Meet the artist
I have dedicated my life to being an artist.
Vancouver, British Columbia has been my home since I was born. There I studied art at Emily Carr College of Art and Design, and graduated in 1988.
My love of Vancouver and life on the west coast inspires me. Images flow in whimsy – sweeping brush strokes, fearless colour choices, and intrinsic detail. My medium is acrylic paint on canvas, stylized and potent, in jewel-toned expression. I endeavor to give my subjects their own voice through organic shape and mild deconstruction, evoking this ever evolving part of the world.
My passion for painting drives me. Each piece is a puzzle, and as the work flows through me, the complex equation unravels.
I have been fortunate enough to exhibit my work in many wonderful places including Seattle, Hong Kong, Miami, New York and San Francisco, and I've had more than 100 self-produced exhibitions in Vancouver.
Travel has been a great influence in my work, and I have participated in Artist Residencies in Paris, Hong Kong, and New York City. Corporate collections include Robert Mondavi Winery, Intrawest, Earl's, Sugoi, Skate Canada, Kiwanis, Umberto, The Canadian Fund, AIDS Vancouver, The Robson Street Banners, Vancouver Children's Hospital and the Surrey Memorial Children's Health Centre.
Extensive local and national media exposure includes television interviews by Vicki Gabereau, Fanny Keefer and Urban Rush, and radio interviews with Shelagh Rogers on CBC Radio, and John McMullen on Sirius. Feature articles about my work have appeared in The National Post "The One To Watch", Good Life Connoisseur, The Globe and Mail, and Vancouver Lifestyles.
I operate my own gallery at the Main Space Building near downtown Vancouver. A new collection of my work is shown here each year in the spring, and current and past exhibits are available for viewing on my web site. A hard cover book is produced in conjunction with each collection.
Please feel free to contact me for commissions, consultations, interviews and private viewings by appointment.
CELEBRATED VANCOUVER ARTIST JOHN FERRIE HAS EARNED INTERNATIONAL ATTENTION FOR HIS VIBRANTLY EXPRESSIVE LANDSCAPES, FLORALS AND FIGURATIVE WORK. BORN AND RAISED IN VANCOUVER IN THE ARCHITECTURALLY SIGNIFICANT SHAUGHNESSY NEIGHBOURHOOD, FERRIE HAS MADE HIS NATIVE CITY THE THRIVING, SWOONING HEART OF HIS WORK. AS A FREEWHEELING KID WITH A BIKE AND A CURIOUS TASTE FOR ADVENTURE, FERRIE CAME TO INTIMATELY APPRECIATE VANCOUVER’S HISTORY AND EVOLVING IDENTITY FROM A YOUNG AGE. ART WAS ALWAYS CENTRAL TO HIS CHARACTER. AFTER MOVING WITH HIS FAMILY TO CALGARY - A DECADE LONG HIATUS THAT LEFT HIM LONGING FOR THE FREEDOM OF THE WEST COAST - FERRIE UNDERTOOK A FOUNDATION YEAR OF ART STUDIES AT THE ALBERTA COLLEGE OF ART BEFORE BEING ACCEPTED INTO VANCOUVER’S PRESTIGIOUS EMILY CARR UNIVERSITY FOR A FULL 4 YEAR PROGRAMME. HIS RETURN TO THE CITY COINCIDED WITH ITS FLOWERING INTO A CONTEMPORARY CULTURAL HUB. BY HIS SECOND YEAR OF ART SCHOOL, FERRIE WAS ALREADY PRODUCING EXHIBITIONS BEGINNING A CREATIVE JOURNEY THAT NOW INCLUDES OVER 100 SOLO SHOWS, FREQUENT TV AND RADIO INTERVIEWS AND PROMINENT CULTURAL AND HUMANITARIAN AWARDS.
THROUGH HIS ART, FERRIE ACTS AS AN ARCHIVIST AND STORYTELLER AS HE SEEKS TO FIND THE ARCHITECTURAL GEMS AND VIVID MOMENTS THAT DEFINE THE CITY IN HIS EYES. HIS CANVASES HAVE THE CHROMATIC BRAVADO OF A FAUVIST SCENE COUPLED WITH A PURPOSEFULLY EXAGGERATED STYLE THAT IS REMINISCENT OF KEITH HARING AND DAVID HOCKNEY. FERRIE’S LINES ARE CURVY, KINETIC, SINUOUS BUT NEVER STRAIGHT. HIS CANDY-BRIGHT COLOURS RADIATE AN ALLURING SENSUALITY. ALONG WITH HIS DRAMATIC LANDSCAPES, FERRIE HAS EARNED RECOGNITION FOR HIS ONGOING SERIES OF VIVID FLORAL WORKS - WILD, UNDULATING BLOOMS THAT EVIDENCE HIS INTEREST IN CLASSICAL FRENCH STILL LIFE’S. AND HIS FIGURATIVE PIECES REPRESENT A QUEER PARADE OF COLOURFUL CHARACTERS AND EXAGGERATED PERSONALITIES.
BUT IT’S THE RHYTHMS AND GRANDEUR OF VANCOUVER THAT CONTINUE TO SPARK FERRIE’S ATTENTION. IN HIS EXPRESSIVELY LYRICAL STYLE, FERRIE TRANSFORMS THE CITY’S VAST PANORAMAS, JUMBLED PERSPECTIVES, ARCHITECTURAL GEMS AND INTIMATE CORNERS WITH A PAGEANTRY OF JEWEL-TONED COLOURS. HIS PAINTINGS APPEAR BOTH MAGISTERIAL AND MARVELLOUS. THE CITY AS DREAMSCAPE . FOR OVER 30 YEARS, FERRIE HAS MADE HIS ART AS IF A THEATRICAL ILLUSIONIST SPINNING OUT VIVIDLY CREATIVE VISUAL STORIES THE WAY HE SEES VANCOUVER AND THE WORLD AROUND HIM. FILLED WITH WIT AND CHARM, FERRIE’S WORK DAZZLES THE SENSES.
JOHN FERRIE LIVES IN VANCOUVER AND PAINTS IN HIS PRIVATE STUDIO FILLED WITH HIS COLLECTIONS OF CONTEMPORARY ART PIECES. FERRIE HAS BEEN SELECTED FOR KEY ARTIST RESIDENCIES IN PARIS, NEW YORK AND HONG KONG AS WELL AS AT RIDEAU HALL IN OTTAWA. A POPULAR FIGURE IN THE VANCOUVER ARTS COMMUNITY, FERRIE HAS ALSO EXHIBITED IN SAN FRANCISCO, MIAMI AND SEATTLE. IN 2016, JOHN WAS HONOURED TO BE AWARDED THE TD PRIDE LEGACY AWARD RECOGNIZING HIS LONG AND CONTINUING COMMITMENT TO THE LGBT2Q COMMUNITY. WHEN NOT IN HIS STUDIO, JOHN CAN BE FOUND ON HIS BIKE SOMEWHERE OUT IN THE CITY LOOKING FOR HIS NEXT COMPOSITION WITH VANCOUVER SPARKLING IN THE DISTANCE.
@BARRY DUMKA 2017