My approach to teaching students is offer a structured class environment, as well as being flexible in my approach in understanding students needs. With an an emphasis on basic practises in, drawing, composition, painting styles and techniques. Students will be encouraged to experiment with images, shapes and forms. Presentations of important artists from variety of artistic styles will be discussed, as well as individual and group critiques. Students will be given the opportunity to share their interests and partake in readings and discussions sessions in an open and inclusive environment.
I am painter who has exhibited in galleries across Canada. I have been a recipient of many awards in both visual art category and theatre as a scenic painter and set designer. I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. with over 25 years of experience teaching students of ages from teens to seniors.
“No amount of skillful invention can replace the essential element of imagination.
More of me comes out when I improvise. The only real influence I've ever had was myself.” Edward Hopper.
Freeing yourself from limitations that curtail thought, and restrict imagination is the most important part of the creative process. To be innovative one must break with convention in order to be free to improvise.
June 17th - June 29th, “Unsettled’, QAF, Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Ctr,
June 21st - June 30th, “Stonewall was a Riot”, QAF, Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Ctr,
July - August 2015, “Trigger Drawing the Line” QAF, Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Ctr, Vancouver BC.
July - Aug 2014 “Regenerations”, QAF, Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Ctr, Vancouver BC
Nov - Dec 2013 “AOM Collective” Havanna Gallery & Restaurant, Vancouver BC
July - Aug 2013 “Transgressions” QAF, Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Ctr, Vancouver BC
April 2012 - June 2013 Arts off Main Gallery, Vancouver BC
July - Aug 2012 “ Random Acts of ., QAF, Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Ctr, Vancouver BC
Sept - Oct 2011, “Connecting the dots” Gallery 560, 560 Seymore, Vancouver BC
November 2010: Eastside Culture Crawl, Portside Studios, Vancouver BC
Aug – Sept 2010: PNE Container Art, “Living in a box”, installation piece, PNE Vancouver BC.
June 2010: Open House, paintings, Portside Studios, Vancouver, BC
November 2009: Eastside Culture Crawl, paintings, the Onion Studio, Vancouver, BC
July 2009: Faerie Tales, Queer Arts Festival, painting, Roundhouse, Vancouver, BC
June – July 2009: Mad Pride, “Avalon Hotel” painting, Gallery Gachet, Vancouver, BC
November 2008 Eastside Culture Crawl, paintings, the Onion Studio, Vancouver, BC
July 2008: Gender Twist, Pride in Art, portrait of David Remier, Roundhouse, Vancouver, BC
June 2008: Vancouver Perspectives in Paint, Yaletown Gallery, “Avalon Hotel” painting, Vancouver, BC
November 2007: Eastside Culture Crawl, paintings, the Onion Studio, Vancouver, BC
November 2006: Eastside Culture Crawl, paintings,the Onion Studio, Vancouver, BC
July 2006: Joy along the Continuum, paintings, Roundhouse, Vancouver, BC
November 2005: Eastside Culture Crawl, paintings, the Onion Studio, Vancouver, BC
November 2004: Eastside Culture Crawl, paintings, the Onion Studio, Vancouver, BC
July 2015 : The Boys Club Network Summer Camp, Templeton Secondary School. Mix media painting. Forty students between the ages 13 to 17 who are enrolled in a painting course where students can express themselves through art. This summer program runs for 4 weeks for 125 hours in total, the program is designed to assist these young men who are at risk, to find greater understanding of the issues confront them. The painting course is part of this program.
Dec 2013 - March 2014: Course; Stagecraft at Templeton Secondary School. Twenty students enrolled in a course that is part of the Theatre Temp program where students learn the art stagecraft for an actual theatrical production titled, “After Juliet”. Students learned a variety of techniques, including the basic elements of set design, scenic painting, and props etc.
Feb 2013 - April 2013: Course; Stagecraft at Templeton Secondary School. Fifteen students enrolled for the production of “THIS”.
July 2012: Course: Painting the urban landscape” Queer Arts Festival, Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre, Vancouver BC. Four students enrolled for 3 sessions , 9 hours in total. Where students begin to work from pleinair sketches taken from street locales located nearby. Students are encouraged to develop their compositions into a painting. Some additional instruction was given after the workshop to those students who asked further instructions.
Responsible for overseeing the arrangement, cataloguing, exhibition, maintenance and installation of the artwork. Instrumental in developing thematic concepts that form the basis for the exhibition theme. Coordinates and facilitates the jury through the selection process. Provided instruction about the artists and their work for gallery docents and interprets the collection of artefacts or works of art in order to inform, educate and inspire the public.Conducts gallery tours for our VIPs during the run of the exhibition
July – August 2012: Queer Arts Festival, “Random Acts of Queerness”. Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Center, Vancouver BC. An exhibition of 31 artists from across Canada, the United States and overseas, in recognition of the 100th birthday of composer, artist and philosopher John Cage
July – August 2011: Queer Arts Festival, “Games People Play” Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Center, Vancouver BC. An exhibition of 29 artists, both local, national and international where artists were asked to queer the idea of game playing.
July – August 2010: Queer Arts Festival, “Queertopia”, Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Center, Vancouver BC. An exhibition of 23 artists, both local and national, where artist were asked to imagine the ultimate Queer community. What would this look like, how does it feel?
November 18 – December 14, 2009, Eastside Culture Crawl, “Crawl Salon”, Chapel Arts Vancouver BC. An exhibition of 30 participant ECC artists.
November 20 – December 1, Eastside Culture Crawl, “Crawl Salon”, Chapel Arts Vancouver BC.
An exhibition of 38 participant ECC artists.
Buster Winter Folly, published July 2014; Author: Kristin Shumacher, Illustrated by Jeffery Austin Gibson
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Film & Theatre:
Set Designer, Scenic Painter,
2016 “You are here”, Theatre Temp, Templeton Secondary School
2015 “Tell tale a Poe-pourri”, Theatre Temp, Templeton Secondary School
2014 “Man up”, Set Designer, Theatre Temp, Templeton Secondary School
2014 “After Juliet”, Set Designer, Theatre Temp, Templeton Secondary School
2013 “ Loudest Silence”, Set designer, Theatre Temp, Templeton Secondary School
2013 “this” Set Designer, Theatre Temp, Templeton Secondary School
1999, “So Weird”, Axium Entertainment Services Canada, scenic painter
1997-98, “Sleepwalkers”, Mandeville Productions BC LTD., puppets, props, masks
Film & Theatre:
2017, “The Domino Effect”, Theatre Temp, Vancouver BC, set designer, production manager
2016, “You are here”, Theatre Temp, Vancouver BC, set designer, production manager
2015, “Tel Tale Poe Pourri”, Theatre Temp, Vancouver BC, set designer, production manager
2014 - 2016 , “Man Up”, Boys Club Productions, Vancouver BC, set designer, stage manager
2013, “The Loudest Silence”, Theatre Temp, Vancouver BC, set designer, production manager
2013, “After Juliet”, Theatre Temp, Vancouver BC, set designer, production manager
2012, “This”, Theatre Temp, Vancouver BC, set designer, production manager
1996,“Copain Copain”, Theatre La Seizienne, Vancouver BC, production manager
1995,“Le Petite Prince”, Theatre La Seizienne, Vancouver BC, construction,
1996, Jessie Award for best Set Design Young Peoples Theatre
1994,“Bremen town players”, Caravan Theatre, Vernon BC, production manager
1994,“Pigasso’s place”, M3D Film Prod. Inc. Kusher-locke Ent. BCTV, Burnaby BC, puppet wrangler
2018, Mahone Bay Printers, Monotype Printing Workshop, Inst: Daniel O’Neil
2017, Lunenburg Art School, Lunenburg NS, Watercolor landscape painting, Inst: Tom Ward
1992, Emily Carr, Vancouver BC, mix media painting
1989, Architecturally Bent Neon and Glass Works, Toronto Ontario,
1980-84, Ontario College of Art, Toronto Ontario, bachelor of fine arts, painting
1978-80, Langara College, Vancouver BC, 2 year fine arts diploma
I have known Jeff for more than 12 yrs, working with him in multiple professional art related capacities, and now consider him a trusted friend. He has many years of experience teaching at a high-school level. Whenever he speaks of his work with youth, it is with enthusiasm and joy - his face lights up. He is a highly skilled artist and dedicated teacher, who is passionate about inspiring others to find their voice through creativity. He is warm, caring and compassionate, and employs a high level of integrity and professionalism in everything he does. I highly recommend Jeffrey as an instructor to be trusted.
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