Jane Turnbull Evans

About the Artist

Jane Turnbull-Evans was born in the small farming community of Milden, Saskatchewan in 1947. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1968, studying with Otto Rogers, Warren Peterson and Reta Cowley.

Turnbull-Evans received her Bachelor of Education (Art Education) from the University of Alberta in Edmonton in 1969, and attended a summer school in  printmakingA print is a shape or mark made from a block or plate or other object that is covered with wet colour (usually ink) and then pressed onto a flat surface, such as paper or textile. Most prints can be produced over and over again by re-inking the printing block or plate. Printmaking can be done in many ways, including using an engraved block or stone, transfer paper, or a film negative. The making of fine prints is generally included in the graphic arts, while the work of artists whose designs are made to satisfy the needs of more commercial clients are included in graphic design. (Artlex.com)  at the University of Saskatchewan in 1975. From 1969 to 1980 she taught art in Saskatoon high schools, including a period as head of Special Education at Sisters of Sion High School.

From 1980 to 1986 Turnbull-Evans worked at the Norman MacKenzie Art Gallery (now the MacKenzie Art Gallery) in Regina and then for twelve years as a visual arts officer and later as a collections keeper with the Saskatchewan Arts Board.

Turnbull-Evans exhibited her work in numerous group shows and several solo exhibitions. In her later work she often used an unusual  techniqueAny method of working with art materials to produce an art object. Often implied is the sense that techniques are carefully studied, exacting, or traditional, but this is not necessarily the case. Examples include basketry, blotting, carving, constructing, découpage, embossing, encaustic, exquisite corpse, firing, folding, hatching, kerning, laminating, marbling, modeling, necking. (artlex.com)   involving the layering of  colourProduced by light of various wavelengths, and when light strikes an object and reflects back to the eyes. Colour is an element of art with three properties: (1) hue or tint, the colour name, e.g., red, yellow, blue, etc.: (2) intensity, the purity and strength of a colour, e.g., bright red or dull red; and (3) value, the lightness or darkness of a colour. When the spectrum is organized as a color wheel, the colours are divided into groups called primary, secondary and intermediate (or tertiary) colours; analogous and complementary, and also as warm and cool colours. Colours can be objectively described as saturated, clear, cool, warm, deep, subdued, grayed, tawny, mat, glossy, monochrome, multicolored, particolored, variegated, or polychromed. Some words used to describe colours are more subjective (subject to personal opinion or taste), such as: exciting, sweet, saccharine, brash, garish, ugly, beautiful, cute, fashionable, pretty, and sublime. Sometimes people speak of colours when they are actually refering to pigments, what they are made of (various natural or synthetic substances), their relative permanence, etc. (Artlex.com)  onto plaster and carving into it. She received several commissions for paintings that appeared in numerous books published in western Canada. Her works are held in several major public and private collections in Saskatchewan.

Turnbull-Evans was also heavily involved with many Saskatchewan cultural organizations, including the Shoestring Gallery (now the AKA Gallery) in Saskatoon, SaskSport (as part of the Cultural Advisory Committee in 1980) and the Saskatchewan Museums Association (as President from 1984 to 1986.)

Jane Turnbull-Evans was killed in a motor vehicle accident on July 18, 1998.


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