Jennifer Walton

Home: Toronto, Ontario
Title: Self-portrait, Toronto Waterfront, March 2007
Media: Oil on canvas / huile sur toile
Dimensions: 51 x 153 cm

I live within several blocks of the Toronto waterfront on Lake Ontario. To get there I cross four railway tracks and twelve lanes of car traffic. A disintegrating concrete breakwater some distance out from the shore makes the actual lake seem inaccessible. The breakwater, however, ensures that the stretch of water between it and the shoreline is always maximally polluted. But during a cold enough winter the polluted water freezes between the breakwater and the shoreline, and for that moment it looks quite spectacular. I did this painting in March when the ice was breaking up and flowing. In the ten years since I moved to Toronto too many winters have not been cold enough to create this kind of landscape. I hope this self portrait speaks to my relationship with this place and time.

2007 Honourable Mention


1989-92 MFA Concordia University, Montreal QC
1982-86 BFA Mount Allison University, Sackville NB


2004 Edward Day Gallery Toronto ON, “Running”
2002 Edward Day Gallery Toronto ON, “Jump”
2002 Edward Day Gallery Toronto ON, “Coastlines”
2000 Edward Day Gallery Toronto ON, “Points and Spaces”
2000 The University of Michigan, Residential College Art Gallery Ann Arbor MI, “The Hunters”
1999 Edward Day Gallery Toronto ON, “Surface Tension”
1997 The Robert McLaughlin Gallery Oshawa ON, “Lethal Systems”
1995 Artspeak Vancouver BC, “Altered Terrain”
1995 Neutral Ground Regina SK, “Fathers and sons”
1995 Maison de la culture, Frontenac Montréal QC, “Remaniement de terrain” (Altered Terrain)
1995 Open Space Victoria BC, “Fathers and sons”
1994 Plug-In Winnipeg MB, “The Hunters”


2006 Cor Braun Westport ON, group show
2005 James Baird Gallery St. John’s NF, “I AM” — tribute to Lynn Donoghue
2004 Seraphin Gallery Philadelphia PA, “Masters and Mavericks”
2004 Elliot Louis Gallery Vancouver BC, “RBC Painting Competition — a 5 year retrospective”
2003 The Toronto International Art Fair represented by Edward Day Gallery Toronto ON


GODDARD, Peter (article/photos) “Artist’s Husband Plays Buff Muse” Toronto Star 2004, Toronto
CANTU, John Carlos (review/photo) Feminist ‘Hunters’ offers new perspective The Ann Arbor News
November 19 2000, Ann Arbor Michigan
DAULT, Gary Michael (review) “Jennifer Walton at the Edward Day Gallery” The Globe and Mail
September 16 2000, Toronto ON
RHODES, Richard (review/photo) “The Canadian art page” Canadian Art Summer 1999, Toronto
GOPNIK, Blake (review/photo) “Art works dive head first into eroticism” The Globe and Mail
March 31 1999, Toronto ON
MACLEAR, Kyo (review/photo) “Freeze frame” Toronto Life March 1999, Toronto ON


The Agnes Etherington Art Gallery, Loto-Québec
Canada Council Art Bank, Owens Art Gallery, Sackville NB
Le Centre d’art de Baie-Saint-Paul QC, RBC Investments
Dupont Canada, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa ON
Heenan Blaikie, Westmount QC, Sun Life Insurance


2000 long term B grant, Canada Council
1999 1st prize, The New Canadian Painting Competition, RBC Investments