“My work has explored the convergence of real and imagined experience through themes of memory, growth and mortality. This confluence is reified through drawn and painted visual narratives that have involved people, spaces and objects sourced primarily from my upbringing on the Canadian prairies. The work questions the reliability of memory by exploring the fragile space that exists between authentic recollections, desired history and invented narrative. Themes I have explored include transformation, elements of personal and folk mythology and the supernatural. Recurring reference include Pre-Raphaelite painting, young readers’ mystery novels and pulp illustration.”
Jude Griebel’s work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions internationally, most recently in Los Angeles and Reykjavik. He has worked as an artist in residence throughout North America, as well as at Workshop OM, Japan, the Frans Masereel Centrum, Belgium, and the Nes Centre, Iceland.
Griebel is the recent recipient of grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec and the Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation. In 2007, the Burnaby Art Gallery presented a survey exhibition of his works on paper, with an accompanying publication titled A Cast of Shadows. His paintings and drawings have recently been added to the permanent collections of the Sakima Art Museum (Japan), the Burnaby Art Gallery, The Yukon Arts Centre Public Art Gallery and the Colart Contemporary Canadian Art Collection.