About

cherCher Pruys, ASAA, SCA, IGOR, CSAA, AMS, LMS

“To take my inner visions and with my hands create a work of art for you the viewer….that is the ultimate in self expression.”

Cher Pruys was born in Regina. Over the years she lived in many locations including Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Fort Frances, settling into her present home in Devlin, on the banks of the Rainy River with her husband Mark, 2 dogs and 2 cats.

By age three, Cher was seldom found without a drawing tool in hand. She worked in pencil, charcoal and ink over the years, until she picked up a paintbrush at the age of 35. Beginning with oil paints, she found her chosen mediums in acrylic, watercolor and gouache.

Although self taught, her dedication and talent has seen her work juried into 65 international exhibits, as well as numerous injured exhibits. She has won 41 awards for her work at the juried international exhibits. Included in those awards, the first recipient of a major Canadian National Award, The Mary Pratt Crystal Award of Excellence at the 2014 SCA open Juried Exhibition, The first place Award of Excellence at The SCA Juried Show in St. John’s Newfoundland, 2016 as well as the Aviation Week Space & Technology Award Best of the Best, and the ASAA Award of Distinction for the best painting in the ASAA International Space & Technology Exhibit & Competition, consecutively for 2 years. She has had 13 solo exhibits. Cher is also an avid fused glass artist, and a certified teacher of piano and guitar. Her painting “The Bubble” is presently part of the Masterworks Tour from The International Guild of Realism. She was elected to the American Society of Aviation Artists as an artist member in 1996, and was eventually elected as a Foreign Affiliate Fellow Artist, only one of two Canadians to receive this honor. Her work has graced the covers of 3 books, 14 magazines, and has been featured in over 25 International publications. Cher’s works have found a permanent home in private and public collections worldwide.

Cher’s artistic style can be described as Realism with a hint of Abstract in her latest works.

AWARDS INCLUDE:

ASAA General Aviation Award, 2nd place 2016.

SCA First Prize Award of Excellence, at the 2016 Elected Member Juried Exhibition.

SCA Honourable Mention, at the 2015 Juried Exhibition

ASAA Award of Merit, 2015

The Mary Pratt Crystal Award 2014, A major National Canadian Award in Art through the Society of Canadian Artists

ASAA Military Aviation Award 1st 2014, 2nd 2013

ASAA Award of Distinction, 2012, 2013

Aviation Week & Space Technology Best of the Best for the best painting in the show, 2012, 2013

Aviation Week & Space Technology General Aviation Award, 3rd 2006, 2nd 2007, 1st 2008, 1st 2009, 3rd 2010, 2nd 2011

ASAA International Aerospace Art Exhibition Simuflite Award, 1997, 2008, Woman in Aviation Award, 1999

CAE Horizons of Flight International Art Exhibition & Competition, Award of Merit, 1997, 2006, 2011, 2012. Honorable Mention, 2001, 2006. Woman in Aviation Award, 2000.

EAA International Sport & Aviation Exhibit & Competition, Honorable Mention, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005.

Artflight Canadian International Aviation Exhibition & Competition, Honorable Mention, 2000, 3rd place 2002

EXHIBITIONS:

Solo Exhibitions

The Art of Cher Pruys, Fort Frances Public Library and Technology Centre, Fort Frances, ON. Canada 2013

Celebrate, Fort Frances Museum, Fort Frances, ON. Canada 2013

Realism, Fort Frances Public Library and Technology Centre, Fort Frances, ON. Canada 2011

A Northern Perspective, Beechcraft Museum, Tullahoma, TN. USA 2007

Through Cher’s Eyes, Fort Custom Studio, Fort Frances, ON. Canada 2007

The Aviation Art of Cher Pruys, Western Canadian Aviation Museum, Winnipeg, MN. Canada 2006

A Stroke of History, Atikokan Pictograph Gallery, Atikokan, ON. Canada 2005

Art By Cher, Fine Line Art Gallery, Fort Frances, ON. Canada 2001

Celebration of Flight, Thunder Bay Art gallery, Thunder Bay, ON. Canada 2000

Cher’s Passion, Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, ON. Canada 1998

The Works of Cher Pruys, Fort Frances Public Library, Fort Frances, ON. Canada 1994

Cher’s Art, La Place Rendezvous, Fort Frances, ON. Canada 1993

Group Exhibitions

The International Guild Of Realism Winter Salon Juried Exhibition 2016

The International Guild Of Realism 11th Annual Juried Exhibition 2016

The International Guild of Realism Masterworks Tour 2015 – 2016.

Society of Canadian Artists Open Juried Exhibit, Salmon Arm Art Gallery, Salmon Arm, BC. Canada 2014, Juried Exhibit, Markham,ON.,Canada,2015.

The Art of The CSAA, Western Canadian Aviation Museum, Winnipeg, MN. Canada 2014

ASAA International Aerospace Art Exhibition & Competition, held at various major Art Galleries in cities across the USA, such as Pensacola, Baltimore, Seattle, Kansas City, Savannah, Kalamazoo, etc.
1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014,2015.

CAE Simuflite Horizons of Flight International Art Exhibition & Competition, Simuflite Centre, DFW, TX. USA.
1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013.

Trenton Airforce Base Juried Exhibit, Astra, ON. Canada 2010.

EAA International Sport Aviation Exhibit & Competition, Gorman Museum & Gallery, Osh Kosh, WI. USA.
1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006.

Artflight, Canadian Aviation International Exhibit & Competition, held at various museums in Ottawa, Halifax, etc.
1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005.

Duck’s Unlimited Exhibit & Competition, Toronto, ON. Canada, 2004

Woman in Aviation International Exhibition, Denver, CO. USA 1998

Thunder Bay Art Gallery Northwestern ON. Exhibit & Competition, Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, ON. Canada 1997