Fleming Jorgensen

Flemming Jorgensen

Born: Aalborg Denmark 1934

Still Life, Black & White (Vases with Feet), 1984, watercolour and ink on paper, 15" x 12", 2003.06.04, gift of Mrs. Rosita Tovell

Died: Canada 2009

Flemming Jorgensen was born in Aalborg, Denmark, in 1934. He immigrated to Canada in 1956 taking on work as a designer for Eaton's completing. Soon after he dedicated himself fully to becoming a succesful artist.   

Jorgensen studied commercial art under Herbert Siebner from 1958-61. He travelled and painted with Toni Onley in Greece in 1973.

Jorgensen worked in many mediums exploring oil, casein with wax, acrylic and watercolours. His style ranged from figure studies to landscapes and abstract expressionist works. Along with painting he was also a printmaker and sculptor.

Jorgensen taught at the University of Victoria, Lester B. Pearson College, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria College of Art and Victoria College of Art and Design. He co‐founded the Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts where he was nicknamed ‘Maestro’.

In 2007 Jorgensen donated many works to raise funds for a press and to establish a print program at the Vancouver Island School of Art. In 2008 he donated pieces to Abkhazi Garden and raised over $15,000.
Jorgensen received an honorary doctorate of fine arts from the University of Victoria in 1998.

He exhibited with the Royal Canadian Academy in 1970 and 1976, the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts in 1960, 1961 and 1964, and held solo exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria in 1961, 1965 and 1974 and the Maltwood Art Museum at the University of Victoria in 1985. Over his career he took part in international shows in France, Switzerland, England, Brazil, the U.S. as well as across Canada. 

His work is part of the collections at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Winchester Galleries, and The National Gallery of Canada, among others. 

He died in 2009.

Source: Gallery Q