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Main Street Gallery presents The Art of Jacques De Backer with painting by guest artist Alison Watt

Main Street Gallery @ Tofino Sea Kayaking, 320 Main Street, Tofino, BC

July 15 – Aug 15, 2017, daily from 8am to 8pm


New paintings by Cumberland, BC artist Jacques De Jacker showcase this month at Main Street Gallery in Tofino. Also featured will be a selected work by artist Alison Watt from Protection Island, BC.

Jacques De Backer loves simplicity in painting. “I do not pursue a style per se, and the diversity in my work amply reflects this.”

Hailing from Cumberland, BC via Belgium, Central Africa and South Africa, this well travelled artist mostly works in oils and enjoys painting the BC hinterland; including seascapes, farm lands and animals, village lanes and still lifes. “I paint what pleases me,” says De Backer.

Jacques’ early penchant for drawing was encouraged by his father who was also an artist. He began painting in oils at 12 years and later studied commercial art at the Robert Lierman Institute in Bruges, Belgium and via correspondence course from an American art school.

After relocating to Central Africa in 1969 with wife and child, Jacques became very interested in primitive African art and studied with local, contemporary artists. In 1994 he moved to South Africa to become a full time painter and carver enjoying painting in a collective of like minded artists often gathering in improvised ateliers in the backcountry.

De Backer moved to Canada in 2013 and continues to paint, inspired by his natural surroundings and culture within.

Alison Watt is a painter who writes and a writer who paints. Both are equally important to her. “Biologist/naturalist is the lens through which I see the world and the sensibility I bring to both my painting and writing.”

Originally a biologist, Alison began painting plants in her twenties inspired by the long tradition of the naturalist field sketches. Later, working in a botanical garden she was introduced to the botanical portrait. “I love the process of botanical painting, a kind of meditation on the beauty of fine detail.”

Her work includes still lifes, landscapes, portraits