"Steven is a modern alchemist. He transforms the base materials of urethane and pigment into ecstatic visions of the Canadian wilderness.  Like his historical forefathers, the Group of Seven, Driscoll heads to the forest for inspiration. But rather than re-enacting the plein air sketching method practiced by Canada’s archetypal landscape painters, Driscoll instead mentally banks the images he sees — lakes and trees, sunsets and sunrises, moons and stars, cabins and campfires — creating a storehouse of visual memories that he brings back to his Toronto studio. There he sets about finding ways to make his unorthodox materials suggest those aspects of the wilderness experience that loom large in his mind."  – Barbara Isherwood

"Steven is a modern alchemist. He transforms the base materials of urethane and pigment into ecstatic visions of the Canadian wilderness.

Like his historical forefathers, the Group of Seven, Driscoll heads to the forest for inspiration. But rather than re-enacting the plein air sketching method practiced by Canada’s archetypal landscape painters, Driscoll instead mentally banks the images he sees — lakes and trees, sunsets and sunrises, moons and stars, cabins and campfires — creating a storehouse of visual memories that he brings back to his Toronto studio. There he sets about finding ways to make his unorthodox materials suggest those aspects of the wilderness experience that loom large in his mind."

– Barbara Isherwood

A landscape painter in the mainstream of the Canadian tradition, Toronto-based OCAD graduate Steve Driscoll’s work is an embodiment of the notion that our ocular vision – and the corresponding memory of things seen – is particularly well represented in art by images of open, natural space.

Driscoll is interested in conjuring and manifesting a vision of nature, undulating with atmosphere and heightened color effects, but watched over by the architectural proofs of human presence, with rural buildings that seem somehow to be guardians; they are strangely animated centers of our connection to the vast wilderness that surrounds us.

Born November 4, 1980 in Oakville, ON

Lives and works in Toronto, ON

EDUCATION

2002 Ontario College of Art (OCA), Toronto, ON

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016 Angell Gallery, Toronto, ON
2015 Smoke Show & Other Deceptions in Paint, Angell Gallery, Toronto, ON Steve Driscoll, Rostad Edwards Fine Art, Miami, FL Actually, Everything is About the Same, Peter Robertson Gallery, Edmonton, AL
2014 Down Stream, James Baird Gallery, Pouch Cove, NL Into the Wind, Angell Gallery. Toronto, ON
2013 Peter Robertson Gallery, Edmonton, AL (November) James Baird Gallery, Pouch Cove, NL (April)
2012/13 North Swallow, Angell Gallery, Toronto, ON Dream World, James Baird Gallery, Pouch Cove, Newfoundland
2011 Heaven is Where You Find it, Angell Gallery, Toronto, ON Dance of the Dories, James Baird Gallery, Pouch Cove, NF 2010 Old Still River Road, Angell Gallery, Toronto, ON Tembling Sentinals, Winsor Gallery, Vancouver, BC New Work, James Baird Gallery, St. Johns, NF
2009 From the Back Seat of a Canoe, James Baird Gallery, St. Johns, NF Where we live, Where We Love, Winsor Gallery, Vancouver, BC Blackwater Woods, Moore Gallery, Toronto, ON
2008 Conversations, David Mirvish Gallery, Toronto, ON Conversations, James Baird Gallery, Pouch Cove, NF Conversations, B&K Projects, Copenhagen, Denmark
2007 Notes From The Underbrush, Moore Gallery, Toronto, ON
2006 You Must Also Look Elsewhere, Moore Gallery, Toronto, ON
2004 120 Volts and a Can of Propane, James Baird Gallery, St. Johns, NF
2003 Pipedream, Moore Gallery, Toronto, ON 2001 Not on the floor, please, Gallery 401, Toronto, ON

GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2

2015 Summer Group Exhibition, Angell Gallery, Toronto ON Identity, Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Queens Park, Toronto, ON Inaugural Exhibition, Rostad Edwards Fine Art, Miami, FL
2014 SATO, 107 Gallery, San Antonio, TX
2011 Winter Interlude, Angell Gallery, Toronto, ON
2009 Triangulating New York, Toronto & Bermuda, National Arts Club, New York, NY
2008 Germ Welfare, Shore Institute of the Contemporary Arts, Long Branch, NJ Summer Show Moore Gallery, Toronto, ON
2006 Critics Select Shore Institute of the Contemporary Arts, Long Branch, NJ Winter Show Moore Gallery, Toronto, ON 2005 Big Show 1139 College Street, Toronto, ON
2004 Winter Show Moore Gallery, Toronto, ON Beyond the Firewall The Worm Factory, Toronto, ON
2002 Summer Show Moore Gallery, Toronto, ON Juggernaut Cocktail Angell Gallery, Toronto, ON Go West Tatar Alexander Gallery, Toronto, ON
2001 Mini Me Spin Gallery, Toronto, ON

ART FAIRS
2010 - 2014 Art Toronto, Angell Gallery, Toronto, ON
2009 Pool NY Art Fair, New York, NY
2004 Art Toronto, Toronto, ON

GRANTS / AWARDS
2002 Medal Winner for Drawing and Painting, Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD), Toronto, ON Nora E. Vaughan Award, OCAD, Toronto, ON David L. Stevenson Scholarship, OCAD, Toronto, ON
2001 Dorothy Stevens Award, OCAD, Toronto, ON

ARTICLES / REVIEWS

2015 “Art in Context” PDN Photo of the Day, June 23, 2015 Krunak-Hajagos, Emese. “Angell Gallery, Toronto: Steve Driscoll’s Painted Deceptions” Artes Magazine, March 17, 2015 Krunak-Hajagos, Emese. “Steve Driscoll’s Painted Deceptions.” Huma3, February, 2015 Shapka, Lindsay. “Hot Art.” Edmonton Where, May/June 2015
2014 “The James Baird Gallery.” The Newfoundland Herald, July 20-26, 2014
2013 “Five Exhibitions to Check Out Over the Holidays.” Monocle/Monocolumn, Janurary 4
2012 Krishtalka, Sholem. “Twitter Critic: Three Art Exhibitions.” The Globe and Mail, December 21 “Steve Driscoll’s Urethane Innovations.” Canadian Art Junkie, December 21
2011 Chalaturnyk, Adrienne. “Insane Terrain in Urethane.” Spontaneous Combustion, January 12. Bradbury, Tara. “Catching the Waves: Steve Driscoll inspired by the ‘vast and powerful pulse of the ocean.’” The Telegram, June 10. White, Nancy J. “Unmasking Mental Health Issues.” The Toronto Star, May 4.
2010 “Driscoll’s Shift: New Paintings Demonstrate Artist’s Ever-Changing Palette,” Good Life Connoisseur, Fall 2010. Debby Winters. “Artist, Patriot, Explorer: Steve Driscoll Opening New Exhibit at Bianca’s.” Current Magazine, August 2010. 3
2008 Rockwell, Steve. "Conversations" dART International #23 pg. 12, Fall Hayward, Karla. "A Maverick of Multi-Media" The Telegram, NL, October 10 Brodahl, Thomas. Surfstation, surfstation.com, September 28 Hatch, Robin. "Urban Planner" toronotoist.com, September 28 Baird, James. "Urban cowboy amongst the flowers" Current, NL, Oct 3
2005 White, Michele. "Beyond The Firewall" Canadian Art, www.canadianart.ca, Spring Issue 2004/2005 Art Ads dART International Winter Rockwell, Steve. dARTICALES dART International Winter
2004 Earnshaw, Ameesha. "The Urban Cowboy" Lucky, Australia Richardson, Mikey. "Thoughtcrimez" Shift, Japan, www.shift.jp.org Bennett, Tara Bradbury, The Telegram, Newfoundland, May 9
2002 CBC Evening Local News, CBC Television Toronto, July 30 Hastings, Sasha. "Cocktail High" Now Magazine, July 26 "Best Bet: Juggernaut Cocktail" Eye Magazine, July 11

COMMISSIONS

2002 The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir "Music Meets Canvas" presented at the Roy Thompson Hall, Toronto, ON OTHER 2015 Book Publication: Steve Driscoll GIVING CONTEXT, 2015 2012 Book Publication: Steve Driscoll INTELLIGENCE WITH THE EARTH, poetic essays by Gary Michael Dault, Edited by Andi Argast, ©2012
2008 Book Publication: Steve Driscoll CONVERSATIONS, Edited by Laurel McMillan, ©2008 "Death Mountain" Ad Campaign, jointly with Sakis?Building Mural: 384 College Street Toronto Ontario jointly with Matt Bahen Permanent collections TD Bank Bank of Montreal Seneca College The Four Seasons Aura at College Park Nordstrom, Vancouver Kemptville District Hospital