Joseph Gregory Freedman was born in Los Angeles in 1945 and moved to Vancouver in 1970. A self-taught painter, he had his first one-man show at Vancouver’s Gallerie Allen in 1972 but continued to work as a tug and ferryboat captain until he retired in 2002 to pursue a full-time career as an artist.
Since the start of his new career, Freedman has had multiple gallery shows in Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary and Laguna Beach, Calif. In 2005 he accepted Peter Ohler’s invitation to join his Vancouver gallery where he remained until its closing in 2018.
He has been featured in magazine and newspaper articles as well as the CBC’s Arts Report on many occasions. His paintings have been featured in over 20 museum shows in the United States and Canada and have won numerous awards including, most recently, the 2019 Peoples Choice Award at the 27th Annual Marine Art Exhibition at the Coos Art Museum in Oregon.
Freedman has been elected to memberships in the Oil Painters of America (OPA), the International Society of Acrylic Painters (ISAP), the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society (NOAPS), the International Society of Maritime Painters (ISMP), and the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA), the Pacific Rim Institute of Marine Artists (PRIMA)
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The Paintings of JG Freedman
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