teaching, Vancouver School Board
  • 2006 July / August Blank Canvas Collaboration, Seymor Art Gallery [14]


  • 2005, April CBC TV B|Connected
  • 2004 Live painting with the Edmonton Symphony, Symphonia Masonica Composer George Blondheim [16]


  • 2004 - Ayden Gallery, Vancouver, solo show with over 100 pieces of work


  • 2004, CTV Television interview on the Vicki Gabereau Show, February 11.
  • 2004 Art on Paper Fair, Royal College of Art, London
  • 2003 Invited to Rideau Hall to meet Her Excellency the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson
  • 2003 - Pier 92, New York


  • 2003 Gallery 1529 James Picard Watercolours Solo Exhibit
  • 2002 New York City Art Fair
  • 2002 Off the Canvas - documentary film by Chris Hooper, Trifecta Media shown on Bravo [22]


  • (since 1996) New York School of Art, Drawing/Sculpting, Brooklyn, Sag Harbour, Long Island, NY
  • 1998 Clay Sculpture for the Visually Impaired


  • 1998 Artist in Residence New York School of Art


  • 1998, CTV Television interview, Vicki Gabereau Show, MAY.
  • 1997 Octavia Gallery Vancouver, Solo Exhibit
  • 1996 Top ten finish, New York Artists' Guild Sculpture Competition


  • 1996 Volunteer Vancouver Recognition Award
  • 1994 Top ten finish, Philadelphia Sculpture Competition
  • Artist to Stop AIDS
  • AIDS: A Struggle for Awareness show, proceeds donated to AIDS Vancouver[28]
  • 1987 New York International Art Competition, Outstanding Achievement Award


  1. ^ In 1990, he changed the spelling of his surname to Picard, the original spelling of his French ancestors.

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  1. ^ Deitz (Spring/Summer 1998) "Investor's File" Modern Art Magazine.
  2. ^ Melendez, Jules (Summer, 2007) "The Artist at Work" Art and Artists Magazine, Ottawa, Ontario.
  3. ^ Hoile, Jeff (May/June 2004) "James Picard: Very Much Alive" ArtsAlive Magazine.
  4. ^ Morel, Eva (Spring/Summer 1999) "Spotlight Art" Artist Studio Magazine, New York.
  5. ^ Bennett, Chris (1998), "Names in the News", Writings on the Visual Arts in Canada, Premiere Edition.
  6. ^ Lavin, Nancy (June 1997) "Transforming Energy Exercises in Experiential Reality" Times Educational News.
  7. ^ Cabanne, Maurice (Fall 2003) "Picard: The Mastermind Behind the Brush" Artworld Magazine, Montreal Quebec.
  8. ^ Price, Al (March/April 2001) "Symposium 2001 Builds Excitement in the Arts Community" ArtsAlive Magazine, Volume 7, No.1.
  9. ^ Zimmerman, Kate (Feb 29, 2004) "Artist Gives Back by Teaching" North Shore News.
  10. ^ McLaren, Ross (April 8, 1998) "Sight Takes a Backseat to Feeling" The Vancouver Echo, Vol80, no.52.
  11. ^ Sullivan, Ann (May 20, 1998) "Sculptor Teaches Blind Students Art of Moulding" The Vancouver Echo, Vol89, no.40.
  12. ^ The Bean, Newsletter for Campers, Families and Volunteers, Volume XIX/Issue 4/Summer 2007 accessed June 15, 2010
  13. ^
  14. ^ McPhee, Erin (July 14, 2006) "Multi-media jam session goes public" North Shore News.
  15. ^ Guermos, Nicolas and Horvat, Steve (July/August 2006) "The Blank Canvas Collaboration Project" Arts Alive.
  16. ^
  17. ^ Rankin, Bill (June 11, 2004) "It's No Secret" Edmonton Journal.
  18. ^ CBC News Online with Trevor Hughes, April 1, 2004
  19. ^
  20. ^ CBC News Online with Trevor Hughes, April 1, 2004
  21. ^
  22. ^ Hughes, Trevor (November 2002) CBC Radio Arts Report
  23. ^ Jones, Brenda (January 1999) "Documentary Filmmaker Explores an Artist's Obsession" Vancouver Courier.
  24. ^
  25. ^ McLaren, Ross (April 1998) "Sight Takes Backseat to Feeling", Vancouver Echo.
  26. ^ Bell, Mike (December 1977) "Artist Packs Bags for Three Month Stint in NY", Vancouver Echo.
  27. ^ Bell, Mike (December 1977) "Artist Packs Bags for Three Month Stint in NY", Vancouver Echo.
  28. ^ Mishima, Carrie (August 23, 1989) "AIDS Paintings Disturbing" Vancouver Sun.

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