Jim Stewart, born in 1949, is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and has been creating figurative and abstract drawings and paintings since the early 70s. Critically acclaimed artist in the Globe and Mail newspaper and the Art Review magazine, he has exhibited his work worldwide since 1975 and particularly in Hawaii since 2008, when he began spending part of each year residing and painting on Maui. The Village Gallery, Lahaina represents him on Maui.

His painting “Encounters” was purchased by the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. Jim’s painting, “Beneath the Surface” was featured as a finalist in the abstract/experimental art challenge in “International Artist” magazine, August/September 2016 issue.

His illustrations have appeared in international magazines including Islands magazine, Esquire, Rotunda, University of Toronto, Saturday Night, Toronto Life, Imperial Oil Review and In the Hills.

Jim taught transformative healing art to emotionally handicapped artists , as well as private clients. This approach to art instruction connects the student to his own ground of creativity rather than media technique.

Jim has lectured at the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) in Canada and was featured on the Canadian television show “For Arts Sake”.

Related to his pursuit of visual art is his lifetime involvement in the martial art, aikido. Aikido is at essence an art of movement and awareness. Like painting, it is about connecting oneself and others to the core of being.


Copyright © 2007 Jim Stewart.



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Selected Bibliography

Lawrence O'Toole, "An Energetic artist paints with strokes not formulated but felt", The Globe and Mail, November 20, 1974

James Purdie, “Five with Promise”, The Globe and Mail, September 20 1975

James Purdie, The Globe and Mail, September 6, 1975

James Purdie, Elegance and Power, The Globe and Mail, April 15, 1978

Martin Heavisides, (review), Art Magazine, February / March 1980

John Bentley Mays, (review), The Globe and Mail, April 10 1981

Marshall Webb, (review), Art Magazine, February/March 1982

Gerta Moray, (unpublished review), May 1983

Anna Babinska, (review), Art Magazine, Fall 1983