Trevor Kiernander's paintings examine and assemble space and spaces, exploring the problematization of the figure/ground relationship in painting.  The work begins with an interest in the formal aspects of painting and a concern with “painting as painting”, focusing on material and process, where discarded masking and under-drawings are often crucial to the final composition.  Taking ideas and inspiration from a constantly growing collection of images, Kiernander breaks these down and constructs a world formed of dislocated and interwoven partial planes, lines and shapes.

Born: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Resides: Montreal, Canada & London, UK


Goldsmiths University of London, London, UK MFA, Art Practice                  

Concordia University, Montreal, Canada BFA w/ Distinction, Major Painting & Drawing

Sheridan College, Oakville, Canada Interpretive Illustration Diploma


CPOA du Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
Collection Luc LaRochelle
Concordia University
Conseil des arts de Montréal
Courchesne Larose Ltd
FIFA (Festival International du Film sur l’Art)
Mouvement Desjardins
Orford Centre for the Arts
Parisian Laundry
Stanley Mills Collection
Tilquin Collection
Toronto Dominion Bank
Université de Sherbrooke
Various private collections in Canada, USA, UK, Russia and Europe

Solo Exhibitions

Galerie d'art d'Outremont, Montreal, Canada

Maison de la culture NDG, "In Free Fall", Montreal, Canada
Art Mûr, "Bound and Boundless", Berlin, Germany

Maison des arts de Laval (foyer) "Désorientation", Laval, Canada

Art Mûr, "Event Horizon: This Must Be The Place", Montreal, Canada
McClure Gallery,"Event Horizon: This Must Be The Place", Montreal, Canada

Art Mûr, "Uncommon Ground", Montreal, Canada

Vitrine, “Fallen”, London, UK

Art Mûr, "Here. Not Here.", Montreal, Canada

The Woodmill, "Project:Space", London, UK
Art Mûr, "To Build A Home", Montreal, Canada
Bearspace, "Trade Skins", London, UK

Art Mûr, “Relative Detachments”, Montreal, Canada

La Fabriq, “Form, Fond, Couleur”, Montreal, Canada

Group Exhibitions

Galerie Michel Guimont, Quebec City, Canada
Atlas House, Ipswich Biennale, Ipswich, United Kingdom
Art Mûr, "Grâce du dessin", Montreal, Canada
Spinnerei Werkschau, "Sediments", Leipzig, Germany
LIA Spinnerei, Winter Rundgang, Leipzig, Germany

LIA Spinnerei, Open Studios, Leipzig, Germany
Galerie Michel Guimont, Off-Manif, Quebec City, Canada

Leonard & Bina Ellen Gallery, "Sightings 17: The Time of Work", Montreal, Canada

The Wilson, Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museu, "The Open West", Cheltenham, UK

HUSK, "Teleology", London, UK
L’Blassa, “BAB//\\DAR”, in collaboration w/ Marrakech Biennale, Marrakech, Morocco
Le 18, “Here & Now - Sound Matters”, Marrakech, Morocco

St James Hatcham Goldsmiths, "Post Post", London, UK
Maria Stenfors Gallery, "Endogenous II", London, UK
Southbank Centre, “My Deptford: 8 Minutes From Here”, London, UK
Enclave, “Feedback”, London, UK
Musée des beaux-arts de Mont-Saint-Hilaire, “Héritage de Borduas”, Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Canada
Departure Foundation, “Satelike”, London, UK
CART @ Armory Week: Dream Baby, New York, USA
Jotta, Battersea Evolution, “An Undelivered Postcard From The Edge Of The World”, London

Contact, “Location Relative”, Manchester, UK
Deptford X, “Bringing Home The Art”, London, UK
Bussey Building, “For Display Purposes Only”, London, UK
London Art Fair, "Art Projects w/ Axis", London, UK

Kunstverein Speyer, "So Here We Are", Speyer, Germany
Central House Of Artists, "TRANSLATE / TRANSCRIBE", Moscow, Russia
Art Mur, "Question De Principe, Matter Of Principle", Montreal, Canada
The Woodmill, "S.A.G.S.", London, UK
The Woodmill, "Nicolas Party: Elephants at the Woodmill", London, UK
38b Peckham Rye, "I Have No Use For The Truth", London, UK
Collective Show Los Angeles w/ LA Pedestrians Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

Vulpes Vulpes, "Heliotrope", London, UK
ShopAt34, “Say What What Way”, London, UK
BEARSPACE, “Print Now II”, London, UK
The Woodmill “The Devil’s Necktie”, London, UK

ShopAt34, "soSHOW!", London, UK
Bearspace, "Goblet", London, UK
Area10, "Groupe/Grope", London, UK
James Taylor Gallery, "Notes From The Underground", London, UK
Grace & Clark Fyfe Gallery, “How to Manage When Everything’s a Priority”, Glasgow,UK

Lewisham Art House, New Cross Art Prize Exhibition, London, UK
Tender Pixel Gallery, New Paintings w/ Sungyeon Park, London, UK  

FOFA Gallery, Stanley Mills Purchase Prize Exhibition, Montreal, Canada

Atelier William, Montreal, Canada
Parisian Laundry "Collection I", Montreal, Canada
AWOL Gallery "Square Foot", Toronto, Canada
Leonard & Bina Ellen Gallery, “The Only Way Out Is In”, Montreal, Canada

Art Fairs

Art Toronto, Toronto, Canada
Drawing Now, Paris, France
Papier, Montréal, Canada

Papier, Montréal, Canada

Art Toronto, Toronto, Canada
Papier, Montréal, Canada

Art Toronto, Toronto, Canada
Papier, Montréal, Canada

Art Toronto, Toronto, Canada
Papier, Montréal, Canada

CART @ Armory Week: Dream Baby, New York City, USA
Jotta, Battersea Evolution, An Undelivered Postcard From The Edge Of The World, London, UK

London Art Fair, Art Projects w/ Axis, London, UK

Central House Of Artists, TRANSLATE / TRANSCRIBE, Moscow, Russia

Art Toronto, Toronto, Canada

Residencies, Awards, Distinctions

Canada Council for the Arts, Concept to Realization Grant, Canada

LIA Leipzig International Artist Programme Residency, Leipzig Germany
Vermont Studio Centre Residency, Vermont, USA
Merit-based Artist Grant ($1700USD) Vermont Studio Centre Residency, Vermont, USA

MINT Collective Residency, Riad Biba, Marrakech, Morocco

PEER Residency w/ Merike Estna, London, UK

John Moores Contemporary Painting 2010 (short list), London, UK
Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2010 (short list), London, UK
Woodmill Travel Grant, London, UK

RBC Painting Competition (short list): Eastern Division, Canada



14 September 2016, “Regard double en parallèle: Les paysages composites de Trevor Kiernander” by Christian Roy, Vie des Arts

21 August 2014, "Visual Interview", by Michael Valinsky, The Wild Magazine

27 November 2013, The Learned Pig, by Crystal Bennes,

6 November 2013, Interview by Susie Pentelow, Traction Magazine

23 March 2013, “Trevor Kiernander. Fallen: A conversation with the Canadian artist Trevor Kiernander”, Wall Street International

21 October 2011, “Art Moscow 2011: A Round Up (Video), Huffington Post

31 December 2010, “Arts visuels - De l'intime jusqu'à la peinture extreme”, by Jerome
Delgado, Le Devoir, Montreal, Canada

Summer 2010, “TREVOR KIERNANDER: La construction d’un monde pictural”, by Christian
Roy, Cover Story, Vie Des Arts Magazine, Canada (No. 219)

June 12 2010 “Roots Of Home Reveal Where The Heart Lives” by Lori Callaghan, Montreal Gazette, Canada

June 5 2010 “Le chaos raffiné de Kiernander” by Jerome Delgado, Le Devoir, Montreal, Canada

Apr 2010 “Goldsmiths – But Is It Art” documentary by Magnus Temple & Emma Tutty, Dragonfly and BBC Four

Dec 2009 “Setting Up Art-Shop With soShow!”  by Susan Holtham

Feb 2008 “Gold & Delicious” Mescalinarte: Rivista On-line di arte e cultura

Feb 2008 “Gold & Delicious” by di Francesca Cavazzana

Aug 2007 A Stroke of Art by Christine Redfern, Montreal Mirror, Montreal, QC


Sep 2016 “Event Horizon: This Must be the Place”, by Benjamin Klein & R. Travis, McClure, Montréa, Canada
Sep 2016 “Event Horizon: This Must be the Place”, by Stephanie Locas & R. Travis, Art Mûr, Montréal ,Canada
Sep 2014 "Uncommon Ground." by Tom Trevatt & Catherine Barnabé, Art Mur, Montreal, Canada
Mar 2013 “The Nomadic Studio.” by Michael Heilgemeir, Edition Taube, London, UK
Apr 2012 “Trevor Kiernander: Here. Not Here.” by Dominique Allard, Art Mur, Montreal, Canada
Apr 2012 “Meditations In An Emergency” by Cameron Skene, Art Mur, Montreal, Canada
Sep 2011“Translate/Transcribe” by Ian Gonczarow, Moscow, Russia
Sep 2011“So Here We Are” by Sandra Erbahcer, Speyer, Germany
May 2010 “To Build A Home” by Catherine Barnabe & Sarah Wilkinson, Art Mur, Montreal Canada
Nov 2008 "Carte Blanche 2" – Painting Magenta Foundation, Toronto, Canada
Jul 2007 “Relative Detachements”: Lyne Crevier, Katey Apsey, Art Mur, Montreal, QC