ARTIST’S STATEMENT

Over the last several years I have searched for ways to effectively interlace elements of my existing art practice which consisted mostly of creating work for commercial galleries to include the sculptural and installation work I had been developing, as well as to revisit my interest in music and theatre; to incorporate sewing techniques learned from my mother and to continue working with wood, as learned from my father. Through ongoing research and the development of a methodology that I call ‘Day-to-Day Aesthetics’, I began a whole new stream of artwork that ties together my skills and works to answer my ethical and creative queries.

I believe that my task as an artist is to create stimulating, intriguing and inspiring work that may transport the viewer to a state of wonder, or awe, or inquiry. Using my past experience, immediate surroundings and my existing creative space, I make objects, installations, and video/soundscapes that seek to enrich and broaden the experience of those that come in contact with them; to set up key elements of narratives, leaving the specifics of the stories for the co-creative audience to fill in. I want my work to become a movement toward connectivity to the environment and to each other, to emote in a way similar to experiencing the beauty of nature, to inspire its audience to ask questions and discuss solutions, experience emotions and delve deeply into the humanity and fragility that is life.

My love of the environment is lifelong, my deep concern for its welfare, equally profound. Having lived in many beautiful places, by forests, lakes and by oceans, I have been affected in a way that I hope transcends the aesthetic challenges of expressing my chosen themes in words and that is comminicates through the work itself.

C U R R I C U L U M   V I T A E

E D U C A T I O N
Falmouth University    
Cornwall, UK     MFA with distinction
Crawford College of Art and Design    Cork, Ireland    BFA 
Bealart     London, Canada

S O L O   E X H I B I T I O N S
2016  
Ranger Station Art Gallery     Not Lost at Sea     Harrision Hot Springs, BC
2016  Back Lane West   Tender to the Sea:2      Redruth, England
2015  
Falmouth University   Tender to the Sea    Falmouth, England   
2014
  University of the Fraser Valley Gallery   draw the line    Abbotsford, Canada
2013  Elissa Cristall Gallery   New Work     Vancouver, Canada
2013  Vancouver Art Gallery, Art Sales & Rental   Featured Artist    Vancouver, Canada
2013  Ranger Station Art Gallery    Exploring Totem      Harrison Hot Springs, Canada
2012  Parts Gallery  dwell    Toronto, Canada
2012  Heringer Kiss Gallery   stem    Calgary, Canada
2010  Herringer Kiss Gallery  presage    Calgary, Canada
2008  Herringer Kiss Gallery   stem & wing    Calgary, Canada
2006  Halde Galerie    serenity     Zurich, Switzerland
2004  ARC Gallery   elements    Vancouver, Canada.
2003 studio blue gallery   Constellations      Vancouver, Canada
1999 Art Gallery of the South Okanagan     Cycles and Symbols  Penticton, Canada
1995 Michael Gibson Gallery   Sixty-five Drawings      London, Canada

S M A L L   G R O U P   E X H I B I T I O N S
2011  Herringer Kiss Gallery   Abstract Hues   Calgary, Alberta
2010  Toronto International Art Fair   Parts Gallery     Toronto, Ontario
2009  Parts Gallery   orsa   (S.Humston/Ric Santon)    Toronto, Ontario
2007  Sopa Fine Arts  stem & sentinel  (S.Humston/J.Alfaro)   Kelowna,  B.C
2006  Sopa Fine Arts  elements     Kelowna, BC
2006  Jacana Gallery    sweet raw   (S.Humston/Leah Rosenberg)    Vancouver, BC
2006  Summit Gallery    bloom       Banff, Alberta
2005  Snap Gallery   The Shape of Light    Vancouver, BC
2005  Snap Gallery    movement & stillness    Vancouver, BC
2005  Sugar and Sugar   rogers, ljubojevic, humston    Vancouver, BC
2003  Vancouver Art Gallery, Art Sales and Rental    Spring Exhibition    Vancouver, BC
1997  Between Cultures    Selected Group Exhibition       London, Ontario
1995  MacIntosh Gallery, UWO    Generating Voice      London, Ontario

S E L E C T E D   G R O U P   E X H I B I T I O N S
2017  
44AD Gallery   Art + Text juried exhibition     Bath, England
2015  
Fringe Arts Bath   The Manifesto of the Wall     Bath, England
2014  
Herring Kiss Gallery  The Painters   Calgary, Alberta
2014  Elissa Cristall Gallery   Soliel  Vancouver, BC
2013  The Reach Public Gallery    Fraser Valley Biennale    Abbotsford, British Columbia
2007 The Cultch   Process & Intent   Vancouver, BC
2006  Jacana Gallery  Best Wishes   Gallery Artists Group Show     Vancouver, BC
2006  Sopa Fine Arts  wrap it up    Gallery Artists Group Exhibition   Kelowna, BC
2006  ARC Gallery   uncommon passion    Group Exhibition     Vancouver, BC
2005  Jacana Gallery   Winter Group Show       Vancouver, BC
2005  Halde Gallery   Recent Contemporary Works      Zurich, Switzerland
2005  ARC Gallery  uncommon denominator     Vancouver, BC
2004  Gallery Jones   Selected Artists   Vancouver, BC
2004  ARC Gallery   uncommon light        Vancouver, BC
2004  The Whip   Culture Crawl Exhibition     Vancouver, BC
2004  Aion Gallery  Art to Carry -artist’s book exhibition  Vancouver, BC
2004  Exhibit Gallery      Inaugural Exhibition         Vancouver, B.C.
2003  studio blue  Gallery Artists       Vancouver, BC
2003 Casa Gallery   Gallery Artists      Vancouver, BC.
1998  Art Gallery of the South Okanagan    Okanagan Creates   Penticton, BC
1998  Art Gallery of the South Okanagan   Treasured Chests    Penticton, BC
1998  White Gallery   Bealart Retrospective    London, Ontario
1997  Figuratively Speaking Independent Group Exhibition    Penticton, BC.
1996  The Alternator  Annual Member’s Exhibition    Kelowna, BC.
1995  The Big Picture   Independent Group Exhibition     London, Ontario
1995  London New Arts Festival   Annual Juried Exhibition     London, Ontario
1995  Michael Gibson Gallery    Gallery Artist’s Exhibition     London, Ontario
1994  London Art & Historical Museum   47th Annual Juried Exhibition    London, Ontario
1994  Michael Gibson Gallery    London Contemporary Artists     London, Ontario
1994  London New Arts Festival   Annual Juried Exhibition     London, Ontario
1994  Forest City Gallery    Big City Show    London, Ontario
1994  Room Twenty-Three   Group Exhibition    Guelph, Ontario
1993  Michael Gibson Gallery   Juried Miniature Exhibition      London, Ontario
1993  Michael Gibson Gallery     Contemporary London Artists     London, Ontario

I N S T A L L A T I O N / P E R F O R M A N C E
2015  Fringe Arts Bath     The Stories We Tell-installation with short film    Bath, England
2007  ECHO CHAMBER ChapelArtsCentre  painting performance  Vancouver
2006  ECHO CHAMBER ArtistResourceCentre painting performance      Vancouver
2005  silence   a live elevator installation    Artist Resource Centre         Vancouver
2004  SHED multi media installation  ARC building, Vancouver
2004  ARC Gallery uncommon wealth group exhibition Vancouver

A W A R D S  &  R E S I D E N C I E S
Sikta Center for Art & Ecology   Oregon, USA   (upcoming)
Earthskin Artist in Residence, Muriwai, New Zealand
Gwaii Haanas Artist in Residence, Parks Canada & Haida Gwaii Museum
Back Lane West Artist in Residence   Redruth, UK
BC Arts Council Education Grant
Ranger Station Art Gallery Artist in Residence, Harrison Hot Springs, BC
Pollock Krasner Foundation Fellowship
Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild Artist in Residence, New York, USA
Knock on Woods Artist in ResidenceMayne Island, BC/Rotterdam, Netherlands
BC Arts Council (Art Gallery of the South Okanagan) Exhibition Assistance Grant
Ontario Arts Council  (MacIntosh Gallery) Exhibition Assistance Grant
Ontario Arts Council  (Forest City Gallery) Exhibition Assistance Grant
City of London Arts Bursary
Michael Gibson Gallery, Juried Miniature Exhibition Best in Show Award

R E C E N T   T E A C H I N G   /   W O R K S H O P S  /  L E C T U R E S   2 0 1 2 – 2 0 1 7
Haida Gwaii Museum  
Skidegate, BC     Artist in Residence workshop & artist lecture
Trinity Western University    
Langley, British Columbia   Guest Lecturer
Artist Resource Centre    Vancouver    Creative Daily Practice workshops 
Opus Art Supplies   Vancouver    Creative Daily Practice workshop
Ranger Station Art Gallery   Harrison Hot Springs, BC   Creative practice workshop 
Falmouth University  
Cornwall, UK   Undergrad visual research & drawing course
Back Lane West    Redruth, Cornwall, UK   Artist lecture
Vancouver Art Gallery   Art Sales and Rental   Feature Artist lecture
Elissa Cristall Gallery
   Vancouver, BC    Artist lecture
University of the Fraser Valley   Abbottsford, BC     Artist lecture
Ranger Station Art Gallery  several Artist in Residence workshops & artist talks
Byrdcliffe Art Colony   Woodstock, New York     Artist lecture & open studio

C O L L E C T I O N S
Private collections in Canada, United States, Britain, Ireland, Europe, Australia, University College Cork, Cenovus Energy, Walkaway, Encana Corporation

ARTIST BIO

After studying classical piano, violin and vocal while attending  music and theatre school in her younger years, Siobhán continued her creative studies at BealArt in London, Ontario and Crawford College of Art & Design in Cork, Ireland where she graduated with a BFA in printmaking and mixed media painting. She traveled extensively throughout Europe and North America, always carrying paper, pencils, paints and camera. Her collection of sketchbooks now numbers close to a hundred.

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Shortly after a life affirming tête-à-tête with a congenital illness and subsequent open heart surgery to have her aortic valve replaced with a mechanical one, she moved to Vancouver, making homes and studios in a number of live/work buildings and one large converted factory space. She participated and volunteered with the East Side Culture Crawl, co-established the annual group exhibition at the ARC (Artist Resource Centre), hosted open studios, musical events, book readings, movie nights, pop-up restaurants, jam sessions and fully engaged her surroundings to make two and three-dimensional artwork and installations.

After being evicted from her studio/home by the City of Vancouver late in 2011 (when the landlord could not make the required improvements to the former factory), completing work for two solo exhibitions in a temporary studio and doing an Artist Residency in New York, she was chosen as the Artist in Residence at Ranger Station Art Gallery in Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia. This one-year appointment changed the trajectory of Siobhán’s domestic life, reinvigorating a passion for the natural environment and solidifying her commitment to broadening the scope of her artistic practice. While she worked on introducing man-made elements into her long-standing visual lexicon of abstracted aspects of nature, she walked miles each day and began an ongoing photographic series titled ‘exploring totem’. She exhibited these alongside paintings, large scale drawings, assemblage sculptures as part of her Artist in Residence solo exhibition, in the Fraser Valley 2nd Biennale and as the Vancouver Art Gallery’s AR&S’s Feature Artist.

In 2014 Siobhán relocated to Cornwall, UK where she investigated the multi-disciplinary nature of her art practice as part of the MFA (Art & Environment) degree, exploring themes of displacement from and connection to our natural environment. Whilst creating multi-dimensional work formulated from the happenstance of engaging fully with the experience of place and time, she developed a methodology called ‘Day-to-Day Aesthetics’. After being awarded the MFA with distinction, she returned to Vancouver, Canada where she has set up a live/work studio at the Artist Resource Centre. She continues to paint, draw, build and keep a daily regimen of practicing music, writing and exploring, keenly observing, recording and being inspired by the natural world around her.

Siobhán’s artwork has been exhibited in over sixty solo and group exhibitions in commercial, artist-run and public galleries and is in private and corporate collections in North America, Britain, Europe and Australia. She is the recipient of a Pollock Krasner Foundation fellowship in conjunction with the Byrdcliffe Guild Artist Residency Program in New York, a City of London Arts Bursary, Ontario Arts Council and BC Arts Council grants, and most recently a BC Arts Council Education Grant for postgraduate studies at Falmouth University in the UK. She has been featured on City TV Vancouver & Calgary, the Vancouver Sun and CBC Radio’s Arts Report.

*Although Vancouver based, Siobhan is currently on the move with the following Artist Residencies. If you have questions about the work or are interested in renting or purchasing work, please contact the artist at smhumston@gmail.com or 00-1-604-773-9229.

Haida Gwaii Museum & Parks Canada      Gwaii Haanas, Canada   July 2017
Earthskin           New Zealand     September  2017
Sitka Centre for Art & Ecology     Oregon, USA     October 2017-January 2018

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