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Josy Britton


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Biography

Josy is a Canadian artist, Past President and Honorary Member of the Society of Canadian Artists, elected member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, and the Ontario Society of Artists, who lives in an oak savannah forest adjacent to the Pinery Provincial Park with husband Gord.  Josy sees the potential of “Heaven on Earth” in nature everyday and especially while camping and canoe tripping and expresses this desire in her art. Josy graduated with an Honours BA in Fine Arts from the University of Waterloo in 1979. Her paintings have hung in over 90 juried and group shows in regional and commercial galleries in Southwestern Ontario and in 16 solo exhibitions.  (Full listing available upon request)  Josy is inspired by circular time, which constantly reveals miracles in nature, and is compelled to paint and share her eyes’ interpretation with others.  She often paints a close up point of view, breaking the painting into jewels of colour in a mosaic technique originally inspired by her love of Impressionism.  Josy’s latest series is encaustic paintings of water lilies.  The scale increased to 7ft by 4 ft paintings after seeing Monet’s water lilies at the Moma.  After a visit to the Muir Woods near San Francisco, Josy returned to her Look Way Up Series with large encaustics. When you understand Josy’s paintings it will change the way you see when you walk through the woods.

Awards

2019 Best New Exhibitor Award – ArtExpo New York Pier 90, New York, NY, USA
2019 Spotlight Program Award – ArtExpo NewYork Pier 90, New York, NY, USA
2018 Antoinette Stevens Best in Show- SCA Juried Members Gainsborough Gallery, Calgary, AB
2016 DeSerres Award – Water Reflections CSPWC Juried Exhibition Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery, TO, ON
2014 Award of Merit – SCA Members Exhibition Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery, TO, ON
2013 Mayor’s Choice Purchase Award- Paint Ontario Lambton Heritage Museum, Grand Bend, ON
2012 Larry & Patricia Gibson Award of Merit – SCA Elected Members Halifax Club, Halifax, NS
2012 Award of Merit- 44Th SCA Open National Juried Exhibition Todmorden Mills Papermill Gallery, Toronto, ON
2011 Curry’s Art Store Winsor & Newton Product Award
Open Water 86th CSPWC Annual Juried Exhibition John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, ON
2011 Finalist – Art Prize Challenge No. 61 Landscapes International Artist Magazine, Feb./ Mar.
2010 A.J. Casson Award
Open Water 85th CSPWC Annual Juried Exhibition John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, ON
2010 Best in Show – Paint Ontario Lambton Heritage Museum, Grand Bend, ON
2009 Award of Merit – SCA Integration The Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, ON
2009 Honourable Mention – Paint OntarioLambton Heritage Museum, Grand Bend, ON
2007 Purchase Award – Paint Ontario Lambton Heritage Museum, Grand Bend, ON
2006 2nd Place Painting- Paint Ontario Lambton Heritage Museum, Grand Bend, ON
2005 Wittenhauer Award-
Open Water 80th CSPWC Annual Juried Exhibition John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, ON
2005 1st Place Landscape Category Watercolor Magic Magazine, Aug. 2005,
2005 Water Media Showcase Volume 13 F+W Publications
2004 Honourable Mention- Paint the Huron Shores Lambton Heritage Museum, Grand Bend, ON
2003 1st Place Watercolours – 36th Annual
Eastern Michigan International Art Exhibition Port Huron Museum, Port Huron, MI, USA
2002 2nd Place Painting- Paint the Huron Shores Lambton Heritage Museum, Grand Bend, ON
2001 Public Choice Award- Paint the Huron Shores Lambton Heritage Museum, Grand Bend, ON
2000 Juror’s Best in Show- Paint the Huron Shores Lambton Heritage Museum, Grand Bend, ON
1999 Award of Merit – 33rd Annual Port Huron Museum, Port Huron, MI, USA
Eastern Michigan International Art Exhibition
1998 Honourable Mention- Paint the Huron Shores Lambton Heritage Museum, Grand Bend, ON
1984 Honourable Mention- 16th Annual Juried Exhibition Burlington Cultural Centre, Burlington, ON
1981 Public Choice Award
Escarpment Group of Painters in Watercolours Burlington Cultural Centre, Burlington, ON
Honourable Mention- 13th Annual Juried Exhibition Burlington Cultural Centre, Burlington, ON
1980 Public Choice Award-
Escarpment Group of Painters in Watercolours Burlington Cultural Centre, Burlington, ON
Honourable Mention- 12th Annual Juried Exhibition Burlington Cultural Centre, Burlington, ON

Professional Activities

PUBLICATIONS
2012 Watercolor Artist Magazine October- Feature Article “The Surface of Light”
2012 Watercolor Artist Magazine February – The Year’ Best Paintings
2012 Eyes on: Landscape Edited by Joe Guimera
2011 International Artist Magazine February/March issue 77, Finalist Challenge 61
2010 Best of Worldwide Watermedia Artists Volume 1, Featuring Artists A-J; Kennedy Publishing
2010 Lifestyle Magazine July/August , A Grand Experience is just ‘Round the Bend
2009 Best of Worldwide Watermedia Artists Volume 1
2005 Watercolor Magic Magazine August- “2005 Water Media Showcase” 1st place in Landscape
2005 How did you paint that?
100 ways to paint FAVOURITE SUBJECTS Volume1, published by International Artist
2004 International Artist October/November issue 39Feature Article – “White Light”
2004 The University of Waterloo Magazine Fall – Picture of Heaven Bound, the Homecoming Alumni Art Exhibition
2001 International Artist Oct/Nov. issue 21 “Master Painters of the World, Canada Showcase”

Group Exhibitions

INTERNATIONAL

2019 Art Expo New York Pier 90, New York, NY, USA

REGIONAL EXHIBITIONS

2013 Fluid Explorations Judith @ Norman Alix Art Gallery, Sarnia, ON
2013 Inventive Women: -Re-interpreting the Canadian Landscape Woodstock Art Gallery, Woodstock, ON

Collections

February Presented to Stratford Central High School in 1979, in Celebration of their Centennial
Aflame Suncoast Consultants Purchase Award, Grand Bend, ON, March 2007
Morning Cathedral Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolours Permanent Collection, 2008
9 paintings Patrick and Lynda Vuurman of Hamilton, ON
6 paintings Estate of Antonia Benjaminsen of London, ON
5 paintings Dr. David & Els Salisbury of Ottawa, ON
Summer Lushness Lambton Shores Municipality Permanent Collection
Concentric Government of Ontario