Melanie Authier's paintings bring together visual contradictions into one imaginary space. By drawing upon the histories of abstraction and the strategies of representation, she presents improbable environments. A sense of disorientation comes about through the way in which colour, texture, line and shape compete for room within the canvas. Each work presents a brimming jostle of oppositions that the viewer is invited to bring into a certain order.
Melanie Authier was born in 1980 in Montreal. She received a BFA from Concordia University, Montreal in 2002 and completed her MFA at the University of Guelph in 2006. Authier has exhibited across Canada. Solo Exhibitions include Nobody's Geometry at the Faculty of Fine Arts (FOFA) Gallery at Concordia University in Montreal (2010) and Warrior Ridge at the Michael Gibson Gallery in London, ON (2010). Her most recent solo exhibition The Ribbon and the Lightning Rod at Georgia Scherman Projects (2010/2011) was reviewed by R.M. Vaughan in The Globe and Mail. Other catalogues and reviews include essays by Robert Enright and James D. Campbell. Recent group shows include Four Ottawa Painters at The Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG) in Ottawa (2010/2011) and The Phoenix Art curated by Robert Enright at Galerie Simon Blais, Montreal (2009). Authier is included in the following publications: The Magenta Foundation Carte Blanche v.2 Painting, The Donovan Collection, aceartinc's Paperwait and the Royal Bank of Canada Canadian Painting Competition - Ten Years. Among numerous scholarships and awards, she is the recipient of the Honourable Mention Prize for the 9th Annual RBC Painting Competition 2007. Authier's artwork is in numerous national and international collections including the National Gallery of Canada.
Melanie Authier is represented by Georgia Scherman Projects. She currently lives and maintains a studio in Ottawa.
2010 The Ribbon and the Lightning Rod, Georgia Scherman Projects, Toronto, ON.
Nobody's Geometry, Solo exhibition, FOFA Gallery, Montreal, PQ.
Warrior Ridge, Michael Gibson Gallery, London, ON.
2009 Frisky Vista, bilton contemporary art, Red Deer, AB.
Chain Links, Georgia Scherman Projects, Toronto, ON.
Chameleon, Definitely Superior Artist-Run Centre & Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, ON.
2008 Vista Blitz, TNG (The New Gallery), Calgary, AB.
Sneaky Haunt, Michael Gibson Gallery, London, ON.
2007 Karma Kanyon, aceartinc, Winnipeg, MB.
This could be the place, Michael Gibson Gallery, London, ON.
2010 Melanie Authier & Martin Golland, Michel Guimont Gallery, Quebec, PQ.
Double Trouble, Polychrome Fine Arts, Victoria, BC.
2006 Kolour your World: Melanie Authier & Gary Spearin , Edward Day Gallery, Toronto, ON.
2010 Four Ottawa Painters, Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, ON.
2009 The Phoenix Art, Galerie Simon Blais, Montreal, PQ. Curated by: Robert Enright.
LOOK SIX, Elissa Cristall Gallery, Vancouver, BC.
Young Canada presents: Barometric Reading Series 1, LE Gallery, Toronto, ON.
Look 5 - Perceptions in Landscape , Elissa Cristall Gallery, Vancouver, BC.
Behind the Black Curtain, Michael Gibson Gallery, London, ON.
2008 Soft Abs , Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre, Kingston, ON.
Look Four, Elissa Cristall Gallery, Vancouver, BC.
Jerome Fortin & New Arrivals, Michael Gibson Gallery, London, ON.
2007 9th Annual RBC Painting Competition (tour), Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, ON; Galerie d'art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen, Moncton, NB; MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, ON; Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, MB; Emily Carr Institute Art + Design, Vancouver, BC.
Crossing Borders, The Kenan Centre, Lockport, NY.
Group Show, Edward Day Gallery, Toronto, ON.
Cartographies, Elissa Cristall Gallery, Vancouver, BC.
2006 Selected Works , Michael Gibson Gallery, London, ON.
StART, Studio 21 Fine Art, Halifax, NS.
2005 Concordia Alumni Art Exhibit , Concordia University, Montreal, QC.
Varying Degrees of Abstraction , Zavitz Gallery, Guelph, ON.
Art in the Halls , ArtsWeek at 401 Richmond, Toronto, ON.
Just What Ive Always Wanted, Artery Gallery, Kitchener/Waterloo, ON.
Midnight Artist Run, Ed Video, Guelph, ON.
2004 Bonheur d'hiver (group show) , Uplands Cultural & Heritage Centre, Lennoxville, QC.
Oeuvres Recents , Gallery Sandra Goldie, Westmount, QC.
2010/9/7 The Natural: Remarks on Melanie Authier's Radically Improvisatory Art, Campbell, James, D., FOFA Gallery, Concordia University, Montreal, PQ.
2010/5/1/ The Phoenix Art, Campbell, James D., Frieze Magazine: 146-147.
2010/4/31 Melanie Authier: Warrior Ridge, Campbell, James D. (essay), Enright, Robert (intro essay) , Carter's Printing Inc., London, ON.
2010/12/4 Melanie Authier at Georgia Scherman Projects, Vaughan, R.M. The Globe and Mail, Toronto, ON. http://www.georgiascherman.com/artists%20represented/Melanie_Authier/selected%20press/GlobeandMail-RMVaughan-Dec42010.pdf
2010/12/13 Lightning Strikes Twice: Melanie Authier at Georgia Scherman Projects, Whyte, Murray, The Toronto Star, Toronto, ON. http://www.georgiascherman.com/artists%20represented/Melanie_Authier/selected%20press/thestar-MWhyte-Dec132010.pdf
2009/5/28 Melanie Authier: Chain Links, Ryan, Carol-Ann M., Canadian Art Online. Toronto, ON. http://www.canadianart.ca/online/reviews/2009/05/28/melanie-authier/
2009/5/27 Mesmerizing art at bilton gallery, Weber, Mark , Red Deer Express. Red Deer, AB, May 27, 2009. http://www.reddeerexpress.com/express/edition02/entertainment-003.html
2009/4/4 In the Bay: Magnets for the eyes, Maehans, Linda, Thunder Bay Source Weekly Newspaper. Thunder Bay, ON, April 3, 2009: 16.
2009/4/3 Avenue Questions & Artists: Does this look like a zebra to you? , Leah, Sandals, National Post. Toronto, ON, April 3, 2009: PM12. http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1458301
2009/3/23 Les arts et les autres avec Janine Messadie, Burnett, Philippe, Radio Canada. Toronto, ON.
2009/3/21 Get your fill of art - Urban Infill Art exhibit features hot-ticket artists, Davis, Jolene, The Chronicle Journal. Thunder Bay, ON: D1.
2009/3/19 Urban Infill Art-in-the-Core, Latimer, Kim, CBC Radio 88.3 FM. Thunder Bay, ON.
2009/3/1 Exploring the Sublime, Folwell, Matthew, Our Neighbourhood Magazine. Toronto, On, March 2009: 39. http://www.onmagazine.ca/pdf/ON_MAR08.pdf
2008/9/25 RBC Canadian Painting Competition 10 Years, MacMillan, Laurel, (ed.), Friesens: 10, 25.
2008/7/11 A Channel - Janice Zolf for the 6pm news, Zolf, Janice, CHUM TV. London, ON.
2008/12/11 PaperWait 2005-2007, Sims, Theo (ed.), aceartinc.: 77-80.
2008/11/8 Soft Abs, Hills, Matthew, Modern Fuel.
2008/11/27 Contradictions in Landscape, Williamson, Andrea, FFWD. http://www.ffwdweekly.com/article/arts/visual-arts/contradictions-in-landscape-2950/
2008/11/15 Carte Blanche v.2 Painting, Urquhart, Jane and Roenisch, Clint, Magenta Foundation: 15, 32.
2008/11/14 Vista Blitz, Golland, Martin, The New Gallery.
2007/9/1 RBC Canadian Painting Competition, Sandals, Leah, Royal Bank of Canada.
2007/8/1 Crossovers Visual Art -Melanie Authier, Eyland, Cliff, BorderCrossings Magazine. http://www.umanitoba.ca/schools/art/content/galleryoneoneone/authier.html
2007/7/6 In The Know, Arts & Entertainment, Skitt, Drew. , Rogers TV. London, ON.
2007/7/1 The beautiful and the sublime, Scott, Susan, Artscape. http://www.londonsource.com/uploads/assets/minisites/artscape/pdf/200707.pdf
2007/5/25 Melanie Authiers Karma Kanyon, Abramson, Stacey , Critical Distance Vol 12:4. http://www.aceart.org/wordpress/criticaldistance.php?p=651
2007/5/10 Art Seen: Reinventing Abstraction, Abramson, Stacey, Uptown: 18. http://www.uptownmag.com/2007-05-10/page158.aspx
2007/4/1 What we saw at exhibitions in the West, Wadsley, Helena, Gallerieswest.
2007/10/17 RBC Painting Competition, Leigh, Terry, Talk Local news. Rogers TV. Barrie, ON.
2005/5/1 Carousel 17, Cote, Francis (ed.) and Lauren Stein, Becca Gulka, Mark Laliberte, Guelph, ON: Ampersand, Spring-Summer 2005: 56.
AWARDS AND GRANTS
2011 City of Ottawa Emerging Artist Production Grant
2010 Ontario Arts Council - Exhibition Assistance Grant
2009 Ontario Arts Council - Exhibition Assistance Grant
2008 Toronto Arts Council Grant
Ontario Arts Council Grant
2007 Honourable Mention for the 9th Annual RBC Painting Competition
2005 OGS (Ontario Graduate Scholarship)
2004 Guelph University Graduate Scholarship
The Board of Graduate Studies Research Scholarship for the Fall semester
2003 The Guido Molinari Studio Arts Award
2002 The Heinz Jordan Materials award
2001 The Heinz Jordan Materials award
1999 Champlain Convocation Fine Arts Prize
Sara Lee Company Nathan Cummings Scholarship
2011 The National Gallery of Canada
2009 The Donnovan Collection
2008 TD Bank Collection
2007 The Government of Foreign Affairs
TD Bank Collection
2006 The Framework Foundation
Numerous private collections, national and international
2004-2006 Master of Fine Arts, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON.
1999-2002 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Major in Studio Arts, Minor in Women in the Fine Arts), Concordia University, Montreal, QC.
2004 Member of the SOFAM Visiting Artist Committee
Hiring Committee for Studio Art Tenure
Grad Student Association (GSA), Fine Art Representative, Guelph University.
2002 President of Concordia Universitys Fine Arts Student Alliance (FASA)
2001 President of Concordia Universitys Painting and Drawing Association
2009 Art Students League of Denver, Denver, CO.
Definitely Superior Artist-run Centre, Thunder Bay, ON.
Georgia Scherman Projects and MOCCA Inside/Out Educational Programming, Toronto, ON.
2008 Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary, AB.
University College of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, BC.
Painting 310 Class, Emily Carr Institute of Art and design, Vancouver, BC.
Painting 210 Class, Emily Carr Institute of Art and design, Vancouver, BC.
Langara College, Vancouver, BC.
2007 Aceartinc., Winnipeg, MB.
2011 Instructor 2952 Drawing and the Figure, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON.
2010 Instructor 350 Research Methodologies in Drawing (co-taught with Andrew Morrow), Ottawa School of Art, Ottawa, ON.
2009 Workshop at Art Students League of Denver, Denver, CO.
2004 Instructor Integrated 2D Media (Sart 1050) , University of Guelph, Guelph, ON.
Publicity Graduate Service Assistantship (artist talks and lecture series promotion) , University of Guelph, Guelph, ON.