Jack Wise

American 1928-1996

Jack Wise grew up in the American mid-west and immigrated to the West Kootenays of BC in 1963. The spiritual and aesthetic aspects of Wise’s art draw from his experience travelling to northern India in 1966 on a Canada Council grant where he met refugee Tibetan Buddhist monks. His other important influence was Vancouver-based Chinese artist Chin-Shek Lam who blended Chinese calligraphy with Western abstraction. Wise established a studio on Texada Island in the 1970s and held various teaching posts at Victoria College of Art, Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts, and the University of California.

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Mosquito High 1969
Gouache on paper
15 x 20
Gift of Marilyn Hausman