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Mary Jo Major

Calgary, AB

Artist Biography

Mary Jo Major was born in Edmonton, AB, and since then she has traveled widely. In Australia she taught and studied painting at the Melbourne Institute of Technology. In Indonesia she learned the art of batik, then studied at the Ècole des Beaux Arts, Aix-en-Provence, subsequently earning her BFA at Concordia University in Montreal, QC. In 1992 she received her MFA from the University of Calgary.

Mary Jo Major has achieved distinction as a painter and printmaker. Her work has been widely collected in such places as The New York Public Library, the Glenbow Museum (Calgary, Canada), the Whitechapel Library (London, England), the Canada Council Art Bank, and the University of Calgary Special Collections.

Artist Statement

Mary Jo Major is motivated to create art by the desire to record and share her deepest experiences. Inspiration often comes from the beauty of landscape or the incomparable power of colour itself. Paint is her medium of choice being overwhelmingly sensual, plus it offers to transform shape and colour into the substance of our wildest dreams.

At times, colourful shapes happen to suggest horizons or clouds, while also fulfilling some of the roles abstract painting intends: an open space, an emotion or a memory. The possibilities are varied and multiple. In this way, Mary Jo’s works oscillate between specific locations and abstract compositions.

Canvases that evolve beyond resemblance carry elements of air, outer space, and time travel. There are no limits. In the process, colour is freed from boundaries. Colour is itself the subject of the painting, revealing how we “see” both inwardly and outwardly. The works open a gradual progression of visual intensities, individual discoveries, and opportunities for reflection.

Though some paintings are lightly rendered, many are created through numerous layers and erasures of paint. As she works on each piece over several months or leaves and returns after a longer break, change becomes part of the experience, reflecting the natural process.

Artworks by Mary Jo Major

painting in interior
Spice Islands
By Mary Jo Major
23 x 33.5 in

$900.00



painting on white wall
Windows: July
By Mary Jo Major
24 x 24 in

$600.00



painting on white wall
Lightwaves
By Mary Jo Major
24 x 48 in

$2,100.00



painting on white wall
Saturn Sequence
By Mary Jo Major
40 x 60 in

$3,600.00



painting on white wall
New Blues
By Mary Jo Major
48 x 60 in

$2,900.00



painting on white wall
Sunset
By Mary Jo Major
60 x 40 in

$3,200.00



painting mocked up in interior
Alberta Autumn
By Mary Jo Major
32 x 48 in

$2,200.00



painting mockup
Blue Forest I, II
By Mary Jo Major
19.5 x 25 in

$400.00$800.00



painting mockup
Inner Peace
By Mary Jo Major
22 x 30 in

$400.00



painting mockup
Space Travel | Trip to Mars
By Mary Jo Major
22 x 30 in

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painting on white wall
Windows: March
By Mary Jo Major
24 x 20 in

$450.00



painting mockup
Windows: January
By Mary Jo Major
28 x 22 in

$600.00



painting mocked up in interior
Colour Notes
By Mary Jo Major
24 x 48 in

$1,400.00



painting mockup
Starstruck
By Mary Jo Major
40 x 60 in

$2,400.00



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Game On
By Mary Jo Major
20 x 24 in

$550.00



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City
By Mary Jo Major
48 x 60 in

$2,880.00



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Metroworld
By Mary Jo Major
30 x 40 in

$1,300.00



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Starburst
By Mary Jo Major
32 x 43 in

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Freedom Mary Jo Major ArtMatch 1 painting mockup
Freedom
By Mary Jo Major
48 x 60 in

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Black Gold Mary Jo Major ArtMatch painting mockup
Black Gold
By Mary Jo Major
60 x 48 in

$2,880.00



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Melody
By Mary Jo Major
30 x 40 in

$1,200.00



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Another World
By Mary Jo Major
28 x 36 in

$1,200.00