May Workshops!

This May I am offering three workshops at the James Bay Community Centre!

Monday – May 2 – June 12 – Papercutting Level 2: The art of drawing with a knife

Tuesday – May 3 – June 6 – Unlocking your inner creative: drawing

Wednesday – May 4 – June 7 – Draw Night

If you are interested please click the link below for registration

To Return Again: Alumni Exhibition of the Vancouver Island School of Art

This show is on until Monday, April 3, 5 pm. It exhibits the diversity and unique artistic paths that these artists have taken since leaving the art college. Curated by the current curatorial studies class, they have managed to take the work of 11 graduates and eloquently piece their individual “worlds” together. Walking around the gallery every artwork becomes its own portal to another place to lose yourself in.

If you have not yet had the chance to explore this exhibition, I dare you to steal some time away and head over to the Slide Room Gallery.

From the Xchange Galleries Newsletter

Xchanges Gallery presents
Jessica Jean Kuyper
Opening Reception
Friday January 6th

This Place is a show about connecting with our surroundings and asking where it is we belong within them. Often are we so distracted by the demands of responsibilities and by our personal devices, that in those spare moments when we are still the mind draws in and begins to observe the world around. With the use of a camera, Kuyper tries to capture the curiosities and mundanity of the everyday that is discovered within those quiet moments. However, it is within the process of drawing that the limitless stories and meanings of these inspired moments are revealed.

Artist’s Bio
Jessica Jean Kuyper is a visual artist based out of Victoria BC. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Gloucestershire in 2015 and a Diploma of Fine Arts from the Vancouver Island School of Art in 2014. Her work explores themes of place and memory, expressed through drawings in ink, paper cutting or painting, looking to understand the lexicon of her experiences.  She has shown her work at the Artventer at Wetpaint Gallery in Cirencester, UK, Free-Range Degree Show in London, UK, the Winchester Gallery and Slide Room Gallery in Victoria BC.
Exhibition continues until Sun 22nd Jan
Gallery hours: Saturdays/Sundays 12-4pm
or by appointment
Sorry – the Gallery is not wheelchair accessible


So…. I have really been slacking on keeping this poor website up to date and I apologize. A lot has happened since my last post. First of all, I taught my first workshop! ‘Papercutting: the art of drawing with a knife’ went over six weeks every Monday evening and it was terrifying and wonderful all at the same time. I also get the pleasure to teach it again in the new year ( January 23 – March 6, Monday evenings 6-8pm at a sweet cost of $65) Just in case you’re interested.

The next big thing to happen, I got accepted to have the opening exhibition for 2017 at Xchanges Art Gallery here in Victoria BC. If you haven’t seen my Instagram feed or Facebook page yet they are flooded with sneaky peeks. The opening night is January 6th at 7 pm till late. the show continues on until January 22. If you are unable to make it to the opening the gallery is only open Saturday and Sundays noon – 4 pm or you can request a special viewing time with me. Again I will just put that in bold here

‘This Place’

Solo Exhibition of Jessica Jean Kuyper

opening night: January 6th at 7 pm till late.

the show continues on until January 22, Saturday and Sundays noon – 4pm

I am so ecstatic to share this body of work with everyone, I couldn’t have asked for a better treat to kick off 2017.

I hope the sporadic posts will become less so with the new year, especially with a new website, but please stay tuned with my going on’s via Instagram/ Facebook in the meantime.

Happy New Year to you all, wishing you an adventurous and marvelous, artful 2017!

Jessica Jean

Blue Oranges

Yesterday my comrades, Boxcarsix, and I took down our previous show “In Position” from the Foyers Gallery and replaced it with “Blue Oranges”. Foyers Gallery is located right inside the Saanich Municipal Hall on Vernon Ave. to which I have drawn a map to help you find it. img_2698

That area of town can be a bit confusing with its one-way streets and the building itself, tucked away behind a small forest, is easy to miss.

As for the name Blue Oranges, it was the colour scheme for which we chose to work in for this particular exhibition. The photo above is to just give you a taste and an idea of what you are looking for when you go to see the show. Though in time I will be sure to add individual photographs of the work as documentation.

So if you live in or around Victoria BC please visit our show and let us know what you think.


A New Beginning

Living a creative life typically means that you are in constant motion,working on a multitude of projects for others and yourself. Along with that, there are the many social media outlets to share these ideas and projects with.

This website for me, in the beginning, was to have a virtual portfolio for Universities or companies that wanted to take me on. Having Instagram attached to the website as well made me feel that I was updating the website with little effort. Though when you are trying to start off on your own ventures, especially that of an artist, having one place to share ideas,processes, special events, or anything is a no-brainer.

So here’s to a year and a half of finally getting my act together and to a bright new fully functioning web site in the near future.