J.K. Esler is a printmaker who was born in Pilot Mound, Manitoba, and received his education at the University of Manitoba. "Esler has been considered one of Canada's finest printmakers for many years..." 1 He began his printmaking seriously in 1963. As a printmaker, he favors etching, but has worked with photoprocess, silk-screen and woodcuts.
Since Esler received two degrees, one in the Fine Arts and the other in Education, he applied both in his career. He was an instructor of Printmaking and Drawing at the Alberta College of Art from 1964-68, and from 1968- 80 he was a professor of Printmaking and Drawing in the Art Department at the University of Calgary.
Esler's pieces have traveled throughout North and South America, Europe, Australia, and Japan. 2 Esler's innovative printmaking techniques have been described as experimental. His contributions to his profession go beyond his works of art and include his involvement in professional organizations, both as an exhibitor and jury member.
Illustration: Dead Horse Creek, 1964.
1960 B.F.A., University of Manitoba, Winnipeg.
1962 B.Ed., University of Manitoba, Winnipeg.
1994 35 Years and 15 minutes: Prints by John Kenneth Esler, Nickle Arts Museum, Calgary, Alberta.
1993 Pluralism, Alberta Prints, Triangle Gallery, Alberta.
Domestic Objects by Artists, Triangle Gallery, Calgary, Alberta.
Abstract Art: Which Way from Here, Calgary, Alberta.
1 Canadian Contemporary Printmakers (New York: Bronx
Museum of the Arts, 1982), 25.