Biography

Judith Ingwersen was born in 1947 in North Bay, Ontario.  From an early age Judith sketched and painted images that she saw while exploring around her childhood cottage.  Baby birds in nests, chipmunks, Inky (her cat) napping in the sun, anything that sparked her imagination and her wonder.  Growing up in northern Ontario, Judith was surrounded by towering pines, ancient rock, crystal waters, fall splendor and an array of wildlife.  Images of wilderness and wildness have become a theme in her work for over four decades. Her enormous respect for nature is based on the experiences enjoyed in childhood and throughout her life.

Judith attended Algonquin Secondary School where she excelled in the arts, math and physics.  She won the gold medal for mathematics in grade thirteen and was accepted to Waterloo University in 1966.  As one of the only girls in her math and physics program at university, Judith worked hard to excel.  Judith continued to paint and sketch during this period of her life, again using her surroundings as inspirations.  Paintings from this period included the Amish farms, and snowy scenes with snake fences that surrounded historic farms, the rolling hills of countryside outside of Kitchener-Waterloo and some of the friends she met at university.  Judith graduated in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Math and Physics from Waterloo University with a bronze medal.  She returned to North Bay where she took a job in the laboratory of the newly formed Canadore College.  She was married in 1971 and has two daughters.  The 1970’s emerged as Judith’s abstract period where she was influenced by colour and form.  The 1980’s brought her back to a more realistic style where she began to incorporate people in her work.  Judith, again, taking inspiration from her surroundings produced numerous paintings and drawings of her children and their friends.  Works from this era included backdrops of the familiar northern Ontario landscape.  Judith began her art education at Nipissing University and Canadore College in the 1980’s.   During the mid to late 1980’s Judith worked as a math and physics teacher at Canadore College until she left in 1989 and then operated a private school that helped students obtain a secondary school diploma for five years and since then has pursued art full-time. 

Her first solo exhibitition, titled Northern Visions was held at the WKP Kennedy Gallery in North Bay in 1990.  During the 1990’s Judith took inspiration from the energy of living things.  Youthful energy is captured in the artist’s camp counsellor series and her garden paintings display energy through colour and arrangement. Judith began experimenting with collage in the mid-1990’s.  Ripping, tearing and repositioning the colourful scraps of paper became a cathartic form of creation.  Myth and story began to take on more importance towards the end of this decade as a means to apply their symbols to her own experience.  Judith developed a new series of paintings that weaved together story, myth, dream and landscape.  These paintings were displayed in her second solo show, From Ragged Edges at the White Water Gallery in 1999.

In 2000, Judith continued to explore story and myth from regions around the world but became fascinated by stories from Canada’s Arctic region.  Several visits to this part of Canada inspired Judith to explore the significance and meaning of Inuit tales in contemporary society.  In 2002, a solo exhibition titled Sealskin Woman at the White Water Gallery presented works in mixed media and invited participants to share their interpretations of the story.  In 2003, Judith exhibited again with Skeleton Woman at the White Water Gallery. 

Judith continues to create a variety of works that draw on her experience, her love of nature and her quest for truth.  Her work is represented in a variety of corporate and private collections in Canada, the United States, Hungary, Colombia and the United Kingdom.

Interests/Committees/Workshops

Judith Ingwersen has been and continues to be involved in a variety of community projects.  She has been on the board of directors of the White Water Gallery, L’Arche, the Manitou Woman’s Event and Camp Norland.  She participates in the Taoist Tai Chi Society, North Bay Ballroom Dancing Club and the North Bay Film Club.  Judith enjoys travelling, hiking and downhill and cross country skiing with family and friends.

Mediums

Judith has worked with a variety of media including watercolour, acrylic, collage, and pencil.  Her surfaces include canvas, paper, wooden doors, leather and glass.  Experimenting with media and using unconventional surfaces enhances her style.