Janieta Eyre

About the Artist

Janieta Eyre’s post-secondary studies began with philosophy, a discipline in which she earned a degree from the University of Toronto, in Ontario, in 1988. The following year, she quickly transitioned to the study of magazine journalism at Ryerson Polytechnic University, also in Toronto, before moving on to study photography at the Ontario College of Art and Design.

Given this background, it should come as little surprise that Eyre, who has made photography her  mediumAny material and technique used to produce a work of art (paint, glass, clay, fibre, video, sound, etc.). It may also refer to the liquid with which powdered pigments are mixed to make paint. Note that the plural form of “medium” is “media.”  of choice since the 1990s and exhibits in important galleries worldwide, creates photographs that are haunting - profoundly stirring self-portraits with a keen sense of style, image and fashion. Her training in philosophy prepared her to deal with the nature of mind, while her training in the worlds of magazines and photography paved the way for her elegant use of imaging techniques.

Eyre’s work, which is almost exclusively self-portraiture, makes use of  styleA way of doing something. Use of materials, methods of working, design qualities and choice of subject matter reflect the style of the individual, culture, movement, or time period.  as an indicator of time, place, history and society. Some of her works would be at home in the National Portrait Gallery, others in an issue of Vogue, and still others in a dusty chest or in an attic full of forgotten things. Most commonly, Eyre chooses to replicate herself in her work, raising doubt about the validity of a single, unified “self,” and blurring the distinction between the original and the copy.

Eyre is respected internationally for her photographic work, which has now expanded into film practice. She currently lives and works in Vancouver, British Columbia which is also home to other well-known Canadian photographers/artists such as Jeff Wall and Rodney Graham. Her work has notably been purchased by the Sobey Art Collection, the Canada Council Art Bank, and the collection of Microsoft, in Seattle, Washington.

Canadian Heritage University of Regina Mackenzie Art Gallery Mendel Art Gallery Sask Learning