About The Artist

Alli van Gruen is a contemporary Canadian painter focusing on animal portraits and autobiographical figurative work.   Alli divides her time between her successful pet commission business and her figurative work, which touches on the significance of family and the memories that are triggered when we step back in time.


Using intricate brushwork and an expansive colour palette, Alli works to express her connections with her subject matter, to tell a story.  Referencing old family slides, van Gruen takes her viewer back to their own childhood and memories.  The common ground of childhood creates a personal relationship between her artwork and the audience and evokes a feeling of intimacy and nostalgia


Alli's days are filled with spending time with her family and friends, exploring the outdoors and looking for creative inspiration. Her works can be found at Art Junction Gallery, Whistler and in many private collections across Canada.

Shows and Exhibitions

  • Bear Everything,  Whistler, BC, February 2020

  • Teeny Tiny Art Show, Whistler, BC, September 2019

  • Granville Island Pop Up Shop, August-September 2019

  • Art + Soul Art Show, WSSF, Whistler, BC, April 2019

  • Anonymous Art Show, Whistler, BC, April 2019

  • Arts Scene Uncovered, Whistler, BC February 2019

  • On the Walkway, Nesters Market, Whistler BC January - April 2019

  • Art in the Hall, The Art of Intuition, West Vancouver Municipal Hall, November 2018-February 2019

  • Teeny Tiny Art Show, Whistler, BC, September 2018

  • #the100dayproject April - July 2018

  • Anonymous Art Show, Whistler, BC, April 2018

  • Holiday Pop Up, Whistler, BC December 2017

  • #the100dayproject April - July 2017

  • Teeny Tiny Art Show, Whistler, BC, March 2017

  • Holiday Pop Up, Whistler, BC December 2016

  • #the100dayproject April - July 2016

  • Holiday Pop Up, Vancouver, BC December 2015

  • Garden Art Show, Whistler, BC August 2015

  • Wescover
  • Instagram

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