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Artist's Statement

I began drawing the figure over twenty years ago, to find the bones in the land; recently, in the process of painting the land, I found figures emerging from the canvas.

My search for a visual language to further realize this vision lead me through family photos and the memories of landscapes. I also looked at the works of the Post Impressionist painters and the Fauves, like Matisse. It was then, as I applied layers of paint to the linen canvas, that my imagery began to appear. The figures in these narrative works reach for the light.

In "Irish Loop", a figure appears at the centre of land, sea and sky. " Butterflies" is developed in delicate layers of watercolour on washi paper. For me, it represents the push and pull of constant change.

As I found the light within myself, this mystery became easier to fathom.


2011 Artists and Other Rare Birds, Leonardo Galleries, Toronto

2010 Preview, Leonardo Galleries, Toronto

2008 Push>Back: Oil on linen & Monoprints, Leonardo Galleries, Toronto

Oil Paintings and Woodcut Prints, Gallery 7, Toronto


Jane Burns was born in 1949 in Owen Sound, Ontario. She is a painter/printmaker who now lives and works in Toronto and Owen Sound. Jane completed a fine arts studio degree at University of Toronto. For over twenty years, she has exhibited her works in cities across Canada and the United States.

Beginning with paintings in watercolour completed outdoors on the Bruce Peninsula, she now paints powerful oil canvasses which exhibit her full maturity as an artist. She easily moves from the figurative to the abstract. A colleague, Hugh Mackenzie says of the work, " I love the physicality in the current work. There are areas of colour of such density they almost suck the viewer into the depth and these are juxtaposed with passages whisper thin and lyrical in impact."

Art Critic, Gary M. Dault observes, "an impressionistic authority and painterly joie de vivre".

Jane's work is in many permanent collections such as University of Toronto Art Center, Carleton University Art Gallery, Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation, Albright-Knox Collectors Gallery as well as corporate collections including Saatchi and Saatchi Advertising Inc.


Jane's latest Aves series reflects on a life long interest in birdlife. A tension is built in these powerful multi-layered paintings between earth bound and sky free. Some areas are so densely painted that they almost suck the viewer into the depth and these areas are juxtaposed with passages whisper thin and lyrical in impact.



1991        Bachelor of Arts Degree (Fine Arts Studio), University of Toronto
1970        York University, Year One
1986        Ontario College of Art and Design
1986        Toronto School of Art


University of Toronto Art Centre
University of Toronto Art Collection
Carleton University Art Gallery Collection
Saatchi and Saatchi Advertising Inc.
Gallery Lambton Permanent Collection
Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation of Toronto


Avenue Road Arts School
Harbourfront School by the Water
Royal Ontario Museum (R.O.M) – printmaking (on-going)
Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery
Toronto Board of Education
University of Toronto (Arts Week Demo)


Pouch Cove Foundation
Temagami Old Growth Forest Camp for Earthroots


Waterfront Magazine
The Risks of Rememberance; Ann Elizabeth Carson