Scott Plear, RCA


About the Artist:

Scott Plear, of Vancouver, Canada, graduated from the University of British Columbia with bachelor's degrees in both science and fine arts.  Plear has painted for more than forty years, exhibiting in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom.  From 1986 to 2013, Plear was a faculty member in the Fine Arts Department of Langara College and served terms as department chair and division chair during that time.  Since retiring from teaching in 2013, he has been painting full time.  He attended the Emma Lake Artists' Workshop five times from 1977 to 2000 and has completed several major commissions for Bentall Kennedy between 2007 and 2011.  He was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (RCA) in 2004.


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2017   Wordless Songs, Gevik Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

2017   Wild Jungle Song, SOPA Fine Arts, Kelowna, BC
2016   Within Living Memory, South Main Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2015   Double Blind, No Placebo, Agnes Bugera Gallery, Edmonton, AB

2014   Colour Bound, Sopa Fine Arts, Kelowna, BC

2013   A Blaze of Glory, galerie MX, Montreal, QC

2013   Skins and Hides, Bugera Matheson Gallery, Edmonton, AB

2012   Coarse Too Tender, Darrell Bell Gallery, Saskatoon, SK

2011   Core Theory, Agnes Bugera Gallery, Edmonton, AB

2009   Core Quest, Darrell Bell Gallery, Saskatoon, SK

2008   Core Samples, Agnes Bugera Gallery, Edmonton, AB

2007   Aurora Flow, Petley Jones Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2006   Recent Works, Agnes Bugera Gallery, Edmonton, AB

2005   Banners & Standards, Petley Jones Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2005   With Flying Colours, Fran Willis Gallery, Victoria, BC

2003   Harbingers, Pendulum Gallery, HSBC Bank Atrium, Vancouver, BC

2003   Full Fathom, Petley Jones Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2001   Spiritus Forma, Grand Forks Art Gallery, Grand Forks, BC

1998   An Uncertain Journey, National Exhibition Centre, Swift Current, SK

1997   Sound Bytes, Vanderleelie Gallery, Edmonton, AB

1995   Scott Plear - Painting Exhibition, British Columbia House, London, UK

1994   Ten Painting Years, Grand Forks Art Gallery, Grand Forks, BC

1993   Zambesi Zone, Vanderleelie Gallery, Edmonton, AB

1990   Scott Plear, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria–Art Rental

1987   Scott Plear – Recent Paintings, exhibition organised by the Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby, BC & travelling to the Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, AB

1985  Scott Plear Paintings, Wade Gallery, Vancouver, BC

Selected Group Exhibitions

2012   Paia Contemporary Gallery, Paia, Hawaii USA 

2011   Paia Contemporary Gallery, Paia, Hawaii, USA 

2010   Bounty: A Case of Preposterous Optimism, Morley College Gallery, London, UK

2007   Bounty: A Case of Preposterous Optimism, APT Gallery, Deptford, London, UK

1996   Harlech Biennale 1996, Harlech, Wales, UK 

1993   Mbile International Artists’ Workshop Exhibition, Lusaka, Zambia 

1990   North of the Border, Whatcom Museum of History and Art, Bellingham, Washington, USA 

1988   Painting Exhibition, Eva Cohn Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, USA 


2012   Education Leave awarded for 2013, Langara College
2007   Education Leave, Langara College
2004   Elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts
2001   Education Leave, Langara College
1977   Special University Prize, Head of the Graduating Class in Fine Arts,
           University of British Columbia

Corporate and Public Collections

Art Bank, Canada Council, Ottawa, ON
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, BC
Bentall Capital, Calgary, AB
B.C. Investment Management Corporation, Victoria, BC
Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby, BC
Campney & Murphy, Vancouver, BC
Canpotex Corporation, Saskatoon, SK
Coast Hotels, Vancouver, BC
Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, AB
Hu Eliot Young Law Firm, Edmonton. AB
Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Surrey, BC
Langara College, Vancouver, BC
Montrose Mortgage Corporation, Winnipeg, MN
Petroleum Club, Edmonton, AB
Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, BC
Saint Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver, BC
Sharecom Industries, DeWinton, AB
SITQ–Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Montréal, QC
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Calgary, AB
Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC
TransAlta Corporation, Calgary, AB
Triangle Arts Association (Ltd.), NewYork, NY
Westbourne Collection, Montréal, QC


A concentration of thick colored paint, packed or layered at critical locations on the canvas, whether at an edge or at a center, juxtaposed to a field of muted color or natural value describes the visual theme.  Yet this would merely describe a structure around which to organize material. To then push the possibilities of paint by finding new expressive material relationships is my purpose in creating modern artwork.  Abstract art has always proposed a challenge. By 'taring the scales' of any pictorial image, the picture must succeed or fail on its own qualities. The image is thus created from the ground up by way of the process.  And like any uncertain journey, it will result in unexpected and surprising results.  Success is not guaranteed and the task in not easy, yet if successful the reward is the story it tells of the joy of seeing these relationships.

– Scott Plear

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Associated Exhibitions

December 7, 2018 - January 27, 2019
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Paintings by Scott Plear RCA
October 15 - November 5, 2016
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