Jake Mol

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Jake Mol

CANADIAN ARTIST JAKE MOL


BORN

May 1st. 1935, Bussem, The Netherlands

EDUCATION

Jake's participation in Fine Arts has been from childhood. After attending public school Jake often detoured purposely through an industrial area near his home in order to watch and observe artists at work in a small commercial art shop. 

At the age of 16, Jake and his family left The Netherlands, immigrating to Canada for a new life. Jake celebrated his 17th. birthday while in transit on a Dutch, East Indies liner named 'The Sibajak', landing in Quebec City on May 5th. 1952. 

Arriving in Canada, Jake immediately continued his education, including art courses at several Ontario Colleges, Technical Schools, University of Toronto and attending Fine Art workshops with many prominent Canadian and U.S. artists as often as time allowed. 

For the exception of about 6 years, during which Jake obtained a Certificate in Criminology from the University of Toronto, or attending other Law Enforcement related courses, his avocation remained steadfastly working and studying Fine Art. Always attending Fine Art courses, workshops, painting outdoors and indoors throughout North America, as well as many other countries.

STUDIED ART

The Netherlands:

  • Primary & Highschools

Canada:

  • Central Technical School (Commercial Art) 1954 - 1955
  • Ontario College of Art 1971 - 1972 - 1974
  • Cedar Brea Collegiate 1973

CANADIAN ARTISTS

John Gould

Jack ReidGery Puley
Tom CayleyTom La PiereAlex Millar
Peter MawFred SchombergerZoltan Szabo
Oswald TimmasDevona PaquettePeter Van Gills
Glen UrquartDon FraserBrian Atteo
Ron LeonardBrent Heighton 

US ARTISTS

Frank Webb

Dominic DiStephanoClaude Croney
Ray LoosCharles MovaliZygmund Jankowski
Betty Lou SchlemmMargery SorokaBarbara Neches
Christopher SchinkAlex PowersWm. B. Lawrence
Charles ReidDon AndrewsA. Westerman
Wm. VrscakTony CouchGeorge Delaney

GENERAL

Obtaining his Canadian Citizenship in 1957 he joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police that same year as a challenge. On November 4th. he signed a predetermined five year contract, received Regimental #20237, and went through 9 months of training at Regina Depot in "K" Troupe, finishing 4th. in standing. He was transferred to Ottawa sometime in September of 1958, after which Jake purchased his Discharge on December 12th. 1958, which was officially granted on January 22nd. 1959. 

Jake joined the Metropolitan Toronto Police Force on March 9th. 1959, serving over 31 years; 22 years as a Detective, of which 20 years were spent in Intelligence Services controlling organized crime in the Metropolitan Toronto area. 

Jake retired from Police work on August 1st. 1990, to devote all his time to Fine Art.

Jake's early teenage work was mostly related to pencil and charcoal work, in portraits and life drawing. Later the work developed towards oil, pastels, acrylic and most other fine art mediums in the realistic as well as abstract work. Jake spent some years working mainly in Oil Monotype, and enjoyed some success working the technique in a transparent style. It was following this period that Jake started to concentrate on Watercolour, which has now become his love. 

Since going public in 1970 at the Toronto City Hall Show, (then managed by Jack Pollock et-al), Jake has had many SOLO Exhibitions, and participated in many Juried and other Group shows, winning a number of awards. 

In 1991 Jake had one of his original Indian Charcoal portraits, (Chief Joseph) accepted in the Indian Museum of North America, Crazy Horse, S.D., U.S.

PHILOSOPHY

Jake's philosophy on Fine Art has always been consistent. "The Human Element" is the Artist's soul and personality. "It is the Artist". Jake feels it is therefore ESSENTIAL that this element of the Artist is represented in the Artist's work.

MEDIUM

Jake has worked many Fine Art Mediums and Forms during his career; such as Oil, Pastel, Charcoal, Acrylic, Watercolour, Wood, Metal; as well as a variety of forms; such as Brush, Knife, Print, Sculpt, Woodburning, etc. Presently Watercolour medium is prominent.

TEACHING

Since Jake's retirement in 1990, his previous Art avocation has become a full time vocation in Fine Art, including Demonstrating, Teaching, and some Jurying, in the Educational, and Art Communities.

  • Haliburton School of Fine Art
  • Willowdale Group of Artists
  • Peel Region School Board
  • Burlington Art Council
  • Ontario Christian School Association
  • Society of York Region Artists
  • Barrie Society of Artists
  • Loyalist College Summer Arts (Bridgewater)
  • Studio Six, Markham/E.C.O.A.A. workshops
  • Weather Van Workshops/T.W.S. Edithvale
  • Clarkson Society of Artists/Pickering College Group
  • Art Guild of Scarborough/Humber Vallery Art Club
  • Alliston Art Society/Spring Bank Art Association
  • Guelph Art Association/Port Colbourne Art Club
  • Font Hill Art Group/and many others

SOLO AND DUO (over 50)

Jake's SOLO exhibitions have been well received, and he has developed a very loyal following.

  • Patmos Gallery, Toronto 1975 - 1980
  • York Fine Arts Gallery, Aurora 1975 - 1990
  • Hunter Gallery, Markham 1981
  • Saxe Gallery, Toronto 1980 - 1983
  • Tamarack Studios, Aurora 1984 (yearly)
  • Morgan Gallery, Markham 1989
  • Skelton Gallery, Collingwood 1991 (yearly)

Jake's work can be found in several commercial galleries in Ontario. 

Jake loves the Canadian Shield which is often expressed in his art works, as well as many different Northern scenes, and subjects from all over the Globe. 

Jake first received some artistic recognition in 1964 when a woodburning portrait of the former U.S. President J.F. Kennedy was shown in more than 40 Canadian newspapers from Newfoundland to British Columbia, as well as U.S. Media.

AWARDS

  • E.C.O.A.A. Whitby Art, "Donna Purdon" Award, 1974
  • Port Hope Festival of Arts, 2nd. best in show, 1975
  • Lewiston Outdoor Art Festival, First in Show (U.S.A.) 1976
  • Huronia Art Festival, Purchase Award, Barrie, Ontario, 1976
  • Lewiston Outdoor Art Festival, First in Show (U.S.A.) 1977
  • Fergus Fall Fair Fine Art Show, Purchase Award, 1976
  • C.K.O.C. Art Exhibition, Hamilton, Purchase Award, 1979
  • E.C.O.A.A. Sir Sanford Fleming, Honourable Menion, Juried Art Show, 1979
  • Huronia Art Festival, Best Transparent WC, Barrie, Ontario 1980
  • E.C.O.A.A. Rose Baker Award, 1980
  • City of North York Purchase Award, 1990
  • Dora Purdon Award, E.C.O.A.A. 1993 (Algonquin Park)
  • T.W.S. 1992
  • E.C.O.A.A. Gallery on the Lake, Honourable Mention, 1997
  • E.C.O.A.A Annual Juried Show, "Don Madocks" Award, 2000
  • T.W.S. Aquavision, Jurors' Choice Award, 2000
  • T.W.S.O.C.A.D. Outreach Gallery, Honourable Mention, 2000

JURIED EXHIBITIONS

  • Willowdale Group of Artists - 1978
  • E.C.O.A.A. - 1972, 74, 75, 76, 78, 79, 80, 82, 83, 84, 86, 87, 88, 90, 91, 92, 94, 96, 97, 98, 99, 2000
  • C.O.A.A. - 1979 - 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 93, 96
  • Fegus Fall Fair - 1976 - 1977
  • Port Hope Fall Fair - 1977
  • Tom Thomson Memorial Gallery - 1976, 77, 78
  • North York Arts Council - 1976, 77, 78, 79
  • Lewiston Council of the Arts - 1976, 77, 78, 79
  • C.K.O.C. (Hamilton Art Gallery) - 1975, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80
  • Patmos Gallery - 1975
  • Huronia Festival of the Arts - 1977, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82
  • Yorkdale Juried Art Show - 1978, 79, 80
  • Guelph Creative Art Association - 1981
  • T.W.S. - 1986, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 93, 94, 95, 97, 99, 2000
  • Canadian Art of Dutch Heritage - 1980
  • McMichael Gallery, Kleinburg - 1996 - 1997
  • Fred Varley Gallery, Markham - 1997

NON-JURIED EXHIBITIONS

  • Toronto City Hall
  • Toronto Dominion Centre
  • O'Keefe's Centre
  • North York Civic Centre
  • Peel Art Gallery
  • Etobicoke Civic Centre
  • The McLaughlin Block
  • Hamilton Place
  • Artisan Centre, Mississauga
  • Optimist Club, New Market
  • Visual Art Centre, New Castle
  • McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa
  • Allentown Villlage Society, Buffalo
  • Alpha Omega Women's Auxiliary, Toronto
  • Huronia Festival, Barrie
  • The Alexander Gallery, Toronto
  • Witten Gallery, King City
  • McDowel Gallery, Toronto
  • Karney Daniels Gallery, Toronto
  • Cambrian Rose Gallery, Ottawa
  • Valen Art Gallery, Scarborough
  • McMichael Gallery, Kleinberg
  • The Manse Gallery, Baysville
  • Beth Tikvah Sisterhood, Toronto
  • Toronto Harbour Front Show
  • Muskoka Arts Festival, Bracebridge
  • Autum Festival of Arts, Etobicoke
  • Kiwanis Club of Kingsway
  • C.K.O.C. Arts, Hamilton
  • Fergus Fall Arts
  • Grace Church on the Hill
  • Goderich Arts Festival
  • Markham Kiwanis Art Show
  • Niagara on the Lake Art Festival
  • Tom Thomson Memorial Gallery, Owensound
  • Rotary Art Festival, Scarborough
  • Thornhill Scouts & Guides Art Shows
  • Heintzman House
  • Thornhill Library
  • Scarborough Library
  • Unionville Village Art Festival
  • Windsor Art in the Park
  • Yorkdale Art Shows
  • Link Gallery Y.C.H., Newmarket
  • The Gallery Neilson Park Creative Centre, Etobicoke
  • Haliburton Rails End Gallery
  • T.W.S.
  • Varley Art Gallery
  • The Van Egmond Foundation, Egmondville
  • Cedar Brea District Library
  • The Saxe Gallery
  • Rhodes Restaurant

Many unnamed locations such as Bank Centres, Hospitals, Libraries, Theatres, and other locations throughout Canada, U.S. and other continents.

GROUP SHOWS

Jake has participated in many Juried and Group Art shows such as:

  • The Harbour Front, Toronto
  • The Toronto Dominion Centre
  • O'Keefe's Centre
  • North York Civic Centre
  • Peel Art Gallery
  • Etobicoke Civic Centre
  • The McLaughlin Block, Toronto
  • Hamilton Place
  • Artisan Centre, Mississauga
  • Optimist Club, Newmarket
  • Visual Art Centre, Newcastle
  • McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa
  • Allentown Village Society, Buffalo
  • Alpha Omega Women's Auxiliary, Toronto
  • Huronia Festival, Barrie
  • Beth Tikvah Sisterhood, Toronto,
  • Muskoka Arts Festival, Bracebridge
  • Toronto City Hall Art show
  • Autumn Festival of Arts, Kiwanis Club of the Kingsway
  • C.K.O.C. Arts, Hamilton
  • Fergus Fall Arts
  • Grace Church on the Hill, Toronto
  • Goderich Festival of the Arts
  • Grimsby Art Gallery
  • Markham Kiwanis Art Show
  • Niagara On The Lake Art Festival
  • Tom Thomson Memorial Gallery, Own Sound
  • Rotary Art Festival, Scarborough
  • Thornhill Scouts & Guides Art Show
  • Thornhill Library
  • Scarborough Library
  • Unionville Village Art Festival
  • Windsor Art in the Park
  • Yorkdale Art Show
  • The Link Gallery Y.C.H., Newmarket
  • The Gallery Neilson Park Creative Centre, Etobicoke
  • Haliburton Rails End
  • Toronto Watercolour Society

as well as many other locations such as Hospitals and Art in the Park locations.

CORPORATE COLLECTIONS

Many Corporate Collections across the world. List can be provided for over 50

  • C.K.O.C. Radio Hamilton, (Sifton Family)
  • In On The Park, Toronto
  • MaNsfield - Denman General Co. Ltd.
  • L.T.T. Canada Ltd.
  • Air Canada, Int. Nat. Airport
  • Eastern Hydraulics Ltd.
  • A.E. LePage, Yonge & Summerhill
  • Pendary Management Ltd.
  • Weston Credit Jewellers Ltd.
  • Nitec Paper Corp. U.S.A.
  • Alert Products Ltd.
  • H.D. Lee Co.
  • Dr. B. Tovee
  • Dr. S. Rosen
  • Leader Packers Ltd.
  • Lee Jill Services Inc.
  • Miller Thomson Barr. & Solctrs.
  • York County Hospital
  • Scott International Inc.
  • Magna Diversi Inc.
  • Winfield McKay
  • Jutland Meats
  • Enfield Corp.
  • Canadian General Insurance
  • A.C. Nielson Co.
  • Apsco Products Ltd.
  • City of North York
  • Algonquin Mercantile Corp
  • H.J. Knowles Q.C.
  • S.m. Snider Interiors
  • Murray Axsmith & Associates
  • Judge Philip G. Givens
  • Indian Museum of North America
  • E.A. Rea & Ssociates Ltd.
  • Insurance Portfolio Inc.
  • Lloyd Robertson (C.T.V.)
  • Irvine Robinson Interior Decorating Ltd.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • E.C.O.A.A. 1972 through.........
  • International Society of Artists (Charter) 1977
  • Vodka Painters of Canada, (Charter) 1976
  • Whitby Arts Association, 1974 through 1977
  • Willowdale Group of Artists 1977 through 1980 - 1997
  • North York Arts Council, 1975 through 1988
  • Central Ontario Art Association, 1977 through......
  • Sheridan College, Society of Painters etc. 1976 through 1981
  • Toronto Watercolour Society, 1985 through.......
  • Association of Independent Artist, 1983 through.......
  • Candian Society of Painters in Watercolour 1999.......
  • East Central Ontario Art Association, 1972 through.......
  • American Watercolour Society, 1993.......
  • Knickerbocker Artists, New York, 1991.......

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

Jake's works can be found in many Private Collections throughout Canada, North & South America, Europe, Australia, and Asia.

  • Toronto Telegram, November 21st. 1964
  • Niagara Falls Evening Review, November 24th. 1964
  • Scarborough Mirror, November 25th. 1964
  • Oakville Beaver, November 25th. 1964
  • Globe and Mail, November 8th. 1975
  • Palmos Quarterly, Autumn 1975
  • Holandia News, November 22nd 1976
  • Toronto Star, January 17th. 1977
  • Toronto Star, April 6th. 1977
  • Star Week T.V. Guide, March 19th. - 26th. 1977
  • Patmos Quarterly, Summer 1977
  • The Banner, September 28th. 1977
  • The Toronto Star, September 20th. 1978
  • Hamilton Spectator, January 27th. 1979
  • Holandia News, February 12th. 1979
  • The Onion, March 1979
  • The Sunday Sun, March 2nd. 1980
  • The Windmill Post, September 22nd. 1980
  • The Weekend Post, Burlington, January 31st. 1981
  • The Globe and Mail, April 4th. 1981
  • Topic, October 6th. 1981
  • Toronto Arts News, April 1982
  • Slate, Toronto Gallery Guide, April 1982
  • Topic, November 23rd 1982
  • Topic, November 30th. 1982
  • Toronto Star, December 14th. 1982
  • Globe and Mail, February 26th. 1983
  • Topic, March, 1983
  • Sunday Era, Newmarket April 20th. 1986
  • The Aurora Banner, February 11th. 1987
  • Newmarket Aurora Banner, April 5th. 1989
  • Newmarket Aurora Banner, March 8th. 1989
  • Toronto's Many Faces, T. Ruprecht, 1990
  • The Enterpirise-Bulletin, January 23rd. 1991
  • The Nederlandse Courant, May 21st. 1991
  • De Nederlandse Courant, January 28th. 1992
  • Alsonquin's Centennial News, 1993 Season
  • The Nederlandse Courant, November 19th. 1994
  • The Collingwood, February 1996
  • Collingwood Life and Pictorial, March 1999
  • The Watercolour Gazette, September - October 1999


Works by Jake Mol

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