CANADIAN ARTIST JAKE MOL
May 1st. 1935, Bussem, The Netherlands
Jake's participation in Fine Arts has been from childhood. After attending public school Jake often detoured purposely through an industrial area near his home in order to watch and observe artists at work in a small commercial art shop.
At the age of 16, Jake and his family left The Netherlands, immigrating to Canada for a new life. Jake celebrated his 17th. birthday while in transit on a Dutch, East Indies liner named 'The Sibajak', landing in Quebec City on May 5th. 1952.
Arriving in Canada, Jake immediately continued his education, including art courses at several Ontario Colleges, Technical Schools, University of Toronto and attending Fine Art workshops with many prominent Canadian and U.S. artists as often as time allowed.
For the exception of about 6 years, during which Jake obtained a Certificate in Criminology from the University of Toronto, or attending other Law Enforcement related courses, his avocation remained steadfastly working and studying Fine Art. Always attending Fine Art courses, workshops, painting outdoors and indoors throughout North America, as well as many other countries.
Primary & Highschools
Central Technical School (Commercial Art) 1954 - 1955
Ontario College of Art 1971 - 1972 - 1974
Cedar Brea Collegiate 1973
|Jack Reid||Gery Puley|
|Tom Cayley||Tom La Piere||Alex Millar|
|Peter Maw||Fred Schomberger||Zoltan Szabo|
|Oswald Timmas||Devona Paquette||Peter Van Gills|
|Glen Urquart||Don Fraser||Brian Atteo|
|Ron Leonard||Brent Heighton|
|Dominic DiStephano||Claude Croney|
|Ray Loos||Charles Movali||Zygmund Jankowski|
|Betty Lou Schlemm||Margery Soroka||Barbara Neches|
|Christopher Schink||Alex Powers||Wm. B. Lawrence|
|Charles Reid||Don Andrews||A. Westerman|
|Wm. Vrscak||Tony Couch||George Delaney|
Obtaining his Canadian Citizenship in 1957 he joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police that same year as a challenge. On November 4th. he signed a predetermined five year contract, received Regimental #20237, and went through 9 months of training at Regina Depot in "K" Troupe, finishing 4th. in standing. He was transferred to Ottawa sometime in September of 1958, after which Jake purchased his Discharge on December 12th. 1958, which was officially granted on January 22nd. 1959.
Jake joined the Metropolitan Toronto Police Force on March 9th. 1959, serving over 31 years; 22 years as a Detective, of which 20 years were spent in Intelligence Services controlling organized crime in the Metropolitan Toronto area.
Jake retired from Police work on August 1st. 1990, to devote all his time to Fine Art.
Jake's early teenage work was mostly related to pencil and charcoal work, in portraits and life drawing. Later the work developed towards oil, pastels, acrylic and most other fine art mediums in the realistic as well as abstract work. Jake spent some years working mainly in Oil Monotype, and enjoyed some success working the technique in a transparent style. It was following this period that Jake started to concentrate on Watercolour, which has now become his love.
Since going public in 1970 at the Toronto City Hall Show, (then managed by Jack Pollock et-al), Jake has had many SOLO Exhibitions, and participated in many Juried and other Group shows, winning a number of awards.
In 1991 Jake had one of his original Indian Charcoal portraits, (Chief Joseph) accepted in the Indian Museum of North America, Crazy Horse, S.D., U.S.
Jake's philosophy on Fine Art has always been consistent. "The Human Element" is the Artist's soul and personality. "It is the Artist". Jake feels it is therefore ESSENTIAL that this element of the Artist is represented in the Artist's work.
Jake has worked many Fine Art Mediums and Forms during his career; such as Oil, Pastel, Charcoal, Acrylic, Watercolour, Wood, Metal; as well as a variety of forms; such as Brush, Knife, Print, Sculpt, Woodburning, etc. Presently Watercolour medium is prominent.
Since Jake's retirement in 1990, his previous Art avocation has become a full time vocation in Fine Art, including Demonstrating, Teaching, and some Jurying, in the Educational, and Art Communities.
SOLO AND DUO (over 50)
Jake's SOLO exhibitions have been well received, and he has developed a very loyal following.
Patmos Gallery, Toronto 1975 - 1980
York Fine Arts Gallery, Aurora 1975 - 1990
Hunter Gallery, Markham 1981
Saxe Gallery, Toronto 1980 - 1983
Tamarack Studios, Aurora 1984 (yearly)
Morgan Gallery, Markham 1989
Skelton Gallery, Collingwood 1991 (yearly)
Jake's work can be found in several commercial galleries in Ontario.
Jake loves the Canadian Shield which is often expressed in his art works, as well as many different Northern scenes, and subjects from all over the Globe.
Jake first received some artistic recognition in 1964 when a woodburning portrait of the former U.S. President J.F. Kennedy was shown in more than 40 Canadian newspapers from Newfoundland to British Columbia, as well as U.S. Media.
E.C.O.A.A. Whitby Art, "Donna Purdon" Award, 1974
Port Hope Festival of Arts, 2nd. best in show, 1975
Lewiston Outdoor Art Festival, First in Show (U.S.A.) 1976
Huronia Art Festival, Purchase Award, Barrie, Ontario, 1976
Lewiston Outdoor Art Festival, First in Show (U.S.A.) 1977
Fergus Fall Fair Fine Art Show, Purchase Award, 1976
C.K.O.C. Art Exhibition, Hamilton, Purchase Award, 1979
E.C.O.A.A. Sir Sanford Fleming, Honourable Menion, Juried Art Show, 1979
Huronia Art Festival, Best Transparent WC, Barrie, Ontario 1980
E.C.O.A.A. Rose Baker Award, 1980
City of North York Purchase Award, 1990
Dora Purdon Award, E.C.O.A.A. 1993 (Algonquin Park)
E.C.O.A.A. Gallery on the Lake, Honourable Mention, 1997
E.C.O.A.A Annual Juried Show, "Don Madocks" Award, 2000
T.W.S. Aquavision, Jurors' Choice Award, 2000
T.W.S.O.C.A.D. Outreach Gallery, Honourable Mention, 2000
Willowdale Group of Artists - 1978
E.C.O.A.A. - 1972, 74, 75, 76, 78, 79, 80, 82, 83, 84, 86, 87, 88, 90, 91, 92, 94, 96, 97, 98, 99, 2000
C.O.A.A. - 1979 - 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 93, 96
Fegus Fall Fair - 1976 - 1977
Port Hope Fall Fair - 1977
Tom Thomson Memorial Gallery - 1976, 77, 78
North York Arts Council - 1976, 77, 78, 79
Lewiston Council of the Arts - 1976, 77, 78, 79
C.K.O.C. (Hamilton Art Gallery) - 1975, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80
Patmos Gallery - 1975
Huronia Festival of the Arts - 1977, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82
Yorkdale Juried Art Show - 1978, 79, 80
Guelph Creative Art Association - 1981
T.W.S. - 1986, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 93, 94, 95, 97, 99, 2000
Canadian Art of Dutch Heritage - 1980
McMichael Gallery, Kleinburg - 1996 - 1997
Fred Varley Gallery, Markham - 1997
Toronto City Hall
Toronto Dominion Centre
North York Civic Centre
Peel Art Gallery
Etobicoke Civic Centre
The McLaughlin Block
Artisan Centre, Mississauga
Optimist Club, New Market
Visual Art Centre, New Castle
McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa
Allentown Villlage Society, Buffalo
Alpha Omega Women's Auxiliary, Toronto
Huronia Festival, Barrie
The Alexander Gallery, Toronto
Witten Gallery, King City
McDowel Gallery, Toronto
Karney Daniels Gallery, Toronto
Cambrian Rose Gallery, Ottawa
Valen Art Gallery, Scarborough
McMichael Gallery, Kleinberg
The Manse Gallery, Baysville
Beth Tikvah Sisterhood, Toronto
Toronto Harbour Front Show
Muskoka Arts Festival, Bracebridge
Autum Festival of Arts, Etobicoke
Kiwanis Club of Kingsway
C.K.O.C. Arts, Hamilton
Fergus Fall Arts
Grace Church on the Hill
Goderich Arts Festival
Markham Kiwanis Art Show
Niagara on the Lake Art Festival
Tom Thomson Memorial Gallery, Owensound
Rotary Art Festival, Scarborough
Thornhill Scouts & Guides Art Shows
Unionville Village Art Festival
Windsor Art in the Park
Yorkdale Art Shows
Link Gallery Y.C.H., Newmarket
The Gallery Neilson Park Creative Centre, Etobicoke
Haliburton Rails End Gallery
Varley Art Gallery
The Van Egmond Foundation, Egmondville
Cedar Brea District Library
The Saxe Gallery
Many unnamed locations such as Bank Centres, Hospitals, Libraries, Theatres, and other locations throughout Canada, U.S. and other continents.
Jake has participated in many Juried and Group Art shows such as:
as well as many other locations such as Hospitals and Art in the Park locations.
Many Corporate Collections across the world. List can be provided for over 50
C.K.O.C. Radio Hamilton, (Sifton Family)
In On The Park, Toronto
MaNsfield - Denman General Co. Ltd.
L.T.T. Canada Ltd.
Air Canada, Int. Nat. Airport
Eastern Hydraulics Ltd.
A.E. LePage, Yonge & Summerhill
Pendary Management Ltd.
Weston Credit Jewellers Ltd.
Nitec Paper Corp. U.S.A.
Alert Products Ltd.
H.D. Lee Co.
Dr. B. Tovee
Dr. S. Rosen
Leader Packers Ltd.
Lee Jill Services Inc.
Miller Thomson Barr. & Solctrs.
York County Hospital
Scott International Inc.
Magna Diversi Inc.
Canadian General Insurance
A.C. Nielson Co.
Apsco Products Ltd.
City of North York
Algonquin Mercantile Corp
H.J. Knowles Q.C.
S.m. Snider Interiors
Murray Axsmith & Associates
Judge Philip G. Givens
Indian Museum of North America
E.A. Rea & Ssociates Ltd.
Insurance Portfolio Inc.
Lloyd Robertson (C.T.V.)
Irvine Robinson Interior Decorating Ltd.
E.C.O.A.A. 1972 through.........
International Society of Artists (Charter) 1977
Vodka Painters of Canada, (Charter) 1976
Whitby Arts Association, 1974 through 1977
Willowdale Group of Artists 1977 through 1980 - 1997
North York Arts Council, 1975 through 1988
Central Ontario Art Association, 1977 through......
Sheridan College, Society of Painters etc. 1976 through 1981
Toronto Watercolour Society, 1985 through.......
Association of Independent Artist, 1983 through.......
Candian Society of Painters in Watercolour 1999.......
East Central Ontario Art Association, 1972 through.......
American Watercolour Society, 1993.......
Knickerbocker Artists, New York, 1991.......
Jake's works can be found in many Private Collections throughout Canada, North & South America, Europe, Australia, and Asia.
Toronto Telegram, November 21st. 1964
Niagara Falls Evening Review, November 24th. 1964
Scarborough Mirror, November 25th. 1964
Oakville Beaver, November 25th. 1964
Globe and Mail, November 8th. 1975
Palmos Quarterly, Autumn 1975
Holandia News, November 22nd 1976
Toronto Star, January 17th. 1977
Toronto Star, April 6th. 1977
Star Week T.V. Guide, March 19th. - 26th. 1977
Patmos Quarterly, Summer 1977
The Banner, September 28th. 1977
The Toronto Star, September 20th. 1978
Hamilton Spectator, January 27th. 1979
Holandia News, February 12th. 1979
The Onion, March 1979
The Sunday Sun, March 2nd. 1980
The Windmill Post, September 22nd. 1980
The Weekend Post, Burlington, January 31st. 1981
The Globe and Mail, April 4th. 1981
Topic, October 6th. 1981
Toronto Arts News, April 1982
Slate, Toronto Gallery Guide, April 1982
Topic, November 23rd 1982
Topic, November 30th. 1982
Toronto Star, December 14th. 1982
Globe and Mail, February 26th. 1983
Topic, March, 1983
Sunday Era, Newmarket April 20th. 1986
The Aurora Banner, February 11th. 1987
Newmarket Aurora Banner, April 5th. 1989
Newmarket Aurora Banner, March 8th. 1989
Toronto's Many Faces, T. Ruprecht, 1990
The Enterpirise-Bulletin, January 23rd. 1991
The Nederlandse Courant, May 21st. 1991
De Nederlandse Courant, January 28th. 1992
Alsonquin's Centennial News, 1993 Season
The Nederlandse Courant, November 19th. 1994
The Collingwood, February 1996
Collingwood Life and Pictorial, March 1999
The Watercolour Gazette, September - October 1999