About

 

Ottawa-based artist Heidi Conrod draws inspiration from a wide-range of sources, spanning from science, literature, nature and philosophy, to Abstract Expressionism and Surrealism. Conrod’s work joins together painting and drawing, abstraction and representation, in intuitive and improvisational ways.  Through the act of layering, forms and shapes are multiplied by superimposing, and the space of the canvas expanded.  Her works develop over an extended period of time, and define themselves through the process of emergence.  Her work explores the nature of direct visual experience, one that involves infinite movement and thought. She has exhibited her work in galleries across Canada and the United States. Her work can be seen in numerous private and public art collections.


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019 Magic Mirrors, Ottawa Art Gallery Annex, Ottawa

2016 Magical Thinking, Karsh-Masson Gallery, Ottawa

2013 Liminal States, Wall Space Gallery, Ottawa

2009 New Portraits, Studio 21, Halifax

2008 Waxing Poetic, Dale Smith Gallery, Ottawa

2008 On The Verge, Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects, Toronto

2007 Without Ground, Trunk Gallery, Vancouver

2006 Hidden Valley, Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects, Toronto

2006 Kinder (with Amy Thompson), Dale Smith Gallery, Ottawa

2005 Lost River, Artguise Gallery, Ottawa.

2005 Horizons, Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects, Toronto

2004 En Pleine Face, La Maison de la Culture, Gatineau

2004 About Face, Dale Smith Gallery, Ottawa

2003 Everything is Fine, Artguise Gallery, Ottawa

2003 In Retrospect, Uproar, Ottawa

2001 New Paintings and Sculptures, The Collection, Ottawa

1999 The Celebration, Artguise Gallery, Ottawa

SELECTED GROUP /ART FAIRS

2017 Cut the Cake – Celebrate! , Enriched Bread Studios, Ottawa

2017 Affordable Art Fair (represented by Eye Buy Art), New York

2016 in Process, Wall Space Gallery, Ottawa

2016 Full Catastrophe, Karsh Masson Gallery, Ottawa

2015 LeParty, Ottawa Art Gallery Annual Art Auction, Ottawa

2014 LeParty, Ottawa Art Gallery Annual Art Auction, Ottawa

2014 Abstraction X4. OSA 135th year Anniversary Exhibition, Ottawa School of Art, Ottawa

2013 Monster Printmaking Project, Nuit Blanche 2012, Ottawa

2012 LeParty, Ottawa Art Gallery Annual Art Auction, Ottawa

2010 Gallery Artists, Herringer-Kiss Gallery, Calgary

2009 Works on Paper, Dale Smith Gallery, Ottawa

2009 Labours of Love, Dale Smith Gallery, Ottawa

2008 DECADE, Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects, Toronto

2008 Harbinger, Dale Smith Gallery, Ottawa

2007 XX, Ottawa Art Gallery Annual Art Auction, Ottawa

2007 Colour, Line, Form, Trunk Gallery, Vancouver

2006 Minor Melodramas, Dale Smith Gallery, Ottawa

2006 Piggy Tales, Centre d' Exposition L'Imagier, Aylmer

2005 Splash, Ottawa Art Gallery Annual Auction, Ottawa

2005 You dont wanna miss that shit, Contemporary painters at the Gladstone Hotel, Toronto

2004 Russian Dolls, Artguise Gallery, Ottawa

2004 Angels Want to Wear My Red Shoes, Dale Smith Gallery, Ottawa

2003 Breathing Space, Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects, Toronto

2003 501, Artguise Gallery, Ottawa

PRESS

July 2019, Heidi Conrod Holds Up a Magic Mirror, Peter Simpson, Artsfile. https://artsfile.ca/heidi-conrod-holds-a-magic-mirror-up/

July 2017, Summer Series Favorites: Will Ramsay’s Top 10 Up-and-Coming Artists, Peter Dreux, Artzealous http://artzealous.com

August 2016, Interview with Mitchell Caplan, CHUO-FM radio

September 2013, Arresting Abstracts, Peter Simpson, The Ottawa Citizen

April 2013, Ottawa Artist on the Rise, Shelley Cross, Ottawa Life Magazine

December 2012, Heidi Conrod: Plot Lines and Paint, Ottawa Woman

April 2011, Spotlight On, Courtney Toner, University of Ottawa Fulcrum

June 2009, Heidi Conrod: New Portraits, Sean Flinn, Halifax Coast

January 2008, Television Interview, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network

July 2007, Television Interview, CBC National News

July 2007, Portraits Reveal Child Inside the Soldier, Paul Gessell, The Ottawa Citizen

July 2006, Critic's Pick, Paul Gessell, The Ottawa Citizen

June 2005, Conrod Has a Keen Eye For Painting Children, Paul Gessell, The Ottawa Citizen

Jun 2005, Agent Provocateur, Anita Euteneier, Ottawa Xpress

Jan 1999, Waxing Nostalgic, Jenn Farr, Capital City


EDUCATION

2016 Master of Fine Arts, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ont.

2012 University of Ottawa, Bachelors of Visual Arts, Ottawa, Ont.

1999 Ottawa School of Art, Diploma (Printmaking, Drawing) , Ottawa, Ont.

1994 University of Ottawa, BSc. (Honours Biology), Ottawa, Ont.


AWARDS

2015 Charles Gagnon MFA Scholarship

2012 Edmund and Isobel Ryan Visual Arts Scholarship in Painting

2011 Jacqueline Fry Scholarship

1989 University of Waterloo Entrance Scholarship