“I have dedicated my life to being an artist.”

Vancouver, British Columbia has been my home since I was born. There I studied art at Emily Carr College of Art and Design, and graduated in 1988.
My love of Vancouver and life on the west coast inspires me. Images flow in whimsy – sweeping brush strokes, fearless colour choices, and intrinsic detail. My medium is acrylic paint on canvas, stylized and potent, in jewel-toned expression. I endeavor to give my subjects their own voice through organic shape and mild deconstruction, evoking this ever evolving part of the world.
My passion for painting drives me. Each piece is a puzzle, and as the work flows through me, the complex equation unravels.
I have been fortunate enough to exhibit my work in many wonderful places including Seattle, Hong Kong, Miami, New York and San Francisco, and I’ve had more than 100 self-produced exhibitions in Vancouver.
Travel has been a great influence in my work, and I have participated in Artist Residencies in Paris, Hong Kong, and New York City. Corporate collections include Robert Mondavi Winery, Intrawest, Earl’s, Sugoi, Skate Canada, Kiwanis, Umberto, The Canadian Fund, AIDS Vancouver, The Robson Street Banners, Vancouver Children’s Hospital and the Surrey Memorial Children’s Health Centre.

Extensive local and national media exposure includes television interviews by Vicki Gabereau, Fanny Keefer and Urban Rush, and radio interviews with Shelagh Rogers on CBC Radio, and John McMullen on Sirius. Feature articles about my work have appeared in The National Post “The One To Watch”, Good Life Connoisseur, The Globe and Mail, and Vancouver Lifestyles.


I operate my own gallery at the Main Space Building near downtown Vancouver. A new collection of my work is shown here each year in the spring, and current and past exhibits are available for viewing on my web site. A hard cover book is produced in conjunction with each collection.

Please feel free to contact me for commissions, consultations, interviews and private viewings by appointment.
John Ferrie

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