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Artist Details

Fiona Smith

In celebration of a new association with Fiona Smyth, the Robert Kananaj Gallery proudly begins to present some of the artist’s works created in the last ten years. The exhibited works include paintings and drawings from the series Bride of Gene 2002 and The Virtuous- Rise of the Matriarchy 2007. Smyth’s themes include examinations of the elastic resiliency of female identity and the idea of traumatic memory living in the tissue of the body. Her figurative paintings reveal violent and beautiful narratives about the conflict of the exterior corporeal world and internal truths of being female.

FIONA SMYTH: CURRICULUM VITAE 
1964-Born in Montreal 1979-82 Central Technical School 
1982-86 Graduate of Ontario College of Art & Design University
SELECTED SOLO SHOWS:
2013 Fiona Smyth and Silvia Argiolas, Robert Kananaj Gallery, Toronto.
2010 CHEEZ, IndexG, Toronto
2009 THE PARKDALE GYRE, IndexG, Toronto
HOLDING PATTERN, Keep Six Contemporary Art, Toronto
KWEAN, Fly Gallery, Toronto
2008 THE WILDING, Monastiraki, Montreal, Quebec
2007 THE VIRTUOUS, SPIN Gallery, Toronto 
2005 THE CHIMERA'S DAUGHTERS, SPIN Gallery, Toronto 
2004 SADAKO'S SHADOW AND THE SOMNAMBULAE, Cream Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba
THE SOMNAMBULIST WAKE, Women's Art Resource Centre, Toronto 
2002 THREE, Durham Art Gallery, Durham 
BRIDE OF GENE, SPIN Gallery, Toronto 
2001 OPEN STUDIO, Stock 20, Taichung, Taiwan
2000 MISSed, SPIN Gallery, Toronto 
1999 SWONK, Temporary Bus Gallery, Toronto 
1998 SPINNBARKEIT #2, Bus Gallery, Toronto 
1996 F10NA, Reactor Gallery, Toronto 
SPINNBARKEIT, Maxwell's, Hoboken, New Jersey
1994 LUKKIE, Reactor Gallery, Toronto 
1993 PATHETICOS, Citylimits Gallery, Toronto 
ONE NIGHT, The Bank, Detroit, Michigan
1992 ST. FAITH, Clark Gallery, Montreal, Quebec
1991 NOCTURNAL EMISSIONS, The Bank, Detroit, Michigan
PAINTINGS FROM MY BRAIN, The Gargoyle Mechanique Laboratory, NYC, New York
1989 THE URBAN UNCTION JUNCTION,The Purple Institution, Toronto 
THE SHRINE SHOW, Art Space, Peterborough, Ontario
1988 GOING TO THE LADIES ROOM, Artefect Gallery, Toronto 
SELECTED GROUP SHOWS:
2012 TORONTO/BERLIN 1982-2012, Zweigstelle Berlin Gallery, Germany
BACKYARD- a fearonrevell project, Toronto
2010 BORING. PEOPLE. LOVE. DRILLS. LE Gallery, Toronto
ART SCHOOL DISMISSED, Shaw Street School, Toronto
2009 MAN’S RUIN, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga
LITTLE KNOWN ARTEFACTS,OCAD Student Gallery, Toronto
SHRINES, Fountain Gallery, Toronto
THE DEEP INSIDE, Bloor Cinema, Toronto
2008 PERRO VERLAG, Boekie Woekie, Amsterdam, Holland
TURA, TURA, TURA! The Tattoo Factory, Chicago, Illinois
DECADE, Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects, Toronto 
GARDEN OF DELIGHTS, Yeosu, South Korea
2007 TORONTO UNDERGROUND, Art X Life, Tokyo
SONGS OF THE APOCALYPSE, Art Mur, Montreal, Quebec
EAT THE FOOD, (collaboration with Allyson Mitchell), MOCCA , Toronto 
AMERIKKKA, The Artist Network, New York City
LOVE/HATE, MOCCA, Toronto
CHRONIC ENTHUSIASM, Velada Santa Lucia, Venezuela
2006 WORLD CALLIGRAPHY FESTIVAL, Seoul, South Korea 
DARKNESS ASCENDS, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto
NON-CELESTIAL BODIES, Galeria Begona Malone, Madrid, Spain
2005 THE FIFTH WORLD CALLIGRAPHY BIENNALE, Jeollabuk-Do, South Korea
YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS THAT SHIT, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto
2004 TORONTO ALTERNATIVE ART FAIR INTERNATIONAL, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto 
TORONTO INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto

SELECTED GROUP SHOWS: continued- Fiona Smyth’s CV page 2
2004 GIRLS WITH GUNS, Burston Gallery, Toronto 
BIG MEN IN LITTLE CARS, Tin Man Alley, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
LEGAL ACTION COMICS #2, CBGB's 313 Gallery, New York City 
2003 WHAT IT FEELS LIKE FOR A GIRL, Art Gallery of York University, Toronto 
THE FOURTH WORLD CALLIGRAPHY BIENALLE, Jeollabuk-Do, South Korea
2002 OPEN 2002/IMAGINAIRE FEMININ, Venice/Lido, Italy
JUXTAPOZ 8TH ANNIVERSARY, Track 16, Santa Monica, California
2001 THE GOOD PLACE, Taichung, Taiwan
CANADIAN TRADE OFFICE OF TAIPEI, Taipei, Taiwan
THE NEW SPIRIT OF ONTARIO, Office of the Lieutenant Governor, Queen's Park, T.O.
DEAD TEENAGERS, West Wing, Toronto 
GUAPO Y FUERTE, Anno Domini, San Jose, California
HONEY HOUSE, Money House, Toronto 
MINIVILLE AND THE OLFACTORY, Anoush Gallery, Toronto 
MAOW MAOW, Reactor Gallery, Toronto
2000 DREAM, SPIN Gallery, Toronto 
GO FIGURE, SPIN Gallery, Toronto 
LORD'S OF THE LOWBROW #2, CBGB's 313 Gallery, New York City 
PILLOWFIGHT, Anoush Gallery, Toronto 
1999 COLLABORATIONS WITH CASEY MCGLYNN, Bus Gallery, Toronto 
NASTY GRRRLS, Saw Gallery, Ottawa 
THE PEOPLE'S PLASTIC PRINCESS, Walter Philips Gallery, Banff 
PERSONAL GROUNDS, Toronto 
1998 THE DRUG SHOW, Toronto 
SELFISH SLAVES OF ZINES AND ANIMATION, A Space, Toronto 
1997 NARRATIVE IMAGE, CBGB's 313 Gallery, New York City 
1996 TWISTED SISTERS, White Columns, New York City 
IRREGULAR JUNCTION, First Gallery, Jersey City, New Jersey
1995 GIRLTALK, Bridges and Bodell, New York City 
TWISTED SISTERS, Cartoon Art Museum, San Francisco, California
1993 ARTE CANADIENSE, Mexico City, Mexico
1992 FANZINE ART, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, California
CURATORIAL:
1999 THE LUCK OF THE DRAWN, Reactor Gallery, Toronto 
RESIDENCY: 2001 STOCK 20, Taichung, Taiwan
ANIMATION:
2007 FOODIE, 35mm, 14 minutes, collaboration with Allyson Mitchell, premiered at Images Festival 2008 
GRANTS:
1992-93-94-96-97, 2005-10 Ontario Arts Council
2002-12 Canada Council Travel Grant
2002-06-09 Toronto Arts Council
2004 Chalmers Arts Fellowship with Allyson Mitchell (through Ontario Arts Council)
2005 Toronto Arts Council (Media) with Allyson Mitchell
2005 Ontario Arts Council (Media) with Allyson Mitchell
2009 Writers Reserve Grant, Ontario Arts Council
2012 Canada Council Project Grant
SELECTED PUBLISHED REVIEWS:
1998 Fiona Smyth's Heart Shaped World, Carole Nicksin, Juxtapoz Magazine Vol.5 #1
2000/Aug.12 Winning Works by a Nose, Gary Michael Dault, Globe and Mail
2000/Nov.11 Wild at Heart, Gary Michael Dault, Globe and Mail
2001/Nov.1 Cheez Whiz, Joanne Huffa, Eye Magazine (cover)
2002/Aug.31 Is it a Bird? Is it a Plane? It's God's Sister, R.M. Vaughan, Globe and Mail
2004 Althea Thauberger and Fiona Smyth/ Girl Trouble: 
Teenage Girls in Contemporary Art, Terence Dick, Border Crossings #90

SELECTED PUBLISHED REVIEWS: continued- Fiona Smyth’s CV page 3
2005/July 9The Big Picture, R.M. Vaughan, National Post
2005/Nov.12 All Aboard the Bipolar Express, R. M. Vaughan, National Post
2005/Nov.19 Fiona Smyth's Spin on Women, Peter Goddard, Toronto Star
2008/Oct. 30 Girls’ World, Rupert Bottenberg, Montreal Mirror
2009/Oct.24 Fiona Smyth at IndexG, Gary Michael Dault, Globe and Mail 
CATALOGUES: Open 2002 Imaginaire Feminin, David Liss
What it Feels Like For a Girl, Too Much Girl, Sally McKay, AGYU, 2004
INSTRUCTOR:
2006-07-08-09-10-12 Graphic Novel Illustration, OCADU, sessional instructor
2007-08-12 Illustration 4, OCADU, sessional instructor
2011 Illustration 3, OCADU, sessional instructor
2008-09-10 Illustration 1, OCADU, sessional instructor
2009 Drawing, OCADU, sessional instructor
2009-10-11 Creative Process and Research, OCADU, sessional instructor
2010-11-12 Comics and Graphic Novels, OCADU, Continuing Studies program
COLLECTIONS: Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt- Duke University- Marie Moliner and Kevin Whitaker-
David Angelo- Glenbow Museum
FIONA SMYTH PUBLISHED WORKS:
BOOKS: CHEEZ 100, edited by RM Vaughan, Pedlar Press,Toronto, ISBN 0-9686522-2-0, 2001
HELL PASSPORT, VOLUME 2, Perro Verlag Books, ISBN 1-897243-12-X, 2007
THE NEVER WERES, Annick Press, Toronto, ISBN-978-1-55451-284-3,2011
WHAT MAKES A BABY, written by Cory Silverberg, ZoBall Press, ISBN-978-0-9853201-0-2, 2012
SOLO COMICS: NOCTURNAL EMISSIONS, issues 1 through 4, Vortex Comics, Toronto 1991-92 PERKYSSIMO, Starhead Comics, USA 1994
COMIC STRIPS: CHEEZ, Exclaim, Toronto 1992-2002 and FAZOOZA,Vice,USA 1995-2002
COMICS ON WEBSITES: www.taddlecreekmag.com.archive.shtml ,www.lambiek.net/smyth-fiona.htmwww.fionasmyth.com,www.artpost-cheez.blogspot.comwww.theneverweres.blogspot.com
COMICS IN BOOKS AND MAGAZINES: 
TADDLECREEK, summer, Toronto 2009,ISSN 1480-2481
EVERYTHING ELEVATOR, Toronto, 2008 
TYPHON, Danny Hellman,USA,,2008,ISBN-10: 0970936338
MONSTER ISLAND THREE, Conundrum Press, Toronto, 2007,ISBN 978-1-894994-27-9
FREE RADICALS, Paper Rodeo, Picture Box Inc., USA 2005,ISBN 0-9713670-6-XLEGAL ACTION COMICS #2,USA 2003, ISBN 0-9709363-1-1LEGAL ACTION COMICS #1,USA 2001, ISBN 0-9709363-0-3QUADRADO #03, Beteteca.com, Portugal 2001, ISSN 0873-9153YYZ ARTISTS'OUTLET,Vice Squad issue, Toronto 2001 
MAOW MAOW, Toronto, 2001, TRAGIC BOOK #8, Booklyn, USA 2001 WHAT RIGHT? Arsenal Pulp Press, Vancouver 2002, ISBN 1-551252-136-9ANTICRISTO, Fab Press, UK 2000, ISBN 1-903254-03-5THE BUST GUIDE TO THE NEW GIRL ORDER, Penguin, USA 1999, ISBN 0-14-027774-9FIREWEED, Fat Issue #67, Toronto 1999 TESSERA VOL. 24, Contemporary Feminist Baroque, Toronto 1998, ISSN 0840-4631TESSERA VOL. 21, Symbolic Violence and the Avant-Garde, Toronto 1996, ISSN 0840-4631SPOOKY TALES, Vesuvius Records, UK 1997 THE ART OF BARBIE, Workman Publishing, USA 1994,ISBN 1-56305-691-7THE GIRL WANTS TO, Coach House Press, Toronto 1993, ISBN 0-88910-462-XRUH ROH #1, Feature Gallery, USA 1992 COMIX COMPENDIUM ANTHOLOGY, Mangajin Books, Toronto 1992, ISBN 1-895348-02-1IMPULSE, One Word Works,VOL.16, Toronto 1990 CASUAL CASUAL CULTURAL EXCHANGE, Toronto 1987 
GIRLTALK #2-3, Fantagraphic Books, USA 1996 FABULOUS BABES, Drawn and Quarterly, Montreal 1995, DIVA, Starhead Comics, USA 1993 
TWISTED SISTERS, Kitchen Sink Press,1994, ISBN 0-87816-345-X