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Eileen MacArthur
Arthur, Ontario

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I use multiple images and juxtaposition to create a temporal relationship in my paintings. I recombine images from paintings, photographs, newspapers and books as a means of re-contextualizing the familiar. My work questions what is expected of a painting, and how an audience is expected to interact with it both as an object and an idea. I do this by altering how the work typically engages a viewer. I paint portraits that are made uneasy by the spectator's gaze, a still life that is crushed into a flat space, and landscapes that are upended and disorienting.





born: 1978, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada



University of Guelph, MFA, 2005

Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University, BFA, 2003


selected awards/honors

Special Mention, The Kingston Prize for Canadian Portraiture, 2009

Board of Graduate Studies Research Scholarship, University of Guelph, 2003

University of Guelph Scholarship, University of Guelph, 2003

Simon Chang and Phyllis Levine Foundation Scholarship, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University, 2002


selected publications

Jan Dean, "Artists go face to face", September 20, 2011

Robert Reid, "Some Kind of Wonderful" Kitchener-Waterloo Record, July 23, 2009

Sarah Nasby, "Transactions: 11 Canadian Artists", exhibition catalogue, Chongqing Art Museum (Sichuan Fine Arts Institute), 2008

Aidan Ware, "The Fabulous Unfabulous", exhibition catalogue, Temporary City Gallery, Ontario, 2005


selected solo or two-person exhibits

Back to the Landscape, Harbinger Gallery, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, 2011

Untitled, Renann Isaacs Contemporary, Guelph, Ontario, Canada, 011

Eileen MacArthur/ Sarah Cale, Propeller Centre for the Arts, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 2005

Pieces Missing, MacDonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph, Ontario, Canada, 2005


selected group shows

Saving Face, Living Arts Centre, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, 2011

The Kingston Prize for Canadian Portraiture, The Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 2011

Some Kind of Wonderful, 2009 Biennial, Kitchener- Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, 2009

Transactions: 11 Canadian Artists, Chongqing Art Museum (Sichuan Fine Arts), China, 2008



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