Curriculum Vitae

Place of Birth: Winchester, England


Royal College of Art, London, England — MA in Painting 1985
Newcastle Polytechnic, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England — BA (Hons) 1st class in Fine Art 1981
Portsmouth College of Art & Design, Portsmouth, England — Foundation Studies Course 1978

Individual Exhibitions

2023/03     Birch Contemporary, Toronto ON
Waterloo Law Library, Kitchener ON
Birch Contemporary, Toronto ON
      Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary, AB
2016/09      Birch Contemporary, Toronto ,ON
2016/01      Gallery Stratford, Stratford, ON
2015/11       Montgomery’s Inn Community Museum Toronto, ON
2015/10      Daemen College Amherst, NY
2013/10      Sharlene Rankin Gallery (with Felice Koening) Toronto, ON
2011/05      Wynick Tuck Gallery Toronto, ON
2010/05      Transit Gallery Hamilton, ON
2009/09      Kelowna Art Gallery Kelowna, BC
2009/03      Rotunda Gallery/Kitchener City Hall Kitchener, ON
2008/11      Transit Gallery Hamilton, ON
2007/06      Transit Gallery Hamilton, ON
2006/09      Rebecca Gallery Toronto, ON
2006/03      Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant Brantford, ON
2001/09      Robert Birch Gallery Toronto, ON
2000/03     Robert Birch Gallery Toronto, ON
1997-98/12-01      Robert Birch Gallery Toronto, ON
1997/02-03     Artcite Gallery Windsor, ON
1997/01      The Gallery/UT Scarborough Campus Toronto, ON
1996/09      Hamilton Public Library Hamilton, ON
1996/07-08      Cornwall Regional Art Gallery Cornwall, ON
1994/11      Robert Birch Gallery Toronto, ON
1994/03     Samuel J. Zacks Gallery/York U Toronto, ON
1992/11     Justina M. Barnicke Gallery Hart House/UT Toronto, ON
1991/05-06     Mercer Union Toronto, ON
1990/07     Birginart Toronto, ON

Group Exhibitions

2024/04    The Banquet Years, Thames Gallery, Chatham ON
Group Show,  Birch Contemporary Toronto
Absent Friends, Birch Contemporary Toronto
Big Pictures Small Wonders, Birch Contemporary Toronto
1989-2019 Birch Contemporary, Toronto ON
An Alternate Landscape, Birch Contemporary, Toronto ON
Landmade, Art Gallery of Guelph, Guelph ON
2010 / ongoing     Centre for Recent Drawing Online (London, England)
     The Big Picture, Kelowna Art Gallery BC
     Academia, Earls Court Gallery Hamilton, ON
2012/12      The Elora Connection, Elora Centre for the Arts Elora, ON
2012/11      40th Anniversary Exhibition, Samuel J. Zacks Gallery Toronto, ON, York University
2012/09      WTG_45 (happenstance and continuance), Wynick Tuck Toronto, ON
2011/11      Transitional Movement, Wynick Tuck Toronto, ON
2011/09      Noir, Renann Isaacs Gallery Guelph, ON
2011/08      The Point Is Kelowna Art Gallery Kelowna, BC
2011/06      KWAG 5th Biennial Kitchener-Waterloo, ON
2011/06      Degrees of Abstraction II, Wynick Tuck Toronto
2010/09      Legacy MacDonald Stewart Centre Guelph, ON
2009/03      stART Halifax, NS
2004/02      Gallery One [ prize ] Toronto, ON
1998/05      Vanderleelie Gallery Edmonton, AB
1997/08      Robert Birch Gallery Toronto, ON
1997/04-05      360 Restaurant /CN Tower Toronto, ON
1991/03      Works On Paper Birganart Toronto, ON
1988/09-10      The Secret Life of Objects ARC Toronto, ON
1985/04      Royal College Selection Studio Gallery Canterbury, England
1982/05-06      New Contemporaries ICA [ prize ] London, England
1981/04      Calouste Gulbenkian Gallery Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England
1979/11      Northern Young Contemporaries Manchester, England

Grants & Awards

2013    Ontario Arts Council Mid-Career Grant
2009    Ontario Arts Council Mid-Career Grant
2006    Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant
2005    Ontario Arts Council Grant
1997    Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant
1996    Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant
1994    Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant
1993    Ontario Arts Council Grant
1992    Toronto Arts Council Grant & Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant
1991     Canada Council Grant & Ontario Arts Council Grant
1990    Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant
1988    Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant


University of Guelph — Guelph, ON
Director, School of Fine Art and Music 2019 – 2024
Associate Professor, Painting 2007 to present
Assistant Professor, Painting (contractually limited) 2006-2007
Sessional Instructor in Painting & Drawing 2000 to 2005

Vermont College of Fine Arts — Montpelier VT
MFA Program Artist Teacher 2012

University of Toronto — Toronto, ON
Sessional Instructor in Painting & Drawing 2003-2007

Selected Bibliography

Nyman, John “Martin Pearce” Border Crossings,  September 2019 (images and review)
Arian Shahnavazy, “Zacks Through the Ages,” Excalibur, November 7, 2012 (review)
“The Point Is”, Kelowna Art Gallery, October 2011 (catalogue)
Pearson, Gary, “The Point Is”, Border Crossings #120 (image and review)
Landry, Mike, “In the Time of Earthquakes” Things of Desire, Issue #11 (online publication),
November 2008 (image & review)
Pitman, Teresa, “A new landscape for art: UK-born artist says he perceives world differently here in Canada” At Guelph (online publication), September 2008 (image)
Dault, Gary Michael, “Walking the Line #23: City’s Edge” ArtPost.Info (online publication), September 17, 2006 (image & review)
Wylie, Liz, Border Crossings, Summer 2006 (image & review)
Dault, Gary Michael, “Gallery Going” Globe and Mail, September 8, 2001 (review)
Vaughan, R. M. , “The secret of his distress” Eye Weekly, September 6, 2001 (image & review)
McAllister, Lesley, “Scraping by” NOW Magazine, August 30, 2001 (review)
Jordan, Betty Ann and Mackay, Gillian, “Gallery Going” Globe and Mail, January 3, 1998 (review)
Brackett, Donald, Toronto Life Magazine, December 1997 (review)
Pearson, Craig, “Urban, Industrial…” Windsor Star, March 6, 1997 (image & review)
Taylor, Kate, “Art About” Globe and Mail, December 3, 1991 (review)
Hanna, Deirdre, NOW Magazine, August 16, 1990 (review)
Szigetl, Steve, Medium II, October 1989 (image & review)
Klar, Estee, “5 new painters live off the landscape” Mississauga News, October 1989 (review)
Parallelogramme, February/March 1989 (image)
Hume, Christopher, “Kids let loose” Toronto Star, February 13, 1988 (review)
Perdue, Jane, “Full Page Visions” NOW Magazine, February 11, 1998 (review)
Financial Times, April 27, 1985 (image)
Vaizey, Marina, “Contemporaries young and old” Sunday Times, May 1982 (review)
The Guardian, May 1982 (image)


Mark Bradford, Hauser & Wirth, London UK, Border Crossings, March 2020
Michael Lin at Jumex, Federico Herrero at Lulu, Mexico City, Border Crossings, June 2020
Sadko Hadzihasanovic, R3 Galeria, University of Quebec Trois Rivieres March 2019 (catalogue essay)
Helen Escobedo, PROYECTOSMONCLOVA Mexico City, September 2019 Border Crossings
Gordon Smith, Vancouver Art Gallery, June 2018 Border Crossings
Emily Schaefer, Gallery Stratford, Stratford ON, March 2018 (catalogue essay)
Matisse/Diebenkorn Baltimore Museum of Fine Arts, March 2017, Border Crossings
Howard Hodgkin Nicholas Metivier Gallery Toronto ON, September 2015, Border Crossings
Fred Tomaselli, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach CA, June 2015, Border Crossings
Laura Madera, Afterglow, Evans Contemporary, Peterborough ON November 2014 (catalogue essay)
Leon Kossoff, LA Louvre Venice CA, June 2014, Border Crossings
Mary Pratt, The Rooms St. John’s Newfoundland, November 2013, Border Crossings
Dana Schutz, Miami Art Gallery, February 2012, Border Crossings #122
Miro, Tate Modern, London UK, October 2011, Border Crossings #120
Guillermo Kuitca, Albright Knox Art Gallery Buffalo NY, October 2010, Border Crossings #115


Private Collections – UK, Canada, USA
Art Gallery of Guelph, Guelph ON
University of Guelph – Guelph, ON
Kelowna Art Gallery – Kelowna, BC
University of Toronto Arts Centre – Toronto, ON
Ely Art Gallery – Ely, England
The Guardian – London, England
St Stephen’s Hospital – London, England
Sun Life Assurance of Canada – Toronto, ON
Sun Life Assurance of Canada – Montreal, PQ
Logistics Institute – Toronto, ON
Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt – Toronto, ON
Private Collections – UK, Canada