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BIO

Born St. Catharines, Ontario. August 6, 1960
Studies at Carleton University, Ottawa. 1982
B.A. Hon. Brock University. 1988
B.ed. University of Western Ontario. 1990
M.A. Comparative Literature and the Arts, Brock University. 2013

Arnold’s work encompasses a spectrum of methods ranging from drawing, sculpture and installation, and most recently has expanded to include sound and animated language/poetry appropriations. He teaches studio courses at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine & Performing Arts at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario and has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants. His work is in private and public collections across North America and he is represented by Thielsen Galleries of London, ON.

STATEMENT

My work is an examination of the senses using archetypal forms fused with organic substances/processes, and a consideration of the subjectivity of individual and collective memory. Through drawing, relief sculpture, installation and video my work reflects on the nature of perception and consciousness, an ontological inquiry of sorts.

Jorge Luis Borges once posited that writing was nothing more than a guided dream. As the most fascinating part of life for me has been the intangibles that pleasantly (and sometimes not so pleasantly) haunt me, my art has evolved into a continuum of questions...parallel explorations of the self, of senescent concerns, memory and aesthetics.

Arnold McBay Winter 2011

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CURRICULUM VITAE

Solo/Selected Exhibitions/Publications

2019  Publication. Excerpts from “(O)". Not Your Best. Edited by Professor Eric Schmaltz and published by KNIFE FORK BOOK.  Toronto, ON.

Publication. Excerpts from "(O)?". Curated by Catherine Parayre and published in the Brock University online journal VOIX PLURIELLES: Vol 7, No 2 (2019).

Publication. Excerpts from "For". Concrete and Constraint. Edited by Anthony Etherin & Clara Daneri and published by PENTERACT PRESS. London, England.

2018  "Signs of our Discontent". Collaborative project with poet Gregory Betts. Exhibition component of the Kanada Koncrete: Material Poetries in the Digital Age conference at the UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA.  Ottawa, ON.

Excerpts from "Who Decides the Land is Sacred?". Curated by Catherine Parayre and published in the Brock University online journal ti<. Vol 7, No 2 (2018).

"Signs of our Discontent". Collaborative project with poet Gregory Betts. Selected for presentation in the IN THE SOIL ARTS FESTIVAL.  St. Catharines, ON.

2015  "Parallax". Two-person show with Duncan MacDonald, curated by Rhona Wenger. GRIMSBY PUBLIC ART GALLERY. Catalalogue with essays by Julia Polyck O'Neil and Emma German. Grimsby, ON.

"Presencia". JAMES A. GIBSON LIBRARY, BROCK UNIVERSITY.  St. Catharines, ON.

2013  "Braille/Babble". Work published in the online journal ti<. vol 2, No 2 (2013). Curated by Duncan MacDonald & Catherine Parayre. BROCK UNIVERSITY. St. Catharines, ON.

2011  "Follow". Curated by Laura Woermke. ST.THOMAS-ELGIN PUBLIC ART CENTRE. St. Thomas, ON.

"Where will you be in eternity: Ron Benner, Greg Curnoe, Janice Gurney, Jamelie Hassan, Arnold McBay, Andy Patton, Aidan Urquhart, and Jeff Willmore". Curated by Jamelie Hassan & Jens Thielsen.  THIELSEN GALLERY.  London, ON.

2010 "Coherence".  NIAGARA PUMPHOUSE VISUAL ART CENTRE.  Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON.

"Common knowledge". THE GALLERY. Brock Centre For The Arts. St. Catharines, ON.

2009 "Arnold McBay: Recent Drawings".  Pan Cafe.  St. Catharines, ON.

"Surfacing". (two person show with Susan Wintrop).  Curated by George Wale.  Catalogue, essay by Elaine Hujer.  BURLINGTON ART CENTRE.  Burlington, ON.  

"Perdu et trouvé" JAMES A. GIBSON LIBRARY, BROCK UNIVERSITY.  St. Catharines, ON.

2007 "Minimal Marks: Doug Dolman, Arnold McBay & Gerald Pedros".  THIELSEN GALLERY.  London, ON.

2006  "Recent Paintings".  THIELSEN GALLERY.  London, ON. 

2005  "Elemental". (two person show with Susan Wintrop). NIAGARA PUMPHOUSE VISUAL ART CENTRE.  Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON.

"Curiouser & Curiouser: The Dark Fantastic of Jane Adeney, Arnold J. McBay & Wax Mannequin".  Curated by Dermot Wilson, (Essay).  W.K.P. KENNEDY GALLERY.  North Bay, ON.

2004 "Outline in Black".  Curated by Jamelie Hassan & Jens Thielsen.  THIELSEN GALLERY.  London, ON. 

Group Exhibitions

2022 "Beginnings". 13th STREET GALLERY. St. Catharines, ON.

2020 "More Than Words: Truth & Reconciliation, 2020 City of St. Catharines Annual Juried Exhibit ".  City Hall.  St. Catharines, ON. 

2019 "Transformations: 2019 City of St. Catharines Annual Juried Exhibit ".  City Hall.  St. Catharines, ON. 

2018 "2018 Biannual Juried Exhibition".  GRIMSBY PUBLIC ART GALLERY.  Grimsby, ON.

"Revolving Group Exhibition of Gallery Artists featuring Recent Works by Arnold McBay".  THIELSEN GALLERY.  London, ON.

2016 "2016 Biannual Juried Exhibition".  GRIMSBY PUBLIC ART GALLERY.  Grimsby, ON.

2015 "Drawing 2015".  JOHN B. AIRD GALLERY.  Toronto, ON.

2015 "Group Exhibition featuring the work of Harold Town".  THIELSEN GALLERY.  London, ON.

2012 "2012 Biannual Juried Exhibition".  GRIMSBY PUBLIC ART GALLERY.  Grimsby, ON.

"Convergence 2012". TOM THOMSON ART GALLERY. Owen Sound, ON.

2010 "2010 Biannual Juried Exhibition".  GRIMSBY PUBLIC ART GALLERY.  Grimsby, ON.    

2009 “Group Exhibition of Gallery artists”. Eric Atkinson, Ed Bartram, David Bolduc, Alex Cameron, Doug Dolman, Pat Fairhead, Joseph Hubbard, Arnold McBay, Milton, Jean Guy Mongeau, Rory O’Kelly, Tony Urquhart, Deborah Worsfold. THIELSEN GALLERY, ON.

"Convergence 2009: 46th Annual Tom Thomson Art Gallery Juried Exhibition". TOM THOMSON MEMORIAL ART GALLERY. Owen Sound, ON.

"Escarpment: On the edge".  City Hall.  St. Catharines, ON.  

2008 "2008 Biannual Juried Exhibition".  GRIMSBY PUBLIC ART GALLERY.  Grimsby, ON.   

“Spring Group Exhibition”. Kathryn Bemrose, Marie Bohm, David Bolduc, Alex Cameron, Frank Caprani, Duncan de Kergommeaux, Pat Fairhead, Gershon Iskowitz, Patrick Landsley, Antje Laidler, Alexandra Luke, Arnold McBay, Jean McKewn, Ray Mead, Ron Milton, Guido Molinari, Kazuo Nakamura, Rory O'Kelly, Scott Pattinson, Gerald Pedros, Ray Robinson, Allen Smutylo, Harold Town, Bernice Vincent, Jeff Willmore and Deborah Worsfold. Organized by Thielsen Gallery for MAGGIE’S OF LONDON, ON.

"Distracted by abstraction".  City Hall.  St. Catharines, ON.  

 

AWARDS

2008 Purchase Award (First Prize). "Distracted by abstraction". City Hall.  St. Catharines, ON. 

1993 Juror’s Choice Award (First Prize)."Juried Exhibition", GLENHYRST ART GALLERY OF BRANT.

Honourable Mention. "Annual Juried Exhibition". THE ART GALLERY ST. THOMAS-ELGIN.

1992 First Prize. Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery Award. "Juried Exhibition". TOM THOMSON MEMORIAL ART GALLERY.

Juror’s Award. "Juried Exhibition". GLENHYRST ART GALLERY OF BRANT.

1991 Best in Show. "Juried Exhibition". THE LIBRARY & GALLERY, Cambridge, ON.

Second Prize. The Victor Schumacher Award. "Transforming Visions ‘91". SWORDS INTO PLOWSHARES PEACE CENTER AND GALLERY.

1989 Purchase Award. "Transforming Visions ‘89". SWORDS INTO PLOWSHARES PEACE CENTER AND GALLERY.

1987 M.E. and L.E. Miller Prize for excellence over 3 years of study in the Fine Arts. BROCK UNIVERSITY.

Honourable Mention. "Juried Student Art Exhibition". THE GALLERY, Brock University.

COLLECTIONS

Art Gallery St. Thomas-Elgin. St. Thomas, ON.
Brock University Permanent Art Collection. St. Catharines, ON.
City of St. Catharines, ON.
Grimsby Public Art Gallery, Grimsby ON. Swords Into Plowshares Gallery. Detroit, MI.
Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery, Owen Sound, ON.
Private and corporate collections across Canada and the United States.

GRANTS

Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant: 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015.

EDUCATION

Masters studies in Comparative Literature and the Arts.  Brock University  2013
B.ed, Visual Art, History. University of Western Ontario.  1990
Ba. Honours (First Class Standing), Visual Art. Brock University.  1988


Represented by THIELSEN GALLERY., London, ON.

 

 

 

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