• Tract III, 2015-2022
  • 60" x 48", oil on canvas
  • Barbara Milne

Artist Information

Barbara Milne

Moving from Toronto to Calgary over 40 years ago, I had not anticipated the powerful draw of the foothills and mountains. Nor did I see how such vastness would bring about an enhanced appreciation of the minutia from which such vistas are formed. As I began to contemplate the idea of working within the theme of landscape I was inspired by the works of Georgia O’Keefe, Arthur Dove, and Emily Carr, artists who ventured into abstraction and whose works I regard as meditations on the essence of place, both external and internal.



Along with direct observation, sketching and photography, I have, for the past decade, used collage as a creative lens that enables me to subvert the logic and order of what I experience and observe. Through editing and amplification of details, I am looking at our fragile relationship to the land, pondering ideas of stewardship, vulnerability and even loneliness. Through subjects of the landscape and still life, I am ever reminded of temporality - of presence and absence - nature as we encounter it and as we remember it…

b. Windsor, Ontario


1979 Bachelors of Fine Arts, (4 year Honours Degree): York University, Toronto


2009 ACAD Professional 
Development Funding – Gullkistan Residency, Iceland

2008 ACAD Professional 
Development Funding for Vancouver Exhibition, April 2008 Alberta Foundation for
the Arts Project Grant

2004 Nominated and elected 
to the Royal Canadian Academy

2003 Alberta Foundation for 
The Arts Project Grant

1998 Alberta Foundation for 
The Arts Project Grant



Canadian Embassy, Brussels,Belgium

Alberta Foundation for the Arts

Whyte Museum of Canadian Rockies

Canada Council Art Bank

Calgary Allied Arts Foundation

Glenbow Museum

Air Canada

Nickle Arts Museum

Bank of America


2022 Wallace Galleries Ltd, Calgary

2019 Edge Gallery Calgary

2017 Paul Kuhn Gallery

2016-2017 Responding To the Collection of the Whyte Museum

2013 Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary

2012 Edge Gallery, Canmore

2011 Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary

2008 Nickle Arts Museum

Atelier Gallery, Vancouver

Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary

2006 Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary

2004 Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary

2003 Atelier Gallery, Vancouver

2002 Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary

2001 Atelier Gallery, Vancouver

2000 Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary

1998 Atelier Gallery, Vancouver

Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary

James Baird Gallery, St. John’s, Nfld.

1997 Atelier Gallery, Vancouver

1996 Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary


2020 The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Drawn to the West

Artistic Pairings, Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary

Last Picture Show, Edge Gallery, Calgary

2018 Two Person Show with Dave More,The Edge Gallery in Canmore

2017 Audain Art Museum,Whistler, BC : Stone and Sky: Canada’s Mountain Landscape

Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies:New Acquisitions

2012 Faculty Exhibition ACAD

2011 The National Capital Commission (NCC), in collaboration with the Canada Council Art Bank, Provincial and Territorial Confederation Boulevard Banners. Represented Alberta

Faculty Exhibition ACAD

2010 Faculty Exhibition ACAD

2009 Gullkistan Artist Residency,Iceland - 2 Person Show

Art Gallery of Calgary, Gallery Without Walls: Celebrating 50 Years, Calgary Allied Arts Foundation -

50 Artists from the Calgary Civic Art Collection

2008 Art Gallery of Alberta “The Essence of Landscape” The Alberta Foundation for the Arts Travelling Exhibition Program

Alberta College of Art – Faculty Exhibition

2007 Nickle Arts Museum – “Alberta Formed” – work from the permanent collection

Alberta College of Art and Design - Print Exhibition “Collaborations”

MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina “From Where I Stand”

Contemporary Landscapes by Canadian Artists

2005 Alberta High Commission, Washington DC

2003-2005 Ilingworth Kerr Gallery, Alberta College of Art, Faculty Show

2000 Nickle Arts Museum, University of Calgary,

“INLAND: Narrative in Western Landscape”

1999 Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, Alberta

“The Path To Skoki”

1998 Art Gallery of Nfld. And Labrador, St. John’s

“The Painters Newfoundland”

1997 The Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton

“Celebrating a Legacy” Alberta Foundation for the Arts 25th. Anniversary Exhibition

1996 McMichael Gallery, Ontario

“Hidden Values”, Contemporary Canadian Art Corporate Collections

Drabinsky Gallery, Toronto, Summer Exhibition



2002 Grant Jury, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Edmonton, Alberta

1996 Grant Jury, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Edmonton, Alberta

1988 Art Bank Slide Jury, Ottawa, Ontario


July 2009 Gullkistan 2 week Artist Residency, Iceland

Sept. 1998 “The Path to Skoki” A week long hiking and painting trip to Skoki, Alberta.

Sponsored by the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, Alberta

July 1997 Pouch Cove Residency Programme, A month long, painting and research in preparation for 22

person group exhibition at Art Gallery of Labrador, St. John’s, Nfld., entitled, “Painters’ Newfoundland

August 1993 “Columbia Icefield Expedition” A week long hiking trip to paint and research in
preparation for exhibition at Whyte Museum of Canadian Rockies.


1998 - 2012 Sessional Instructor at The Alberta College of Art and Design, Painting Department



Bovey, Patricia. “Western Voices in Canadian Art”, University of Manitoba Press, Winnipeg, Manitoba; 2023. 156 p.

“Painting the Whyte” Portia Priegart, Galleries West 2016

Smith, Caroline, CBC Radio Interview for “Overland” Exhibition, Jan. 2009

Salahub,Jennifer, Paths,Corridors and Intervals, Exhibition Essay for Catalogue “Overland” 2008

Christine Sowiak, The Cadance of Land, Exhibition Essay fo Catalogue “Overland” 2008

Tousley, Nancy, Barbara Milne: Critic’s Pick Calgary Herald October 2008

Robin Laurence Barbara Milne: Overland and Erin McSavaney: Seven Paintings of South Vancouver Georgia Strait, April 17, 2008

Patricia Ainslie and Mary-Beth Laviolette, An Illustrated Guide to a Hundred and Fifty Years of Alberta Art, 150 pages, soft cover


Mary-Beth Laviolette, Alberta Art Cronicle: A history of Contemporary Art in Alberta: 1970 to 2000, 300 Pages, soft cover

Vida,Sandra, Prairie Landscapes are Humming with Life, Fast Forward, May 2nd. 2002

Gustafson,Paula, Barbara Milne at Atelier Gallery,Asian Art News,Jan. 1999

Laviolette,Mary-Beth, The Skoki Expedition, Artichoke, Feb 1999

Severson, Ann. A Prairie Girl’s Maritimes, Fast Forward, May 1998

Woodrow, Paul, The Spectacle of Memory, Exhibition Essay for Catalogue,”Island” 1998

Tousley, Nancy, Brush with Beauty, Calgary Herald Dec. 6th. 1996

Johnson, Mia, Preview, Preview Magazine, Nov. 1995

Lawrence, Robin, Saturday Review, The Vancouver Sun, Nov. 4th. 1999

Milne - Woven Exhition e-Catalog 2022

November 19-December 7, 2022
Opening reception: November 19; 2-5pm; Artist in attendance

Woven, an exhibition of oil paintings by Barbara Milne, will open November 19th 2022 at Calgary’s Wallace Galleries. At its heart is a selection of works completed over the past three years. For this exhibition, the artist has drawn inspiration from her observation of the natural world, her knowledge of historical art, and from her extensive collection of textiles, photography, collage, and earlier pieces in her studio. Past work speaks to new work in an ongoing conversation - netting a full range of expression.

Drawing on her love of textiles, Milne chose to call the exhibition Woven likening it to a length of woolen tweed, a seemingly simple warp and weft construction which, upon closer scrutiny, proves to be an increasingly complex and seductive read. Such is the case here. In these paintings, what might appear as a singular colour from a distance, reveals itself to be overlapping colours, tones, lines and shapes. The juxtaposition of the unexpected. A surface may be transparent in some areas yet richly built up in others. In Milne’s work the close up and distant views are presented simultaneously, resulting in landscapes that are both intimate in the form of a garden and majestic such as the glacier at Lake Louise.