Irene Klar Biography

Irene Klar has been painting professionally for over 40 years. She could not resist the lure of art. A few years after graduating with degrees in Physical Therapy and Science from McGill University in Montreal, she received her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, in 1977. She has devoted herself to painting and printmaking since then. She taught watercolour at the University of Alberta, Faculty of Extension. Irene created several commissioned pieces for the Trans-Canada Trail, the Unitarian Services Committee and Amnesty International (United States, Canada, and Spain). She has donated her designs for many nonprofit fundraising activities and charitable organizations.

Although she began her professional career as a watercolour painter, she is also a printmaker. She produced numerous silkscreen editions over the years and is also an accomplished etcher. Her works have been included in juried shows in New Zealand, Slovenia and Spain. The book, Common Threads, features Irene Klar’s etchings and explains the printmaking process. The Gitskan village of ‘Ksan in British Columbia mounted an exhibition of Klar etchings and artwork in 2004. In 2008, she illustrated “Nine Minutes”, a children’s book for Yeo Wan Media, Korea. Her work is featured cover art on several books and was included in a number of film sets.

Irene Klar maintains a busy exhibition schedule of watercolours, acrylics and etchings in Canada and the United States. There is also variety of gift and art wear lines available featuring her designs. Some of these can be viewed at

Irene Klar’s work is included in countless private collections from Norway to Australia as well as in the following corporate and government collections:

  • Air Canada
  • Alberta Art Foundation
  • Athabasca University
  • Art Gallery of Alberta
  • Bank of Montreal
  • Canada Council Art Bank
  • Etobicoke Board of Education
  • Esso Resources
  • International Business Forms
  • MacKenzie Financial Corp.
  • CIBC Leasing
  • Edmonton Public School Board
  • Marriott Hotels
  • Pratt & Whitney
  • Royal Bank of Canada
  • University of Alberta
  • W.C.McKenzie Health Science Centre

Biography Highlights

Born: 1950, Montreal Canada
1971, 1972: McGill University Bachelor’s Physical Therapy, Bachelor of Science
1977 University of Alberta: BFA
Sessional instructor Grant McEwan College, Edmonton, AB
Taught watercolor course University of Alberta Faculty of Extension, Edmonton, AB
Moved to Tucson, AZ 2018.

One Woman Exhibitions :
Horizon Art Gallery, Edmonton, AB 1980 through 1994
Horizon Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC 1995, 1996
Hollander York Gallery, Toronto, ON 1987 – 2010
Joan Cawley Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ and Santa Fe, NM, 1987 – 2007
Bell Ross Gallery, Memphis, TN 1988, 1989
Wallace Gallery, Calgary, AB
Galerie Mihalis, Montreal, QC
Duley Jones Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
Jackalope Gallery, Port Adelaide, Australia
Gallery Indigena, Stratford and Toronto, ON
Gallery Inukshuk, Vancouver, BC
West End Gallery, Edmonton, AB 1996 through 2021
West End Gallery, Victoria, BC, Oct. 2022

Group Exhibitions:
Adagio Galleries, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, CA annually: 1989 – 2014

Juried Exhibitions:
Miniature show, Cadaiques, Spain
Lubjana, Slovenia
Tubac Center for the Arts, 2020, “Impressions” 2023
NightVisions Show, Cooconio Center for the Arts, 2022 – Jurors’ Award
Southern Printmaking Biennale, 2022 UNG, GA
The Art of Interplanetary Science, University of Arizona, Feb. 2023, 2nd prize
Paperworkers Union “Ink” 2023 Atlanta, GA
Aqueous xviii, Tubac Center for the Arts 2024
Under Pressure, the Lincoln Center Gallery, Fort Collins, CO, March 2024