Accessible Art: The Picard 300 Club

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The Picard 300 Club will become accessible for sign-up on Dec. 1st, 2015. Priority access will be granted to members on waitlist 3 days prior. Click here or sign up on the form at the bottom of this page.

The ebb and flow of art is something that is extremely familiar to James Picard. However, for those who appreciate & collect art, participation becomes another matter entirely. Bids, art shows and auctions are vital to building a robust collection of masterworks – but what about everyone else?

For this reason, James Picard decided he needed to do something to make his art more accessible. Enter the Picard 300 Club.

“For $50 per year, members of the Picard 300 Club may purchase from a select collection of my original oil paintings for only $300 each.
(Original oil paintings usually sell for $600-$800)

My goal is to make my art more accessible to people who want to invest in my original oil paintings.”

The Picard 300 Collection will be live on Dec. 1st. 2015. The series comprises dozens of approximately 8″x10″ original oil on canvas paintings of various subjects – animals, still life & landscapes of various persuasion, all done in James’ signature style.

The work that James plans to feature in the 300 Club will not focus upon a theme, as was done with The Dark & Wounded. With this endeavour it is more important for James to produce quality work and be able to provide it to those who genuinely wish to collect it, but cannot afford a gallery rate for a Picard.

Members of the 300 Club  have a chance to win a new piece, Picard 300, from the collection every month.

What’s in the Picard 300 Club collection?

The 300 Club collection will hold over 300 original oil-on-canvas paintings measuring approximately 8″x10″, varying in landscape and portrait format. James did not choose a specific subject to focus on, instead he decided to let the medium decide.

Within the constraints of a small canvas James has utilized his edge-defining brush strokes to create arcing compositions of landscapes that evoke feelings of sweeping awe, upon a space not much bigger than the cover of a book. The 300 Collection’s pieces feature natural beauty brought to life within margins, paying homage to how the natural scenery we take in with our eyes is often miniaturized within our memories.

With effort, we can allow ourselves to access that fleeting emotion that comes with finally reaching the top and seeing that cathartic view.

Animals are a subject that is prevalent in the collection. James demonstrates his versatility in subject matter with beautiful stills of rabbits quietly being themselves.

The various pieces comprising the collection are diverse, but not dissimilar in their aesthetic effect. Each piece in the 300 Collection is striking. James continues to effectively demonstrate a mastery of light in his oil paintings that is surprising when one considers his use of vivid colours to accentuate details and add depth. An ocean at dawn embracing the shore of a lighthouse is one such piece – and but a small preview of what’s to come out of the Picard 300 Club Collection.

Painting of windswept coastline with a lighthouse

A message from James:

If you’d like to join the club and start your own collection, or purchase this as a gift for someone else, then please fill out the form below with your details.

I encourage you to sign up now for the best selection.

Thank you,

James Picard

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An Artist’s Unflinching Look at Pain Will Find a Temporary Home in Alcatraz

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VANCOUVER, BC – The Dark and the Wounded, the newest series from Canadian artist James Picard, will kick off its global tour on May 5 in San Francisco at Alcatraz Prison.The Dark and The Wounded is an experiential art show that travels to the world’s most troubled and controversial places. This multimedia event features paintings by Picard, along with a custom soundscape designed by world-renowned composer Jeff Danna. It will be filmed for a documentary, which will be released in late 2016.

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Forget White Cubes and Everything You Know About the Art World James Picard’s Global Art Tour is a Radical, Stunning Departure from Tradition

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In the contemporary art world, white cubes and spare spaces abound, providing a blanched background for the artwork. Forget about all that. Canadian artist James Picard’s new series is a radical, stunning departure from that tradition. That work will debut in Picard’s global art tour, which kicks off in his hometown, Vancouver.

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Renowned Artist James Picard to Unveil New Works at “State of the Art” Exhibition

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VANCOUVER, BC – Renowned artist James Picard will unveil a profound new direction in his upcoming show, “State of the Art,” at the Terminal City Club in downtown Vancouver on April 2, 2015. The exhibition will include works from every phase of his renowned 40-year career. It showcases his immense talent as a painter, letting viewers see first-hand his extraordinary range and definitive style.The “State of the Art” exhibition will include more than 125 works by Picard. This exhibition will also introduce pieces from his newest series, The Dark and The Wounded, which is currently on tour in North America.

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Fundraiser for The Dark and The Wounded Exhibitions and Documentary Film

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Fundraiser for The Dark and The Wounded Exhibitions and Documentary Film

Please be part of funding the continuation of this project that is helping people to heal through art!

Saturday November 9, 2013 – 8pm to 11pm
at VIVO Media Arts Centre at 1965 Main St. Vancouver

Fundraiser will include the premiere screening of the documentary trailer; live cello music; original art; limited edition t-shirts for sale, and more. If you’d like a drink, you can buy one at the bar.

Tickets are $30.00 each.

With each ticket purchased, you also receive an original Picard lithograph (valued at $500.00)

Please contact James Picard at 778 882 9885 or at to purchase your tickets. Credit cards accepted.

Thank you for your support.

The Dark and Wounded Exhibition Thoughts

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By John McGie

Sometimes it is the whisper amongst the screams that carries the message.
Within the Dark and Wounded exhibition artist James Picard has encapsulated art as a conduit that bears witness to the unsaid, the unheard and the unwanted.

It invites us to look at the horrors held within the folds of murky memories of not just others but also ourselves.

The art inhabits the space (Riverview Hospital – an abandoned mental institution) with a familiarity and intimacy usually reserved for long lost friends. Music laments through the hallways serenading decades of decay. It all comes together as one great canvas under the stroke of the artist’s brush.
For some the canvas is a haunted house, for some a sanctuary, for some a memorial and for others a torture chamber.

At its best it overwhelms without making you numb as you to look long into the faces of pain and see yourself – as an inactive participant and an addle onlooker .

It asks not for empathetic complacency but rather a non-intellectualized humanity. The raw, visceral ugly that binds us all together on the deepest, darkest levels of our shadowy emotions.
It is guttural. It is unapologetic. It is honouring.
It is art as an active ingredient – for change, for healing, for evolution.
It is a peek behind the curtain that one day, I hope, will be fully opened.

Fazakas Gallery

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I’m happy to announce that as of October 2013, my work will be featured in the Fazakas Gallery. LaTiesha Fazakas has a keen eye for cutting edge art. She especially appreciates the range of styles and mediums I work with. The Fazakas Gallery will feature pieces of mine that range from beautiful serene landscapes and realistic portraits in oils to more emotionally charged portraits in either paint, watercolour, ink, or pencil.

The Fazakas Gallery is located at 145 West 6th Ave in Vancouver.

Call 604 876 2739 for more information.

Check out their website at

Stay tuned for upcoming exhibitions and collaborative projects with the Fazakas Gallery!