Jim Verburg

With a practice stemming from photography, Verburg’s work is inspired by the subtle, nuanced, and fleeting affects of light. Employing materials such paint, ink, charcoal, and powdered graphite to interact with paper, newsprint, mylar, and vinyl, Verburg creates captivating compositions that mimic the delicate nuances of reflection, absorption, opacity, and translucence. Through an experimental process rooted in mindfulness and intentionality, Verburg explores the dynamic interplay between the physicality and emotionality of his materials. Tight geometric compositions are contrasted with layered planes of transparency to create subtle minimalist representations of a complex introspection. By treating light as both material and subject, Verburg pushes the boundaries of the physical by prioritizing the intangibilities of form. 

Recent projects include a public art installation for the city of Ottawa, a choreographed work for the Toronto Dance Theatre, a book project with Fw: Photography in Amsterdam, the upcoming group exhibition For you / And me, at Paul Kuhn Gallery (Calgary), and solo projects at Zalucky Contemporary (Toronto), and Rodman Hall Art Centre (Brock University, St Catharines, Ontario).

Jim Verburg is a Dutch/Canadian artist currently based in Toronto.

Selected Artworks

+ CV

Lives and works in Toronto (ON)


2008 - Bachelor of Fine Arts (with Distinction), Major in Photography, Concordia University, Montréal (QC)

1999 - Sociology/Religious Studies, Queens University, Kingston (ON)


2014 - Visiting Artist Residency, Open Studio, Toronto (ON)

2010 - Figure in a Mountain Landscape (Reprise), Residency with Silke Otto-Knapp, Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff (AB)

2009 - Artist in Residency, Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography, Toronto (ON)

2008 - Hothouse 5, Animation Production Residency, National Film Board of Canada (NFB/ONF), Montréal (QC)


2017 - Bourse de recherche Chalmers Fellowship, Conseil des arts de l'Ontario

2015 - Research and Creation Grant, Canada Council for the Arts

2014 - National / International Residency Grant, Ontario Arts Council

2014 - Best Printed Publication (shortlisted) for O/ Divided/Defined, Weights, Measures and Emotional Geometry at the Gala des Arts Visual (Montreal)

2012 - Research and Creation Grant to Visual Artists, Canada Council for the Arts

2011 - Dazibao Award, Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal 2011, Montreal (QC)

2010 - Research and Creation Grant to Media Artists, Canada Council for the Arts

2009 - Best Short Film, Audience Award, 11th Annual FairyTales International Queer Diversity Film Festival, Calgary (AB)

2009 - Shorts Jury Member, Inside Out Film Festival, Toronto (ON)

2008 - Short listed for the Iris Prize for Short Film, Cardiff, Wales (UK)

2008 - Colin Campbel Award, Best Canadian Short Film, Jury Prize, Inside Out Film and Video Festival, Toronto (ON)

2008 - Travel Grant for Professional Artists, Quebec Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec

2008 - Undergraduate International Travel Grant, Concordia University

2007 - Fine Arts Student Association Special Projects Grant, Concordia University


Medcan Collection

HBC Collection

TD Bank Collection

Hydro-Québec Collection


2015 - A New Relationship Between Reflective Sides, Jim Verburg, 2015, Sternthal Books, Montreal.

2015 - Including the text Light Becomes Form: The Work of Jim Verburg by Alex Bowron.

2015 - poster series/catalogue, 26 posters, 13 double sided pages, 22.75 x 17 inches, folded once. ISBN 978-0-9921337-5-7

2015 - Canadian Highlights at New York’s Art Fairs, Bill Clarke , Canadian Art Magazine online, March 12, 2015

2014 - Far Away So Close Part 1, 2014, Exhibition Catalogue, Access Gallery Vancouver, 71 pages, Edition of 75, ISBN 978-0-9866688-5-2

2014 - Hidden Image: A Panel Discussion on Photography and Abstraction, with Jim Verburg, Sheree Hovsepian, Jerome Nadeau, and Laurie Kang moderated by Bill Clarke and organized by Gallery 44 for CONTACT 2014, The Drake, Toronto ON

2014 - Jim Verburg at Galerie Nicolas Robert, review by Susannah Wesley on Akimblog. April 22, 2014, Montreal QC http://www.akimbo.ca/akimblog/?id=852

2013 - More Than Two (Let It Make Itself), Micah Lexier, The Power Plant, 2013, Toronto ON ISBN: 978-1-894212-38-0

2013 - O/ Divided/Defined, Weights, Measures and Emotional Geometry, Jim Verburg, 2013, Dazibao, Montreal QC,102 pages, colour offset, hard cover, ISBN 978-2-922135-41-1

2013 - A Numbers Game, Pamala Meredith, In Toronto Magazine, p 30-31, September 2013

2013 - Overlaps and Meeting Places:The Work of Jim Verburg, Hilton Bertalan, p51-57 Hello Mr. Issue One, 2013 New York City, ISSN 2201- 8220.

2012 - Five Notes: CONTACT Photography Festival Favourites, Jim Verburg at Circuit Gallery/Gallery 345, Magenta Magazine Online 06/07/2012 http://www.magentamagazine.com/10/five-notes

2012 - Tess Edmonson, Review, Le Mois de la Photo a Montreal, Various Locations, Canadian Art, Winter 2012, p 134

2011 - Mary Reid, Review Haven’t We Been Here Before? Platform Centre for Photographic and Digital Arts, Winnipeg, June 9- July 23, 2011, C Magazine 112, International Contemporary Art, Winter 201, p 54-55, ISSN 1480-5472

2011 - Erin Silver, Review, The Domestic Queens Project (Domestic Queens:Jim Verburg, Jason Henderickson, Zachari Logan,

2011 - Ryan Conrad, Liam Michaud, And REB (Richard E. Bump). and 27 x Doug: Larry Glawson) C Magazine III, International Contemporary Art, Autumn 2011, p 39-41, ISSN 1480-5472

2011 - Wanting to see, Anne-Marie Ninacs, chapter in Lucidity. Inward Views, Edited by Anne-Marie Ninacs, Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal 2011, Pages 64-71, 199, 269 and 331,ISBN 978-2-9808020-3-4

2011 - The Domestic Queens Project, Mark Clintberg, Pages 20-23, FOFA Gallery, Concordia University Montreal QC, ISBN 978-0-9868715-0-4

2010 - That’s So Gay! The Review by Paddy Johnson, July 13, 2010 http://www.artfagcity.com/2010/07/13/thats-so-gay-the-review/

2010 - Mark Clinberg, Frottage: Love affairs in Photography (Part 2), Blackflash Magazine, Art, Photography, New Media, Summer 2010, p 14-15, ISSN 0826-3922

2009 - « I see you all the time » in Open Heart curated by Ashley Neese (spring 2010) Portfolio 2 (with interview) Manner 4.09, p 34-39, April 2009, ISSN 0935-8838 Berlin Germany.

2008 - Jif and Matt Manner 12.08, p 34-41, December 2008, ISSN 0935-8838 Berlin Germany

2008 - Mein schwules Auge 5 Konkurbuch Verlag Claudia Gehrke, Herbst 2008, p 98, 211-217,240 and back cover, ISBN 0935-8838-Berlin Germany

2008 - Le Feuilleton, Le Magazine de nos preferences, PREF 24, p 120-123, Janvier/Fevrier, Paris, France

+ Solo Exhibitions

2017 - Upcoming, Rodman Hall Art Centre, Brock University, St.Catherines (ON)

2017 - Upcoming, Widmertheodoridis, Zurich, Switzerland

2017 - The shape this takes to get to that, the grid, it’s interruption, and the possibilities that exist, Permanent public installation for the city of Ottawa, Ottawa (ON)

2017 - A Certain Silence, Zalucky Contemporary, Toronto (ON)

2016 - Impermanent Horizon, Galerie Nicolas Robert, Montréal (QC)

2015 - Light Becomes Form, The Horizon Rests into View, Texas Contemporary, with Galerie Nicolas Robert, Houston, USA

2015 - What is Missing / What is Seen, VOLTA NY with Widmertheodoridis (Zurich), New York, USA

2014 - Afterimage, Galerie Nicolas Robert, Montréal (QC)

2013 - Untitled (Weights and Measures, from the ongoing series...), Artspace, Peterborough (ON)

2012 - Untitled Installation (I see your point, and I understand your perspective...), Convenience Gallery, Toronto (ON)

2012 - Still, curated installation by Karl-Gilbert Murray, Cinémathèque Québécoise, Montréal (QC)

2011 - One and Two, curated by Anne-Marie Ninacs, Galerie B-312 during Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal, Montréal (QC)

2010 - Portrait Study, Nova Scena, Prague National Theatre, Mezipatra Festival, Prague, Czech Republic

2009 - For a Relationship, installation solo, widmertheodoridis, Zurich, Switzerland

+ Group Exhibitions

2017 - HORIZONS, Galerie Nicolas Robert, Montréal (QC)

2017 - Obsolescence, Truck Contemporary Art, Calgary (AB)

2016 - For you / And me, Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary (AB)

2016 - Sans Titre, Battat Contemporary, Montréal (QC)

2016 - Forme | Édition | Expérimentation, Collectif Blanc, Gatineau (QC) and Toronto (ON)

2015 - Chroma, Inman Gallery, Houston, TX (USA)

2015 - What is Missing / What is Seen, The Extent of What’s Already There, visiting Artist Exhibition, Sasha Pierce and Jim Verburg, Open Studio, Toronto (ON)

2015 - Art Athena Contemporaries, curated by Christoforos Marinos, Athens, Greece

2014 - Far Away So Close, curated by Kimberly Phillips, Access Gallery, Vancouver (BC)

2014 - Primeiro Estudo: Sobre Amor, curated by Bernardo Mosqueira, Luciana Caravello Arte Contemporânea, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2013 - Art Basel Miami (artwork presented at Art Metropole booth), Miami, USA

2013 - More Than Two (Let It Make Itself), curated by Micah Lexier, The Power Plant, Toronto (ON)

2012 - Where I Lived, and What I Lived For, curated by Jon Davies, Oakville Galleries, Oakville (ON)

2012 - Scenes from Here, with Eamon Mac Mahon, curated by Claire Sykes. Feature Exhibition, Contact Festival, Toronto (ON)

2012 - Untitled Installation (I see your point, and I understand your perspective – maybe there is no clear direction, no right or wrong answer. Maybe I’m just seeing it differently – or maybe we’re saying the same thing), Convenience Gallery, Toronto (ON)

2012 - Similtudes/Similarities, projection curated by Karl-Gilbert Murray, International Festival of Films on Art, Montréal (QC)

2011 - So Many Letdowns Before We Get Up, curated by JJ Kegan McFadden, Platform Gallery, Winnipeg (MB)

2011 - C Magazine Art Auction, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA), Toronto (ON)

2011 - Domestic Queens, curated by Evergon, Faculty of Fine Arts Gallery (FOFA), Concordia University, Montréal (QC)

2010 - That’s So Gay, curated by Sholem Krishtalka, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto (ON)

2010 - Four Hikes, curated by Silke Otto Knapp, The Other Gallery, Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff (AB)

2010 - Works on Paper, with Mark Clintberg, Jeff Kulak, and Ryan Crouchman, Papeterie Nota Bene, Montréal (QC)

2010 - STEM Cell: Experimental Docs 1: Variations on the Home Movie, Metro Cinema, Edmonton (AB)

2010 - IM/POSSIBLE WORLDS, curated by Jason St-Laurent, Galerie Sans Nom, Moncton (NB)

2009 - PROOF 16, Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography, Toronto (ON)

2009 - Hot Art Fair Basel, (Widmer+Theodoridis Contemporary), Basel, Switzerland

2009 - For a Relationship (Installation), Widmer+Theodoridis Contemporary Art Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland

2009 - 11th Annual FairyTales International Queer Diversity Film Festival, Calgary (AB)

2009 - Mixed Up in Philly, The Flickering Light Film Series, Philadelphia, USA

2009 - Reel 2 Real International Film Festival, Vancouver (BC)

2009 - Soup and Screen, Articule, Montréal (QC)

2009 - Kingston’s Still Burning, Reelout Queer Film and Video Festival, Kingston (ON)

2008 - Mein schwules Auge 5, Werkstattgalerie, Berlin, Germany

2008 - MIX 21 NYC, New York Queer Experimental Film Festival, New York, USA

2008 - Queersicht Film Festival, Bernes, Switzerland

2008 - Mix Brasil, 14th Festival da Diversidade Sexual, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2008 - Pink Screens Film Festival, Brussels, Belgium

2008 - South by Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New-Mexico, USA

2008 - LGBT Short Film Festival, Univeristy of Wilwaukee Film Department, Milwaukee, USA

2008 - International Competition, Queer Lisboa 12 Film Festival, Lisbon, Portugal

2008 - Recovering Agnostic, commissarié par Mark Clintberg, Faculty of Fine Arts (FOFA) Gallery, Montréal (QC)

2008 - Make Out, curated by Malin Arnell, Studio, Stockholm, Sweden

2008 - Shout Out, commissarié par Erik Martinson, Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor (ON)

2008 - 6th Annual exposition de fin d’études des étudiants, curated by Lynn Beavis, Faculty of Fine Arts (FOFA) Gallery, Montréal (QC)

2008 - Outfest, Los Angeles International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Los Angeles, USA

2008 - Frameline, San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, San Francisco, USA

2008 - Fully Flared Films, International Short Film Festival, Berlin, Germany

2008 - All The Reel Boys, NewFest 2008, New York LGBT Film Festival, New York, USA

2008 - Montréal mon amour, curated by Jason St Laurent, Inside Out Film and Video Festival, Toronto (ON)

2008 - Vtape Screening, The International Short Film Festival, Oberhausen, Germany

2008 - Verzaubert 17, International Queer Film Festival, Munich, Frankfurt, Cologne and Berlin, Germany

2008 - Voice Over, Da Sodoma a Hollywood 23, Torino GLBT Film Festival, Turin, Italy

2008 - Everything Must Go, curated by Donna Ackrey, Eva B Studios, Montréal (QC)

2008 - Reelout 9, Queer Film and Video Festival, Kingston (ON)

2007 - The Quebec New Wave (La Nouvelle Vague du Québec), curated by Jason St-Laurent, Inside Out, Ottawa (ON)

2007 - Inside Out, Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival, Toronto (ON)

2007 - Our Aim Is True, curated by Lynn Beavis, Faculty of Fine Arts (FOFA) Gallery, Montréal (QC)