Irene Klar graduated from McGill University with degrees in Science and Physical Therapy and a Fine Arts degree from the University of Alberta. Irene was a watercolour instructor at the University of Alberta, Faculty of Extension for many years. She has executed a number of commissioned pieces for the Trans-Canada Trail, Unitarian Services Committee and Amnesty International (United States, Canada, and Spain). She has directed her designs for many nonprofit fundraising activities.

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 included in a number of film sets.

Irene Klar maintains a busy exhibition schedule of watercolours, acrylics and etchings. There is a variety of gift and artwear lines featuring her designs. These can be viewed at www.ireneklar.com .

Irene Klar’s work is included in the following collections:

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