This image is © Jean Claude Roy
  • Beaumont Hamel July, 2016

    Jean Claude Roy’s painting of Beaumont Hamel, “July 1, 1916”, forms part of the new permanent exhibition at The Rooms, St John’s, Canada, entitled “Beaumont Hamel and the Trail of the Caribou”. This exhibition recounts the many contributions of Newfoundland to the war effort between 1914 and 1918, and the devastating consequences for the people of the island.

    Living in both France and Newfoundland, Jean Claude was inspired  by his grandfather’s experiences at the Battle of Verdun, and what he imagined the last thoughts of the Newfoundland soldiers to have been, represented by the dozens of tiny images of settlements in Newfoundland seen in the sky. This bright sky illuminates the dull muddy foreground where only three points of colour are seen: the white of the bandages, a red poppy and the blue puttees on the fallen soldier.

    The shell casings were modelled on one brought back from the battlefield by his grandfather, which he now uses to  hold paintbrushes, and his brother modelled for the fallen soldier. Jean Claude donated this painting to the Health Care Foundation of St John’s, NL. It was  acquired from the Health Care Foundation by Browning Harvey Inc. in return for a donation of $100,000, and on the condition that it be donated to the museum.

  • Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism April, 2016

    As part of Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism’s 2016 advertising campaign, Target Marketing produced a short video showing Jean Claude painting in the community of Brigus South on the Southern Shore of the island of Newfoundland.

  • Adventure Canada’s 2016 Circumnavigate Newfoundland cruise April, 2016

    Adventure Canada photo

    Jean Claude has been invited on Adventure Canada’s annual Circumnavigate Newfoundland cruise, as part of a group of cultural and scientific figures who will accompany the guests during their voyage around the island from June 19 to 29, 2016.

  • Artist in residence, Battle Harbour, Labrador: 7 to 13 August 2016 July, 2015

    Battle Harbour

    In 2013, Jean Claude began an association with the Battle Harbour Historic Trust, spending some days there each year painting and supporting their fundraising with donations of paintings. Situated just off the southern coast of Labrador, Battle Harbour was once an important economic centre and also the summer home to many migrant Newfoundland fishermen. The Trust is continuing its efforts to restore original buildings and provide visitors with a high level of accomodation and experience. In 2016 Jean Claude will be in residence from August 7th to 13th.

  • Pousette Gallery opens in Vancouver, BC November, 2013

    Pousette gallery photo

    Following an encounter between Jean Claude and Vancouver art collectors Martin and Maryann Gebauer, the Gebauers decided to open an art gallery of their own in WSix, the Arthur Erickson-designed building in Vancouver’s South Granville “art gallery row”. The Pousette Gallery specializes in modern Canadian art.

  • Torngat Mountains National Park July, 2013

    In 2013, Jean Claude volunteered with kANGIDLUASUk Student Program at Torngat Mountains National Park in Labrador, Canada. This group of Inuit youth aged 16 to 19 were accompanied on painting trips to various parts of the park, and they all worked together to create a 4 x 8 foot mural that is now a permanent feature at Torngat Mountains Basecamp.

    DSC_0283 youht program mural


  • Fluctuat Nec Mergitur September, 2012
    Fluctuat nec Mergitur #1
    In September 2012, Breakwater Books published Jean Claude Roy’s Fluctuat Nec Mergitur, a 480 page book that contains a painting of every community on the island of Newfoundland. This project was the culmination of his forty years of travelling and painting in every corner of the island. The text is presented in French and English.

    En septembre 2012, Breakwater Books a publié le dernier livre de Jean Claude Roy : Fluctuat Nec Mergitur, 480 pages de tableaux représentant toutes les communautés de l’île de Terre-Neuve. Ce projet est le résultat de ses quarante années de voyage et de peinture dans tous les moindres recoins de l’île. Le texte est bilingue, anglais et français.

    A special edition was developed in partnership with expert bookbinder Brian Roberts, who produced 150 unique books. Never before done, each book has an original 7 by 9 inch oil painting mounted into the front cover. Bound in linen and French goat skin with silver foil lettering, each of these numbered and signed limited editions is both an art book and a work of art. For more information on how they were made, click here.

    Une édition spéciale a été conçue en collaboration avec un expert de la reliure, Brian Roberts, qui a produit 150 livres uniques et innovants : la couverture de chacun de ces livres est en fait un tableau à l’huile original de 7 pouces par 9. Reliés en lin et en peau de chèvre, avec des lettres d’argent, ces livres numérotés et signés sont en même temps des livres d’art et des œuvres d’art. Pour plus de détails sur leur mise en œuvre, cliquez ici.

    Fluctuar nec Mergiture Special Edition

    Fluctuat nec Mergitur is available from Amazon. In Newfoundland it can be obtained from Breakwater Books, local bookstores including Chapters; The Rooms gift shop, and Five Islands Gallery in Tors Cove.

    Fluctuat nec Mergitur est disponible chez Amazon, et à Terre-Neuve chez Breakwater Books et plusieurs librairies comme Chapters, ainsi qu’à la boutique du musée The Rooms et à la galerie Five Islands Gallery de Tors Cove.

  • French Shore Tapestry — Tapisserie du French Shore July, 2010

    Tapestry 1

    Based on his idea for an embroidered depiction of Newfoundland history in the fashion of the famous Bayeux Tapestry in France, Jean Claude worked with the French Shore Historical Society of Conche, Newfoundland from 2004 to 2010 to produce the French Shore Tapestry, a 220-foot long embroidery. Designed by Jean Claude and his wife Christina, and embroidered by women of Conche and surrounding communities, this work of art and craft shows a personal and eclectic view of the history of Newfoundland, and in particular the French Shore, from the beginning of time to the present. Jean Claude received the Prix Champlain in France in 2013 for this work. The creation of the tapestry has been the subject of a documentary by Barbara Doran and Jerry MacIntosh.

    Tapestry 2

  • Opening of The Rooms, St. John’s, Newfoundland June, 2005

    The Rooms, Newfoundland’s new public building, was officially opened on the 29th of June, 2005. Situated on a hill overlooking St John’s harbour, this building brings together the province’s art collection, museum exhibits and archives under one roof. As part of the opening ceremony, Jean Claude was invited to paint the view of St. John’s from The Rooms. This painting is part of the Art Gallery’s permanent collection, and prints are available from The Rooms giftshop.

    The Rooms, le tout dernier bâtiment public de Terre Neuve, a ouvert ses portes le 29 juin 2005. Cette structure, qui est composée de trois bâtiments relies entre eux, abrite la collection d’art de la province, les archives publiques et le musée provincial. Située sur la colline surplombant le port de St Jean, ce bâtiment offre une vue spectaculaire de la ville. Dans le cadre de la cérémonie d’ouverture, Jean Claude a été invité à peindre cette vue depuis le deuxième étage du bâtiment.

    The Rooms

  • Two Visions of Newfoundland and Labrador
    Deux Visions de Terre Neuve et Labrador
    August, 2004
    In 2003, Jean Claude joined noted photographer Ben Hansen in a project to travel the island of Newfoundland and record their artistic impressions of the same locations. The resulting book, with text in French and English, displays the parallel visions of two artist from other countries – Ben was born in Denmark – who have come to see Newfoundland as their home. Copies are available in Newfoundland book stores or by contacting

    Deux Visions de Terre Neuve et Labrador est un livre de tableaux de Jean Claude Roy et de photographies du célèbre photographe Ben Hansen, accompagnés de texte en français et anglais. Depuis trente ans, Ben et Jean Claude s’inspirent de la province de Terre Neuve pour créer, chacun dans sa forme d’art. En 2003, ils ont parcouru la province ensemble, fixant leurs impressions sur la pellicule ou la toile. Ce livre est né de ce voyage. Vous pouvez vous le procurer dans les librairies à Terre-Neuve ou en contactant