Artist in Residence – Gillian King

Gillian King is a painter and art educator from Winnipeg, Manitoba and recent MFA Graduate from the University of Ottawa (2016). King is the winner of the RBC Emerging Artist Award 2017 as well as the recipient of the 2017 Nancy Petry Award which has funded her to live and work in Europe from late 2017 into early 2018.

King has shown in galleries nationally and internationally and has completed residencies at The Banff Centre (Banff, Alberta, Canada) and Sparkbox Studios (Picton, Ontario, Canada) and NES Artist Residency (Skagaströnd, Iceland). Most recently, she was chosen as the Ontario representative in the Robert McLaughlin Gallery’s 50th Anniversary Exhibition, ‘Ab NEXT’ (Oshawa, On / April 29 – Sept 3, 2017) featuring five emerging abstract painters from across Canada.

King looks forward to ‘Ghosts’ – a solo exhibition with PDA Projects (Ottawa, On / April, 2018). 

‘Through large scale abstract painting, I attempt to connect ancient art practices and our changing geographical landscapes as a way to address our collective histories, mutual fragility, and mortality with other living beings and the Earth. I draw from elements of ecology, paleontology, politics, mysticism and the occult and make use of specific materials (including plant and vegetable matter, hair, animal ashes, sand, dirt, and raw pigments) for their physical properties and symbolic relevance. Through abstract painting, I explore ways in which we may move forward in this destructive environmental time. I question what it is to be a human animal and possible ways to reconnect with nature and other living beings’.