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Trevor Kiernander

Part-time Instructor, Studio Arts

Trevor Kiernander


Trevor Kiernander's works rigorously propose a formal examination of the space of painting and drawing. Through the association and collision of multiple perspectives and the deployment of overlapping technical approaches, he explores the basic, fundamental duality between background and foreground, and figure/ground relationships as forms per se.  Kiernander works simultaneously on several canvases positioned together on the same wall and experiments with many configurations, with the aim of unifying the composition in a complex but resolved manner. In so doing, the assemblage of canvases and images are deconstructed and reconstructed, creating contradictory but stimulating and coherently finished works, whose final installation is the result of that research outcome in the studio.

Trevor Kiernander was born in Mississauga, Ontario in 1975 and currently resides in Montreal, Quebec. He has a BFA in Painting & Drawing from Concordia University (with Distinction, 2006) and a Master's degree in Fine Art: Art Practice, from Goldsmiths College, University of London (2009). While based in London between 2007 and 2014, he exhibited throughout the UK and participated in several projects and exhibitions in Germany, Russia, the United States, Canada and Morocco. In 2017, Trevor was selected for residences at the Vermont Studio Center and the Leipzig International Art Program in Leipzig, and is a 2018 recipient of a Canada Council for the Arts Concept to Realization grant for solo exhibitions in Canada at the Maison de la culture de NDG (2018) and the Galerie d’art d’Outremont (2019). His works can be found in national and international collections, including the CPOA of the National Museum of Fine Arts of Quebec, Concordia University, Montreal Council for the Arts, Loto-Québec, Mouvement Desjardins, Toronto Dominion Bank and The Université de Sherbrooke.



• Edwin Janzen, “Trevor Kiernander. Crossovers” Border Crossings (Canada) 151 (September 2019)
• Benjamin Klein, “In Free Fall,” Vie des Arts (Canada) 253 (Winter. 2019) 
• Marie-Anne Letarte, “Trevor Kiernander Résoudre L'espace,” L'Inconvient Magazine (Canada), no 73, summer 2018
• Éric Clément, “La Fibre Internationale D’art Mûr,” La Presse, 3 Feb. 2018
• Anais Castro, “Trevor Kiernander. Bound and Boundless,” Wall Street International, 13 Jan. 2018
• Christian Roy, “Regard double en parallèle: 
Les paysages composites de Trevor Kiernander” Vie des Arts 14 Sep. 2016
• Michael Valinsky, “Visual Interview,” The Wild Magazine, 21 Aug. 2014 
• Tom Jeffreys & Oscar Rickett, “10 Ways to Make British Art Less Annoying in 2014,” Vice, 6 Jan. 2014
• Crystal Bennes, “Trevor Kiernander,” The Learned Pig, 27 Nov. 2013 
• Susie Pentelow, “A Conversation with Canadian Artist Trevor Kiernander,” Traction Magazine, 6 Nov. 2013
• “Trevor Kiernander. Fallen: A conversation with the Canadian artist Trevor Kiernander,” Wall Street International, 23 Mar. 2013
• “Art Moscow 2011: A Round Up” (video), Huffington Post, 21 Oct. 2011
• Jerome Delgado, “Arts visuels—De l’intime jusqu’à la peinture extreme,” Le Devoir (Montréal), 31 Dec. 2010
• Christian Roy, “TREVOR KIERNANDER: La construction d’un monde pictural,” Vie des Arts (Canada) 219 (Sum. 2010) 
• Lori Callaghan, “Roots Of Home Reveal Where The Heart Lives,” Montréal Gazette, 12 Jun. 2010 
• Jerome Delgado, “Le chaos raffiné de Kiernander,” Le Devoir (Montréal), 5 Jun. 2010 • Goldsmiths—But Is It Art (documentary), dir. Magnus Temple and Emma Tutty, Dragonfly and BBC Four, Apr. 2010 
• Susan Holtham, “Setting Up Art-Shop With soShow!,”  Dazed Digital, London, Dec. 2009 
• “Gold & Delicious,” MESCALINA.IT: Rivista on-line di Arte e Cultura, Feb. 2008 
• di Francesca Cavazzana, “Gold & Delicious,” archimagazine, Feb. 2008
• Christine Redfern, “A Stroke of Art,” Montréal Mirror, Aug. 2007


Anais Castro, “Bound and Boundless”, Art Mûr, Berlin, Jan 2018 
Benjamin Klein and R. Travis, “Event Horizon: This Must be the Place”, McClure, Montréal, Sept 2016
Stephanie Locas and R. Travis, “Event Horizon: This Must be the Place”, Art Mûr, Montréal, Sept 2016
Tom Trevatt and C. Barnabe, “Uncommon Ground,” Art Mûr, Montréal, September 2014
Michael Heilgemeir, “The Nomadic Studio,” Edition Taube, London, March 2013
Dominique Allard, “Trevor Kiernander: Here. Not Here.”, Art Mûr, Montréal, April 2012
Cameron Skene, “Meditations In An Emergency,” Art Mûr, Montréal, April 2012
Ian Gonczarow, “Translate/Transcribe,” Central House of Artists, Moscow, September 2011
Sandra Erbahcer, “So Here We Are,” Kunstverein Speyer, Germany, September 2011
Catherine Barnabe and S. Wilkinson, “To Build A Home,” Art Mûr, Montréal, May 2010
Carte Blanche 2, Painting Magenta Foundation, November 2008
Lyne Crevier and Katey Apsey, “Relative Detachements,” Art Mûr, Montréal, July 2007 

Participation activities

Pictura Montreal

Pictura is an event dedicated to the presentation and exhibition of contemporary painting in the expanded field, across the city of Montreal during the months of November and December 2020.
De pictura comes from the Latin “On Painting”, a treatise written by Leon Battista Alberti in 1435, one of his three commentarii on art, and was used in the phrase “Ut pictura poesis” (as in painting, so in poetry) from Horace’s “Ars Poetica”.
Over thirty galleries, artist-run spaces, and independent venues, will all exhibit painting at the same time, in order to showcase the diverse range of the medium and the importance of it in Montreal, a city which has long held a very strong history of painting.

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