OLEXANDER WLASENKO

AVAILABLE ARTWORKS

EDUCATION

  • 2000 MFA University of Western Ontario, London, ON
  • 1997 BA (Hons) University of Guelph, Guelph, ON
  • 1995 AOCAD (with Distinction) Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, ON
  • 1994-5 Florence Studio Program (OCAD), Florence, Italy

Olexander Wlasenko was born in 1972 in Oshawa, Ontario, an industrial city east of Toronto.  A first generation Canadian, Olex grew up connected to his Ukrainian heritage through family stories, culture, books, and film.

Although exposed to art from an early age, it was not until the mid-80’s that Olexander fully realized that art was what he wanted to do for the rest of his life.  Two shows by Ukrainian-Canadian artists in particular influenced his thinking.

The first was Kurelek’s Vision Of Canada, a retrospective of the works of painter William Kurelek (1927-1977) that toured the country through 1983-1984.  The second was Behind The Irony Curtain (1986), by Toronto-based artist Natalka Husar.

Olexander lists his later inspirations as Gerhard Richter, Edgar Degas, William Kentridge, Vija Celmins, and Norwegian figurative painter Odd Nerdrum.  Closer to home, Olexander credits OCA instructors Husar (for her impact) and Cathy Daley (for encouraging him to draw) as early mentors.  Olexander also credits Margaret Priest, a professor at the University Of Guelph, for developing rigour in his work.  Finally, he acknowledges Sheila Butler, his thesis advisor at Western, for her support and for fostering a firm theoretical grounding in his chosen medium.

Why drawings?  Why pigment on paper?  In Olexander’s words, because of the form’s “immediacy” and because it “evokes neo-classicism”.

  • 2015 Long Moments *PAMA, Brampton, Ontario
    Drawing 2015John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
  • 2014 Drawing 2014John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
    Oshawa Space InvadersTimes on Richmond, Oshawa, Ontario
    Drawings *Abbozzo Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
  • 2013 ‘Off Screen’ Abbozzo Gallery, Toronto, ON
    ‘Art House’ Art Gallery of Peterborough, Peterborough, ON
    ‘Somewhere in Time’ Aurora Cultural Centre, Aurora, ON
  • 2012  ‘Cinemarks’, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, ON
    Surfacing: Off the Pages Station Gallery, Whitby, ON
  • 2011 ‘Just a Moment’, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, ON
  • 2010 ‘Borrowed Moments’, Durham Art Gallery, Durham, ON
  • 2008 ‘Olexander Wlasenko: As We Slept’, Oseredok, Winnipeg, MB
    ‘Olexander Wlasenko: Someone, Somewhere’, Durham West Art Centre, Pickering, ON
  • 2007 ‘Olexander Wlasenko: As We Slept’, MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, ON
  • 2005 ‘B & W’, Sarah Beveridge Gallery, Barrie, ON
    ‘Another Time, Another Place’, Odd Gallery, Dawson City, Yukon
  • 2004 ‘Someone, Somewhere’, Gallery Stratford, Stratford, ON
  • 2003 ‘Autumn Chronicles’, Pavlo Tychyna Museum, Kyiv, Ukraine
  • 2002 ‘for all’, Visual Arts Centre of Clarington, Bowmanville, ON
  • 2000 ‘Ethnic Limbs’, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto, ON
  • 1999 ‘Drawings’, Gallery 396, London, ON
  • 1997 Szobor Park , Zavitz Hall, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON
  • 1995 Nera, ex-Emerson Centro di Comunicazione, Florence, Italy

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

  • 2011 ‘Make it Work: Art + Economy’, University of Windsor, Windsor, ON
    ‘Drawing 2011’, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, ON
  • 2010 National Juried Drawing Exhibition White Water Gallery, North Bay, ON
    ‘After Pictures’, Visual Art Centre, Bowmanville, ON
  • 2009 ‘The artist and the crowd in history’, Museum London, London, ON
    ‘Plant 90: Production and Object’, 401 Richmond, Toronto, ON
    Art 2009 Metro Convention Centre, Toronto, ON
  • 2008 47th Annual Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition (TOAE), Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, ON
    ‘Best of 46th Annual TOAE’, First Canadian Place Gallery, Toronto, ON
  • 2007 46th Annual TOAE Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, ON
    ‘ReSource’, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON
    ‘The Drawing Exhibition’, Arthouse, Calgary, AB
    ‘Best of 45th Annual TOAE’, First Canadian Place Gallery, Toronto, ON
  • 2006 45th Annual TOAE Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, ON
    ‘Best of 44th Annual TOAE’, First Canadian Place Gallery, Toronto, ON
    ‘Drawing 2006’, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, ON
    ‘Collect’, Sarah Beveridge Gallery, Barrie, ON
  • 2005 ‘Intersection’, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON
    ‘Showcase ’05’, Cambridge Galleries, Cambridge, ON
    44th Annual TOAE Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, ON
    ‘Making Marks’, Sarah Beveridge Gallery, Barrie, ON
    ‘Selections from the Permanent Collection’, Gallery Stratford, Stratford, ON
    ‘Best of 43rd Annual TOAE’, First Canadian Place Gallery, Toronto, ON
  • 2004 ‘Corruption of Reality’, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, ON
    43rd Annual TOAE Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, ON
    42nd Annual TOAE Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, ON
    ‘Best of 41st Annual TOAE’, First Canadian Place Gallery, Toronto, ON
    ‘A Celebration of Ontario’, Artists Centennial of Ontario Archives hosted by John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, ON
  • 2002 ‘Myoptic10 Latitude 53’, Edmonton, AB
    41st Annual TOAE Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, ON
    ‘New Faces, New Works’, Canadian Ukrainian Art Foundation, Toronto, ON
  • 2001 London Regional Forest City Gallery, London, ON
    ‘Present Tense Project Series’, Instant Coffee, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON
    ‘Drawing 2001’, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, ON
  • 2000 Forest Pekao Gallery, Toronto, ON
    Language Hotel (residency) St. Norbert Arts Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba
    ‘On Immigrant Experience’, Modern Fuel Gallery, Kingston, ON
    ‘Modelumental’, The Red Head Showcase, Toronto, ON
    (S)elves ArtLab, London, ON
  • 1999 ‘DARE’, Forest City Gallery, London, ON
    ‘The Gestalt of the Vault’, The Red Head Gallery, Toronto, ON
    ‘Bizzareries & Delicatesse’, Cambridge Galleries, Cambridge, ON
  • 1998 37th Annual TOAE Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, ON
    ‘Crossing Borders’, The Castellani Art Museum, Buffalo, New York
  • 1997 Gallery Launch Exhibition Zinc Gallery, Toronto, ON
  • 1995 ‘Arte Firenze’, St. Lawrence Market (North), Toronto, ON

O’Marra, Allan, “An artistic and curatorial luminary in our midst” in Oshawa This Week, August 29, 2013, p. 44
Brizhun-Sokolyk, Oksana, “Olexander Wlasenko in Durham, Ontario” in New Pathway (in Ukrainian)
Claudia in Car (redux) installed at owners home.
Artwork featured in BBC article on BBCUkrainian.com.
Artwork featured in Poiesis XII: The Poietics of Alterity ISBN 2147483647
Steven, Trish (host) “Simcoe Living”, Rogers Television, September, 2007, Season 7, episode 4, interview on
As We Slept and Broken Promises exhibitions
Goddard, Peter “State of the Union”, Toronto Star, October 20, 2007, review of As We Slept and Broken Promises
Clayton, Marianne “Forum Picks”, Educational Forum, Fall 2007, review of As We Slept and Broken Promises, pp. 36-37
Kevin Temple “Outdoor’s Best” Now Magazine, January 26, 2006
Chase, Christy “Oshawa artist faces reality” Oshawa This Week, December 3, 2004
Aurandt, David, Corruption of Reality: Redefining Realism (Oshawa: The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, ISBN: 0-921500-51-3) 2004
O’Connor, Donal “Caught on Film” The Beacon Herald, March 16, 2004
Kobryn, Irena “A Canadian Artist in Kyiv” Meest (Ukrainian Weekly), February 13, 2004
Riabokon, Liudmyla “Oleksandr Vlasenko” The Day, Kyiv, Ukraine, October 16, 2003 – for a “clumsy” English translation of the original Ukrainian article visit: The Day
Lesya Skada-Ostrovska, “Young Canadian Artist, Olexander Wlasenko draws.with his finger” 1Plus1 Television, September 27, 2003
Goodwyn, Jewel MIX Magazine, Spring 2000
Sutherley, Jill “Artists find (S)elves” The Gazette, January 25, 2000
Benedict, Ben “Daring artists reveal all in FCG exhibition of taboos” Scene, December 2, 1999
Gillespie, Ian “Stealing the crumbs of culture” The Sunday Free Press, November 14, 1999
Varin-Jarkowski, Karoline “Fine Art of Bizzareries & Delicatesse” Echo, September 30, 1999
Coulson, Sandra “Old films spark artist’s new line” The London Free Press, June 3, 1999
Wherry, Aaron “Student art thinks for itself” The Gazette, February 9, 1999
Leyes, Serena, “Delving into the student psyche”, The Gazette, October 8, 1998
Bennett, Matt “Mutation in Recent Toronto Art”, Artfocus, Spring/Summer 1998
Hume, Christopher “Zinc Gives Young a Place to Hang”, Toronto Star, July 24, 1997

  • 2012 Ontario Arts Council Mid-Career Artist Grant
  • 2011 First Prize, Drawing 2011, 12th Annual Juried Drawing Exhibition, organized by John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, ON
    Ontario arts Council Exhibition Assistance Award
  • 2010 Ontario Arts Council Mid-Career Artist Grant
    Canada Council for the Arts Project Grant
    Cleeve Horne Purchase Award, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, ON
  • 2009 Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant
  • 2008 Ontario Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant
    Canada Council for the Arts Project Grant
  • 2007 Canada Council for the Arts Project Grant
    Drawing Award, 46th Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
  • 2006 Best Drawing Award, 45th Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
    Ontario Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant
  • 2005 Best Drawing Award, 44th Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
    Canada Council for the Arts Travel Grant
  • 2004 Best Drawing Award, 43rd Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
    Canada Council for the Arts Creation / Production Grant
    Ontario Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant
  • 2003 Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant
    Special Project Grant from the Canadian Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine
  • 2002 Best Drawing Award, 41st Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
    Ontario Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant
  • 2001 The Canada Council for the Arts Emerging Artist Grant
    Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant
    First Prize, Drawing 2001, 2nd Annual Juried Drawing Exhibition, organized by John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, ON
  • 1999 People’s Choice Award, ‘Bizzareries and Delicatesse’ at Cambridge Galleries
    Special University Scholarship (SUS), University of Western Ontario
  • 1997 The 29th Annual Juried Art Show, University of Guelph
    Dean’s Honour List (Fall Semester)
  • 1994 The Eric Freifield Award, The Ontario College of Art and Design

 

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