BIOGRAPHY

Born in Kingston, Ontario, Alex Livingston received a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and an MA Fine Arts from the Chelsea College of Art and Design in London, England. In 2005, Livingston began a shift from his 25 year long engagement with oil on canvas painting toward digital explorations of the medium. His work is now entirely computer-based digital output. Livingston has exhibited his paintings in many solo and group exhibitions in public and commercial galleries across Canada and internationally in England, Scotland, Germany, South Korea, China and the United States. His work is in numerous private, corporate and public collections.

Livingston is a Professor in Painting at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD University).


 

 

CURRICULUM VITAE

EDUCATION

  • 1995 MA Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, England
  • 1983 Bachelor of Fine Art, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • 1982 The Cooper Union, New York City, N.Y., United States

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

  • 2017 Flowers, Studio 21 Fine Art, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 2014 Alex Livingston, Studio 21 Fine Art, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 2011 Recent Work, Studio 21 Fine Art, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 2011 New Work, Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
  • 2010 Recent Digital Prints, Where Where Gallery, Beijing, China
  • 2009 Alex Livingston: Digital Paintings, Galerie ZK, Berlin, Germany
  • 2008 Alex Livingston, Studio 21, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 2007 The Mechanized Gesture: New Digital Prints by Alex Livingston, curated by Gary Michael Dault, G + Galleries, Toronto, Ontario
  • 2006 Alex Livingston, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 2005 Alex Livingston: 1985-2005 Paintings, Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 2003 Alex Livingston, Studio 21, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 2002 Land and Water Paintings, Wynick Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
  • 2001 Alex Livingston, Studio 21, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1999 A History of Four-footed Beasts and Other Curiosities, The Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery, Owen Sound, Ontario + Artspace, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario
  • 1999 Alex Livingston, Studio 21, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1998 Alex Livingston: Paintings, Gallery 1.1.1., University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1998 Alex Livingston, Studio 21, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1997 A History of Four-footed Beasts and Other Curiosities, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia + Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Art Gallery, Corner Brook, Newfoundland
  • 1996 Alex Livingston: Paintings, Khyber Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1995 MA Fine Art Graduate Exhibition, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, England
  • 1994 Alex Livingston: New Paintings, Owens Art Gallery, Sackville, New Brunswick
  • 1994 Paintings, Anna Leonowens Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1991 Recent Paintings, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1989 Recent Paintings and Drawings, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1988 Recent Paintings, Eye Level Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1986 Vistas, Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery, Nova Scotia
  • 1985 Trees, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1983 Paintings, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

  • 2016 _L_I_N_E_, Inverness County Centre for the Arts, Inverness, NS, curated by Robin Hill
  • 2015 Cora Cluett, Alex Livingston, Emily Schaefer, Max Wright, Renann Isaacs Contemporary Art, Guelph, Ontario
  • 2013 2013 Art Bank Purchases, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Western Branch, Yamouth, Nova Scotia
  • 2012 The Allure of the Print: Intaglio to Digital, Studio 21 Fine Art, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 2012 NSCAD Painting Faculty/North Glasgow College Exchange Exhibition, North Glasgow College, Glasgow, Scotland
  • 2011 Faves, Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto, Ontario 2011 RCA Inductee Exhibition, Harbinger Gallery, Waterloo, Ontario
  • 2011 RCA Inductee Exhibition, Harbinger Gallery, Waterloo, Ontario
  • 2010 Arboretum, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 2010 With a Twist: NSCAD Division of Fine Art, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 2010 New Canadiana: The Chancellor Richardson Memorial Fund and Art as Social History, Anges Etherington Art Center, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario
  • 2010 Safe Passages and Welcome Harbours - Works from the Permanent Collection, curated by Peter Dykhuis, Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 2009 The New Drawing Show, Khyber Institute of Contemporary Art
  • 2009 Paintings On Paper, New Bedford Art Museum, New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA
  • 2008 Big, Big Bangs/Small, Small Bucks, Dean Jensen Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
  • 2009 stART Profs, Studio 21, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 2007 The Ulsan/Halifax Project, Gallery H, Ulsan, South Korea
  • 2006 NSCAD – The 80’s, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 2006 Fabulous, curated by Susan Gibson Garvey, Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 2005 Vault Series VII, New Bedford Art Museum, New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA
  • 2005 From New Image to New Wave: Legacy of NSCAD in the Seventies, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 2005 A Garden of Forking Paths, Art Gallery of Newfoundand and Labrador, curated by Bruce Johnson, The Rooms, St. John’s, Newfoundland
  • 2003 Atlantic Canadian Art, National Art Centre, Ottawa, Ontario
  • 2003 Boat Show, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
  • 2003 Dualities: Contemporary Work from the Permanent Collection, Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 2002 Wild Things, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, Ontario
  • 2002 New Additions, Museum London, London, Ontario
  • 2002 Fall Painting Faculty, Anna Leowowens Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 2001 Vault Series VI: Water, New Bedford Art Museum, New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA
  • 2000 The Single Tree, Curated by Laura Millard, London Regional Art and Historical Museums, London, Ontario (traveling to Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery)
  • 2000 Artists in a Floating World - Marion McCain Atlantic Art Exhibition 2000, curated by Tom Smart, Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredricton, New Brunswick (regional and national touring show)
  • 1999 20/21 Vision, Studio 21, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1997 Theatrum Mundi, The Marion McCain Atlantic Art Exhibition, curated by Susan Gibson-Garvey (regional and international touring exhibition)
  • 1997 Eastern Front, Carl Davis Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1997 R + D (Research and Development), curated by Patrick Macaulay, York Quay Centre, Toronto, Ontario
  • 1996 Far and Wide: The VANS 20th Anniversary Exhibition, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1996 Khyber Members Exhibition, Khyber Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1995 Studio A + B Faculty Exhibition, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1995 Alex Livingston and Carolina Rastrilla, Francis-Graham Dixon Gallery, London, England
  • 1995 Swiss Bank European Art Competition, Smith’s Gallery, London, England
  • 1994 Marion McCain Atlantic Art Exhibition - Anecdotes and Enigmas, curated by Herménégilde Chiasson, The Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredricton, New Brunswick (nationally traveling exhibition)
  • 1994 Hidden Values - Contemporary Canadian Art in Corporate Collections, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1993 New Painters - Gerald Collins, Alex Livingston, Luke Murphy, Ron Wakkary, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
  • 1992 SUBJECT / MATTER - Contemporary Painting and Sculpture in Nova Scotia, curated by Robin Metcalf, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1992 Snakes and Ladders: Recent Paintings by Harlan Johnson, Alex Livingston, and Leslie Sasaki, curated by Susan Gibson Garvey, Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1991 The End of the Millennium: Conflict and Contradiction, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1991 Vert, Studio 21, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1990 Paintings: Suzanne Gauthier, Alex Livingston, Laura Newman, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1989 May, Eye Level Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1989 Extremes, Studio 21, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1987 Eastern Perspectives, Quan - Schieder Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
  • 1986 Visual Facts '86, Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1985 INNOVASCOTIA, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia (national traveling exhibition)

ART FAIRS

  • 2017 Art Toronto/Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, Ontario (Studio 21 Fine Art)
  • 2017 Context, New York City, New York, USA (Studio 21 Fine Art)
  • 2017 Papier 17 Art Fair, Montreal, Quebec (Studio 21 Fine Art)
  • 2017 Art Wynwood, Miami, Florida, USA (Studio 21 Fine Art)
  • 2016 SOFA Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA (Studio 21 Fine Art)
  • 2016 Art Toronto/Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, Ontario (Studio 21 Fine Art)
  • 2016 Papier 16 Art Fair, Montreal, Quebec (Studio 21 Fine Art)
  • 2015 Art Toronto/Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, Ontario (Studio 21 Fine Art)
  • 2015 Papier 15 Art Fair, Montreal, Quebec (Studio 21 Fine Art)
  • 2014 Art Toronto/Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, Ontario (Studio 21 Fine Art)
  • 2013 Art Toronto/Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, Ontario (Studio 21 Fine Art)

BIBLIOGRAPHY

  • 2017 Mathew Reichertz, Alex Livingston, Border Crossings, Painting-Issue No. 143, Fall alex livingston article
  • Elissa Barnard, Livingston Digitally Painted Flowers are Real and Unreal, LOCALXPRESS.ca, May 25, 2017 alex livingston article
  • Elissa Barnard, “Alex Livingston, Digital Painting, Studio 21 Fine Art” The Chronicle Herald, March 28, 2014
  • Elissa Barnard, “Artists Explore Meaning of Life in Digital, Metal Lines: Alex Livingston and Kye-Yeon Son” The Chronicle Herald, December 9, 2011 pg. E4
  • Peter Goddard, “Abstract Perfection”, January 12, 2011, Toronto Star
  • Elissa Barnard, “Abstract-minded Professors” The Chronicle Herald, March 28, 2008 pg. C1
  • Meredith Dault, “Alex Livingston in Review: Blurring the Boundaries” Canadian Art on-line, June 26, 2008
  • Elissa Barnard, “The Joy of Colour: Livingston Uses New Technology to Create Vibrant Paintings.” The Chronicle Herald, April 27, 2008 pg. B3
  • Doug Pope, “The Arabesque and Fantastic in the Art of Alex Livingston”, unpublished essay, University of Concordia, 2007 pgs. 1-12
  • Marilyn Smulders, “A Mid-Career Retrospective” March 17, 2005, The Daily News, Halifax
  • Sean Flinn, “Alex Livingston, Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax” Canadian Art, Summer 2005
  • Dee Gibson, “Alex Livingston: The Paintings of Nature and the Nature of Painting” Visual Arts News, Summer, 2005 pgs. 2-5
  • Sean Flinn, “Tangled Up With Livingston” The Chronicle Herald, March 13, 2005 pg. B6
  • Jane Kansas, “Livingston Large” The Coast, Halifax, March 31-April 7, 2005 pg. 17
  • Gary Michael Dault, “Deck Your Walls with Originals” The Globe and Mail, Toronto, L12, December 13, 2003
  • Gary Michael Dault, “The Boat Show at Wynick/Tuck” The Globe and Mail, R8, July 19, 2003
  • Elissa Barnard, “At the Galleries: Mesmerizing Water” The Sunday Herald, Halifax, June 22, 2003 pg. B2
  • Gary Michael Dault, “Rettig and Livingston at Wynick-Tuck” The Globe and Mail, R7, June 15, 2002
  • Elissa Barnard, “At the Galleries: Familiar Expressions” The Chronicle Herald, March 25, 2000 pg. B2
  • Sharon Workman, “At the Galleries: Inviting Imagination” The Sunday Herald, Halifax, November 7, 1999 pg. B2
  • Kevin Matthews, “Alex Livingston: Paintings, Gallery 111” The Manitoban, October 28th, 1998 pg. 14
  • Gil McElroy, “Alex Livingston: A History of Four-Footed Beasts and Other Curiosities” Arts Atlantic Magazine, Fall/Winter 1997
  • Terri Robin Vernon, “Alex Livingston: A History of Four-Footed Beasts and Other Curiosities” Visual Arts News, Fall 1997
  • Elissa Barnard, “At the Galleries: Livingston Arouses Curiosity” The Chronicle Herald/The Nova Scotian, June 13, 1997 pg. B2
  • Nicholas Drake, “Alex Livingston and Carolina Rastrilla” Evening Standard, London, England, August 11, 1995
  • Martin Coomer, “Two Painters from the Chelsea College of Art” Time Out Magazine, London, England, August16/23 1995
  • John Murchie, “Alex Livingston: New Paintings” Arts Atlantic Magazine, Spring 1994
  • Elissa Barnard, “At the Galleries: Alex Livingston” The Chronicle Herald/The Nova Scotian, February 11, 1994
  • Kate Taylor, “Four New Painters and Gerald Ferguson” Canadian Art, Summer 1993
  • Gil McElroy, “Snakes and Ladders” Arts Atlantic, Winter 1993
  • Ray Conlogue, “Subject/Matter: Contemporary Painting and Sculpture in Nova Scotia” The Globe and Mail, C 10, July 18, 1992
  • John Murchie, “Subject/Matter: Contemporary Painting and Sculpture in Nova Scotia” Canadian Art, Fall 1992
  • Elissa Barnard, “At the Galleries: Dal Art Exhibit Crawls with Imagery” The Chronicle Herald, May 14, 1992 pg. B4
  • Robin Metcalfe, “Alex Livingston: Recent Paintings and Drawings” Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Journal, Vol. 6/1, 1991 pg. 20
  • Cliff Eyland, “Alex Livingston: Recent Paintings” Arts Atlantic, Fall 1991
  • Anna-Marie Larsen, Jeff Viner, “Alex Livingston: Recent Paintings and Drawings” Arts Atlantic, Winter 1990
  • Elissa Barnard, “At the Galleries: Alex Livingston” The Chronicle Herald, July 15, 1989 pg. 2 WB
  • Elissa Barnard, “Young Eyes Offer Fresh Vision” The Chronicle Herald, July 9, 1989 pg. 2 WB
  • Elissa Barnard, “Livingston Branches Out Into Flowers in New Show” The Chronicle Herald, March 18, 1988 pg. 2E
  • Cliff Eyland, “Alex Livingston” Vanguard, Summer 1987
  • Gloria Hickey, “Eastern Perspectives: Five Nova Scotia Artists” Arts Atlantic, Summer / Fall 1987
  • Barbara Lounder, “Alex Livingston: Vistas” Arts Atlantic, Spring 1987
  • Ian Wiseman, “Nova Scotia’s Group of Five” The Chronicle Herald/The Nova Scotian, March 14, 1987 pgs. 13-15
  • Robin Metcalfe, “Visual Facts ‘ 86” Arts Atlantic, Summer 1986
  • Harry Thurston, “Innovascotia” Canadian Art, Spring 1986
  • Charlotte Townsend Gault, “Seeing Art in Nova Scotia, Ecphore and Innnova” Vanguard, April /May 1986
  • John Morrison, “Livingston Paints His Own ‘Universe’” The Mail Star, December 20, 1986 pg. 12TL
  • Elissa Barnard, “Livingston’s Path to Contemplation” The Chronicle Herald, December 19, 1986
  • Elissa Barnard, “Artist’s Treatment of Trees Intriguing” The Chronicle Herald, August 14, 1985 pg.2E

RADIO INTERVIEWS

  • CBC Morningside, Phlis McGregor interviews Alex Livingston/Flowers exhibition March 20, 2017

CATALOGUES / ESSAYS

AWARDS

  • 2010 Nova Scotia Communities, Culture and Heritage (Culture Division), Grants to Individuals
  • 2010 Canada Council, Travel Grant
  • 2009 Nova Scotia Department of Tourism and Culture, Presentation Grant
  • 2007 Nova Scotia Department of Tourism and Culture, Presentation Grant
  • 2006 Canada Council, Travel Grant
  • 2005 Nova Scotia Department of Tourism and Culture, Presentation Grant
  • 2003 Canada Council, Mid-Career Creation/Production Grant
  • 1999 Canada Council, Mid-Career Creation/Production Grant
  • 1998 Nova Scotia Arts Council, Presentation Grant
  • 1996 Canada Council, Travel Grant
  • 1996 Nova Scotia Department of Tourism and Culture, Exhibition Assistance Grant
  • 1996 Nova Scotia Department of Tourism and Culture, Skills Development Grant
  • 1994 Canada Council, Travel Grant
  • 1994 Nova Scotia Department of Tourism and Culture, Exhibition Assistance Grant
  • 1992 Canada Council, "B" Grant
  • 1989 Nova Scotia Department of Tourism and Culture, Exhibition Assistance Grant
  • 1988 Nova Scotia Department of Tourism and Culture, Exhibition Assistance Grant
  • 1986 Canada Council, Project Grant
  • 1986 Nova Scotia Department of Culture, Recreation and Fitness, Exhibition Assistance Grant
  • 1985 Canada Council, Short-Term Grant

COLLECTIONS

  • CI Financial
  • Department of Foreign Affairs, Government of Canada
  • McInnes Cooper
  • Blois, Nickerson & Bryson
  • Department of National Defense
  • Dalhousie Art Gallery
  • Museum London
  • Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
  • Agnes Etherington Art Centre
  • Telesat Canada
  • Canada Council Art Bank
  • Nova Corporation
  • Nova Scotia Art Bank
  • Purdy's Wharf Development Corporation
  • Private Collections

RESIDENCIES

  • OCAD University Digital and Drawing Lab, Toronto, Ontario
  • Beijing International Residency and Exhibition Center, Beijing, China
  • Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Alberta
  • WASP'S Artist's Studios, Glasgow, Scotland

VISITING ARTIST

  • Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, Ontario
  • Kookmin University, Seoul, South Korea
  • Buckingham Chilterns University College, Wycombe, England
  • Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario
  • University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario
  • University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • University of East London, London, England
  • Eton College, Windsor, England
  • The Khyber – Centre for the Arts, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick
  • Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, Corner Brook, Newfoundland
  • Moncton University, Moncton, New Brunswick
  • Memorial University, St. John's, Newfoundland
  • Western Community College, Newfoundland

JURIES

  • Canada Council Long Term Grants to Visual Artists
  • National Gallery of Canada "So You Want To Be An Artist 2014"
  • Established Artist Recognition Award -- Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage
  • Joseph Plaskett National MFA Painting Award
  • Portia White Award, Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage
  • Canada Council Assistance to Visual Artists: Project Grants
  • RBC Canadian Painting Competition (2005) (2010)
  • Canada Council Art Bank
  • Nova Scotia Art Bank
  • Arts New Brunswick -- Creation Grant Program
  • Nova Scotia Department of Tourism and Culture -- Exhibition Assistance Grants
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