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Carl W Rush


Born in Brampton, Ontario in 1963, I moved with my family to Waterloo Region in 1969. I was awarded an undergraduate degree in English and Classical Literature by Wilfrid Laurier University in 1985.

I joined the Federal Public Service in 1987, working for the Department of National Revenue and taught an Income Tax Course as Associate Faculty at Conestoga College of Applied Arts and Technology. I retired from the Federal Public Service in 1995 following a diagnosis with HIV in 1993 to pursue AIDS activism. I have been active with AIDS Action Now! for many years and have worked as a Clinical Trials Counsellor at the Community AIDS Treatment Information Exchange in Toronto. In 2001, I left a position as the President and Acting Executive Director at the AIDS Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener-Waterloo and Area to assist with the care of my sister, Bonnie, who had had several Cerebral Vascular Accidents, until her death in 2008.

Always interested in painting, my painting practice began in earnest in 1997. Although primarily self-taught, I had studied printmaking with Deirdre Chrisholm at Wilfrid Laurier University and painting with Linda Carson, Lila Lewis Irving, Marion Manning, Eileen MacArthur and Sheila MacDonald Roberts. My painting interests are diverse, ranging from recreations of Old Masters to Non-objective Painting, yet are pervasively influenced by my researches in Perceptual Psychology. Recently, my interest has been focused on chiaroscuro/contrast perspective and Renaissance & Baroque colour modelling modes.



1985 BA Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario

Professional Experience

1997- Studio Painting Practice, Kitchener, Ontario

Solo Exhibitions

2013- VisualAIDS, Online exhibit,

2012 Little Bean Coffee Bar, Kitchener, Ontario

2009 Framing and Art Centre, Kitchener, Ontario

2004 Muses Café, Kitchener, Ontario

Group Exhibits

2009 KW Society of Artists, Kitchener, Ontario

2008 Juried Art Exhibit, Waterloo Community Arts Centre, Waterloo, Ontario

2008 5 Lites Gallery, Guelph, Ontario

2005 Art Positive, Montreal, Quebec


2016 VisualAIDS, New York, New York

2015 VisualAIDS, New York, New York

2014 VisualAIDS, New York, New York


2013 “A Spectacle of Stigma; A First-Hand Account of a Canadian Criminal HIV Exposure Trial.” HIV Justice, 25 January 2013. Web 25 March 2017. AIDS Action Now!, 29 March 2013. Web 25 March 2017.

Canadian Treatment Action Council, June 2013. Web 25 March 2017.

2007 Signs of Colour.An Exhibition Catalogue. Works by Carl W. Rush

2005 Signs of Painting.An Exhibition Catalogue. Works by Carl W. Rush