Graham A. Scholes, FCA


January 2020 the CEO of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria,
visited Graham's studio. He choose a complete body
of woodblock prints for the Art Gallery’s collection.
This work is considered an important contribution to Canadian Art.

My gratidude to my wife Marnie and children Doug, Jay and SueEllen

See  Articles  and  Testimonials about Graham


Graham Scholes, born in 1933 in Toronto has lived in Montreal, Quebec, Barrie, Ontario and, since 1987, in Sidney, British Columbia. He is a known as an artist, an author as well as an art educator. He conducted workshops and seminars across Canada for 16 years, starting in 1977. In 1989 his book “Watercolor and How” was published by Watson Guptill, New York City, for world wide distribution and his work and techniques are featured in another Watson-Guptill book, entitled Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Watercolours.  Graham interred the self-publishing field in 2016 writing a autobiography culminating with the latest art form of Mokuhanga, Japanese Woodblock Printmaking which he has focused on for the last 27years. Another book "Let There Be Light" focused on the work he created in the Mokuhanga medium.

Since 1994 I have created over 70 woodblock images, which required over 600 plates and the hand burnishing of 70,000 sheets of Japanese hand-made Hosho paper.

I have produced an in-depth one hour teaching video about the intricate details of this ancient technique. This DVD has been purchased by galleries around the world, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York City; The McMichael Art Gallery, Kleinberg Ontario; The National Gallery of Canada; Oxford Guild of Printers, United Kingdom; The Vancouver Art Gallery; Le Musée des Beaux Arts, Montreal, Quebec, among many others. An digital copy of this one hour instructional video is available on this web site.

My mentor is master printmaker Noboru Sawai on woodblock printmaking. In 1993, this new medium inspired me to start a series of innovative prints of the British Columbia lighthouses. I need to experience and have personal contact with my subjects, so with the co-operation of the Canadian Coast Guard, I visited all lighthouses on the British Colombia coast in order to get the material necessary to represent these majestic beacons. The series of prints of the manned lighthouses has taken me 15 years to complete and is a critically acclaimed record of some of these manned beacons, that will soon be automated.

I believe that there is no substitute for the ability to draw, and for 25 years, one day a week, I went back to the basics of Life Drawing. My philosophy is that an artist must always strive for higher skill plateaus, and continually develop an original and innovative concept. This belief has kept me motivated to challenge my own understanding. With this in mind, I purchased an etching press and have learned the techniques of Solar plate, Dry Point and Lithography. These new techniques are being used in conjunction with woodblock in a newly started series of prints entitled My Canada. These prints will portray iconic images of Canada, based on my personal experiences when I was conducting art classes throughout Canada.


Walter J. Phillips was an international authority in the art of colour woodcut prints Indeed, in the medium of colour woodcut he is truly an international standard to which any artist might aspire. When comparing Phillips with contemporary artist Graham A. Scholes, we see that the former’s legacy is alive and well. Scholes has mastered this challenging medium like few others today”.

Nicholas Tuele former Chief Curator Victoria Art Gallery

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2001 Intaglio and Dry Point printmaking with Frank Janzen
1998 University of Victoria - Waterless Lithography Workshop with Tamarind Master Printer, Frank Janzen.
1993 Lester B. Pearson College, Summer School of the Arts, Woodblock Printmaking with Noboru Sawai.
1979 - 2004 Studio Life Drawing Sessions - once weekly 8 months each year.
1948 - 1952 Graphic Arts Degree - Western Technical School - Toronto.
1945, 1946 Toronto Art Gallery - Saturday morning Art Class.

Art & Business Experiences:
1958 to 1978 Packaging Industry - Graphic and Structural Design, Sales & Marketing in the business with
Dominion Paper Box Co. Ltd, Toronto, Montreal  - Rolph Clark Stone Co. Ltd, Montreal.
1952 - 1958 Artistic Director, Set Designs for Gilbert Sullivan Operatic Society, Toronto.
1952 1958 Advertising Agencies, Publication Houses, Commercial Studios, Photographic Studios, in Toronto.

Volunteer Assignments:
1969 - 1977 Montreal Gun Dog Club....Director.
1969 - 1976  Director - Beaconsfield/Kirkland Que Hockey Assoc.
1974 - 1975 President - Beaconsfield/Kirkland Que Hockey Assoc.
1982 - 1986 Vespra Township, Ontario.. Volunteer Fireman.
2006 to 2010 Director - CARFAC BC.
1984 to 1986 President - Barrie Arts Council. ON.
1985 to 1987 Founding Board Member - MacLaren Art Center. Barrie, ON.
2019 - 2020  Canadian Society of Artiist. -  Newsletter Editor

College Teaching Assignments:
1989 to 1991 Camosun College - Victoria, BC - Watercolours and Drawing.
1991, 1992 North Island College - Comox. BC Watercolours and Drawing.
1984, 1987, 1992, 1999 Northern Lights College - Dawson Creek, BC - Watercolours and Drawing.
1979,1981,1982,1984 Georgian College Extended Education, Barrie, ON - Watercolours and Drawing.

Organized Community Life Drawing Sessions:
These sessions were conducted once a week during Fall, Winter and Spring months.
1980 to 1987 Midhurst, ON.
1992 to 2010 Sidney, BC

Instructor of Watercolour Workshops across Canada:
1977 to 1987 Parkers Lodge, Val David, QC.
1979, 1980 Burlington Cultural Centre, ON.
1982 to 1984 Blue Mountain School of the Arts, Collingwood, ON.
1980 Oakville Artists’ Association, ON.
1980, 1992 Sudbury Art Organization, ON.
1981 Upstairs Downstairs Gallery, Kingston, Jamaica.
1981 Bracebridge Art Organization, ON.
1981, 1982 Moose Jaw Art Organization, SK.
1982, 1983 Stonewall Art Organization, MN.
1982, 1983 Assiniboia Art Organization, SK.
1982, 1984, 1987, 1992 Calgary Sketch Club, Calgary, AB.
1982, 1983, 1987 Salmon Arm Art Organization, BC.
1982, 1984, 1987, 1992 Edmonton Sketch Club.
1983 London Art Organization, ON.
1983, 1987 Kenora Art Organization, ON.
1984, 1987 Vernon Art Organization, BC.
1984, 1986, 1987 Ottawa Artists Organization, ON.
1984 Tumbler Ridge Art Organization, BC.
1984 Revelstoke Art Organization, BC.
1983, 1984 Assiniboia Art Organization, SK.
1984 Regina Art Organization, SK.
1984 Vernon Artists Organization, BC.
1984, 1987 Kenora Artists’ Organization, ON.
1981 to 1984, 1986,1987 Marathon Art Organization, ON.
1985 South Western Ontario Arts Association.
1986 Village Gallery, Carp, ON.
1986 Nepean Art Organization, ON.
1986 Quetico Art Organization, ON.
1987 Saanich Peninsula Arts & Crafts (Sidney BC).
1987 Huntsville Art Organization, ON.
1989 Midhurst Art Organization, ON.
1990 Tofino Art Organization, BC.
1990 Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC.
1990, 1992 Salt Spring Painters, BC.
1991 Goderich Artists Organization, ON.
1992 Campbell River Art Organization, BC.
1992 N.D.G.. Artists Association, QC.
1992 Dorval Artists Association, QC.
1992 School House Art Centre, Qualicum Beach, BC.

Instructor Mokuhanga:
1999 - 2007  Personal Studio, Sidney, BC. - Students attending
my Studio Atelier from USA, Canada, Australia, Japan, Hawaii and Europe.
2011 1 hour Instructional Video ---  how to make Japanese Woodblock Prints
2013 Florence Mokuhanga Workshop.  - Florence, Italy.

Lecture Assignments:
2007 Joigny musée, France - Woodblock printmaking.
2005, 2006  1 month each year.  Lecturer on board Royal Caribbean Cruise Line.
2005 Atelier Richard Steiner, Kyoto Japan - Woodblock printmaking.

Juried Awards - Purchase Awards - Collection:
2020 Collection of Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
1999 BC Objects & Images Exhibition Best of Show Woodblock Print.
1996 Huronia Festival Judges Award best woodblock print.
1995 Victoria Symphony purchase award for Maestro Peter McCoppin.
1982 & 1985 Best Watercolour - Carling Show Toronto.
1979 Best of Show - Carling Show Toronto.

Public Gallery Exhibitions:
Dawson Creek Art Gallery, Dawson Creek BC. - 1999 (solo)
MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, ON. - 2002 (solo)
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, BC. - 1999 (dual)
Art Gallery of the South Okanagan, Penticton, BC. - 2001 (solo)
Maltwood Gallery, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC. - 2003 (dual)
Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, BC. - 2005 (solo)
Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby, BC. - 2006 (group)
Stewart Hall Art Gallery - Pointe Claire, QC. - 2008 (group)

Corporate Collections:
John Abbott College, Sainte Anne de Bellevue, QC.
Readers Digest, Montreal, QC.
Stoddard Publishing Company, Toronto, ON.
Municipal Loans and Savings Corporation, Barrie, ON.
Canadian Coast Guard, Vancouver & Victoria, BC.
Chateau Victoria  & Weigh West Marine Resort

2016 Let there be Light… Soft cover Book - Moku Hanga chronicling the B.C. Lighthouses.
2015 Let there be Light… Hard cover Book - Autobiography.
1992 Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Watercolours - Watson Guptill Publications, New York, NY.
1989 Watercolor and How, Watson Guptill Publications, New York, NY.
2011 1 hour Instructional Video on how to create Woodblock Prints

Media Articles and Interviews:
Art for Art Sake, Lavin, Laura, editor. Peninsula News Review Feb. 23, 2007
Artist for Life, by Christine Gordon - Senior Living Magazine Victoria BC  May 2005 Page 43.
Let there be Light by Graham Scholes - Canadian Hydrographers Journal Fall/Winter 2003 Page 35.
Michael Scott, Lighthouses of BC Vancouver Sun, January 23, 1996
Art & Frame Magazine, Vancouver 1996
CHTV Victoria 7 Affairs Program Interviews by Gordy Tupper 1994 to 2010
Beautiful BC magazine – Spring 2000
Romancing the Lights by Rick Hudson - Westjet Inflight Magazine -  January – February 2002 Page 34
Brushing up on watercolor painting basics by Valorie Lennox The Review, Sidney May 3, 1998
Readers Digest Cover - Dec. 1988
Readers Digest Cover – Nov. 1987
New Challenges await him in BC - Barrie Banner - April 29 1987
Balloon Festival Wins Big - Barrie Examiner - Dec. 1 1987
Scholes holds Thanksgiving Show - Barrie Examiner - Oct. 11, 1986
One man show at Lantier House in Kirkland - West Island News and Chronicle April 30, 1986
Scholes shows watercolors of a special exhibition - Barrie Examiner – Oct. 17, 1985
Painting the town … all colours – Goderich Signal-Star Friday Oct. 11, 1985
Art Workshops at NLC (North Light College) - The News Regional Dawson Creek May 30, 1984
Area Artists learn from pro - Assiniboia The Times - Wed Oct. 12, 1983
Scholes for Workshop on Watercolour technique – The Sunday Gleaner Kingston Jamaica - Jan. 30 1983
A fine technician with full command of his medium - The Star – Kingston Jamaica Feb. 22 1983
A sobering experience - The Sunday Gleaner - Kingston Jamaica - Feb. 20, 1983
Graham Scholes holds workshop – Marathon Mercury - Oct. 17, 1982
Local artist plans weekend exhibition - Barrie Banner – June 18, 1982
Artist says city needs art centre – Barrie Banner – Nov. 11, 1981
Barrie artist inspires students – Elliot Lake Standard – Sept. 30 1981
Graham Scholes - transparent watercolour artist – Muskoka Sun Bracebridge July 24, 1980
Artist open Studio doors to tour – Gryphon Theatre Guild – Barrie Examiner  April 19, 1980
Ex-Montrealer launches second career as artist – Barrie Examiner – Mar 10, 1979
Weekend watercolour show offers a variety – News & Chronicle – Pte. Claire Que June 8, 1978
Cover - Montreal Scene magazine - Montreal Star – Mar. 25 1978
Cover - Montreal Scene magazine - Montreal Star – Feb. 4 1978

1 hour Educational DVD Video “The Art of Moku Hanga”
A professional video about the making of woodblock prints.
Available world wide via the Internet

The DVD’s are in the collections of .......
National Gallery of Canada - Ottawa • Museum of Modern Art - NY City,
McMichael Art Gallery • Kleinberg On. • Beaux Arts Montreal,
Rhode Island School of Design - NY • St. Cloud State University Minnesota.
St. Mary’s University Minnesota • University of Victoria • Vancouver Art Gallery.
Richmond Art Gallery • Burnaby Art Gallery • Kelowna Art Gallery.
Winnipeg Art Gallery • Glenbow Museum Art Gallery - Calgary.
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria • Art Gallery of Ontario.
Beaverbrook Art Gallery - Fredericton, NB • Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.
Stewart Hall Art Gallery - Pte. Claire, Quebec  •  Joigny Art Gallery Joigny France.
Kochi Paper Museum - Japan. •  Oxford Guild of Printers, UK. • Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio.
The Florence Art Studio - Florence, Italy.

Solo Exhibitions:
2006 - 2020  Annual Exhibition ... Studio Gallery Sidney, BC.
2006 Myfanwy Pavelic Gallery at Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney, BC.
2005 Canada’s Lighthouses, Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, BC.
2003 Victoria Symphony Benefit Exhibition April 3, 2003.
2002 Let There Be Light, MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, ON.
2001 Let There Be Light, Penticton Art Gallery Penticton BC.
2000 The Old School House, Qualicum Beach, BC.
1999 The Art of Coloured Woodblocks Prints, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria - with Walter J. Phillips.
1999 The Power of Seeing, Dawson Creek Art Gallery, Dawson Creek, BC.
1998 Winchester Gallery, Victoria, BC.
1997 Massey Theatre Gallery, New Westminster, BC.
1991 Stephen Lowe Gallery, Victoria, BC.
1989 Retrospective Exhibition, MacLaren Art Center, Barrie, ON.
1988 2006 Studio Gallery Sidney, BC, exhibited annually.
1986 Village Gallery, Carp, ON.
1983 Cranbrook Inn, Collingwood, ON.
1982 Stone House Gallery, Kirkland QC.
1982 - 1986 Edwards Gardens, Toronto, ON. annual exhibition.
1981 Lenbrook Gallery, Collingwood ON.
1981 Upstairs, Downstairs Gallery, Kingston, Jamaica.
1981 Expressions Gallery, Collingwood, ON.
1980 Dunbrook Gallery, Pointe Claire, QC.
1980 Edwards Gardens, Toronto, ON.
1979 Barrie Art Club Gallery, ON.
1979 Crow’s Nest Gallery, Collingwood, ON.
1979 Gibson House, Toronto, ON.
1978 1979, 1980 Neasmith’s Gallery Beaconsfield, QC.
1977 Lanthier House Gallery, Kirkland, QC.

Group Exhibitions:
2010 Penticton Art Gallery - Sculpture “Tax Burden” - Legacies 2010 Exhibition
2008 Relief Printmakers Exhibition, Stewart Hall Art Gallery, Pointe Claire, QC.
2006 Relief Print Exhibition, Burnaby Art Gallery – Burnaby, BC.
2005 Print Arts Northwest Gallery, Portland, OR.
2004 & 2006 Glendale Gardens, Victoria, BC.
2003 & 2006 Sidney Fine Arts Show -Sidney BC.
2002 & 1999 Kyoto International Woodprint Exhibition, Kyoto, Japan.
2001,’03,’04, ’06 Small Works Exhibition, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, BC.
2000 Junin Toiro Exhibition Uganda National Gallery, Africa.
1999 ArtWORK’99, BC Festival of the Arts, Penticton, BC.
1999 Musical Series, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.
1998 Glendale Gardens, Victoria, BC.
1996 Art Gallery of Greater Victoria Group Exhibition.
1995 BC Objects & Images Exhibition, Victoria BC.
1995 Marine Exhibition, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.
1995 Horticulture Centre of the Pacific, Victoria BC.
1995 to 2003 Victoria Art Gallery, Moss Street, Victoria BC.
1992, 2002, 2004, 2005 Sooke Region Museum, Sooke, BC.
1986 Wye Marsh Conservation Exhibition, Wye Marsh, ON.
1980 to 1987 Huronia Winter Carnival of the Arts, Barrie ON.
1979 to 1986 Huronia Festival of the Arts, Barrie, ON.
1979 to 1981 Carling Fine Arts Exhibition, Toronto, ON.
1977 Beaconsfield Hockey Association Benefit Exhibition, Beaconsfield, QC.
1975 to 1978 Lakeshore Artists Association, Montreal, QC.

Media Articles and TV Interviews:
1996 Vancouver Sun - Michael Scott - January 23.
1996 Art & Frame Magazine, Vancouver BC.
1994 to 1999 CHTV Victoria Pubic 5 Affairs Program Interviews.
2000 Beautiful BC magazine - Spring.
2002 Airlines - Westjet Inflight Magazine - January - February.
2003 Times Colonist - Victoria BC.
2003 Lighthouses - Journal of Canadian Hydrographers - Fall.
2005 Senior Living Magazine - May.
2007 Art for Art Sake, Lavin, Laura - Peninsula News Review.
2020 Announcement about acceptance by Art Gallery of Victoria   - Peninsula News Review March 2020 

See the Victoria Art Gallery Exhibition
See the Penticton Art Gallery Exhibition
See the Dawson Creek Art Gallery Exhibition
See the
MacLaren Art Centre Exhibition
Richmond Art Gallery
Burnaby Art Gallery
Pte Claire, Quebec. Stewart Hall 2008

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