As an Artist I am compelled to explore the unseen world and the universal harmonic that governs it…. to create what I see, what I sense, what I dream.

I was born and raised in northern Saskatchewan, where  the prairies and the boreal forest meet. You could say that my early artistic education happened in the playground of unlimited freedom and exploration of that place. The light and the infinite sense of space peculiar to the landscape of my childhood, influences my work – you could even say that they are the source of it.

There is nothing about my art career that has been linear or that fits into categories or boxes. After completing my MFA, transitioning to an independent professional practice happened gradually, and alternated between years of intense studio practice and part-time work.

I never aspired to be a gallery or commercial artist – to making work to hang on a wall – although I have done that. My tendencies leaned towards making large-scale work, creating visual experiences in alternate environments. I make bodies of work then look for a place to exhibit. I get an idea and it consumes me until I get it out of my head and into the world   –   making the vision  visible –

The prevalence of theme based and curator driven exhibitions over the years left little room for my work within conventional cultural institutions. In 1995, in response to this trend I created an Open Studio event out of my Vancouver studio at 1000 Parker St along with other participants in the building. Each year we invited other artist studio buildings to join in. This event is now known as the Eastside Culture Crawl. It was a way to invite the public into our studios and our process, educating them about the importance of creative pursuits, maintaining control over what we exhibited and how, as well as keeping all the profits from work sold, increasing our income and our independence.

Louise Pagé
Okori
2017

University Education
Master of Fine Arts,  painting     University of British Columbia,  Vancouver, BC   1990
Bachelor  of Fine Arts,  painting   University of Calgary,  Calgary, AB    1980

Other
‘silence, awareness, existence’   artist residency  Arteles   Finland   January 2019
BAiR   artist residency   Banff  Center for Arts and Creativity   Banff  AB    2018
Painting / sculpture workshop    George Ketterl    Vancouver, BC    1996
Early childhood education degree    Langara College,    Vancouver, BC   1991
Emma Lake professional artist workshop    Peter Bradley    John Link    1986

Expositions

‘hai’ lights : Grindavik     Iceland       September 2019

‘hai’lights : koivu    Haukijärvi  Finland    ‘silence awareness existence’    artists’ residency      January 2019

‘hai’ lights : kokku   Haukijärvi Finland     ‘silence awareness existence’     artists residency    January 2019

hai’ lights : BAiR        fall  residency       Banff School of Fine Arts       Banff AB                        Sept 17th – October 20th  2018

‘hai’ lights : Equinox vigil  installation   Union Cemetery   Calgary, AB  September 22nd  2018

‘hai’ lights : labyrinth    Blaeberry Valley    Golden, BC    Dec 2016 – Feb 2017

Three definitions of the sublime    Eric Cameron curator   Triangle Gallery Calgary, AB          Mar 22 – May 4 2007

U of C Alumni  Exhibition    U of C Theatre    Calgary, AB    Sept  2000

jardins de la nuit’    Amy’s on 2nd    Prince Albert, SK    May – Jul  2000

‘saisons de repos, saisons de rêves’ souvenirs de Saskatchewan’   Eastside Culture Crawl, Vancouver, BC    Nov 1999

les rêves des jardins d’hiver’  installation  Eastside Culture Crawl Vancouver, BC  Nov 1998

Island Mountain Arts  Instructor’s exhibition    Wells, BC    Jul 25 – Aug 10 1997

daydreams painted on a prairie sky : a meditation on beauty     Open Studio Event   Vancouver BC       Dec 1996

Work in Progress: Vancouver artists in their studios    Juried Vancouver, BC
May 6 – 29      1994

‘réflections de mon esprit‘    MFA solo exhibition    Queen Elizabeth Theatre Gallery, Vancouver, BC      Aug – Oct 1989

BC Artists at the Square ’88    Juried    Robson Square Media Centre   Vancouver, BC               Jan 5 – Mar 6 1988

BFA Graduate Exhibition    Nickel Arts Museum    Calgary, AB
Apr 28 – May 21  1979

Nickel Arts Museum Opening Exhibition    Juried    Nickel Arts Museum Calgary AB                Jan 12 – Feb 25  1979

Professional associations
CARFAC National
CARFAC Sask
Copyright Visual Arts (CARCC)

Publications
Spirit Matters : Ron (Gyo-Zo) Spickett  Artist, poet, lay priest    Geoffrey Simmins    2009     ISBN  1700-9995    pages 188-189

Three definitions of the sublime    Eric Cameron    ISBN   978-0-9783176-0-7    2007

‘The Culture Club’     Reg Street   Western Living Magazine    November  1998  pg 20 – 23

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