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Jack Rootman  Bio  ·    Video  ·  

My artistic journey has been driven by the natural curiosity of an observer and by an interest in spiritual values.  As I became committed to artistic expression, I was attracted to landscape and natural still life, particularly of British Columbia but also from my travels.  My media choices started with watercolor then grew to include ink, gouache, gesso, acrylic, oil, pastel and collage.  I am interested in the interplay of light and color in nature, and stylistically attracted to the romantic realist mode.  Experimentation with texture produced by manipulating and mixing media is a major challenge.  Art brings a joyful focus into life, creating a sensitivity to our environment, the color, and textures and psychology of the natural world.  I have a particular fascination with interpreting design, contrast, and texture.  I have also become interested in scale, painting from miniature to mural sizes.

My deliberate journey has been to meld art with my life interest in care giving thus the figure has also become a dominant subject.  Simply stated, if I am to paint from the heart, mankind must be at the core of the narrative.  My principal goal is to represent some of the universals in human behaviour and interaction, with special emphasis on those moments that touch the spirit of humanity.

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Jack Rootman - Morning - click for larger image

22 x 33 Inches 
pastel on paper
"Morning light reveals, the angel next to me.
Lying silent and still, fragile yet strong."
Cal Evans
Jack Rootman - The Edge - click for larger image

The Edge
14 x 28 Inches 
pastel on paper
At the Edge of lines
Jack Rootman - Softly - click for larger image

16 x 27 Inches 
pastel on paper
"Softly the evening came"
Jack Rootman - Setting - click for larger image

18 x 29 Inches 
pastel on paper
The setting sun bathed the hills and valleys
in shades of orange / purple.
Jack Rootman - Green Crest - click for larger image

Green Crest
14 x 28 Inches 
pastel on paper
"The green crest of the hill on which I sit:
And it is summer, glorious, deep-toned summer"
Amy Lowell
Jack Rootman - Dancing - click for larger image

18 x 28 Inches 
pastel on paper
"Dancing across acres of wheat"
Harry Kemp
Jack Rootman - A Map - click for larger image

A Map
14 x 28 Inches 
pastel on paper
A Map of Together
Jack Rootman - Must - click for larger image

14.5 x 29 Inches 
oil on paper
"I must down to the sea again,
for the call of the running tide",
John Masefield
Jack Rootman - Looking Over - click for larger image

Looking Over
30 x 40 Inches 
oil on canvas
Jack Rootman - How Bright is Autumn - click for larger image

How Bright is Autumn
17.5 x 28 Inches 
pastel on paper
Jack Rootman - Tree Gods - click for larger image

Tree Gods
20 x 26 Inches 
pastel on watercolor board
Please email the gallery to view more works by Jack Rootman.

Born in Calgary

Currently Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
University of British Columbia & Vancouver General Hospital    
Professor, Department of Pathology
University of British Columbia & Vancouver General Hospital
Member  Provost’s Committee on University of Art,
University of British Columbia Art Gallery, 1998
        Chairman, 2001-02 and 2005-06
Member, Vancouver Hospital Foundation Art Committee, 1998
Vice-President, Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design Foundation Board, 1996-98
Director, Contemporary Art Gallery of Vancouver, 1989-96

Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design

Courses taken:
1995-6    National Academy of Design, School of Fine Arts, New York, NY
1995-6    The Art Students League of New York, New York, NY
1995    The New York Academy of Art, New York

Solo Exhibitions
2010    Dreamscapes, The Zack Gallery, Vancouver
2006    Sacred Places:  Culture, Colour and Craft, Utterly Art Gallery, Singapore
1997    Paintings and Drawings by Jack Rootman, Greenhill Galleries, Adelaide,
1993    Vancouver: Time & Place, CJ Herman Galleries, Vancouver
1992    Landscape - Loved/Imagined, CJ Herman Galleries, Vancouver
1991    West Coast Textures, CJ Herman Galleries, Vancouver
1990    Textures, Faculty Club, University of British Columbia
1989    Island Images, House of Taylor, Mayne Island

Group Exhibitions
2010    Representations, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver
2010    Artist Council Exhibition, Palm Springs Museum, Palm Springs, CA
2008    Medical Alumni Art Show, The ARTS House, Singapore
2008    Singapore National Eye Centre International Meeting Art Show, SunTek City
               Centre, Singapore
2006    Group Show, UBC Medicine and Dentistry Art Show
2000    HENG Artland Gallery, Singapore
2000    Singapore National Eye Centre, Singapore
1998    From BC Waters, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver
1998    Western Federation of Watercolor Societies Exhibition
1998    Alumni Show - University of British Columbia, Vancouver
1998    Fall Juried Show - Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver
1998    Black & White Theme Show, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, Oct
1998    Art Show - American Academy of Ophthalmology, New Orleans, LA
1998    Quartet,  Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver
1997    Faces & Figures”, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver
1997    Fall Flavours, Federation of Canadian Artists
1996    Student Show , Art Students League of New York, New York, NY
1996    Student Show , National Academy of Design, New York, NY
1994    International Exhibition , Northwest Watercolor Society, Seattle, WA
1993    Small Picture Show, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver
1992    Travelling Show, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver
1992    Summer Show, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver
1992    Winter Show,  Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver
1991    Winter Show, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver
1991    Fiftieth Anniversary Show, Federation of Canadian Artists
1991    Summer Show, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver
1986    Whatcom County Art Show, Washington State
1987    Whatcom County Art Show, Washington State
1988    Images West, VGH Foundation Gallery, Vancouver
1989    Zack Gallery, Vancouver

Awards and Merits
2011    Admitted to the Pastel Society of America
1998    Canadian Who’s Who, directory listing
1998    Lester Jones Anatomy Award - for significant contribution to the understanding
                of orbital anatomy
1998    Golfo Tsakumas Award
1995    Marquis’ International Who’s Who    
1995    Marquis’ Who’s Who in Science
1992    Marquis’ Who’s Who in America

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