My art deals with landscape and our civilizations impact on it. I realize that our subtle impacts on the land can arguably be more aesthetically interesting than the raw wilderness that preceded them. In my paintings I like to include things that I know exist in the landscape, which usually are considered unsightly in a work of art. When looking at a scene, one tends to overlook these objects. By bringing attention to them in my work, I offer the viewer, in some ways, a more realistic view of a typical scene.

The paintings are often of no specific place, but rather are synthesized from many experiences and memories. I travel a fair amount, often internationally, accumulating these ideas before painting them in my studio on Gabriola Island, B.C. Canada or in Lima, Peru. I do not foresee any sudden thematic changes in my work, but rather a continuation of the artistic progression I’ve been making for more than twenty years.

John Ogilvy was born December 11, 1961 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.



  • 1979 Graduated from F. H. Collins Secondary High School, Whitehorse, Yukon
  • 1980 - 1981 Studied at University of Victoria, Major in Music, Victoria, British Columbia
  • 1982 - 1985 Graduated from Red Deer College, Diploma in Fine Arts, Red Deer, Alberta
  • 1985 - 1988 Graduated from Emily Carr College of Art and Design (Honours), Diploma in Fine Arts with Painting Major, Vancouver, British Columbia

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