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 taught by 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 tied 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 comminicated 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
2017 Sound of Nature, Sound of Art Live painting Lincoln City Cultural Center, Oregon USA
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
Sitkta Center for Art & Ecology Oregon, USA
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 Residence, Mayne 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
Sitka Center for Art & Ecology Oregon, USA Artists in Residence lectures
Earthskin Muriwai, New Zealand Artist in Residence lecture & open studio
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
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.
Shortly after a life affirming tête-à-tête with congenital illness and subsequent open heart surgery, 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.
After being evicted from her studio/home late in 2011 when the landlord could not make the safety improvements required by the city, 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 set up a live/work studio at the Artist Resource Centre.
Since June 2017, she has been artist in residence at Haida Gwaii Museum in northern British Columbia, Earthskin in New Zealand and at Sitka Centre for Art & Ecology in Oregon, USA. 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 MFA 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 doing a series of artist residencies. If you have questions about or are interested in renting or purchasing work, please contact the artist at firstname.lastname@example.org 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