Ontario Artist Bios



Shary Boyle, To Colonize the Moon (detail), 2008, glazed and lace-draped porcelain, china paint with mirror, 20 x 41 x 30 cm (Collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario)
Shary BoyleShary Boyle is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice includes sculpture, painting, drawing and performance. Her work is known for its deeply personal and psychological content, which recalls the anxieties, desire and bittersweet fantasies of childhood and adolescence. Her work has been exhibited internationally and has been acquired by the National Gallery of Canada, Musee des beaux-arts de Montréal, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Ydessa Hendeles Art Foundation, and The Paisley Museum and Art Gallery, Scotland. Recent solo exhibitions include Jessica Bradley Art + Projects (2007/2009), The Clearances, Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Calgary and Space Gallery, London (2008); The History of Light, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge (2007), Aspects of Excess, Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo (2007), and Lace Figures, The Power Plant, Toronto (2006). Boyle also collaborates with musicians to create “live-drawings” and has performed her work at All Tomorrow’s Parties (Los Angeles); the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto); Olympia Theatre (Paris); Sonar Festival (Barcelona); and the Hammer Museum (Los Angeles). In 2008, Conundrum Press published Otherworld Uprising, a book on her art featuring essays by Ben Portis and Josée Drouin-Brisebois. The artist lives and works in Toronto, Ontario. Shary Boyle is represented by Jessica Bradley Art + Projects, Toronto.

Luis Jacob, Inchoate Ensemble, 2007, colour photgraph, 101.6 x 129.3 cm (Courtesy Birch Libralato, Toronto)
Luis Jacob
Luis Jacob is an artist, writer and curator. His practice includes the creation of artist’s multiples, installations, performance, sound and book works. Characteristically his artistic practice extends and overlaps into other fields of social and cultural work, making use of video, photography, performance and actions in the public domain as much as his work as an author, teacher or curator. His experimentation with theatrical forms for the creation of social interaction and participation in his work plays a central role in his practice. Recent exhibitions include Wildflowers of Manitoba with Noam Gonick, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Hart House (Toronto) and Plug In ICA (Winnipeg); Luis Jacob: The Thing, September Gallery (Berlin); Platform Seoul 2008, PKM Gallery (Seoul); The Order of Things, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen (Antwerp); Martian Museum of Terrestrial Art, Barbican Art Gallery (London); A Dance for Those of Us Whose Hearts Have Turned to Ice, documenta 12 (Kassel) and Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery, University of British Columbia (Vancouver); Biennale de Montréal 2007 (Montréal); We Can Do This Now, The Power Plant (Toronto); and Habitat, Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto). The artist lives and works in Toronto, Ontario. Luis Jacob is represented by Birch Libralato, Toronto.

Kelly Richardson, Twilight Avenger, 2008, 5:40 (col. loop), high definition video/colour photograph, 3.66 metres wide (min.) projection
Kelly Richardson
Kelly Richardson studied fine art at the Ontario College of Art & Design (AOCAD with honours) and media studies at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (MFA studies). Her works have been exhibited internationally at various galleries including the Busan Biennale, Korea (2008), Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, USA (2008), Hallwalls, USA (2008), Le Mois de la Photo a Montreal, Canada (2007), The Nunnery, UK (2006), Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, UK (2005), Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2004), Stills Gallery, Scotland (2004), Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (2002-2003) and Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2002). Her work was recently acquired by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, New York), Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto, Canada), Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal (Montréal, Canada) and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington DC, USA). Current and future exhibitions include the New Frontiers at the Sundance Film Festival (January 15-25, 2009), Screening Gallery, Philadelphia (March 6-April 26), Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Quebec (May 6-June 20), Albright-Knox, Buffalo (summer, dates tba) and Confederation Centre of the Arts, PEI (June 6-September 26). The artist lives and works in Newcastle Upon Tyne in the United Kingdom. Kelly Richardson is represented by Birch Libralato, Toronto.

Derek Sullivan, Untitled (Amnesiac Series), 2004-05, plywood base, cardboard and printed matter, 147.3 x 38 x 38 cm (each)
Derek Sullivan
Derek Sullivan completed his BFA at York University in 1999, and his MFA at the University of Guelph in 2002. His work employs formal and textual elements that frequently contradict and alter relationships with one another, and the artist frequently draws upon overlapping histories of modernist design, abstraction and conceptual art to unsettle notions of meaning and authorship. Sullivan uses drawing and sculpture, in addition to producing various ephemeral conceptual projects and book works, to explore his interest in reinterpreting familiar forms in order to open up new areas of inquiry. Recently, he has participated in numerous group exhibitions, including P2P at Casino Luxembourg (curated by Le Bureau), and Citizen, Denizen, Resident at Tatjana Pieters, Gent, Belgium. Recent solo exhibitions include Jessica Bradley Art + Projects; Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge; Galerie Florence Loewy, Paris; White Columns, New York; and Tatjana Pieters, Gent, Belgium. The catalogue for his exhibition We May Be Standing on the Shoulders of Giants but Some of Us Are Looking at the Stars was recently published by the Southern Alberta Art Gallery featuring an essay by Pamela Meredith. The artist lives in Toronto, Ontario. Derek Sullivan is represented by Jessica Bradley Art + Projects, Toronto.

Christian Giroux and Daniel Young, Umbria & Sienna, 2008, powder-coated aluminum, Ikea furniture,  144.8 x 73.6 x 73.6 cm (each)
Christian Giroux and Daniel Young
Christian Giroux and Daniel Young have worked collaboratively since 2000. Their sculptures, installations and projects investigate the expanded field of architecture and landscape design. Using industrial materials, including IKEA furniture components, they employ prototyping methodologies to produce works that reflect upon the history of abstraction, modernist generative models and the relationship between social meaning and phenomenal experience. Their collaborative projects Fullerene, Access & Excel, Cosmos, Alouette and Boole have been exhibited at Ace Art Inc., Winnipeg (2004); Scope Miami Art Fair, Miami (2004); YYZ, Toronto (2006); The Power Plant, Toronto (2006); and Diaz Contemporary, Toronto (2007/2008). Their film Every Building, or Site, that a Building Permit was Issued for a New Building in Toronto in 2006 was recently screened as part of Cinema and Disjunction at Cinemateque Ontario, Toronto and Pacific Cinematheque, Vancouver (2008/2009); and opens at Prefix ICA, Toronto in May (2009). They were featured in a recent Spotlight essay written by Ben Portis for Canadian Art. Reticulated Gambol, an interactive pavilion-like play structure commissioned by the City of Toronto, was unveiled at Lee Centre Park in 2009. Christian Giroux lives in Guelph and Daniel Young lives in Toronto, Ontario. Christian Giroux and Daniel Young are represented by Diaz Contemporary, Toronto.

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