Jen Backman is a Toronto-based artist. She is currently employed as a resident illustrator at Idea Couture. She graduated from York University’s Visual Arts Program with an Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts in June 2013. Jen works in a wide range of styles and mediums, but prefers pencil, inks, and digital colouring. Her work has been used in international magazines and advertising campaigns. In her spare time, Jen completes commissions.


2009-2013        Visual Arts Program at York University, Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts, Dean’s Honour Roll


2013 – Present   Illustrator at Idea Couture.

2014 – Present   Illustrations for the internationally sold magazine, MISC. Released: Winter 2014, Summer 2014, Summer 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016

2013  Poster for York University’s Biology Symposium: Advances in Biological Science

2012  ‘RiverQuest’ video – McLellan Group

2012   Two pieces in York University Open House, awarded ‘People’s Choice Award’ along with a prize for ‘Memory Mobile’ piece

2011   Video for KPMG’s internal website – McLellan Group