For over 25 years, Jane Burns has exhibited her works in cities across Canada and the United States, including the 80 Spadina, Yorkville Galleries, The Collector’s Gallery (Albright-Knox Collector’s Gallery, Buffalo, New York), and A.I.R. Gallery, Brookyn, New York.

Jane’s work is in many permanent collections such as University of Toronto Art Centre, Carleton University Art Gallery, Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation, Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery, as well as corporate collections including Saatchi and Saatchi Advertising Inc. Her works are included in many publications, critical reviews and museum catalogues, and she painted during residencies at Pouch Cove and the old growth forest in Temagami.

Jane also took great delight in teaching art at both the Royal Ontario Museum and the Harbourfront School by the Water.

Jane is a Canadian artist and a member of the Toronto Arts Scene. Born in Owen Sound on the Bruce Peninsula, Jane still finds inspiration from her roots. She completed a fine arts studio degree at University of Toronto.


I am on a pilgrimage and my paintings are the landmarks. My work is multi-layered with rich pigments yet is at once tangible and intangible. The viewer plays a key role in completing each image, hopefully finding a universal beauty both real and imagined, transcending time and place.

While I work with a variety of mediums, my love of watercolor has been a constant, whether coupled with gauche or graphite, handmade washi or rag paper. For the past decade I have also painted richly layered oil paintings on linen. These oils begin with drawings and then have layered glazes applied with brush and palette knife.

There is such joy in my painting process. It is a kind of meditation in paint, as I explore the depths of my imagination. I can work through my emotions.



1991 Bachelor of Arts Degree (Fine Arts Studio), University of Toronto
1970 York University, Year One
1986 Ontario College of Art and Design
1986 Toronto School of Art


2023, 2022, 2020 Benefactor Exhibition, MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie
2023, 2022, 2018, 2007 Open Studio, Toronto
2022 The Bigger Picture, Art Gallery of Hamilton
2022 Dimensions Art Gallery
2021 Dimensions Art Gallery, Toronto
2021 Resilience and Renewal, Japanese Paper Place: View here
2020 Murmuration, Open Studio, Toronto, Ontario
2019 Members Ink, Open Studio, Toronto
2019 Pushing the Envelope Series, Dimensions Art Gallery, Toronto
2019-2018, 2016-2004 MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie
2018 Tweet for Birds, Collaboration with Laura Burns for W O M A N, Nuit Blanche, Spadina Museum, Toronto
2017, 2016, 2008 – 2005 A.I.R. Gallery, New York
2016 Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Owen Sound
2013 Enigma Paintings, Leonardo Galleries (solo)
2011 Artists and Other Rare Birds, Leonardo Galleries (solo)
2010 Jane Burns: Paintings and Woodcut Prints, Leonardo Galleries (solo)
2008 Push>Back, Leonardo Galleries (solo)
2008 (since 2001) Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo (New York, US)
2008 Washi Summit, Gallery Lambton, Sarnia
2006 Hilton & Current Works, Leonardo Galleries (solo)
2005 Turquoise Gallery, Toronto
2004 Strata, Prince Arthur Fine Arts, Toronto (solo)
2003 Sunbury Gallery, New Brunswick (solo)
2001 Hot Flash & The Volcano, Prince Arthur Fine Arts, Toronto (solo)
2000 International Miniature Show, Toronto
2000 Jane Burns, Paintings, Gallery 7, Toronto (solo)
c. 2000 Art Auction for Pouch Cove Foundation, Toronto
c. 2000 River Gallery, New York
1999 Jane Burns at Gallery 7, Gallery 7, Toronto (solo)
1998 Carthew Thompson Gallery, Los Angeles, U.S.
1997 Moonscape, Illuminary Art Gallery, Toronto (solo)
1996 Eco-bitions, Deleon White Gallery, Toronto
1994 Reif Gallery of Contemporary Canadian Art, Niagara on the Lake
1993 Jane Burns, Gallery Rochon, Toronto (two person)
1991 Art for Preservation, Market Gallery, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal,
1990 Jane Burns Paintings, Gallery House Sol, Georgetown (solo)
1988 Jane Burns Paintings, Gallery House Sol, Georgetown (solo)
1987 Jane’s Works, Kensington Place Gallery, Toronto (solo)
1986 Here and Now, Toronto (solo)

COLLECTIONS (selected)

Royal Victoria Hospital Foundation collection
Juravinski Cancer Hospital Foundation, “Poem”, installed in Transplant Department
Juravinski Cancer Hospital Foundation, Permanent Art Collection
University College Art Collection
University of Toronto Art Collection
Carleton University Art Gallery Collection
Gallery Lambton Permanent Collection (now Judith Norman Alix)
Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation of Toronto


Saatchi and Saatchi Advertising Inc.
Royal Trust Collection


New York Times, Art & Design, 2017 Spring Gallery Guide
Vie Des Art Magazine
Toronto Star Newspaper
Globe and Mail Newspaper
Gleaner Newspaper
Waterfront Magazine
Great Art for A Great University, The University College Collection Catalogue
Washi Summit Catalogue
The Risks of Remembrance, A.E.Carson


Royal Ontario Museum (R.O.M.), Printmaking
Avenue Road Arts School
Harbourfront School by the Water
Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery
Toronto Board of Education
University of Toronto (Arts Week Demo)
Heliconian Club Workshop


Pouch Cove Foundation, Newfoundland
Old growth forest camp for Earthroots in Temagami


Open Studio, Toronto, Ontario
Leonardo Art Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
CARFAC (Canadian Artists’ Representation/Le Front des artistes canadiens)


“Jane makes monotypes by smearing, scrumbling her pigment onto the waiting paper with a decided dash and verve that results in an impressionistic authoring, a painterly joie de vivre that convinces you of the poetic tumultuousness.”

Gary Michael Dalt, The Globe and Mail

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Industrial Pastoral

Industrial Pastoral | Oil on Linen | 36″ x 48″