BIO

Brian Harvey was born in 1978 in Toronto, Canada. He has training from Seneca College, Sheridan College, Toronto School of Art, the Art Centre at Central Technical School, and has recently completed a BFA from OCAD University in Toronto.  He has been painting and exhibiting for over a decade and his work can be found in public and private collections across Canada, the United States and Europe.  His paintings are studies of the commonplace and the typically mundane; the everyday objects, spaces and urban landscapes that surrounds him.  Brian lives and works in Toronto.


STATEMENT

Painting allows me the opportunity to look at things that are frequently overlooked. I am drawn to the character of everyday objects and spaces, and the urban landscape in which I live. I have a strong response to things which are connected to the past, holdovers which are often ignored or forgotten about altogether. Through a layering of rapid and gestural application of paint, I seek to depict light and form, while maintaining a focus on the physicality of mark making and surface.


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SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2019

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto, ON
In Passing, Solo Exhibition
, Abbozzo Gallery, Toronto, ON

2018

Abbozzo Gallery 25th Anniversary Exhibition, Abbozzo Gallery, Toronto, ON
Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto, ON
Sense of Place: Solo Exhibition, Wall Space Gallery, Ottawa, ON
Under the Sun, Curated by Abbozzo Gallery, FCP Gallery, Toronto, ON
The Artist Project, Toronto, ON

2017

Yorkvile Village Arts Festival with OCADU, Toronto, ON
Toronto Revealed, TD Gallery at Toronto Reference Library, Toronto, ON
Well One: The Inaugural Exhibition of the Well Collective, Arta Gallery, Toronto, ON
Feature Artist, Petroff Gallery, Toronto, ON
Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto, ON
The Artist Project, Toronto, ON

2016

Guest Artist, Abbozzo Gallery, Toronto, ON
Yorkvile Village Arts Festival with OCADU, Toronto, ON
Brian Harvey and Julie Himel: A Fleeting Presence, Wall Space Gallery, Ottawa, ON
Facade: Solo Exhibition, Project Gallery, Toronto ON
The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto ON
OCAD University GradEX, OCAD University, Toronto, ON
The Artist Project, Toronto, ON

2015

Salon 3, Project Gallery, Toronto, ON
Places and Spaces, Group Exhibition, Toronto, ON
McMichael Autumn Art Sale, Kleinburg, ON
Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto, ON
Riverdale Art Walk, Toronto, ON
Collective Horizons Pop Up Exhibition, Toronto, ON
15 Painters, Project Gallery, Toronto, ON
The Artist Project, Toronto, ON

2014

Brian Harvey: Paintings, Solo Exhibition, Marlow Gallery, Barrie, ON
Ontario Discovered, Toronto, ON
Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto, ON
Allow Us To Introduce, Group Exhibition, Petroff Gallery, Toronto, ON
Riverdale Art Walk, Toronto, ON
The Artist Project, Toronto, ON
Collective Horizons, Group Exhibition, Arta Gallery, Toronto, ON

2013

Architexture, Group Exhibition, Project Gallery, Toronto, ON
Ontario Here and There, Group Exhibition, Toronto, ON
Cabbagetown Arts and Crafts Show, Toronto, ON
Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto, ON
You’ve Been Here Before, Solo Exhibition, Wall Space Gallery, Ottawa, ON
Riverdale Art Walk, Toronto, ON
The Artist Project, Toronto, ON

2012

Toronto Calls, Group Exhibition, Canadian Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
Wild Ontario, Group Exhibition, Toronto, ON
Alone Together, Group Exhibition, Artscape Triangle Gallery, Toronto, ON
Brian Harvey: Selected Works, Cowbell Restaurant, Toronto, ON
Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto, ON
Riverdale Art Walk, Toronto, ON
The Artist Project, Toronto, ON

2011

Named Spaces, Group Exhibition, Earls Court Gallery, Hamilton, ON
Art Gallery of Hamilton Art Show and Sale, Hamilton, ON
Backhouse, Two- person Exhibition, Telephone Booth Gallery, Toronto, ON
Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto, ON
Riverdale Art Walk, Toronto, ON
The Artist Project, Toronto, ON

2010

Paintings by Brian Harvey and Lorena Ziraldo, Buckland Southerst Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Queen West Art Crawl, Toronto, ON
Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto, ON
Riverdale Art Walk, Toronto, ON
Urban Artifacts, XEXE Gallery, Toronto, ON
The Artist Project, Toronto, ON

2009

Gallery Revue Show, Wall Space Gallery, Ottawa, ON
Art Gallery of Hamilton Art Show and Sale, Hamilton, ON
Brian Harvey: New Paintings, Solo Exhibition, Cowbell Restaurant, Toronto, ON
Square Foot, AWOL Gallery, Toronto, ON
Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto, ON
Riverdale Art Walk, Toronto, ON
Landscape, Two-person Exhibition, Wall Space Gallery, Ottawa, ON

2008

Queen West Art Crawl, Toronto, ON
Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto, ON
Riverdale Art Walk, Toronto, ON
Brian Harvey: Selected Works, Cowbell Restaurant, Toronto, ON

2007

Queen West Art Crawl, Toronto, ON
Square Foot, AWOL Gallery, Toronto, ON
Junction Arts Festival, Juried Exhibition, Toronto, ON

2006

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto, ON
Small Works, Buckland Southerst Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Group Exhibition, Gallery One Zed Two, Toronto, ON

2005

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto, ON
Canadian Opera Art Exhibition, Hummingbird Centre, Toronto, ON

EDUCATION

2010 – 2016  OCAD University, Toronto, ON | BFA, Drawing and Painting
2000 – 2003  The Art Centre at Central Technical School, Toronto, ON | Three Year Post-Secondary Specialized Art Program
2001 – 2003 Toronto School of Art, Toronto, ON |  Part Time Studies
1999 – 2000 Sheridan College, Oakville, ON |  Art Fundamentals Certificate, Part Time Studies
1997-1998 Seneca College, Toronto, ON | Digital Media Arts Diploma

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Government of Ontario Art Collection
Toronto Public Library Art Collection
City of Toronto Art Collection

MEDIA AND PUBLICATIONS

2019 Review: Brian Harvey, In Passing.  Solo Exhibition at Abbozzo Gallery, The Artist and the Viewer, Toronto, ON
2014 Toronto’s Old Soul, Painter Puts the City’s Past on His Canvases, Toronto Home Magazine, Toronto, ON
2011 Reinventing the Lay of the Landscape, The National Post, Canada
2011 Highlights of The Artist Project, BlogTO, Toronto, ON