Irish, Phil

  • Home:
    Layered Self
  • Title:
    Elora, Ontario
  • Media:
    Oil on paper, pins / huile sur papier, épingles
  • Dimensions:
    94 x 98 cm
  • Website:

To make this image, I painted several self-portraits on paper.  The images depicted different moods, but also different ages.  The craft of painting then falls to a knife: I carve up the cohesive images of self, to construct an image that is both more fragmented and holistic.  Madeleine L’Engle suggested that we carry, inside ourselves, all of the ages we have ever been.  This portrait questions the singularity of the portrait genre, allowing complexities and contradictions to co-exist.

EDUCATION:

2012

M.F.A.  York University.


1995

B.A. (honours) with distinction. University of Guelph, Fine Art – specialized honours;   English – minor


SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

2012

Makeshift, Cambridge Galleries, Cambridge, Ontario.


2009

Watershed. Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener, Ontario.


2008

Intimate, Joyce Yahouda Gallery, Montreal, Quebec.


GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

2012

Indiscretions: Narrative Painting Now, Grenfell Art Gallery, Memorial University of Newfoundland, NFL.


2008

I’ll Meet You There. Manifestation International d’Art de Québec 4, Quebec City, Quebec.


2006

Addressing Oakville, Oakville Galleries, Oakville, Ontario.


RESIDENCIES:

2005, 1997

Symposium d’art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul, Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec.


2001

Jeux de la Francophonie, Ottawa/Hull.


2000

Pouch Cove Artist’s Residency, Newfoundland


GRANTS/AWARDS:

2011

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada,  J.A. Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship.


2008

Ontario Arts Council: Project Grant (Mid Career)


2011, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2003, 2002, 2001

Ontario Arts Council: Exhibition Assistance Grant

 

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