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Heather Gentleman

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Degree: MFA
University: Chelsea College of Art
Graduation Year: 2017

New Blood Art Statement

Heather Gentleman’s work is narrative in nature, finding inspiration in literature, anthropology, mythology, and symbolism. She approaches her work primarily through painting and sculpture, but also works in drawing, video, writing, interactive installation, audio and performance. She chooses to layer media when it enhances the telling of the story by allowing the viewer a fuller comprehension of the layers of meaning in the work. Imbued with psychological undertones and observation of contemporary culture in a historical context, she explores how ideas, themes and social mores recur and are paralleled from one time period to another and how our understanding of the past is shaped by our own contemporary viewpoint. Characters peer out at the viewer as strangers that belong to a separate, surreal world, telling stories with the sensibility of an intimate conversation, expressing universal motifs that bridge with the personal. Her landscapes could be derivative of Italian Renaissance painting with floating putti or a camp science fiction film. The compositions are often of a centred figure or object that creates a natural mirroring with the viewer which enhances the idea of dialogue, enabling the viewer to see him/herself in the story. Her large scale paintings, by sheer scale, are installations in themselves, engaging the viewer to step into the experience. Their totem like structures have a theatrical feel that embody the physical and deal with the conscious and unconscious, the body and architecture, and space and memory.

Solo Exhibitions

2018, Epithalamium, Baba Yaga Gallery, Toronto
2015, Cuban Missile Crisis, Propeller Gallery, Toronto
2014, Song to the Siren, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
2013, Anunaki Princess, Gallerie 240, Ottawa
2012, Song to the Siren, Red Fish Gallery, New York
2011, Nibiru, Propeller Gallery, Toronto
2010, Jane Doe, Kennedy Gallery, North Bay
2009, The Measure of a Good While, Red Fish Gallery, New York
2008, The Land of Nod, Propeller Gallery, Toronto
2007, The Perfumed Garden, Propeller Gallery, Toronto
2007, Milly, Maggy, Molly and May, Natalie Rose, Toronto
2007, Echo, Hag Atelier, Toronto
2006, The Handless Maiden, Propeller Gallery, Toronto
2005, Skeletons, Atelier 111, Toronto
2004, Monument to the Burning Times, ZYPR Gallery, Toronto
2004, By Rose, By Satiny Bosom, Wagner Rosenbaum Gallery, Toronto
2003, Glass Coffins, Hag Atelier, Toronto
2003, Eros, BDV Gallery, Toronto

Group Exhibitions

2020, Call and Response, Ruth Upjohn Gallery, Toronto
2020, Flow, Dignam Gallery, Toronto
2020, Neighbourhood Earth, Regis College, Toronto
2019, Alchemic Body, The Line Contemporary Art Space, London
2019, TD Wealth Juried Exhibition, Quest Gallery, Midland
2018, Jol, Baba Yaga Gallery, Toronto
2018, Wondrous Ways, Arta Gallery, Toronto
2018, Red Impulse, Propeller Gallery, Toronto
2018, Cabaret for Broken Hearts, Balzac Gallery, Toronto
2017, Ravaged House, Safehouse Gallery, London
2017, Interim, Triangle Gallery, London
2017, Nasty Women, MAFA Gallery, London
2017, Made at Chelsea, MAFA Gallery, London
2016, Counter Practice, Cookhouse Gallery, London
2016, Salies de Peindre, Le Congres, Salies-de-Bearn, France
2015, The Naughty Show, Wonder Gallery, Toronto
2015, Black and White Ball, Propeller Gallery, Toronto
2014, Big Top, Gallery 99, Toronto
2013, Off the Wall, Propeller Gallery, Toronto
2013, Block Party, Flying Pony Gallery, Toronto
2013, 13, Propeller Gallery (Nuit Blanche), Toronto
2012, Galaxy 2012, Index Gallery, Toronto
2012, Square Foot, Twist Gallery, Toronto
2011, Gallery Artists Christmas Show, Engine Gallery, Toronto
2011, St. James Circus, Distillery District (Nuit Blanche), Toronto

Original works:

Matron III

By Heather Gentleman

£600

Matron II

By Heather Gentleman

£600

Matron I

By Heather Gentleman

£600

My Tears Filled the Well

By Heather Gentleman

£500

I Wove New Events into Being

By Heather Gentleman

£500

I Wandered the Wastelands

By Heather Gentleman

£500

My Names are Endless

By Heather Gentleman

£500

I spoke to all who were lost

By Heather Gentleman

£500

Hildisvin

By Heather Gentleman

£500

£500