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Jane Wolsak

Courtroom Drawings


January 21 - March 3, 2006

Vancouver-based artist, Jane Wolsak, supports herself and her artistic practice as a courtroom illustrator. She is contracted by news media outlets to illustrate courtroom proceedings, including many high-profile trials, such as Air India and the Vancouver Missing Women case. While people are accustomed to viewing trials and courtroom proceedings through illustrations in print and electronic media, we do not often think about what we are seeing as been interpreted by the hand of an artist. The challenge the artist faces in capturing a gesture, an expression, the representation of recognizable figures and portrayal of specific courtroom details are all aspects of her work. This exhibition provides insight into this facet of the Canadian legal system as seen through the artists’ eye.

Jane Wolsak has a diverse creative background which includes illustration, mural making, portrait and still life painting, the creation of educational material, commissioned artworks and as an art educator over a thirty-year period. Her training includes courses, a diploma and certificate in art, design and art education in England and Canada. Jane has shown her work in the Lower Mainland since the late 1980’s, including a solo exhibition of mixed media works at the Richmond Art Gallery in 1995 titled Combing the Tides.