|Jim Brager, born in 1938, grew up in a small community east of Camrose, Alberta. His interest in art began in a one room country school house where he occasionally did chalk drawings on the blackboard. This was his only artistic endeavor until many years later. After high school, Jim began working for his father in his (dad's) trucking firm. Jim drove a truck for about four years then he became a dispatcher in the Ready Mix concerte division of the business.
In 1971 Jim graduated from the Alberta College of Art in Calgary. He was hired by a Saskatoon printing firm where he worked as a commercial artist for three years. Jim also spent a few years with Saskatoon's daily newspaper, the Star Phoenix.
Brager returned to his home town of Camrose with his wife and two sons in 1976. he then started his own business - J.B. Graphic Design Studio, and later opened Paulson Street Art Gallery. Several years later he closed the gallery and built his home studio to devote more time to painting.
|10 x 28 Inches Print Media
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Selected Public and Corporate Collections
Alberta Foundation for the Arts
Government of Alberta
University Hospital, Edmonton
University of Cambridge, England
King Harold & Queen Sonja of Norway
Western Provincial Premiers
Sask Power, Saskatchewan
Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon
St.Mary's Hospital, Camrose
Parkland Regional Library, Lacombe, Ab.
City Hall, Camrose
Monaco Oil, Calgary
Enron Oil Canada Inc.
1971 graduated from the Alberta Collage of Art
In 1994 Brager was accepted as a member of the Alberta Society of Artists and in 1996 he became a member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolor. At that time one of his paintings was selected by the Society as a permanent addition to their Diploma Collection, housed in the Art Gallery of Peel in Brampton Ontario.
Jim has been teaching workshops for many years, traveling throughout Alberta and western Canada.
When a Western Premiers Conference was hosted in Camrose in 1989, Brager's paintings were presented as gifts to the visiting Premires. It was an exceptional honor for Jim when two of his paintings were presented to the (then) Crown Prince of Norway. This occurred in 1986 when Prince Harold and Princess Sonja had a brief stop in Camrose when on their way to Expo 86 in Vancouver. They became King and Queen of Norway when Harold's father died in 1989.
Selected Private Collections
Ducks Unlimited, 1995, Sponsor Print
Viking Cup '94, Print
City of Camrose, Report Cover, 1998
Community Home Directory, 1998-2003