Jim Prince’s paintings received critical attention right from the start. Shortly after completeting art school in Toronto in 1954, Jim exhibited on several occasions at the Art Gallery of Ontario with the Ontario Society of Artisits and the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour. One of Jim’s paintings during this period was purchased by J. Hirshhorn, and is now in the permanent collection at The Hirshhorn Museum at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.
Art has always been central to Jim’s life. After a career in graphic art, he was able to rediscover his love for painting, and more recently Jim had the honour of being one of the artists chosen by the American Watercolor Society for its 133rd Annual International Exhibition in New York City.
Whether his medium is acrylics or watercolor, Jim loves to paint the world around him: street scenes, laneways, and Victorian houses with the mood and character found in old Toronto; pristine lakes and rugged trees in and around Algonquin park; the beautiful Mediterranean countryside; quaint colonial Mexican villages; wind-swept seascapes; and every-day still lifes are all among Jim’s favourite subjects. His passion for beauty is apparent in all of his work. Jim’s paintings hang in private collections and galleries across Canada and around the world. Jim is also available for private commissions.