Tristram Lansdowne

The utopian current that runs through art history and the attempt to envision an ideal future world is the primary subject of Tristram Lansdowne’s work. Drawing from disparate systems of visual organization such as Renaissance taxonomical and perspectival systems, Romantic painting and utopian architectural concepts, Lansdowne work has focused on exploring the desire for control over one’s environment.  Through these systems Lansdowne seeks to explore notions of progress and idealism, particularly as they are applied to Modernist narratives.

Tristram Lansdowne (b. 1983) is based in Toronto. He holds an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (2016) and a BFA from the Ontario College of Art & Design (2007). He has a multidisciplinary practice, which includes watercolour, sculpture, installation and print, and is focused on themes of progress and idealism in landscape and architecture. His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries across North America and in the UK, including at the Kitchener Waterloon Art Gallery, Bonington Gallery - Nottingham Trent University, and the Mendel Art Gallery.  His work is in public collections in Canada and the US, including the National Gallery of Canada, the TD Bank and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center

Selected Artworks

+ CV


2016 - MFA, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, USA

2007 - BFA, Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto (ON)


2017 - Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff Research in Culture: Year 2067.

2016 - Salem Art Works, Salem, NY, USA

2016 - Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Nebraska City, NE, USA

2013 - Banff Centre for the Arts, Another World in The Studio


National Gallery of Canada

Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery

Royal Bank of Canada

TD Bank of Canada

Microsoft Corporation

Kimmel Harding Nelson Center

Collection BMO


2015 - Graduate Studies project grant, Rhode Island School of Design

2014 - Canada Council for the Arts project grant

2013 - Toronto Arts Council project grant

2013 - Ontario Arts Council project grant

2013 - Canada Council for the Arts project grant

2011 - Ontario Arts Council project grant

2007 - Julius Griffith Award


2017 - Weitz, Julie. “Moving Minds.” Artsy, April 17th, 2017

2017 - Gerwin, Daniel. “Landscape art that depicts more than nature.” Hyperallergic, April 5th 2017

2014 - J. Fenwick Lansdowne. Pomegranate Press, 2014. Ed. Tristram Lansdowne

2014 - Hampton, Chris. “Mixing the urban and the utopian: The otherworldly art of Tristram Lansdowne.” The Globe & Mail, March 24th 2014

2014 - ÉTAPES: 218. Ed. Caroline Bouige & Isabelle Moisy

2014 - Stouffer, Hannah. “Tristram Lansdowne.” Juxtapoz Magazine, November 2014

2012 - “Death and the City.” Pilot Magazine Issue X, 2012

2011 - Mould Map II. Landfill Editions, 2011. Ed. Hugh Frost & Leon Sadler

2011 - Boon, Trish. “Like Milk and Blood.” Square2 Issue 4, April 2011

2010 - Liss, David. Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art & One Hour Empire – Empire of Dreams Catalogue 2010

2010 - Lechner, Alysa. “Beauty in the Breakdown.” Ion Magazine Issue 64, April 2010

2010 - Sandals, Leah. “At the galleries.” National Post, December 2nd 2010

2009 - Dault, Gary Michael. “A convincing replication of reality and its layers.” The Globe and Mail, December 12th 2009

2007 - Grison, Brian. “The Next Generation.” Focus Magazine, Fall 2007

+ Solo Exhibitions

2017 - Modal Home, Galerie Nicolas Robert, Montréal (QC)

2016 - The Living Room, Wil Kucey Gallery, Toronto (ON)

2014 - Contractions, LE Gallery, Toronto (ON)

2014 - Provisional Futures, Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener (ON)

2012 - Fata Morgana, LE Gallery, Toronto (ON)

2010 - Refuge, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2010 - Archimancy, LE Gallery, Toronto (ON)

2009 - Entropical Paradise, LE Gallery, Toronto (ON)

2008 - Structural Integrity, LE Gallery, Toronto (ON)

2007 - Beautiful Decay, Winchester Galleries, Victoria (BC)

+ Group Exhibitions

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

2017 - Psychonautics, CES Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA

2016 - Terraformers, Bonington Gallery, Nottingham Trent University, England

2016 - Imagined Futures, Stewart Hall Gallery, Pointe-Claire (QC)

2016 - RISD MFA Painting, Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2016 - Graduate Selections, Sol Koffler Gallery, Providence, RI, USA

2015 - Half Master, Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, USA

2015 - UFO Hunters, Sol Koffler Gallery, Providence, RI, USA

2015 - Fever Dream, Gelman Gallery, Providence, RI, USA

2014 - Order of Operations, Breeze Block Gallery, Portland, OR, USA

2014 - Contemporary Drawings From the Drawing from the Collection of the National Gallery of Canada, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon (SK)

2012-14 Ecotopia, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery; Southern Alberta Art Gallery

2012 - Space/Form, Breeze Block Gallery, Portland, OR, USA

2012 - Death and the City, LE Gallery, Toronto (ON)

2012 - 60 Painters, Humber College School of Arts and Media, Etobicoke (ON)

2011 - RBC Painting Competition Finalist Exhibition, Art Gallery of Alberta; Art Gallery of Hamilton; The Power Plant

2011 - Hanged & Drawn, LE Gallery, Toronto (ON)

2011 - Contained, Boston Centre for the Arts, Boston, MA, USA

2010 - Empire of Dreams: Phenomenology of The Built Environment, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto (ON)

2009 - Who’s Got the Paper’s, LE Gallery, Toronto (ON)

2009 - Summer Group Show, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2007 - Young Romantics, Gallery 1313, Toronto (ON)