Jessie Babin: Falling in Charcoal

These extraordinary works are from emerging artist Jessie Babin, a Nova Scotia College of Art and Design grad who just won an invitational student art competition for her works in charcoal on paper.

Above, Babin’s  winning entry, The Fall,  is “a self-portrait that captures vivid dream imagery and a sense of falling that expresses time as frozen yet eternal.” – Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art.

A still from a video about the competition & exhibition at Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art.

Above: Cluster / Below: Crowd (See all images and details at Gallery 78)

Born in Dalhousie, N.B., Babin’s mediums of choice include graphite, colored pencils, charcoal and ink.  She was chosen to be a member of Team New Brunswick as a visual artist for the National Artists Program (NAP) for the Canada Winter Games in 2011. Her work has been included in group shows in both Halifax and Fredericton (Gallery 78).  She received a Bachelor of Fine Art (Major in Fine Art, Minor in Drawing) from NSCAD  University in Nova Scotia in 2012.

Jessie Babin’s website, here.


See all winners of the BMO student invitational art competition, here.

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    • Great comment, although I know you’re not talking about her laundry! I actually do not know. But clearly she has exceptional facility for light and dark, right.


      • She starts with white paper and basically works in the negative (which I find remarkable). All the black is hand-filled charcoal! She is a phenomenal draftsperson. She also does work with smoke – and she’s not afraid to use an eraser. Kim Bent, Gallery 78


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