The McMaster Museum of Art

    JEAN-LOUIS, Don
    Date: Canadian, born 1937
    Don Jean-Louis was born in Hull, Quebec in 1937.

    A largely self-taught artist, he has been exhibiting in Canada and internationally since 1960, with his first solo show at The Isaacs Gallery, Toronto, in 1961. In 1978 he was named to the Royal Canadian Academy.

    Don Jean-Louis is represented in many public art collections in Canada, including the National Gallery, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Art Museum at the University of Toronto; the MacLaren Art Centre, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre at Queen's University, the Vancouver Art Gallery, and the Musée d'art contemporain in Montreal, as well as in many private collections.

    Recent exhibitions include a touring exhibition (2006 – 2009), Don Jean-Louis Silver Works, co-organized by The Robert McLaughlin Gallery and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria), and participation in a three-person exhibition at the Douglas Udell Gallery, Vancouver (2001) as well as participation in a group exhibition at the University of Queensland Art Museum in Brisbane, Australia.

    Don Jean-Louis has been based on Vancouver Island since 1996.



    Selected Exhibitions

    • 2009 Transit Gallery, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (solo)
    • 2006-2009 (solo travelling survey exhibition)
    Don Jean-Louis Silver Works, co-organized by The Robert McLaughlin Gallery & Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Itinerary: The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, 23 November 2006 - 14 January 2007; Rodman Hall/Brock University, St. Catherines, 4 May - 1 July, 2007; McMaster Museum of Art/McMaster Un, 22 November; 2007 - 19 January 2008; Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 19 September 2008 - 4 January 2009
    • 2008 Photography 101: push the button, Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown, PEl.
    • 2007 Installation of J.G. Ballard's Pool (1966-67), Agnes Etherington Art Centre, in conjunction with the interdisciplinary conference "New World Coming: The Sixties and the Shaping of Global Consciousness," Queen's University, Kingston ON
    • 2005 Light Interruption/Photography, Lehmann + Leskiw Fine Art, Toronto: March 2002 (solo)
    • 2002 Zypr Gallery, Toronto. Monoprints and recent paintings (solo)
    • 2002 Threshold, Edward Day Gallery, Toronto. Works selected from entries to the 8th Annual Canadian Printmaking Competition. Organized by Ernst & Young.
    • 2002 Crack, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston
    • 2001 All Things Being Equal/Nights of the Qualicum, Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, BC (solo)
    • 2001 Bra Joe from Kilimanjaro, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane, Australia
    • 2000 Archive Inc. Gallery & Art Library, Toronto; curated by Gary Michael Dault
    • 2000 New Acquisitions, Art Gallery of North York, Ontario
    • 1996 How Red Works, Art Gallery of Hamilton
    • 1995 Prosperity Returns: The Oral Tradition in Painting, Art Gallery of Hamilton
    • 1993 Culture-Nature (The Metaphorical Instrument), Art Gallery of Hamilton
    • 1992 Small Villages, The Isaacs Gallery in Toronto, 1956-1991,Art Gallery of Hamilton
    • 1989 The Other Painting: Abstraction and Painting in Canada, 1957-1988, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa
    • 1988 The Other Painting: Abstraction and Painting in Canada, 1957-1988, RCA Gallery, Toronto (sponsored by The Gershon Iskowitz Foundation, Toronto)
    • 1987 La Scripta, Lavalin Gallery, Montreal
    • 1986 Olga Korper Gallery, Toronto. Concave and convex mirrors, black and silver pigment works on 4x8 foot plywood (solo)
    • 1985 Olga Korper Gallery, Toronto. Large-scale black and silver pigment works on canvas, photographs and early drawings
    • 1982 (Still) Not Suitable for Framing (commissioned audio work for cassette, in conjunction with sound installation exhibition, Not Suitable for Framing), Art Gallery at Harbourfront, Toronto
    • 1980 Six Propositions (for communicating), Art Gallery at Harbourfront, Toronto
    • 1982 Action/Reaction, The Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina
    • 1979 Light/Four/Play, Art Gallery at Harbourfront, Toronto
    • 1979 Pulse Plus Process, York University Fine Arts on Markham, Toronto
    • 1978 From The Electric Gallery, Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown, P.E.1.
    • 1978 Invisible Energy, Winnipeg Art Gallery
    • 1977 The Electric Gallery, Toronto. 10 Year Survey 1967 – 1977 (solo)
    • 1977 From Electrical Fires, Spirits May Be Kindled, Vancouver Art Gallery
    • 1977 Art 7/77, Basel, Switzerland
    • 1977 Koln Art Fair, West Germany
    • 1976 The Electric Gallery, Toronto. Neon installations (solo)
    • 1976 Electric Art in Boxes, The Electric Gallery, Toronto
    • 1976 Ontario Now, Art Gallery of Hamilton, (circulated to the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery)
    • 1975 The Electric Gallery, Toronto. Neon installations (solo)
    • 1975 Rotterdamse Kunstichting, Rotterdam, Netherlands
    • 1974 Le Musee Electrique, Musee d'Art Contemporain, Montreal
    • 1974 Espace V, Montreal
    • 1974 Art 5'74, Basel, Switzerland
    • 1974 Art Gallery of Windsor, Ontario
    • 1973 The Electric Gallery, Toronto. Installation of wax, light, and sound tapes (solo)
    • 1972 Artario: an experiment in art education involving the work of 21 Canadian artists, sponsored by the Ontario Arts Council, the Art Gallery of York University, and Erindale College (University of Toronto)
    • 1969 The Isaacs Gallery Toronto. The Nature of the Media is to Expose, Part 1 (April). The Nature of the Media is to Expose, Part 2, subtitled, Last April's Content is this September's Environment 2 - 22 September. Video camera and tape, concave and convex mirrors (solo)
    • 1969 20/20 Gallery, London, Ontario (solo)
    • 1969 Environmental installation for Kaleidago, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
    • 1968 Jocox Gallery, Edmonton
    1967 Illuminations, The Isaacs Gallery, Toronto, Vacuum-formed plastic and neon sculptures (solo)
    • 1967 Plastic Show, Art Gallery of Ontario Art Rental Gallery
    • 1967 Canada: The New Art, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, circulated to the University of Guelph, Ontario
    • 1967 The Men Choose, Art Gallery of Ontario
    • 1967 The Ontario Centennial Art Exhibition (administered by the Art Institute of Ontario for the Province of Ontario Council for the Arts). Art Gallery of Ontario - 22 September - 15 October. Circulation: London Regional Art Gallery and 20/20 Gallery, 26 October - 28 November, 1967; Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, 7-28 January, 1968; Lakehead University 15 February - 9 March 1968; Laurentian University, Sudbury, 22 March 12 April 1968; Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery 26 April - 17 May 1968; Art Gallery of Windsor, 29 May - 27 June 1968; Art Gallery of Hamilton 4 – 27 October 1968; Belleville Library &Art Gallery, 15 November - 15 December 1968; Musee d'art contemporain, Montreal 31 October – 15 December, 1969; Rodman Hall, S1. Catharines, June 1969; Musee du Quebec, Quebec City, 30 April- 30 May, 1969.
    • 1966 Canadian Water Colours, Drawings and Prints, National Gallery of Canada
    • 1965 Canadian Association of Architects, Toronto (solo)
    • 1965 Festival of the Arts, Wales and England
    • 1965 Invitation Drawing Show, Mcintosh Gallery, University of Western Ontario
    • 1964 The Isaacs Gallery, Toronto. Black tempera paintings and ink drawings (solo)
    • 1964 Blue Barn Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario. Black tempera paintings and ink drawings (solo)
    • 1964 The Canadian Society of Graphic Art, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, Ontario
    • 1964 The Canadian Society of Graphic Art, Winnipeg Art Gallery (received honourable mention award)
    • 1964 Women's Committee Show, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Quebec Lugano International Exhibition, Switzerland, organized by the National Gallery of Canada
    • 1963 The Isaacs Gallery, Toronto. Ink drawings and monoprints (solo)
    • 1963 Towne Cinema, Toronto. Ink and graphite drawings (solo)
    • 1963 The Contemporary Art of the Americas and Spain. Opened in Madrid (May 1963), travelled to public galleries in Venice, Paris, Rome and Stockholm
    • 1963 Spring Show, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Quebec
    • 1963 The Canadian Society of Graphic Art, Art Gallery of Toronto, May-June.
    • 1962 Biennial Exhibition, Winnipeg Art Gallery
    • 1962 London Public Library and Art Museum
    • 1962 Victoria College, University of Toronto (organized by Douglas Duncan of the Picture Loan Society, Toronto)
    1961 The Isaacs Gallery, Toronto. Ink Drawings and Monoprints (solo)
    • 1961 The Canadian Society of Graphic Art, Art Gallery of Hamilton
    • 1960 Exhibition Hall, Toronto. Ink Drawings (solo)

    Source: Don Jean-Louis