Josh Harnack, Biography

As a passionate creative, Josh Harnack relies on visual art to share his singular vision with the world. At age eighteen, before beginning his professional career, Josh was diagnosed with testicular cancer — a revelation that radically altered his perspective and ambition.

Having faced his mortality, he dedicated his life after treatment to creating worthwhile, lasting art, and moved from his hometown of Edmonton, Alberta to study film acting at Vancouver Film School.

While there, Josh’s cancer returned, this time afflicting his stomach, and later, his lungs. Now, after beating cancer three times and extensively studying human behavior, Josh has unearthed a personal understanding of humanity that he captures with his ever-evolving series of anthropomorphized animals.

Josh’s works, which aim to reveal the animalistic nature that humans suppress, earned him the Strathcona County Artist Development Grant in 2016. The grant funded his latest collection, titled “The Royal Canadian Mammal Police,” consisting of five portraits of iconic Canadian mammals—beaver, moose, grey wolf, grizzly bear, and bighorn sheep—posing proudly in RCMP uniforms.

His next series, called Alberta on Canvas, also funded by the Strathcona County Artist Development Grant, will unite Alberta through its differences. This five piece collection is on track to be completed by September 2019. Among his many inspirations, Josh lists Thomas Kinkade, Joel Rea, and the master of surrealism, Salvador Dalí, as his chief influencers.

Artist Talk

In conjunction with West Coast Line Magazine for the launch of Spring Issue reZoning.

2000 ArtSpeak Gallery, Vancouver, Canada.

2000 Work Published in West Coast Line Magazine. reZoning, Spring Issue.

1999 Work Published. Dirty Rats in the Landscape. Access Gallery. Vancouver, Canada.

1999 Solo Show. Inc. ArtSpeak Gallery. Vancouver, Canada.

1999 Group Show. Fundraising Event. Up Do. ArtSpeak Gallery. Vancouver, Canada.

1997 Group Show. To whom it may concern. Cape Town. South Africa.

1995 Group Show. Spit in the Soup. Concourse Gallery, ECIAD. Vancouver, Canada.

1995 Group Show. Wearable Art. Zole Fashion Group and Concourse Gallery. Vancouver, Canada.

Art Employment

2000-2018. Teaching Private and Semi-private lessons.

2000-2018. Private consultation for Professional Artist

2009-2018. Langara College, Vancouver, Canada. Subject: Oil Painting, Still Life, Portrait, Figure and Old Masters Drawing.

2017. Federation of Canadian Artist. Vancouver,Canada. Teacher of Federations Foundation Program.

2015. FCA. Federation of Canadian Artist. Juror for Annual Art Competition.

2000-2003. Aberthau House, Vancouver, Canada. Subjects in Oil Landscape Painting en plein-air