Ann Kipling, is a senior Canadian artist who works exclusively on paper (in drawing, printmaking or with ink, pencils, pens, pastel and watercolours). The lines of Ann Kipling’s drawing capture something of the essence of life. Her mark-making process reveals energy, concentration and compulsiveness which expresses her inner life and vision.
Kipling states: “Drawing is exploratory. It defines and clarifies a visual idea. It is also the delight in mark making the magical connection between things seen and described, the direct encounter. When I am drawing from the figure or in the landscape, I am fascinated by the change, movement, energy, and transformation of form in a seemingly static situation.” (Statement in the exhibition catalogue, For the Record: Drawing Contemporary Life. Vancouver: Vancouver Art Gallery, 2003.)
She was born in Victoria, BC in 1934 and studied at the Vancouver School of Art in1955, and graduated with honors in 1960. Kipling has lived for the last thirty-seven years, in the countryside, near Falkland, BC.
She has had one-person exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, the Kamloops Art Gallery, the Kelowna Art Gallery and the Vernon Art Gallery. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon, the Winnipeg Art Gallery and National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.
Royal Canadian Academy of Art – CARFAC Honorary member
2008-Honorary Doctorate, Emily Carr University, Vancouver recognizing her contributions to the Canadian artistic landscape. 2004-Audain Prize, British Columbia Visual Arts Award for lifetime achievement. 1966-2003-Numerous Art Council Awards.
Public Collections: Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta – Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, BC – Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto – British Columbia Art Collection – British Museum, London, England – Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby, BC – CBC, Vancouver – Canada Council Art Bank – Gallery Lambton, Sarnia, Ontario – Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art, North Vancouver, BC – Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops, BC – Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, BC – Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec – MacDonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph, Ontario – McMaster Museum of Art, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON – Memorial University of Newfoundland, St John’s, Newfoundland – National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa – Okanagan University College, Kelowna, BC – Owens Art Gallery, Mt Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick – Seneca College, Toronto – Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Calgary, Alberta – University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC – University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta – University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Alberta – University of Victoria, Victoria, BC – University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario – Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver – Vernon Public Art Gallery, Vernon, BC – West Vancouver Museum, West Vancouver, BC – Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba .
Corporate Collections: Air Canada – BC Central Credit Union – Royal Bank of Canada