Heather Horton

Heather Horton was born in Burlington, Ontario in 1974. After completing a degree in English from McMaster University in Hamilton, she decided to pursue a career in art. In 2002, she completed the illustration program at Sheridan College in Oakville. Since graduating from Sheridan she has exhibited her work in juried, group and solo shows. Heather’s work can be found in private collections in Canada, The United States, Germany and Great Britain. Heather was elected to the Society of Canadian Artists in 2002 and to the Ontario Society of Artists in 2007. “My work is primarily figurative. I strive to create a visual tension in my work through cropping, stark environments and overall composition.” “There is a prevailing sense of isolation and alienation in my paintings. I want the viewer to wonder what is beyond the borders of the canvas. I like to paint natural people/objects in natural surroundings…environments that are special to them, with minimal posing and no pretense.”

New from Heather October 2014

 

Other available work:

Heather speaks about her exhibition ‘Surfacing’.  Click here to watch.

An Aesthetic Voyage: Paintings Inspired by the Journeys of Christopher McCandless

 

Biography

EDUCATION

  • 2002 Interpretive Illustration, Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario Work Placement, The Artworks, London, England
  • 1999 Art Fundamentals Program, Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario
  • 1997 Dundas Valley School of Art, Dundas, Ontario B.A., McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario

SOLO Exhibitions

  • 2012 ‘Surfacing’, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, Ontario
  • 2012 ‘Selected Paintings’, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY
  • 2011 ‘An Aesthetic Voyage: Paintings Inspired by the Journeys of Christopher McCandless
  • 2009 ‘Newfoundland Portraits’, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, ON
  • 2007 ‘Passages’, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, ON
  • 2006 Annual Art Auction, Burlington Art Centre, Burlington, Ontario
  • 2005 Annual Art Auction, Burlington Art Centre, Burlington, Ontario
  • ‘Painting on the Edge’, Third Annual Open, International Juried Exhibition, Federation Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Art Fusion, Travelling Exhibition, Gainsborough Galleries, Calgary, Alberta and Federation Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 2004 ‘New Paintings’, The Project Room, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, Ontario
  • 2002 ‘New Paintings’, Hamilton and Region Arts Centre, Hamilton, Ontario
  • 1998 ‘New Paintings’, Bauhaus Café, Hamilton, Ontario
  • 1997 Twiggy Café, Toronto, Ontario

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

  • 2012 Group Exhibition, OISE Building, University Of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
  • 2010 Group Exhibition, Canadian Embassy Official Residence, Ankara, Turkey (for International Women’s Day)
  • 2009 ‘OSA in the GTA’, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, ON
  • ‘Exploring the Figure’, Loch Gallery, Toronto, ON
  • ‘The Best of the Contemporaries’, Loch Gallery, Toronto, ON, Loch Gallery, Calgary, AB
  • 2008 ‘I-Am-a-Heather Exhibition’, Future Tennant Gallery, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania
  • ‘Celebrating the Season’, Society of Canadian Artists, Rainbow Market Square Gallery, Toronto, ON
  • The International Toronto Art Fair, Toronto, ON
  • ‘Explorations in Realism’, Loch Gallery, Calgary, AB ‘Different Dimensions’, Loch Gallery, Toronto, ON
  • ’29th Annual Burlington Art Centre Auction’, Burlington, ON
  • ‘OSA in the GTA’, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, ON
  • 2007 ‘The Best of the Contemporaries’, Loch Gallery, Toronto, ON, Calgary, AB ‘
  • The Ontario Society of Artists New Artists Exhibition’, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, ON
  • ‘Figure and Landscape Painting’, Loch Gallery, Calgary, AB
  • Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, ON
  • ‘A Look at Young Painters’, Loch Gallery, Toronto, ON
  • ‘The Architecture Show’, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, ON
  • ‘White’, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, ON
  • ‘Go Figure’, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, ON
  • ‘28th Annual Burlington Art Centre Auction’, Burlington Art Centre, Burlington, ON
  • 2006 Illustration West 45th Annual, Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA
  • ‘Small, Smaller, Smallest’, Federation Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant Juried Exhibition, Brantford, Ontario
  • Artworks Oakville 7th Annual Juried Show, Town Hall, Oakville, Ontario
  • 39th Annual Open, National Juried Exhibition, Society of Canadian Artists, Toronto, Ontario
  • 27th Annual Art Auction, Burlington Art Centre, Burlington, Ontario
  • ‘Painting on the Edge’, Fourth Annual Open, International Juried Exhibition, Federation Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 2005 Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, ON
  • 26th Annual Art Auction, Burlington Art Centre, Burlington, Ontario
  • ‘Painting on the Edge’, Third Annual Open, International Juried Exhibition, Federation Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Art Fusion, Traveling Exhibition, Gainsborough Galleries, Calgary, Alberta  and Federation Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 2004 Annual Art Auction, Burlington Art Centre, Burlington, Ontario
  • 37th National Open Juried Exhibition of Visual Arts, Salle Tudor-La Maison Ogilvy Inc., Montreal, Quebec
  • Federation of Canadian Artists Juried Figurative Exhibition, Federation Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia
  • ‘Painting on the Edge’, Open International Juried Exhibition, Federation Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Society of Canadian Artists Members Juried Show, Barber Gallery, Guelph, Ontario
  • ‘Dimples, Wrinkles and Folds’, Federation of Canadian Artist, Federation Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 2003 COOP on Scollard, Yorkville, Toronto, Ontario
  • 24th Annual Burlington Art Auction, Burlington Art Centre, Burlington, Ontario
  • Society of Canadian Artists Members Juried Exhibition, The Hummingbird Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto, Ontario
  • ‘About Love’, Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
  • ‘Water’, Society of Canadian Artists Members Juried Exhibition, Etobicoke Civic Centre, Etobicoke, Ontario
  • 2002 ‘Drawn & Quartered’, Hamilton City Centre, Hamilton, Ontario
  • Sheridan College Third Year Illustration Grad Show, The Steamwhistle Brewery, Toronto, Ontario
  • Sheridan College Open House, Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario
  • Hamilton Region Arts Council Members’ Show, Gallery in the Mall, Jackson Square Mall, Hamilton, Ontario
  • Wegway First Annual International Juried Exhibition, Propeller Centre, Toronto, Ontario
  • 2001 Illustration Year End Show, Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario
  • 2000 Illustration Year End Show, Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario
  • 1999 Art Fundamentals Year End Show, Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario
  • 1998 Pepperwood Bistro, Burlington, Ontario
  • 1997 ‘Public Hanging’, Eaton Centre, Hamilton, Ontario
  • ‘Visioning Women’, Hamilton and Region Arts Council, Gallery in the Mall, Hamilton, Ontario
  • 1996 Member’s Show, Hamilton and Region Arts Council, Jackson Square, Hamilton, Ontario
  • 1994 ‘More Bountiful Woman Show’, Hamilton Central Library, Hamilton, Ontario

AWARDS

  • 2006 First Prize for Draped Portrait II, Artworks Juried Show, Oakville, ON
  • Mike Randall Family Award for ‘Self-Portrait (bed head)’, Artworks Juried Show, Oakville, ON
  • Honourable Mention, Society of Canadian Artists 39th Annual Juried Show, Toronto, ON
  • Dog Writers Association of America, Best Illustration Award
  • 2005 Opus Framing and Art Supplies Award, Painting on the Edge, Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 2004 Opus Framing and Art Supplies Award, Painting on the Edge, Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 2003 Best in Show Award – ‘Water’, Society of Canadian Artists Members Juried Exhibition, Etobicoke Civic Art Centre, Etobicoke, Ontario
  • 2002 Silver Medal, Interpretive Illustration, Sheridan College

PUBLICATIONS AND OTHER MEDIA

  • “David’s Studio, Sunset” as cover art for “Sonnets From The Labrador”, a book of poetry by Samuel Peralta
  • 2011 Interview on CBC Radio North, Whitehorse, Yukon Territory
  • The Oakville Beaver, article about solo exhibition about Christopher McCandless at Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, Ontario
  • 2009 The Globe And Mail Newspaper
  • 2008 Communications Arts 49th Annual Illustration Annual Galleries West Magazine Artists Toronto, Artist of the Month
  • 2007 Ontario Ministry of Education “Professional Learning Series”
  • Toronto Life Magazine September Issue
  • Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, Illustration West
  • 45 Annual More Magazine, (Illustrations)
  • The Globe and Mail
  • Stir Media More Magazine
  • CFMU 93.3 FM, McMaster University Radio
  • Toronto Star Newspaper
  • Sheridan Sun Newspaper
  • West of the City Magazine
  • Communication Arts Illustration Annual
  • Whitecap Books, book cover illustration
  • ‘Daytime’, Rogers Cable Television Variety and News Show
  • ‘Bravo- The Artists Life Series’ Documentary telefilm on Heather Horton, produced by Ticklescratch Productions, Toronto, ON
  • ‘West Of the City Magazine’, Interview, September/October issue
  • ‘Art Avenue Magazine’, Federation of Canadian Artists, May/June issue
  • 2006 Ascent Magazine
  • Illustrations Walrus Magazine
  • Illustrations Stir Magazine, Interview, Spring Issue
  • 2005 Stir Magazine Cover, 9th Edition, May Issue ‘Art Appreciation: Looking At Paintings’, By Ken Forsyth and Birgit Moenke
  • Good Life magazine, September issue
  • 2004 Dogs in Canada Magazine, March Issue
  • 2003 The Bark Magazine
  • Dogs in Canada Magazine, February and July Issues
  • Room of One’s Own, Magazine
  • 2002 Other Voices, Winter Issue
  • The Bark Magazine, Summer Issue
  • BC Business Magazine
  • January Issue Dogs in Canada
  • December Issue Wegway
  • Fall Issue # 4 Fireweed, Issue #78

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • Ontario Society of Artists
  • Society of Canadian Artists

COLLECTIONS

  • Parks Canada Newfoundland, Gros Morne National Park
  • The collection of the Canadian Embassy, Ankara, Turkey
  • Collection of Mr. Stephen Colbert
  • Claimsure Inc.
  • Moneris Solutions
  • Direct Access Marketing
  • The Collection of David and Anita Blackwood

OTHER RELATED EXPERIENCE

  • 2012 Guest Speaker, assistant and exhibition at Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY
  • Guest Speaker for The Burlington Fine Art Association, Burlington Art Centre, Burlington, Ontario
  • 2011 Speaker for Danielle’s Place Eating Disorders Centre, Healing Through The Arts, Burlington Art Centre, Burlington, Ontario
  • 2009 Guest Speaker, Georgian College, Barrie, Ontario
  • 2008 ‘Guest Speaker’, Nelson High School, Burlington, ON
  • Juror, The Society of Canadian Artists’ New Members Election
  • Guest Speaker, “The Artist and Progression”, Burlington Art Centre, Burlington, ON
  • 2007 Writer, A Painting in the Life, Art Avenue Magazine, Vancouver, B.C.
  • Guest Speaker, Oakville Rotary Club of Oakville West, ON
  • Guest Teacher, TALC Academy, Burlington, ON
  • 2004 Juror, Society of Canadian Artists