Derek Dunlop                        

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Dunlop’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across North America, including the UCLA New Wight Gallery in Los Angeles, Artspeak in Vancouver, as well as the Drawing Center in NYC. He has had solo exhibitions with the PLATFORM Centre in Winnipeg, the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, and with Martha Street Studio. His work has been reviewed in Border Crossings, C Magazine, and Canadian Art.

He has participated in numerous residencies and programs including the inaugural Open Sessions program at The Drawing Center in NYC, the thematic residency, “Are We Looking at Dead Birds?” at the Banff Centre, as well as the studio artist residency program at the ISCP in Brooklyn. He has pursued self-directed artist residences at: the Malaspina Printmaker’s Association in Vancouver, Atelier Circulaire in Montreal, The Riding Mountain Artists’ Residency in Manitoba, and he has been an artist in resident at The Sam and Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts in New Berlin, New York.

He has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards including: the BC Binning Memorial Fellowship, The Andrew MacIntosh Book Prize, an Ontario Graduate Scholarship, and the Jan and Adam Waters Scholarship. He has received project funding from all three levels of government.

Dunlop completed his MFA at the University of British Columbia in 2006 and is currently pursuing his PhD in the History of Art at the University of Toronto, which commenced in the fall of 2017.



PhD in History of Art, University of Toronto. Toronto, ON (2017-Ongoing)

Master of Fine Arts (Visual Arts), University of British Columbia. Vancouver, BC (2006)

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts), Simon Fraser University. Burnaby, BC (2001)


Selected Solo Exhibitions

Forms of Place. Malaspina Printmakers. Vancouver, BC (2019).

PARK. Martha Street Studio. Winnipeg, MB (2018).

End-Forms. Lisa Kehler Art + Projects. Winnipeg, MB (2015)

Thoughts and Non-Thoughts. Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba. Brandon, MB (2013)

i cannont life without you. Blanket Gallery. Vancouver, BC (2005)

have clean hands. PLATFORM centre for photographic + digital arts. Winnipeg, MB (2004)


Selected Group Exhibitions

"The Accursed Share." Artspeak, Vancouver, BC. (2016)

They Picked it. They made it. Lisa Kehler Art + Projects. Winnipeg, MB (2015)

Action + Object + Exchange: Las Vegas, Satellite Contemporary. Las Vegas, NE (2015)

Name it by Trying to Name it: Open Sessions 2014-15. The Drawing Center, New York City, NY (2015)

Cryptographics: a tribute to the Voynich Manuscript. Artslant, Curator's Open. Expo Chicago. (2014)

The Great Poor Farm Experiment VI, The Drawing Center’s Open Sessions at The Poor Farm. Poor Farm, Manawa, WI (2014)

Actual Artists. Actual Gallery. Winnipeg, MB (2014)

The Intuitionists. The Drawing Center, New York City, NY (2014)

action+object+exchange. The Drawing Center, The Lab, New York City, NY (2014)

Re-Configuring Abstraction. School of Art Gallery, University of Manitoba,Winnipeg, MB (2012)

Never-Dying Worm. AHVA Library Gallery, Vancouver, BC (2012)

Some Paintings. Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, BC (2011)

Cyber-Surveillance in Everyday Life. InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre,Toronto, ON (2011)

Below the Line. Balcone Gallery, Vancouver, BC (2011)

FAX, Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby, BC (2010)

I:dent Constructing and deconstructing personal and social identities. Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby, BC (2009)

Faculty Show, AMS Art Gallery, University of British Columbia, Vancouver,BC (2007)

Wight Biennial: Anxiety of Influence. UCLA New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2006)

Strange Bedfellows, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC (2006)

Common Room, Belkin Satellite. Vancouver, BC (2006)

This Experiment, the butchershop, Vancouver, BC (2005)

Making It Like a Man, Curated by David Garneau. Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina, SK (2004)

Helen Pitt Triennial Awards Exhibition, Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, BC (2001)



Canada Council for the Arts, Arts Across Canada Travel grant (2019, 2014)

Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2018)

The Manitoba Arts Council Brooklyn Visual Arts Residency (2017)

The Manitoba Arts Council Riding Mountain Artists’ Residency (2017)

Winnipeg Arts Council Grant to Individual Artists (2016, 2014, 2011, 2004)

Manitoba Arts Council Travel/Professional Development Grant (2016, 2014)

Manitoba Arts Council Creation/Production Grant (2016, 2014, 2012)

The Manitoba Arts Council Manitoba/New Brunswick/Quebec Creative Residency (2015)

Winnipeg Arts Council Professional Development Grant (2015, 2014)

Jan and Adam Waterous Scholarship (2014)

Andrew MacIntosh Memorial Book Prize for MFA, University of British Columbia (2006)

BC Binning Memorial Fellowship, University of British Columbia (2005)

Helen Pitt Award Graduating Year Award (2001)



Artist Speaker. A Crimp in the Fabric: Situating Painting Today. Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC. (2017)

Artist Speaker, Artspeak, Vancouver BC (2016)

Artist Speaker, The Banff Centre, Banff AL (2014)

Artist Speaker, Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon, MB (2013)

Artist Speaker in conversation with Krisjanis Katkins-Gorsline: An Examination of Abstract Art. First

     Fridays in the Exchange, Winnipeg Free Press Cafe. Winnipeg, MB

Artist Speaker. Burnaby Art Gallery, 2009.

Artist Speaker/Installation. Sexing the Text: Gendered Works and Working Gender, Simon Fraser

   University, Burnaby, BC, 2006.

Artist Speaker. A panel discussion: Making it Like A Man, Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina SK,




Godfrey, Hannah. "Colour, Abstraction, and Queerness in the art of Derek Dunlop." Peripheral Review, 2020. WEB

Kovačević, Dunja. “The Tangled Roots of Haunted Queer Publics: Derek Dunlop’s PARK.” Martha Street Studio, Winnipeg, MB.


Kwan, Vanessa. “My Mineral (For Derek, Deborah, Aleesa and Marina). Artspeak,

     Vancouver, BC. 2016.

Roy, Marina. "The Accursed Share." Artspeak, Vancouver BC. 2016. PDF

hannah Godfrey, Interview with Derek Dunlop: End-Forms. Lisa Kehler Art + Projects. Web. October 6, 2015.

Thompson, Courtney R. "Queering Process + Material Strategies: An interview with Derek Dunlop," Artslant,

     March 2014. Web. April 2, 2014. PDF

Lebedinskaia, Natalia. Essay for Thoughts and Non-Thoughts. Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba.

     Brandon, MB. 2013. PDF

Reid, Mary. "Re-Configuring Abstraction...considering here and now, " School of Art Gallery, The

     University of Manitoba. Winnipeg MB, 2012. PDF

Enright, Robert. “Failing Successes,” Border Crossings. Issue No, 121. 2012

Roy, Marina. " Never Dying Worm, " Essay for Never Dying Worm. AHVA Library Gallery, Vancouver,

     BC. 2012. PDF

Garneau, David. " Making it Like a Man! " From Making it Like a MAn Canadian Masculinites in

     Practice. Ed. Christine Ramsay. Wilfred Laurier Press, Waterloo ON, 2011. Pp 64-66.

Sophie Brodovitch, " What you see is what you get ." Catalogue essay for I:Dent Constructing and

     Deconstructing personal and social identities, Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby, BC 2009.

Vishal Jugder & Jesse Aron Green, " A Decorative Impulse " , catalogue essay for Anxiety of

   Influence, New Wight Gallery, The Eli and Edythe Broad Center, University of California, Los

   Angeles, 2006. 

J.J. Kegan McFadden, " Derek Dunlop." Essay for Strange Bedfellows exhibition,

   Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, The University of British Columbia, 2006. 

Liz Park, " Exchanging-Room. " Essay for Common Room exhibition, Belkin Satellite,

   The University of British Columbian, 2006.

J.J Kegan McFadden, response for the exhibition have clean hands, Platform Centre for

   Photographic and Digital Arts, Winnipeg, MB 2004.


Selected Published Writing

Derek Dunlop, "Blue Shift, in conversation with Jonah Groeneboer," PLATFORM centre for photographic + digital arts. Winnipeg,

     MB 2015.

Derek Dunlop, "Candid," PLATFORM centre for photographic + digital arts. Winnipeg, MB 2015.

Derek Dunlop, "A History of Codes," aceartinc., Critical Distance Essay. Winnipeg, MB 2014.

Derek Dunlop, Raymond Boisjoly, Daina Warren, in Conversation. PLATFORM centre for photographic + digital arts.

     Winnipeg, MB, 2014.

Derek Dunlop, 'Voluntary Park: Growth within the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone," Essay in Response to the exhibtion,

      Growth by David McMillan. Manitoba Printmaker's Association. Winnipeg, MB, 2014.

Derek Dunlop, 'back to back', CV2. Winter, 2013.

Derek Dunlop, "Untitled (Bahlsen's)", palimpsest. PLATFORM centre for photographic + digital arts,


Derek Dunlop, 'Smile', PAPERWAIT, Volume 13, 2010-2011.

Derek Dunlop, Artist Statement, Helen Pitt Triennial Awards Exhibition, Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, BC 2001.


Selected Press

Sinkewicz, Alison. “Dirty Words: Emerging.” Canadian Art. Spring, 2018. Web and Print.

Bartholomew, Sophia. “Aleesa Cohene, Derek Dunlop, Deborah Edmeades: The Accursed

     Share” C Magazine. Issue 131, Autumn 2016.

Lavery, Lauren. “The Affect of Accursedness”. The Peripheral Review. July 7, 2016. Web.

Ling, Steffanie. "The Accursed Share " at Artspeak. Daily Serving. May 10, 2016. Web.

Thompson, Courtney R. "Derek Dunlop" Border Crossings. Issue 137, Volume 35, Number 1.

Swan, Sarah. "Does Zombie Formalism Mean Anything in Canada?" Canadian Art. December 2, 2015. Web.

Micchelli, Thomas. "Story Lines "The Intuitionists" at the Drawing Center." Hyperallergic Sensitive to Art & Its Discontents. July 19,

     2014. Web.

Swan, Sarah. “DEREK DUNLOP: Thoughts and Non-Thoughts.” Galleries West, Print, Web, October 3, 2013.

Eyland, Cliff. "Re-Configuring Abstraction. " Border Crossings. Issue 125, Volume 32. Number 1.

Kear, Andrew. "Re-Configuring Abstraction." Canadian Art. Spring, 2013. Volume 30, Number 1.

Thompson, Courtney R. "Materiality and Surface: abstracting form.", Web.

Thacker, Sandra. "Abstract Painting the focus at The University of Manitoba", Web. November 19,


Passey, Kara. "Re-Configuring Abstraction." The Manitoban. Volume 99 1/2, No 14, 2012.

Fung, Amy. "Never-Dying Worm, AHVA Library Gallery." POST Pacific, Web. January 11,


Smith, Greg J. "Digitally Mediated Surveillance Some Assembly Required." Current,

     Thesigers, Web. June 28, 2011



Brooklyn Visual Arts Residency, International Studio & Curatorial Program (2017)

Riding Mountain Artists' Residency, Riding Mountain National Park, MB (2017)

Visiting Artist Residency, Malaspina Printmaker's Association, Vancouver BC (2016)

Atelier Circulaire, Montreal QC. (2016)

LGBT Intergenerational Residency, Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto Island. (2014)

Artist Resident at The Sam and Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts, Inc. New Berlin, NY. (2014)

The Banff Centre Thematic Residency: "Are we looking at dead birds?" The Banff Centre, Banff, AB. (2014)


Installation Shots

Installation Shots. End-Forms, 2015. Lisa Kehler Art + Projects. Winnipeg, Canada. All photographs ourtesy of Lisa Kehler.











Installation Shots of Thoughts and Non-Thoughts, curated by Natalia Lebedinskaia. The Art Gallery of

Southwestern Manitoba. September 26 - November 16, 2013. All photographs courtesy of the AGSM.










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" Never-Dying Worm " Curated by Marina Roy, AHVA Library Gallery, Vancouver, BC (2012)

A Lover's Geography (Excerpts), 2008.









"Reconfiguring Abstraction," School of Art Gallery. University of Manitoba.





" I:Dent: Constructing and Deconstructing Personal and Social Identities " The Burnaby Art Gallery,

Burnaby, BC, 2009, view 1.


BAG installation 2


" I:Dent Constructing and Deconstructing Personal and Social Identiites " The Burnaby Art Gallery, 2009, view 2.


BAG installation


" Strange Bedfellows " Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC, 2006.


Strange Bedfellows


" Common Room " Belkin Satellite, Vancouver, BC, 2006.


Common Room




Older Work:


Wallpaper Variations, click here.


television drawings, click here.


Palms, click here.


the palace, the cake, camouflage and curtains, click here.


A lover's geography, click here.