ANDREW MORROW

In his professional art practice, Andrew Morrow has placed an emphasis on the painted medium, creating some of the most complex figurative paintings in contemporary art today. Drawing upon the tradition of history painting, Morrow’s large apocalyptic works negotiate the fragmentation of contemporary experience, masculinity, and sexuality. He brings faultless technique to the rendering of his images, and his signature manipulation of scale is apparent in his sometime epic works, the backgrounds replete with figures in miniature. Since parts of his paintings remain intentionally unfinished, Morrow keeps the chaotic atmosphere in suspension and the imaginations of his viewers captivated.

Morrow’s practice now expands into painting-driven, in-situ installation where painting and the conditions of its presentation become inseparable, as evidenced in his latest presentation entitled Something Went Wrong in the Bedroom at the Art Gallery of Mississauga in May 2010. He currently explores the aesthetics of spectacle and excess through a series of paintings and drawings, which continue to investigate contemporary fragmentation and the possibility of affect in painting. His work aspires to challenge the notion of art as a place of higher morality.

Morrow holds a Degree from the Ontario College of Art and Design, a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Queen’s University, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Ottawa, where he was awarded the Michel Goulet Prize for outstanding MFA Thesis Presentation. In addition to his studies and practice as an artist, he is active as a teacher, mentor, and public speaker.

Morrow has exhibited widely throughout Canada, including the Sudbury Art Gallery; the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto; the McMaster Museum of Art, the New Brunswick Museum, Saint John; and the Edmonton Art Gallery. His work is in many private and public collections, including the Royal Norwegian collection; Kingston City Hall; City of Ottawa Art Collection; and the St. Regis Hotel, San Francisco.

Morrow’s work has been reviewed in Canadian Art magazine, Canadian Art Online, the Globe and Mail, the National Post, Eye Magazine, NOW Magazine, Vie Des Arts, the Ottawa Citizen, and on CBC Television and Radio, among others. He was recently included in the Magenta Foundation's publication, Carte Blanche Vol. 2: Painting, a survey of contemporary Canadian painting.

Morrow is the recipient of numerous grants and awards. He was short-listed for the RBC Canadian Painting Competition in 2004, and the Toronto Arts Council Foundation Emerging Artist Award in 2007. He is represented by Patrick Mikhail Gallery in Ottawa and Edward Day Gallery in Toronto.


CURRICULUM VITAE

EDUCATION
2007 Master of Fine Arts, Ottawa University, Ottawa, Ontario (recipient of the Michel Goulet Prize for Outstanding MFA Thesis Presentation)
2002 Toronto School of Art, Toronto, Ontario
2001 Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, Ontario
2000 Classical Animation Diploma, Capilano College, Vancouver, British Columbia
1998 Honours Bachelor of Fine Art, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2011 This is Going to Happen and There’s Nothing We Can Do To Stop It, Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
2010 Something Went Wrong in the Bedroom, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga, Ontario
2009 A Way Out of the Barn, City Hall Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
2008 Oh, happy Meat, Edward Day Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2007 Love and War, The Art Gallery of Sudbury, Sudbury, Ontario
2005 St. Regis Commission, Edward Day Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2004 War Paintings, Edward Day Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2012 Local Flora, SAW Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
2012 OAG Art Auction, Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa. Ontario
2012 60 Painters, Humber Arts and Media Studios, Toronto, Ontario
2012 Papier 12 Contemporary Art Fair, Montreal, Quebec
2012 PMG Editions Project, Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
2011 OAG Art Auction, Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
2011 State of the Art, Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
2011 Guerilla Magazine Launch, St. Brigid’s Centre for the Arts, Ottawa, Ontario
2011 Place and Circumstance, City Hall Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
2011 Jumpstart Mentorship Video Screening, SAW Video, Ottawa, Ontario
2010 Toronto International Art Fair, Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2010 Four Ottawa Painters, Carlton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
2010 The Triumph of the Therapeutic, Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
2010 OSA Instructor’s Exhibition, OSA, Ottawa, Ontario
2010 CLIMAX, fundraiser and silent auction, Royal Theatre, Toronto, Ontario
2010 Primer, Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2010 Eye Candy, Chelsea, Quebec
2009 Best of the Season, Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
2009 LUCK! CAO Fundraiser, Ottawa, Ontario
2009 Sketch, SAW Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
2009 A Call to Arms, Cube Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
2009 Toronto International Art Fair, Edward Day Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2009 On/Off, Gallery 115, Ottawa University, Department of Visual Arts, Ottawa, Ontario
2008 Dirty Dozen: Artists Books by the UOttawa MFA Grad Students, Gallery 115, Ottawa University, Department of Visual Arts, Ottawa, Ontario
2008 Grounded, Edward Day Gallery. Toronto, Ontario
2008 Peinture Fraîche, Art Mur, Montreal, Quebec
2008 Art Auction and Fundraiser, The Art Gallery of Sudbury, Sudbury, Ontario
2008 Responses, Gallery 115, Ottawa University, Department of Visual Arts, Ottawa, Ontario
2008 The Sweetheart Lunch: The Council for the Arts in Ottawa Annual Fundraiser, The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
2007 Untitled, Gallery 115, Ottawa University, Department of Visual Arts, Ottawa, Ontario
2007 Local 416, Edward Day Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2006 Whodunit? Mystery Art Sale, Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, Ontario
2006 The Little Art Show, BMW Building, Toronto, Ontario
2006 Gallery Artists, Edward Day Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2006 Letters For Literacy Art Auction and Fundraiser, Dixon Hall, Toronto, Ontario
2005 Annual Artist Proof Sale and Open House, Open Studio, Toronto, Ontario
2005 Face It, Intellectual Property, 860 Richmond Street West, Toronto, Ontario
2005 Canadian Art Gallery Hop, Canadian Art Magazine, 132 Queen’s Quay East,Toronto, Ontario
2005 Frameworks Foundation, Timeraiser 2, CBC Broadcast Centre, Toronto, Ontario
2004 Supernumeracy 2, The Fanny Larouche Artspace, Toronto, Ontario
2004 RBC Canadian Painting Competition Touring Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, Ontario; McMaster Museum of Art, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario; New Brunswick Museum, Saint John, New Brunswick; The Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
2004 Toronto International Art Fair, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Ontario
2004 New Directions, NOIZ Studio, Toronto, Ontario
2004 Electric Eye, Sis Boom Bah, Toronto, Ontario

AWARDS AND GRANTS
2011 Council for the Arts in Ottawa: RBC Emerging Artist Award
2010 SAW Video Jumpstart Mentorship Program
2010 W.B.Bruce European Travel Award
2010 Ottawa Artist Studio Program Award Studio
2010 Council for the Arts in Ottawa: RBC Emerging Artist Award
2009 Michel Goulet Price for Outstanding MFA Thesis Presentation
2008 University of Ottawa Admission Scholarship
2007 Toronto Arts Council Foundation Awards: RBC Emerging Artist Award Shortlist
2007 Ontario Arts Council, Production Grant
2005 Ontario Arts Council, Exhibition Assistance Grant
2004 Toronto Arts Council, Grants to Visual Artists
2004 RBC Investments 6th Annual Canadian Painting Competition Shortlist

COLLECTIONS
John P. Morrissey, Miami, Florida
City of Ottawa Art Collection
Desjardins Group; Crown Prince Haakon Magnus of Norway
Kingston City Hall, Kingston, Ontario
The Herjavec Group
The St. Regis Hotel, San Francisco, California

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
2011 Invited speaker, Algonquin College, Ottawa, Ontario
2011 Invited speaker, Petra Halkes, salon series
2011 Vice-President, Chelsea Arts, Culture, and Heritage Centre Board of Directors
2011 Mentor, Ottawa School of Art, Fine Arts Diploma Apprenticeship Program, Ottawa, Ontario
2011 Panelist, Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
2011 Visual arts instruction, University of Ottawa, Ontario
2010 Invited speaker, Brucebo Foundation, Gotland, Sweden
2010 Invited speaker, Algonquin College, Ottawa, Ontario
2010 Invited speaker, Carlton University, Ottawa, Ontario
2010 Visual arts instruction, Ottawa School of Art, Fine Arts Diploma Program, Ottawa, Ontario
2010 Mentor, Ottawa School of Art, Fine Arts Diploma Apprenticeship Program, Ottawa, Ontario
2010 Invited speaker, Petra Halkes, salon series
2010 Workshop, Richard Pfaff Secondary Alternate Site
2009 Invited Speaker, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada
2009 Visual Arts Instructor, University of Ottawa and the Ottawa School of Art, Ottawa, Ontario
2008 - 2009 Teaching Assistant, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario
2008 - 2009 Mentor, Ottawa School of Art, Fine Arts Diploma Apprenticeship Program, Ottawa, Ontario
2008 Professional Internship with the Curator of Contemporary Art, The Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
2007 Research Assistant with artist Jinny Yu, Kingston, Ontario
2007 Visiting Artist: lecture, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario
2007 Visiting Artist: lecture, The Figure in Painting, Ottawa University, Ottawa, Ontario
2007 Visiting Artist: exhibition survey, Art Gallery of Sudbury, Sudbury, Ontario
2007 Oil Painting Workshop, Art Gallery of Sudbury, Sudbury, Ontario
2006 Studio Tour, Queen’s BFA Graduating Class, Toronto, Ontario
2006 Le Gallery Studio Tour, Toronto, Ontario
2004 Visual Arts Instructor: Principles of Drawing, Mac the Mutt Animation School, Toronto, Ontario
2004 Co-director, The Fanny Larouche Artspace, Toronto, Ontario
2003 Curator and host, Fanny Talks: Multidisciplinary Lecture Series, The Fanny Larouche Artspace, Toronto, Ontario
2002 Visual Arts Director, Arts Integra School of the Fine Arts, Markham, Ontario

COMMISSIONS
2005 St. Regis Hotel, San Francisco, California
2001 Short Film Commission: commission for film A Dozen For Lulu
2001 Crown Prince Haakon Magnus of Norway
1996 Queen's AMS Commission



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