Jessie Dunlop is a Canadian watercolour artist, with a background in museums. Dunlop’s work has been described as “magical and haunting”. It is peopled by characters and strange creatures, drawn from her imagination. Originally from England, she now calls the Okanagan Valley (Canada) home. She is inspired by vintage photographs, myths and memory.

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EXPERIENCE

Tumbleweed Gallery, Penticton — Artist Collective

June 2015 – Jan 2020

Artist run gallery, with 7 member artists. Hold 2 openings per year, with promotion of gallery via website and social media. Artist interviews, and show posters also.

ArtWalk, Penticton — Event Organiser

November 2017- March 2020 (Covid19)

Coordinated with 19 local galleries to host an art walk event. Worked in Tandem with the Penticton and District Arts Council. Created initial map, promoted online and with posters. At least 600 attendees.

ArtHouse, Penticton Member Artist

February 2014 – February 2018

Member artist at coworking space. Hosted an art lesson, and helped with organising “Works on Paper” show (2015). Looked after social media and website.

EDUCATION

University College London, UK — Archaeology (BSc)

1st Class with Honours

September 2008 – June 2011

World class Archaeology institute in the heart of London. Focussed on the Palaeolithic (including Neanderthals). Practical excavations in Spain and England. Undertook Internship at the British Museum.

Yeovil College, Somerset, UK

Foundation Diploma Art and Design – Distinction

September 2006 – June 2007

One year foundation, with instruction in Life Drawing. Focussed on watercolour, printing and etching.

Projects

Art Prompt — January 2016 to January 2018

Weekly prompt on social media. Created graphics and ran project for 2 years (104 individual posts).

Miniature Mural at Penticton Art Gallery— May 2018

One day painting on large wooden panel. Event was to promote the first Arts Rising Festival.

Live Painting — SOWINS Fundraiser, Earls – June 2017

Miniature watercolour paintings for auction during the event.

Live Painting—Penticton Art Gallery Fundraiser – August 2018

Canvas Painting to music, while guests mingled and watched. Auction after for artwork.

Selected Group Shows

Echo –  Tumbleweed Collective Show – Nov 2019
Blossom –  Tumbleweed Collective Show – June 2019
PSTCRD II- St. Germain Gallery – Group Show – Dec 2018
Gathering –
 Tumbleweed Collective Show – Nov 2018
Tall Tales –
 Tumbleweed Collective Show – June 2018
Wild-  Tumbleweed Collective Show – Nov 2017
Heads Up –  Tumbleweed Collective Show – June 2017
Drawn – Kelowna Art Gallery – Members Show – Dec 2016
PSTCRD – St. Germain Gallery – Group Show – Nov 2016
Crossing Lines – Tumbleweed Collective Show-  Nov 2016
Motive –  Tumbleweed Collective Show – June 2016
Portraits of Imaginary Friends – St. Germain Gallery – Group Show – April 2016
Eight VS 200 –
St. Germain Gallery – Group Show – Nov 2015
Traction –  Tumbleweed Collective Show – Nov 2015
Works on Paper – Art House Penticton -Collective Show – June 2015