Andrew McPhail


Andrew McPhail is a Canadian visual artist. He was born in Calgary Alberta in 1961 and studied at York University where he received his MFA in 1987. Living in Toronto in the 1980's and 90's his work focused primarily on drawing, often with pencil crayon on a polyester film called mylar. After moving to Hamilton in 2005, his interest shifted towards three dimensional work and performance. Inhis accumulative, craft oriented work reconfigures disposable materials such as Band Aids, Kleenex, pins and post-its into large sculptures and installations often with a performative element. He has exhibited nationally and internationally and in 2013 was the recipient of the Canada Council International Studio in Paris. He is also cofounder, with Stephen Altena, of the Hundred Dollar Gallery and a founding member of The Assembly in Hamilton, Ontario.

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1987 Master of Fine Arts, Visual Arts, York University, Toronto, ON

1884 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Visual Arts, York University, Toronto, ON

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2018 The Assembly, Hamilton, ON

2017 AKA Gallery (with Thirza Cuthand), Saskatoon, SK

2016 Hundred Dollar Gallery, Hamilton ON

2015 Gallery Gachet, Vancouver

2014 Untitled Arts Society, Calgary, Alberta

2013 B Contemporary, Hamilton, ON

2011 Gallery Connexion, Fredericton, NB

2011 Art Space, Peterborough, ON

2011 Union Gallery, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON

2010 Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, ON

2010 Transit Gallery, Hamilton, ON

2009 McIntosh Gallery, University of Western Ontario, London, ON

2009 Birch Libralato, Toronto, ON

2008 Cambridge Galleries, Preston, ON

2008 The New Gallery, Calgary, Alberta

2008 Transit Gallery, Hamilton, ON

2008 The Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, California

2007 Transit Gallery, Hamilton, ON

2006 Gallery Deluxe Gallery, Halifax, NS

2004 Robert Birch Gallery, Toronto, ON

2004 Glenhyrst Art Gallery, Brantford, ON

2001 Gallery Stratford, Stratford, ON

1999 Robert Birch Gallery, Toronto, ON

1996 Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga, ON

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017 Generalists Die In Bed. The Assembly, ON

2017 Ontario Ink 150, Center [3], Hamilton, ON

2017 The Body Thieves (with Lisa J Irvine), Art Gallery of Burlington

2016 The Images In Our Heads, Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa

2016 This Is The Place, University of WaterlooArtGallery

2014 Supercrawl, Hamilton ON

2013 Be Our Guest, Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Wales

2013 Flatlanders and Surface Dwellers, 516 Arts, Albuquerque, New Mexico

2012 TH&B, Hamilton ON

2011 Veiled, Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto, ON

2009 Sucker Punch, Hamilton Artists Inc., Hamilton ON

2009 Remix, Cienfuegos Art Center, Cienfuegos, Cuba

2008 Urban Jealousy, Tehran Biennal, Istanbul, Turkey

2007 Artfirm Gallery, Calgary, Alberta

2007 Le Petit Mort Gallery, Ottawa, ON

2006 Transit Gallery, Hamilton, ON

2006 artpositive, Xspace, Toronto, ON

2005 Loose Canon Gallery, Hamilton, ON

2005 Critical Mass, Transit Gallery, Hamilton ON

2005 OSA Annual Juried Drawing Show, Toronto, ON

2000 Canadian Gay and Lesbian National Portrait Collection, Toronto, ON

1998 Museologic, Recent Acquisitions, Art Gallery of Mississauga

1997 Kicking the Covers, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON

Selected Grants

2013 Canada Council for the Arts, International Residency, Paris, France

2013 Ontario Arts Council, Mid Career Grant

2009 Ontario Arts Council, Exhibition Assistance Grant

2008 Ontario Arts Council, Exhibition Assistance Grant

2006 Ontario Arts Council, Mid Career Grant

2006 Cadre San Francisco Artist’s Grant

1996 Ontario Arts Council, Exhibition Assistance Grant

1992 Canada Council for the Arts, Short Term Grant

1991 Ontario Arts Council, Individual Artist’s Grant

Selected Collections

Art Gallery of Hamilton

Agnes Etherington Art Center

The Gallery, Stratford

Art Gallery of Mississauga

University of Toronto Art Center

Canadian Gay and Lesbian Archive

Business Development Bank of Canada

Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt

Toronto Dominion Bank

Trizec Hahn Corporation

Selected Publications

Webb-Campbell, Shannon, Sticky Feelings, this magazine, Mar/Apr 2012

Pustil, RonniLyn, In the Flesh, Art Positive, Summer 2012

Steele, April, Lung Capacity, Magenta Publishing for the Arts, 2011

Lukasik-Foss, Tor, The Band-Aid, Hamilton Magazine, Fall 2010

Bennett, Melissa, all my little failures: Andrew McPhail, AGH, 2010

Jurakic, Ivan, it hurts less if you pull it off quickly, McIntosh Gallery, 2009

Lupypciw, Wednesday, all my little failures, The New Gallery, 2008

Goddard, Peter, Tails That Never End, The Toronto Star, July 24, 2004

Dault, Gary Micheal, Gallery Going, The Globe & Mail, March 27, 1999

Reid, Stuart, Decorology, Art Gallery of Mississauga, 1996

Homogenius 4, 1995

Homogenius 3, 1993


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