Born in Oshawa, ON in 1957, Jane Northey holds a B.F.A. (Queen’s, 1980) and L.L.B.(Ottawa, 1995, magna cum laude). Beginning in Ottawa in1980 and continuing in Toronto from 1983, she focused on multimedia works including books, video and installations examining women’s issues, notions of identity and social relationships. Solo exhibitions and collaborations include: A Stitch in time…, October 1986, A Space (Toronto); Marconi Amplified…, December 1981 (St. John’s, NL); To Be (Shh) Read!, July 1981, SAW Gallery (Ottawa).
Group shows have included: Video Works, December 1997, Ottawa Art Gallery; Active Process, October 1987, Presentation House Gallery (Vancouver, BC and across Canada, 1988 – 1989); Ex Nihilo, July 1988, Garnet Press Gallery (Toronto); Mayworks, May 1988, The Rivoli (Toronto); Six Days of Resistance, April 1985, Trinity Square Video (Toronto); Anti-Nuke Show, October 1984, Powerhouse (Montreal); Going Public, August - October 1984, Walter Phillips Gallery, (Banff)/Anna Leowens Gallery (Halifax); Video 84, September 1984 (Montreal); Women’s Work, Women’s Culture, September 1984, Womanspirit (London, ON); Frauencultur, der Uflose Weg, November 1983 (Cologne, Germany); Kingston Artists,1982, KAAI (Kingston); Slideas, February 1981, SAW Gallery (Ottawa).
From 1987 to 1991, she collaborated with Michael Baynger developing high-resolution computer graphics software producing some of the earliest full colour high-resolution architectural computer renderings and 3D wire frame drawings, including the landscaping for Toronto Skydome and York University Student Centre. In addition to exhibiting, Northey was actively engaged during this time in the art community having contributed to Vanguard Magazine and INCITE magazine; to the establishment of Ottawa’s first artist-run video production facility at SAW Gallery; as a member of the Community Arts Group, A Space Gallery, and; as a founding member of Women’s Art Resource Centre.
Grants and prizes received include: Ontario Arts Council Materials Assistance, 1986; Canada Council Special Funding, 1985; Ontario Arts Council, Individual Artists, 1984; Canada Council, Intermedia,1983; Canada Council Explorations, 1981; Ontario Arts Council, Material Assistance, 1981; First Prize, Royal Bank Artventure, 1980.
Northey is currently in the process of re-establishing an art practice combining her experience and interests as a visual artist with her insights gained in the practice of law.
by . Screen, Summer 1993, v. 34, no. 2.
Art and Community, 1987. Toronto, Ontario: A Space, 1987.
by . Vanguard, Feb. 1985, v. 14, no. 1.
by . Now, Sept. 19, 1985, v. 5, no. 3.
by . Going Public - three evenings of videotapes by women, 1984.
by . Video 84, 1984.
by . Vanguard, May 1982, v. 11, no. 4.