Something very cool happened back in December when my paintings were in Florence for the “Symphony of Color” exhibition.

First, the VF Agenda section of Vanity Fair magazine, the Italian issue, listed the “Symphony of Colour” exhibition in Florence as one of the top things to do in Italy during September. The organizers of “Symphony of Color” were not aware VF Agenda was listing the exhibition until the mention appeared in the Vanity Fair issue.

Then, the other very cool something that happened is VF Agenda used an image of my painting “Red Trunks” to illustrate their mention of “Symphony of Color”. At the time, this Calgary Artist was in Paris, France, attending the Salon 2011 for the Societe Nationale des Beaux-arts at the Carrosel du Louvre when I learned VF Agenda had used “Red Trunks”. The message I received was through a through a Facebook message that shared the image from the magazine. This is the same image you see with this post so the quality could be better but currently it is the only copy I have.

Arguably, “Red Trunks” was one of the most recognized paintings in Italy last December.


Jim Pescott is an international contemporary artist, living and working in Calgary, Alberta. He has participated in exhibitions in Italy, France, Spain, USA and Canada including Paris, Florence, Cannes, Barcelona, Ferrara, Montreal and New York City. For information on paintings, Jim may be contacted at 403-870-0591 as well as by email at


The Thrills of Paris

January 23, 2012

Imagine a first time visit to Paris, France. Next imagine walking historic streets, visiting fabulous museums, and then there’s more: imagine you are an artist and you have a painting exhibited in the Carrousel du Louvre. Goose bumps? For this Calgary artist? Yes!!!

France’s historic Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts (SNBA) juried and selected my painting “Antarctica Shoreline” for the Salon 2011 held in December. Last May, I was riding a train enroute to Venice, Italy, when I received an email inviting me to submit work to be juried by the SNBA in Paris for their Salon 2011. I’m sure I read the email message five times before truly relating to the reality of it. A few weeks after I submitted work the SNBA confirmed the jury did accept a painting for the Salon 2011: as a Calgary artist, I would be a member of a Canadian delegation of painters and sculptors (the only one from Western Canada!) participating in this prestigous international exhibition.

There are two thrills in this. The first being participation in the SNBA Salon 2011 is a lovely honour I will forever cherish. The second is I’m self-taught and in this I’ve taken my paintings from a place of early exploration in my old basement studio to an international exhibition in Paris, France.  

Paris is wonderful. The Salon 2011 marvelous. Now, I’m now back in my studio preparing for a number of international events in 2012.


Hello everyone,


Here’s a before the opening, behind the scenes, look at the Quebec 2011 contemporary art exhibition in Montreal from October 13th to 16th. Well, it is behind the scenes for Paintings In Dots as the crate has just been unpacked and the paintings are ready to be place on the wall.


It was amarvellous week in Montreal around the exhibition dates. Lots of wonderful new friends. And the paintings must have been sharing “en francais” as they too have lots of new friends. Plus, on the second to last day, a Montreal gallery approached about representing Paintings In Dots. Mais oui!!!


Lots to do with two exhibitions in Paris this December as well as an exhibition in Florence. I’ll be sharing more information on this in the weeks ahead!


Jim Pescott
Paintings In Dots


Hostile, simply not habitable: “harsh” in itself being an understatement. Yet so prescious to the earth and to life. This coastline seems like no other I’ve ever  witnessed. When I first saw this place I was lost for words at the spectre of imagining how one, as a single human, might fathom the mere existance of such ice and vastness. Then, within it all, as I gazed out through the blue clear air toward these dense frozen sculptures, elements of attachment slowly seeped into my being as though I was existing with them.

“Antarctic Shoreline” is a real place on the coast of the Antarctica Peninsula. I’ve been there and I’ve seen it ( during the summer season). This is a snapshot really: the ice constantly changes in sync with glacial flows. At times the metamorphosis is stark as vast sections break away and plunge into the ocean.

“Antartica Shoreline” will be exhibited in Paris, France, in December 2011 at the Salon SNBA 2011 (Societe Nationale des Beaux Arts)to be held in the Carrousel du Louvre.