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Gavin Lynch
b. 1978, Canada


2012 Master of Fine Arts, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario

2009 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Emily Carr University of Art & Design,
Vancouver, B.C.


Gavin Lynch received his BFA from Emily Carr University in 2009 and MFA from the University of Ottawa in 2012. He is the recipient of awards and grants from various organisations, including the Canada Council for the Arts (2014), the Ontario Arts Council (2013) and the province of Ontario (2011). In 2014, Lynch was a finalist for the RBC Painting Competition. His work has been exhibited across Canada, featured in Canadian Art magazine and is in various collections including TD Bank, Royal Bank of Canada and Nordstrom. Most recently in December 2017, Lynch created a monumental site-specific painting for the Air Canada VIP lounge at Pearson International Airport.



Air Canada
Royal Bank of Canada
City of Ottawa Public Art Collection
Simon Fraser University Permanent Collection, B.C. Hall
Toronto Dominion Bank 
University of Toronto
Aldo Shoes Canada

Awards & Scholarships

2016 Canada Council for the Arts Project Grant
2015 Ontario Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant
2015 Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant
2014 Canada Council for the Arts Project Grant
2014 Royal Bank Painting Competition Finalist

2013 Ontario Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant
2012 Michel Goulet Prize for Outstanding Master’s Thesis Presentation University of Ottawa

2011 Ontario Graduate Scholarship
2011 Excellence Scholarship, University of Ottawa
2010 Entrance Scholarship, University of Ottawa
2008 Takao Tanabe Painting Scholarship, ECUAD
2008 Helen Pitt Bursary Fund Award, ECUAD
2007 Maisie Anne Robertson Memorial Scholarship, ECUAD
2007 Helen Pitt Bursary Fund Award, ECUAD


Solo & Two Person Exhibitions 

2018 Letting go is hard, Angell Gallery, Toronto, On (forthcoming)
2018 Crossfaded, with Colin Dorward, Michael Gibson Gallery, London, On
2017 Land of the Midnight Sun, Peter Robertson Gallery, Edmonton, Ab
2017 Total Eclipse of my Heart, Angell Gallery, Toronto, On
2016 The Prelude & the Recluse, Angell Gallery, Toronto, On
2015  Art Toronto, w/ Angell Gallery, Solo Booth
2015  For Janus, Angell Gallery, Toronto, On 
2013  Old Magic, Elissa Cristall Gallery, Vancouver, B.C. 
2012  Questionable Inheritance, AXENEO7, Gatineau, Quebec 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018 Rarity Summer Contemporary Exhibition, Rarity Gallery Mykonos

2018 We'll All Become Stories, Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, On
2017 Paper Cuts, curated by Kristian Day, Tripp Gallery, London, UK
2017 Winter Group Exhibition, Peter Robertson Gallery, Edmonton, AB
2016 Summer Group Exhibition, Angell Gallery, Toronto, On
2016 Angell Gallery 20th Anniversary Exhibition, Angell Gallery, Toronto, On
2015 This Is Us Now, City of Ottawa Public Art Program Collection Show, Karsh Masson, Ottawa, Ontario
2015    Beyond the Pines: Homer Watson and the Contemporary Canadian Landscape, Mississauga Art Gallery, Mississauga, Ontario 
2015 Summer Group Exhibition, Angell Galery, Toronto, On
2015 Big Bang, SAW Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
2015 Human Nature, Curated by Corinna Ghaznavi, Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, On 
2014 Art Toronto, Toronto, On, with Angell Gallery
2014 Royal Bank Painting Competition, Montreal Musée des Beaux Arts, Montreal, QC 
2014 I Heart Paint, Curated by Kim Dorland, Angell Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2014 Winter Exhibition, Elissa Cristall Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
2011 Fresh Paint, New Construction, Art Mur, Montreal, Quebec
2011 Art Toronto, Toronto, On, with Elissa Cristall Gallery

Selected Bibliography

2017 Tussle Magazine, Total Eclipse of My Heart:Gavin Lynch interview 03/01/2017
2017 Toronto Life, Going Out: Gavin Lynch 02/01/2017
2017 Vue Weekly, Gavin Lynch: Beauty of the Yukon 05/12/2017
2017 Where Magazine, Gavin Lynch: Land of the Midnight Sun 05/13/2017
2016 Toronto Star, Gavin Lynch, The Prelude and the Recluse 02/01/2016
2016 Gavin Lynch: The Prelude & The Recluse
2015 Ottawa Citizen, Capital! Ottawa Favorites in Visual Arts 2015, 23/12/15
2015 Ottawa Citizen, City Shows off New Art Collection, 14/12/15
2015 Artsy, Top Ten Canadian Artists to Watch at Art TO 2015, online
2015 Toronto Now, The Creative Class, August 2015

2015 Ottawa Citizen, A Very Big Bang of Ottawa Art, Peter Simpson, 21/08/2015
2015 Studio Sixty-Six, Interview with Jason St. Laurent, 10/09/15

2015 ARTORONTO.CA, GAVIN LYNCH: For Janus at Angell Gallery, 03/01/15
2014 ARTORONTO.CA, I HEART PAINT/Opening Recption, 05/08/14
2014 The Globe & Mail, See the 15 Painters Shortlisted for the $25,000 RBC Painting Competition, 06/14/14
2014 Canadian Art, Canadian Painting Competition Finalists Announced, 06/14/14
2013 Canadian Art Magazine, Smart Guide to Canadian Art Schools, Winter
2012 Vanier Now, At Home with Gavin Lynch, online, 01/13/13
2010 The Drawing Room Exhibition Catalogue, Pendulum Gallery, Vancouver
2009 From the Tropics to the Herbarium, by Joshua Holmes and Robin Selk, Helen Pitt Gallery

Speaking Engagements

2016 Why MFA? with Cara Tierny and Laura Taler, The Ottawa Art Gallery
2015 Why Painting Now? with Eric Fischl, Canada Council for the Arts, Art Bank, Ottawa, On
2013 Algonquin College, Ottawa, On


The Dempster (2017)
acrylic on canvas
127 x 185.5 cm


Rest Stop View (2016)
oil and acrylic on canvas
56 x 76 cm


Prelude #6 2015
oil and acrylic on canvas
132 x 183 cm

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