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.

Born in Victoria (BC), Tristram Lansdowne lives and works in Toronto (ON). He holds an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (2016) and a BFA from the Ontario College of Art & Design (2007). His work has been exhibited in numerous 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

EDUCATION

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

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

RESIDENCIES

2017

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

2016

  • Salem Art Works, Salem, NY, USA
  • Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Nebraska City, NE, USA

2013

  • Banff Centre for the Arts, Another World in The Studio

COLLECTIONS

National Gallery of Canada

Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery

Royal Bank of Canada

TD Bank of Canada

Microsoft Corporation

Kimmel Harding Nelson Center

Collection BMO

Drake Hotel

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

GRANTS AND DISTINCTIONS

2015

  • Graduate Studies project grant, Rhode Island School of Design

2014

  • Canada Council for the Arts project grant

2013

  • Toronto Arts Council project grant
  • Ontario Arts Council project grant
  • Canada Council for the Arts project grant

2011

  • Ontario Arts Council project grant

2007

  • Julius Griffith Award

+ Solo Exhibitions

2019

  • Upcoming, Galerie Nicolas Robert, Toronto (ON)
  • Upcoming, Galerie Nicolas Robert, Montréal (QC)

2017

  • Modal Home, Galerie Nicolas Robert, Montréal (QC)

2016

  • The Living Room, Wil Kucey Gallery, Toronto (ON)

2014

  • Contractions, LE Gallery, Toronto (ON)
  • Provisional Futures, Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener (ON)

2012

  • Fata Morgana, LE Gallery, Toronto (ON)

2010

  • Refuge, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY, USA
  • 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

2018

  • Rooms, Angell Gallery, curator: Bill Clark, Toronto (ON)

2017

  • HORIZONS, Galerie Nicolas Robert, Montréal (QC)
  • Psychonautics, CES Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA

2016

  • Terraformers, Bonington Gallery, Nottingham Trent University, England
  • Imagined Futures, Stewart Hall Gallery, Pointe-Claire (QC)
  • RISD MFA Painting, Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York, NY, USA
  • Graduate Selections, Sol Koffler Gallery, Providence, RI, USA

2015

  • Half Master, Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, USA
  • UFO Hunters, Sol Koffler Gallery, Providence, RI, USA
  • Fever Dream, Gelman Gallery, Providence, RI, USA

2014

  • Order of Operations, Breeze Block Gallery, Portland, OR, USA
  • 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
  • Death and the City, LE Gallery, Toronto (ON)
  • 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
  • Hanged & Drawn, LE Gallery, Toronto (ON)
  • 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)
  • Summer Group Show, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2007

  • Young Romantics, Gallery 1313, Toronto (ON)

+ Press and publications

2017

  • WEITZ, Julie (2017). «Moving Minds», Artsy, published in April 17.
  • GERWIN, Daniel (2017). «Landscape art that depicts more than nature», Hyperallergic, published April 5, https://bit.ly/2IDsrSr.

2014

2013

  • MIERINS, Krystina (2013). «Tristram Lansdowne, Review», Magenta Foundation Magazine, [Online], published April 3, https://bit.ly/2VRq9CM.

2012

  • (2012). «Death and the City», Pilot Magazine, no X.

2011

  • BOON, Trish (2011). “Like Milk and Blood.” Square2, no. 4, published in April.

2010

  • LECHNER, Alysa (2010). « Beauty in the Breakdown », Ion Magazine, [Papier/En ligne], no 64, published in April, https://bit.ly/2ZkMGdE.
  • SANDALS, Leah (2010). «At the galleries», National Post, published December 2nd.

2009

  • DAULT, Gary Michael (2009). «A convincing replication of reality and its layers», The Globe and Mail, [Online], published December 12, https://tgam.ca/2Xi6AE1.

2007

  • GRISON, Brian (2007). «The Next Generation», Focus Magazine, fall.