Jennifer Walton

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Fire Water Ice and Snow

Remaining works from this solo exhibition are installed in The Project Room until November 25, 2017

 

Read the online catalogue 

Hear Jennifer speak about her work here

Jennifer Walton’s visceral and vivid paintings will be featured in a major solo exhibition titled ‘Fire, Water, Ice & Snow’ at Abbozzo Gallery. As outlined in the exhibition’s title, the subject matter spans the elements and their forms. Walton’s paintings, rich in movement and texture go beyond typical depictions of landscape and human figure, pulling the viewer into a tangible moment: “I’ve been trying to recreate the essence of an experience rather than strictly representing a landscape or scene. The paintings of swimmers, for instance, might evoke a sensation of weightlessness–a transcending of gravity that could be liberating (or perhaps terrifying) depending on the viewer’s own experience.”

The idea of “essence of experience” lends itself to the precariousness of permanence in a rapidly changing global climate. This idea is captured in Walton’s work: the pieces acting as homage to the beauties of the natural world while simultaneously honouring its fragility; “Locally the experiences of snow and ice that I’ve depicted here are much harder to come by than they once were. So while each of those paintings on its own is a celebration, it’s devastating to think that such experiences may become a thing of the past,” and the paintings of fire “represent a counterpoint to the paintings of water, ice and snow. I hope they feel a little out of control.” Her interest in painting fire stems from her own experience escaping a forest fire while tree planting in the late 1980’s and fire has since been a recurring theme in her work. Viewers are invited to draw their own conclusions from the show.

Jennifer Walton was the inaugural winner of the RBC Canadian Painting Competition and her piece Conflagration, featured in this exhibition, won the Juror’s Choice Award at WADEM (World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine) Congress Art Show, 2017, Toronto.

Jennifer was a second place winner of the 2007 Kingston Prize: Canada’s National Portrait Competition. She has received grants from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, the Canada Council, the Conseil des arts et des letters du Québec and the Toronto Arts Council. She has been an artist in residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the International Painting Symposium in Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec and the Pouch Cove Studio in Newfoundland. Her paintings hang in numerous public and private collections and have been shown in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums across Canada and in the US and the UK. She currently lives and works in Toronto.

Jennifer Walton’s paintings capture the fragility of place in a rapidly changing global climate.

OTHER WORK

 

Jennifer was interviewed in 2015 by Canadian Art magazine about winning the inaugural RBC painting competition and the significance of the prize for emerging artists. Click here to watch

The Hunter paintings

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Created in 1991 and widely exhibited, these are the remaining paintings of The Hunter series. Each painting is identical in height with a larger than life size figure gazing out and beyond the viewer.

 EDUCATION

  • 1989-92 Master of fine arts – in painting, Concordia University, Montreal QC
  • 1982-86 Bachelor of fine arts – painting major, printmaking minor, Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

  • 2017 Abbozzo Gallery, Toronto, ON, Fire, Water, Ice and Snow
  • 2015 Abbozzo Gallery, Toronto, ON, ‘Below the Surface’
  • 2012 Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, ON,  ‘Beaches, Lakes and Frozen Ponds’
  • 2010 Edward Day Gallery, Toronto, ON, “Paintings for Two Seasons”
  • 2009 First Canadian Place Gallery, Toronto, ON, “JENNIFER WALTON Landscapes”
    Edward Day Gallery, Toronto, ON, “Ice and Other Landscapes”
  • 2004 Edward Day Gallery, Toronto, ON, “Running”
  • 2002 Edward Day Gallery, Toronto, ON, “Jump”
    Edward Day Gallery, Toronto, ON, “Coastlines”
  • 2000 The University of Michigan, Residential College/East Quadrangle Art Gallery, “The
    Hunters”
    Edward Day Gallery, Toronto, ON, “Points and Spaces”
  • 1999 Edward Day Gallery, Toronto, ON, “Surface Tension”
  • 1997 The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, ON, “Lethal Systems”
  • 1995 Artspeak, Vancouver, BC, “Altered Terrain”
    Neutral Ground, Regina, SK, “Fathers and sons”
    Maison de la culture, Frontenac, Montréal, QC, “Remaniement de terrain” (Altered Terrain)
    Open Space, Victoria, BC, “Fathers and sons”
    Harcourt House, Edmonton, AB, “Fathers and sons”
    Hamilton Artists Inc., Hamilton, ON, “Looking is not seeing”
  • 1994 Centre culturel Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, QC, “Pères et fils” (Fathers and
    sons)
    White Water Gallery, North Bay, ON, “Fathers and sons”
    Artcite, Windsor, ON, “Fathers and sons”
    Plug-In, Winnipeg, MB, “The Hunters”
  • 1993 The Niagara Artists’ Centre, St. Catharines, ON, “The Hunters”
    Galerie Skol, Montreal, QC, “Regarder sans voir” (Looking is not seeing)
    Gallery 101, Ottawa, ON, “The Hunters”
    The Wilson Room, Kingston Public Library, Kingston, ON, “The Hunters”
  • 1992 la galerie dare-dare, Montreal, QC, “Les chasseurs” (The Hunters)
  • 1990 Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, ON, “Jennifer Walton – recent paintings”
  • 1989 Definitely Superior, Thunder Bay, ON, “Mortal Man His Form Perpetuated”
    STRUTS Gallery, Sackville, NB, “In the Heart of the Ancient Wood”

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

  • 2017 (April 25-28) Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, Toronto ON, WADEM (World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine) Congress Art Show, “Disaster-an artist’s response”
  • 2016  FCP Gallery, First Canadian Place, Toronto ON, “Go Figure” (Curated by Abbozzo Gallery)
  • 2015 New Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, Oakville ON, “The Art of Healing” curated by Shannon Anderson featuring Kim Adams, Sara Angelucci, Jeremy Borsos, Edward Burtynsky, Susan Dobson, Marie Heintzman, Scott McFarland, Janice Mason Steeves, Naoko Matsubara, Julia Mori, Janet Morton, Tazeen Qayyum, David Rokeby, Jennifer Walton and Xiaojing Yan.
  • 2014 Purdy Crawford Centre for the Arts, Mount Allison University, Sackville NB, “Alumni Exhibition”
  • 2012 654 Main Road, Pouch Cove, Pouch Cove NF, “Woman”
  • 2011 Edward Day Gallery, Toronto, ON, Melissa Doherty and Jennifer Walton
  • 2010 FCP Gallery, First Canadian Place, Toronto, ON, Jennifer Walton and Nada Sesar-Raffay
  • 2009 Art Gallery of Sudbury, Sudbury, ON, “Substantial Resources” featuring Denise
    Atkinson, Edward Burtynsky, Dennis Castellan, Shayne Dark, Kim Dorland, John
    Hartman, Joseph Hartman, John McEwen, Andrew Morrow, Louie Palu, Charles Paxy,
    Mark Thompson, Jennifer Walton
    The Affordable Art Fair, London, UK, represented by the Nick Whistler Gallery, Heathfield, East Sussex UK
  • 2008 The Toronto International Art Fair, represented by Edward Day Gallery, Toronto, ON
    Robert Macklin Gallery, Kingston, ON, “Opening Exhibition of Gallery Artists”
    Edward Day Gallery, Toronto, ON, “Grounded”
    Galerie Trois Points, Montreal, QC, “20 ans de peinture, de photos, de dessins”
    Espace Création, Montreal, QC, “Fusion” art with the theme fire from the collection of Loto-Quebec
  • 2007 Firehall Theatre, Gananoque, ON, “The Kingston Prize, Canada’s National Portrait Competition”
    Spin Gallery, Toronto, ON, Fundraiser for the Pouch Cove Residency
  • 2006 Cor Braun, Westport, ON
    Smart Skool, Toronto, ON
  • 2005 James Baird Gallery, St. John’s, NL, “I AM” — tribute to Lynn Donoghue
    Mind Control Gallery, Toronto, ON, “Blender 3″
  • 2004 Seraphin Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, “Masters and Mavericks”
    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
    Edward Day Gallery, Toronto, ON, “The Flux of Fluid”
  • 2002 James Baird Gallery, St. John’s, NL, “Water”
  • 2000 The Toronto International Art Fair, represented by Edward Day Gallery, Toronto, ON
  • 1997 Gallery 101, Ottawa, ON, “promote, exhibit, document”
    Visual Arts Centre, Westmount, QC, “Panorama”
    Edward Day Gallery, Kingston, ON
  • 1996 Galerie Trois Points, Montreal, QC, “Paysages limitrophes”, with Judith Berry & Anne Bertoine
    Le Centre d’art, Baie-Saint-Paul, Baie-Saint-Paul, QC, “Revoir”
    Heffel Gallery, Vancouver, BC, “Beyond the Group of Seven”
  • 1994 The Photographers Gallery, Saskatoon, SK, “Men In Relation”
  • 1993 Maison de la Culture, Petite-Patrie, Montreal, QC
  • 1991 Bourget Gallery Montreal, QC, “True Souvenir”
  • 1990 Visual arts building, Concordia University, Montreal, QC, “Woman’s friend”
  • 1989 Gallery 101, Ottawa, ON, with Barbara Sprague
  • 1988 The Funnel (sponsored by A Space), Toronto, ON, “Souvenir from the Northern Front”
  • 1987 Owens Art Gallery, Sackville, NB, exhibition of prints
  • 1986 Galerie, Université de Moncton, Moncton, NB
  • 1985 STRUTS Gallery, Sackville, NB, “Presswork”
  • 1984 KAAI, Kingston, ON, a juried exhibition of women’s art

PRESS

  • (artwork and announcement) “Juror’s Choice Award”, WADEM (World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine) Congress Art Show, Toronto WADEM web page June 2017
  • (cover artwork and bio), “Conflagration”, painting by Jennifer Walton, Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, (The Official Journal of the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine) Volume 32, Number 3, June 2017, Cambridge University Press, New York, NY
  • Canadian Art (interview/feature) “Video: Meet the First RBC Canadian Painting Competition Winner”, Canadian Art (online) November 2015, Toronto ON
  • HUETS, Jean (illustration in ebook) “p. 161 “The swimmer naked in the swimming-bath,seen as he swims / through the transparent green-shine…” Painting by Jennifer Walton, Surface Tension-Swim 4”, WITH WALT WHITMAN: HIMSELF In the Nineteenth Century, 2015, Circling Rivers, Richmond VA 23226
  • Leddy, Cecelia (interview) “Jennifer Walton, Artist in Residence at First Canadian Place, Preview for the Love Art Fair”, Love Art Fair Toronto Blog March 2015, Toronto ON
  • McEvers, Alexandra (interview) “Jennifer Walton, Artist in Residence at First Canadian Place, Preview for the Love Art Fair”, Toronto Financial District Blog March 2015, Toronto ON
  • Hansen, Michael (interview/feature) “Jennifer Walton’s Blue Ice and Shinny paintings at the Edward Day Gallery”, ArtSync TV, Rogers TV, Cable 10, aired March 18, 2011, Toronto, ON and on the ArtSync website: www.artsync.ca/opening-jennifer-walton/
  • NEUBACHER, Manny (interview/feature) “Jennifer Walton and James Ridyard at the Edward Day Gallery”, Toronto Living, Rogers TV, Cable 10 and 63, airing daily April 13-17, 2009, Toronto, ON
  • MACLEAR, Kyo (article/photos) “JENNIFER WALTON, In Conversation with Kyo Maclear”, RBC Painting Competition: 10 Years, 2008, RBC, Toronto, ON
  • CROSBIE, Sarah “Winning Work A portrait of turmoil; artists from coast to coast submitted works for competition in Gananoque”, The Kingston Whig Standard, Oct. 10 2007, Kingston, ON
  • MIX GALLERY (artist profile) Mix Magazine, Summer 2004, Toronto, ON
  • GODDARD, Peter (article/photos) “Artist’s Husband Plays Buff Muse”, Toronto Star, 2004, Toronto, ON
  • MELNYK, Sherryl (article/photos) “Landscape My Body”, writers by writers, 2003, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK, ISBN 1-896359-39-6
  • (photo) “Water, Water Everywhere”, Elm Street, Summer 2003, Toronto, ON
  • (photo) “T”, Letters for Literacy, (art auction catalogue for Dixon Hall’s Regent Park Learning Centre) April, 2002, Toronto, ON
  • (photo) “Canadian Art Gallery Hop”, Canadian Art, Fall 2001, Toronto, ON
  • CANTU, John Carlos (review/photo) “Feminist ‘Hunters’ offers new perspective”, The Ann Arbor News November 19 2000, Ann Arbor, MI
  • DAULT, Gary Michael (review) “Jennifer Walton at the Edward Day Gallery”, The Globe and Mail, September 16 2000, Toronto, ON
  • (photo) “The Canadian Emerging Artist Prize”, Canadian Art, Spring 2000, p.45, Toronto, ON
    (photo, announcement) “The Canadian Emerging Artist Prize”, Canadian Art, Fall 1999, p.51, Toronto, ON
  • RHODES, Richard (review/photo) “The Canadian art page”, Canadian Art, Summer 1999, p.15, Toronto, ON
  • 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, p.28, Toronto, ON
  • background art — Surface Tension show), Nikita, Summer season, 1999
  • (cover photo), Queen Street Quarterly, Volume 2, Number 4, fall 1998, Toronto, ON
  • (photo/description) “Fast Forward”, Canadian Art, Winter 1997, p.14, Toronto, ON
  • COUËLLE, Jennifer (review), “Ils peignent, persistent et signent”, Le Devoir, February 17-18 1996, Montréal, QC
  • BAWLF, Virginia (interview), CBC Québec, August 20 1995, Québec, QC
  • GORDANEER, Alisa (review/photo), “It’s a guy thing”, Monday Magazine, March 2 – 8 1995, Victoria, BC
  • MAHONEY, Jeff (review/photo), “Art of the hunter”, The Spectator, January 31 1995, Hamilton, ON
  • ILICSIN, Ken (review/photo), “Tracing cultural sexism”, See Magazine, Volume 4, Number 28, January 26 – February 11995, Edmonton, AB
  • (photo/description) “Refiguring Histories”, Parallélogramme, Volume 20, Number 3, Fall 1994, Toronto, ON
  • (photo/description) “Fathers and sons”, Parallélogramme, Volume 20, Number 1, Summer 1994, Toronto, ON
  • GILLMOR, Allison (review/photo), “Big paintings strike one note well”, Winnipeg Free Press, January 15 1994, Winnipeg, MB
  • SCHNEIDER, John (interview), “CKY News”, CKY Television, 6:00 PM January 8 1994, Winnipeg, MB
  • BÉNICHOU, Anne (review/photos), “Jennifer Walton, La mise en scène de la peinture”, Vie des Arts, No 152, Fall 1993, Montréal, QC
  • CONDON, Rae (review/photo), The Standard, September 18 1993, St. Catharines, ON
  • GOODES, Don (review), “beaus and arrows”, Hour, May 20 – 26 1993, Montreal, QC
  • (photo/description) “ART”, Montreal Mirror, May 6 – May 13 1993, Montreal, QC
  • (photo/description) “ART”, The Gazette, April 30 1993, Montreal, QC
  • BAELE, Nancy (review/photo), “Walton’s work makes viewer think”, The Ottawa Citizen, March 29 1993, Ottawa, ON
  • McDONALD, Jane (interview), “Eye on Ottawa”, CJOH TV, 9AM, March 19 1993, Ottawa, ON
  • GOOGLER, Joy (interview), CKCU FM, 8AM, March 19 1993, Ottawa, ON
  • (photo/description) “Lethal Systems”, Parallélogramme, Volume 18, Number 4, March 1993, Toronto, ON
  • CHRISTIE, Peter (review/photo), “Stereotypes in art: the power and the weakness”, The Whig Standard, January 14 1993, Kingston, ON
  • GAYSEK, Fred (interview), “Definitely Superior: Thunder Bay’s Wild Call”, ArtViews, Spring 1989, Toronto, ON
  • SPIRES, Randi (review), “Art in an Army Tent”, Fuse, September 1988, Toronto, ON
  • MOORE, Lisa (review/photo), “Art on the edge of reality”, The Kingston Whig Standard Magazine May 31 1986, Kingston, ON

AWARDS

  • 2017 Juror’s Choice Award, WADEM (World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine) Congress Art Show, Toronto
  • 2007 Toronto Arts Council, grant
  • Kingston Prize, Canada’s National Portrait Competition, Honourable Mention-one of two second place jury awards
  • 2000 Canada Council, travel grant for exhibition of The Hunters at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • 2000 Canada Council, long term B grant
  • 1999 The RBC Painting Competition, 1st prize
    Canada Council, travel grant for Landscape Residency — Banff Centre for the Arts
    Banff Centre for the Arts, scholarship for Thematic Residency — Landscape
  • 1998 Canada Council, short term B grant
  • 1994 Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, short term grant
    Canada Council, short term grant
  • 1993 Ministère des Affaires culturelles du Québec, long term B grant
  • 1992 Ministère des Affaires culturelles du Québec, long term B grant
    Canada Council, short term grant
    Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, grant
  • 1989 Ontario Arts Council, short term grant,
    Ontario Arts Council, exhibition assistance
    Ontario Arts Council, exhibition assistance
  • 1988 Ontario Arts Council, exhibition assistance
  • 1986 Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, grant

RESIDENCIES

  • 2015 First Canadian Place, March 9–13 100 King St West, Toronto ON (Preview for the 2015 Love Art Fair, April 17–19 Toronto)
  • 2000 The Pouch Cove Residency, Pouch Cove, NF (run by James Baird Gallery, St. John’s, NL
  • 1999 Thematic residency — “Landscape”, Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, AB
  • 1998 Leighton Studios, Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, AB
  • 1996 Sheffield Lake ’96, Tamworth, ON
  • 1995 Symposium de la jeune peinture au Canada, Le Centre d’art, Baie-Saint-Paul, QC

ARTIST TALKS

  • 2010 First Canadian Place Gallery, Toronto ON, “Jennifer Walton and Nada Sesar-Raffay talk about their work”
  • 2009 First Canadian Place Gallery, Toronto, ON, “JENNIFER WALTON Landscapes”
    (August 30), Art Gallery of Sudbury, Sudbury, ON, “Substantial Resources”
  • 2000 The University of Michigan, Residential College/East Quadrangle Art Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI
  • 1995 Artspeak Gallery, Vancouver, BC
    McMaster University, Dundas Valley School of Art and Hamilton Artists Inc., Hamilton, ON
  • 1993 Panel discussion: “Painting, Authority, Feminism” with Daniel Sharp and Deborah Margo, Galerie 101, Ottawa, ON

COLLECTIONS

  • Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, ON
  • DLA Piper (Canada) LLP
  • DuPont Canada, Sarnia, ON
  • Heenan Blaikie, Westmount, QC
  • Kingston Public Library, Kingston, ON
  • Le Centre d’art de Baie-Saint-Paul, QC
  • Loto-Québec, Montreal, QC
  • Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital
  • Owens Art Gallery, Sackville, NB
  • RBC Investments, Toronto, ON
  • Sun Life Insurance, Montreal, QC
  • The Agnes Etherington Art Gallery, Kingston, ON
  • The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, ON
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