ANDREW MORROW

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

2009 MFA, Ottawa University, Ottawa, Canada (recipient of the Michel Goulet Prize for Outstanding MFA Thesis Presentation)

1998 Honours BFA, Queen's University, Kingston, Canada

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014 Upcoming: Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Montreal, Canada

2012 Vashon Island (with Strangeloops Collective) Angell Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2011 This is Going to Happen and There’s Nothing We Can Do To Stop It, Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Ottawa, Canada

2010 Something Went Wrong in the Bedroom, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga, Canada

2009 A Way Out of the Barn, City Hall Art Gallery, Ottawa, Canada

2008 Oh, happy Meat, Edward Day Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2007 Love and War, The Art Gallery of Sudbury, Sudbury, Canada

2004 War Paintings, Edward Day Gallery, Toronto, Canada

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2014 Upcoming: Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Montreal, Canada

2012 Untitled, Zadok Art Gallery, Miami, USA

2012 Backstories, Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts, Ottawa, Canada

2012 Flora, SAW Gallery, Ottawa, Canada

2012 60 Painters, Humber Arts and Media Studios, Toronto, Canada

2011 State of the Art, Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Ottawa, Canada

2011 Guerilla Magazine Launch, St. Brigid’s Centre for the Arts, Ottawa, Canada

2011 Place and Circumstance, City Hall Art Gallery, Ottawa, Canada

2010 Four Ottawa Painters, Carlton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, Canada

2010 Primer, Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2010 Eye Candy, Chelsea, Quebec, Canada

2009 Best of the Season, Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Ottawa, Canada

2009 Sketch, SAW Gallery, Ottawa, Canada

2008 Grounded, Edward Day Gallery. Toronto, Canada

2008 Peinture Fraîche, Art Mur, Montréal, Canada

2007 Untitled, Gallery 115, Ottawa University, Department of Visual Arts, Ottawa, Canada

2007 Local 416, Edward Day Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2006 The Little Art Show, BMW Building, Toronto, Canada

2006 Gallery Artists, Edward Day Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2005 Face It, Intellectual Property, 860 Richmond Street West, Toronto, Canada

2005 Canadian Art Gallery Hop, Canadian Art Magazine, 132 Queen’s Quay East, Toronto, Canada

2004 Supernumeracy 2, The Fanny Larouche Artspace, Toronto, Canada

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 New Directions, NOIZ Studio, Toronto, Canada

2004 Electric Eye, Sis Boom Bah, Toronto, Canada

 

AWARDS AND GRANTS

2013 DAÏMÕN residency (with Strangeloops Collective)

2012 Academic and Professional Development Fund Award

2012 100 Curators 100 Days, Selected Artist, Saatchi Online

2012 CALQ Exhibition Assistance Grant

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

Canada Council Art Bank

City of Ottawa, Fine Art Collection

John P. Morrissey, Miami, USA

Desjardins Group, Montreal, Canada

Crown Prince Haakon Magnus of Norway, Oslo, Norway

Kingston City Hall, Kingston, Canada

The Herjavec Group, Toronto, Canada

The St. Regis Hotel, San Francisco, USA

 

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

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPEREINCE

2014 CAO Board of Directors

2013 CAO Board of Directors

2013 Mentor, professor, University of Ottawa (To present)

2013 MJMMP Director and Founder (To present)

2013 Invited speaker, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada (Also in 2009)

2013 Invited speaker, Ottawa School of Art, Ottawa, Canada

2012 Visual arts instruction, University of Ottawa, Canada

2012 Mentor, University of Ottawa, Canada UAAC lecturer, Montréal, Canada

2012 Invited speaker, OCAD, Toronto, Canada CAO board member

2012 Invited speaker, 60 Painters, Toronto, Canada

2012 Provocateur, Walrus National Gallery Debates, Ottawa, Canada

2011 Mini-lecture, Patrick Mikhail Gallery

2011 Invited speaker, Algonquin College, Ottawa, Canada (Also in 2010)

2011 Invited speaker, Petra Halkes, salon series (Also in 2010)

2011 Vice-President, Chelsea Arts, Culture, and Heritage Centre Board of Directors

2011 Mentor, Ottawa School of Art, Fine Arts Diploma Apprenticeship Program, Ottawa, Canada (Also in 2010, 2009, 2008)

2011 Panelist, Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, Canada

2011 Visual arts instruction, University of Ottawa, Canada

2010 Invited speaker, Brucebo Foundation, Gotland, Sweden

2010 Invited speaker, Carlton University, Ottawa, Canada

2010 Visual arts instruction, Ottawa School of Art, Fine Arts Diploma Program, Ottawa, Canada

2010 Workshop, Richard Pfaff Secondary Alternate Site

2009 Visual Arts Instructor, University of Ottawa and the Ottawa School of Art, Ottawa, Canada

2008-2009 Teaching Assistant, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada

2008 Professional Internship with the Curator of Contemporary Art, The Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, Canada

2007 Research Assistant with artist Jinny Yu, Kingston, Canada

2007 Visiting Artist: lecture, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada

2007 Visiting Artist: lecture, The Figure in Painting, Ottawa University, Ottawa, Canada

2007 Visiting Artist: exhibition survey, Art Gallery of Sudbury, Sudbury, Canada

2007 Oil Painting Workshop, Art Gallery of Sudbury, Sudbury, Canada

2006 Studio Tour, Queen’s BFA Graduating Class, Toronto, Canada

2006 Le Gallery Studio Tour, Toronto, Canada

2004 Visual Arts Instructor: Principles of Drawing, Mac the Mutt Animation School, Toronto, Canada

2004 Co-director, The Fanny Larouche Artspace, Toronto, Canada

2003 Curator and host, Fanny Talks: Multidisciplinary Lecture Series, The Fanny Larouche Artspace, Toronto, Canada

2002 Visual Arts Director, Arts Integra School of the Fine Arts, Markham, Canada




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News

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ANDREW MORROW AND CHERYL PAGUREK APPEAR IN “LOCAL FLORA” AT SAW GALLERY
July 14, 2012
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JONATHAN HOBIN, JENNIFER LEFORT, ANDREW MORROW, CHERYL PAGUREK, AND AMY SCHISSEL APPEAR IN LePARTY, THE OTTAWA ART GALLERY'S ANNUAL EXHIBITION AND ART AUCTION
June 7, 2012
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JINNY YU AND ANDREW MORROW FEATURED IN THE MEGA TORONTO EXHIBITION "60 PAINTERS"
May 19, 2012
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ANDREW MORROW FEATURED IN THE WINTER ISSUE OF CANADIAN ART MAGAZINE
December 8, 2011
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ANDREW MORROW PAINTING PURCHASED BY CANADA COUNCIL ART BANK FOR ITS PERMANENT COLLECTION
June 26, 2011
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ANDREW MORROW WINS RBC ARTIST AWARD PMG PAINTER THIS YEAR'S RECIPIENT OF THE PRESTIGIOUS AWARD PRESENTED THROUGH THE COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS IN OTTAWA
May 13, 2011
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ANDREW MORROW SHORTLISTED FOR RBC ARTIST AWARD
March 15, 2011
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CITY OF OTTAWA PURCHASES WORKS BY ADRIAN GÖLLNER, ANDREW MORROW, CHERYL PAGUREK, AND CINDY STELMACKOWICH FOUR PMG ARTISTS' WORKS SELECTED FOR CITY'S FINE ART COLLECTION.
November 23, 2010
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ANDREW MORROW AND AMY SCHISSEL FEATURED IN "FOUR OTTAWA PAINTERS" AT CARLETON UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY PMG Artists exhibit new works at CUAG in a new exhibition also featuring Martin Golland and Melanie Authier, curated by Sandra Dyck.
November 22, 2010
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Press

Canadian Art Online | Andrew Morrow: Projecting Painting | Art Gallery of Mississauga | May 6 to June 20, 2010
| Review by Petra Halkes
Artist Website
SEX IN THE UNNATURAL WORLD

ANDREW MORROW IN GUERILLA MAGAZINE, THE EROTICA ISSUE

IT'S ALL HAPPENING HERE. Artist creates odd but gripping blend of classic landscapes and sexual acrobatics
Read the OTTAWA CITIZEN review by PETER SIMPSON.