Constance BACHMANN

Bio

I was drawn to paint early on simply because putting paint on canvas offered an instant depiction of an idea or
composition I envisioned, straight into art form. I’ve since developed an appreciation for other forms of expression and my
work has been described as similar to sculpting, which intrigues me. The intention with my latest series is to merge a
representational figure with elements of abstraction. For that to work, I have to approach painting from an effortless,
almost cursive approach. Moving in this direction, I find it a constant challenge to not over think the technical process,
which I’ve been known to do. Interesting things happen when I allow myself to abandon control and to make worthy
mistakes.

My figurative paintings are often arranged like historical portraiture, echoing my appreciation for the elaborate styles of
the French Renaissance and Elizabethan eras. Unlike that meticulously detailed period in art, my work is eclectic and
spontaneous. I’m often inspired by the Bay Area Figurative painters who employ a loose, colourful style I seem drawn to.
Closer to home, I once met the renowned Canadian painter, Peter Aspell, who had a great affinity for both color and
texture. It’s his art that showed me it’s okay to step away from a painting before I’ve gone too far and to not take myself
so seriously.

Selected exhibitions
2019
Higher Ground –  with Matt Petley-Jones, Sopa Fine Arts, Kelowna BC

2018
A Chorus of Color – group show, Sopa Fine Arts, Kelowna, BC
Strokes of Venus – group show, Sopa Fine Arts, Kelowna, BC
On the Flip Side – group show, Sopa Fine Arts, Kelowna, BC

2017
Holiday Hoopla- group show, Sopa Fine Art, Kelowna BC
Sprezzatura with Peter F. Gross, Sopa Fine Art, Kelowna BC
Red Green + In Between- group show, Sopa Fine Art, Kelowna BC

2016
Poetica – Sopa Fine Art, Kelowna BC
Bang the Drum with Richard Taylor, Sopa Fine Art, Kelowna BC
Merry + Bright, Sopa Fine Art, Kelowna

2015
Merry and Bright – group show, Sopa Fine Art, Kelowna
Boketto with Rose Braun, Sopa Fine Art, Kelowna
Anne Neilson Fine Art, group show, Charlotte NC
Social Medium – Sopa Fine Art, Kelowna

2014
Wrapped in Color – Sopa Fine Art, Kelowna
Lines and Contradictions – Sopa Fine Art, Kelowna
Sopa Fine Art, Tis the Season – group show, Kelowna
Anne Neilson Fine Art, group show, Charlotte NC

2013
A Fine Conversation with Ray Phillips, Sopa Fine Art, Kelowna
Anne Neilson Fine Art, Charlotte NC
Bits and Pieces – group show, Sopa Fine Arts, Kelowna
Off the Hook- group show, Sopa Fine Art, Kelowna,BC
Anne Irwin Fine Art- group show, Atlanta Georgia

2012
We’re Making a List- group show, Sopa Fine Art, Kelowna, BC
Side-tracked – group show, Sopa Fine Art, Kelowna, BC
Summer Tributes – group show, Sopa Fine Art, Kelowna BC
Anne Irwin Fine Art- group show, Atlanta Georgia

2011
Deck the Walls – group show, Sopa Fine Art, Kelowna BC
Anne Irwin Fine Art- group show, Atlanta Georgia
Carry On – group show, Sopa Fine Art, Kelowna
Wrap it Up Again – group show, Sopa Fine Art, Kelowna

2010
Bark – solo exhibit, Sopa Fine Arts, Kelowna BC

2008
Winter Solstice – Assiniboia Gallery, Regina SK
Stephen Lowe Art Gallery, Calgary AB
Prairie Lights- group show, Assiniboia Gallery, Regina SK

2007
Solo exhibit, Stephen Lowe Art gallery, Calgary AB
Spring is in the air- group show, White Rock Gallery, White Rock BC

2006
Color on high- group show, Hambleton Gallery, Kelowna BC
Moments in time- group show, Stephen Lowe Art Gallery, Calgary AB

2005
Solo exhibit- on the horizon, Hambleton Gallery, Kelowna BC
Contrasts- group exhibit, White Rock Gallery, White Rock BC

2004
Hambleton Gallery, Kelowna BC
Stephen Lowe Art Gallery, Calgary AB

2003
Hambleton Gallery, group show, Kelowna BC
Summer Lights- group show, Stephen Lowe Art Gallery, Calgary AB
Solo exhibit, White Rock Gallery, White Rock BC

2002
Stephen Lowe Art Gallery, Calgary AB
Solo exhibit, Simon Patrich Gallery, Vancouver BC

2001
Tutt St Gallery, group show, Kelowna BC
Solo exhibit, Stephen Lowe Art Gallery, Calgary AB

2000
On mark- solo exhibit, Tutt St Gallery, Kelowna BC
Solo exhibit, Stephen Lowe Art Gallery, Calgary AB

1999
Tutt St Gallery, group show, Kelowna BC
Solo exhibit, Stephen Lowe Art Gallery, Calgary AB

1998
Hampton Gallery, group show, Kamloops BC

1997
Hampton Gallery, Kamloops BC
Tutt St Gallery, solo show, Kelowna BC

1996
Pure Art Gallery, Grand Caymen Island

1995
Faces We Know- solo show, Sarah Dobbs Gallery, Vancouver BC

1994
Shepard Gallery, Chateau Whistler, Whistler BC
Sarah Dobbs Gallery, group show, Vancouver BC

Education
Okanagan College- Fine Arts program, Kelowna BC 1982
Langara College- Fine Arts program, Vancouver BC 1983-84

Publications
Boulevard Okanagan, Inspired People, Nov-Dec issue 2017
Greenleaf- drama series, Oprah Winfrey Network, still life series 2016
The Book of the Dog – Lawrence King Publishing, London UK 2015
Strokes of Compassion – by Anne H. Neilson, Charlotte NC 2014
Icon Magazine – artist Profile, 2014 Kelowna BC
Galleries West Magazine – art spotlight  2012
Lullaby for Pi – movie, dog series, Quebec 2010
Entertainment – the Daily Courier, Kelowna 2000
Women’s Television Network, Women in the Arts Series, Vancouver BC 1995
Northwest Design and Living Magazine US, 1993

Collections
Ronald McDonald House, Vancouver BC
Kelowna Infiniti Nissan, Kelowna BC
Kelowna Hospice House, Kelowna BC
San Marc Custom Homes, Kelowna BC
Sutton Place Hotel, Vancouver BC
Canadian Pacific Railway, Calgary AB
Elbow River Marketing, Calgary AB
Meyers, Norris & Penny, Kelowna BC
Dr Stephen Johnson, Kelowna BC
Ad Vitam Healthcare, West Kelowna BC
Herman Group, Kelowna BC
Cenovus Energy Corporation, Calgary AB
BBB Architects, Ottawa ON
The Larsen Financial Group, Vancouver BC