Graham A. Scholes

Graham Scholes, born in Toronto, Dec 28th, 1933, residing in Sidney B.C. is a known artist/author/educator with a reputation for creating transparent watercolours in a wide range of subjects. He has conducted watercolour workshops and seminars across Canada for 15 years. He is now becoming known for his work with the Japanese woodblock printmaking technique.

Graham has always had a creative flair, and for 35 years, watercolour was his primary medium. After graduating from a 4 year Arts course at Western Technical School in Toronto, he designed stage sets for the Erskine Gilbert and Sullivan Operatic Society for 6 years. He worked in the commercial art and Packaging business in Toronto and Montreal until 1977 when it was time to get back to the Fine Art field.

He is internationally known as a result of a book, "Watercolor and How", published by Watson-Guptill, New York, which is distributed world wide. His work is featured in two other books by Watson-Guptill.

In 1993, he took a course with master printer Noboru Sawai on woodblock printmaking. This new medium inspired him, so in Oct 1993, he started a series of prints of the British Columbia lighthouses. To date he has completed 25 pieces and he estimates that it will take until Dec 1999 to complete all 35 manned stations. Graham needed to experience and have personal contacts with his subjects, so with the co-operation of the Canadian Coast Guard, he visited every lighthouse prior to working on a new image.

He believes that there is no substitute for the ability to draw, and once a week goes back to the basics of Life Drawing. His philosophy is that an artist must always strive for higher skill plateaus, and continually develop an original concept.

Working with his wife, they marketed and promoted his work by organizing exhibitions, workshops and all things necessary to gain recognition.

Graham's work has accomplished wide recognition, being found in private and corporate collections in Canada, United States, Great Britain, Europe, Australia, Japan, and other countries.

  • Education:

1948 - 52

Arts Degree - Western Technical School - Toronto

1979 - 2001

Studio Life Drawing Sessions -weekly 8 months a year.


Lester B Pearson College, Summer School of the Arts Woodblock Printmaking with Noboru Sawai


University of Victoria - Waterless Lithography Workshop Tamarind Master Printer, Frank Janzen

2001 Tamarind Master Printer, Frank Janzen 10 day private lessons in DryPoint.
  • 37 "one-man" exhibitions:

Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Barrie, Victoria, Vancouver, Kingston Jamaica.

  • 33 "group" exhibitions:

Montreal, Toronto, Barrie, Victoria, Vancouver.

  • CSPWC 1983 Exhibition:

Toronto, Montreal

  • Retrospective exhibition:

MacLaren Art Center Gallery - Barrie 1989.

  • Group Show

  • 1996 Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
  • 1996 BC Objects & Images Exhibition
  • 1999 Kyoto International Woodprint Exhibition - Japan.
  • ArtWORK'99 exhibition - BC Festival of the Arts.
  • 1999 Art Gallery of Greater Victoria Woodblock Exhibition with Walter J. Phillips, 1884/1963.
  • 1999 Dawson Creek Art Gallery Life Drawings "The Power of Seeing"
  • 2000 The Old School House, Qualicum Beach, BC
  • 2000 “Junin Toiro Exhibition” Uganda National Gallery
  • 2001 "Let There Be Light" woodblock Eshibition at Art Gallery, of South Okanagan - Pentiction
  • Work for publication:

4 Readers Digest covers
"Watercolor and How", Watson-Guptill, NY.

  • Watercolour Workshops conducted:

Montreal, Val David, Ottawa, Toronto, Hamilton, Barrie, Collingwood, Godrich, London, Sudbury, Bracebridge, North Bay, Marathon, Kenora, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Regina, Assiniboia, Moose Jaw, Calgary, Canmore, Edmonton, Dawson Creek, Tumbler Ridge, Revelstoke, Salmon Arm, Vernon, Vancouver, Sidney, Victoria, Comox, Campbell River, Ganges, Tofino and Jamaica.

  • Hanga Workshops conducted:

  • 1999, 2000, 2001 - Sidney, BC
  • 2000 - 8 week lecture series at the Art Gallery Victoria, BC
  • College Teaching Assignments:

  • Georgian College - Barrie
  • Northern Lights College - Dawson Creek .
  • North Island College - Comox.
  • Camosun College - Victoria
  • Juried Awards:

  • 1979 Best of Show
  • 1980 Carling Show Toronto
  • 1980 Best Watercolour - Carling Show Toronto
  • 1982 '85 Best Watercolour - Huronia Festival
  • 1990 Honourable Mention - FCA. Vancouver
  • 1991Judges Award, - FCA. Victoria
  • 1996Judges Award, - BC Objects & Images Exhibition
  • 1999 Victoria Symphony purchase/gift for Maestro Peter McCoppin.
  • Arts Organizations:
  • Montreal Lakeshore Artist Assoc.
  • President - Barrie Art Club
  • President - Barrie Arts Council
  • Director - Barrie Gallery Project.

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

See the Victoria Art Gallery Exhibition
See the Penticton Art Gallery Exhibition
See the Dawson Creek Art Gallery Exhibition

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