David Newkirk

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In my paintings, I am interested in balancing the contradictions between orderly and expressive elements, methodical and intuitive processes, flat and implied three-dimensional space. Spontaneous/disorderly layers of shape and colour emerge from a largely intuitive process; the structured layers involve more deliberate planning. I enjoy both approaches in the overall process. Stated another way, the struggle for me is somehow to bring into balance the dichotomy of my own thinking and doing.

Rothko felt that large paintings allowed the artist to stay “inside” his/her work. I generally paint on fairly large canvasses that correspond roughly to the size of my body, and which will accommodate the arcs of gestures that are translated into lines and shapes in the paintings. The canvasses are large enough for me to stay “inside” the creative arena of each painting.

My work investigates the achievements of Modernism and its descendants. However, I remain skeptical of the many philosophical barriers that once may have seemed so important to each of the various schools of 20th century painting. I make no-holds-barred, wide-open paintings that dictate to me any stylistic restrictions, as they come to life in the studio. Within this permeable framework I try to create personally authentic paintings.

David Newkirk, winter 2013


1976–8, Studies in art history, York University, Toronto
1974, Visual Arts Education Specialist, Ontario Ministry of Education
1973, Bachelor of Education, University of Toronto
1970–76, Part-time studies (studio) University of Western Ontario, Three Schools (Toronto), and the Ontario College of Art and Design
1969–70, Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto
1969, Bachelor of Arts, University of Western Ontario


2015    solo show, The Conversation, Recent Work, Stewart Hall Gallery, Pointe Claire, Montreal
2015    solo show, The Conversation, Recent Work, The Reach Art Gallery, Abbotsford, BC.
2014-15 solo show, Thames Gallery, Chatham, ON, then traveling to The Reach Public Art Gallery, Abbotsford, BC.
2014    Abstraction Then and Now, Wallace Galleries, Calgary                   
2014    solo show (with supporting grant from the Ontario Arts Council), The Conversation,
        Recent Work, Thames Gallery, Chatham, Ont.  
2013     Christmas Miniatures, Wallace Galleries, Calgary                   
2013    Group show, Wallace Galleries, Calgary, AB
2012    Group show, Oeno Gallery, Picton, ON
2012    The Affordable Art Fair, New York City, represented by Engine Gallery, Toronto, ON
2011    Seeing Red & White Artists’ Exhibition, Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, BC
2011    solo show, Vernon Public Art Gallery, Vernon, BC, curated by Lubos Culen
2011    Group show, Engine Gallery, Toronto, ON
2010    Group show, Engine Gallery, Toronto, ON
2010    Toronto International Art Fair, represented by Engine Gallery, Toronto, ON
2009    December group show, SOPA Fine Arts, Kelowna, BC
2009    Spring group show, SOPA Fine Arts, Kelowna, BC
2008    This Just In, group show, SOPA Fine Arts, Kelowna, BC
2008    David Newkirk: Spare Parts, solo show, SOPA Fine Arts, Kelowna, BC
2006    Recent Work, Loop Gallery, Toronto, ON
2005    Go Figure 10-artist exhibition curated by Maura Broadhurst, Latcham Gallery, Stouffville, ON
2004    Re-con-figuration, group exhibition curated by Director Joyce Millar at the Stewart Hall, Art Gallery, Montreal, QC
2003    I’m Thirsty, curated by Nicola Woods, Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Toronto, ON
              Group exhibition included in the Ontario Society of Artists’ Water Project
1996    Arts Etobicoke, Etobicoke Civic Centre, juried exhibition, (award of merit)
1988    two-artist show, Whitman Gallery, Toronto, ON
1984    Group show, Idée Gallery, Toronto, ON
1982    David Newkirk: Ten Years, Thames Cultural Centre, Chatham, ON 
1980    New Talent in Canada, three-artist exhibition, Prince Arthur Galleries, Toronto, ON
1980    Burlington Cultural Centre, Burlington, ON (juried exhibition)
1980    Arts Etobicoke, Etobicoke Civic Centre, Toronto, ON (juried exhibition)
1978    Solo show, Mandeville Gallery (Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation), North York, ON
1972    Rothmans Art Gallery, Stratford, ON (juried exhibition - best in show)
1971    Rothmans Art Gallery, Stratford, ON (juried exhibition)


Broadhurst, M., Curator, Latcham Gallery, Stouffville, Ontario; Go Figure, Contemporary
    Investigations into the Human Figure, exhibition publication, 2005
Culen, L., Curator, Vernon Public Art Gallery; Fault Lines and Fantasies: David Newkirk,
    exhibition publication, 2011
 Chatham (Bureau), Artist Paints Life the Way He Sees It, The London Free Press, Nov. 1,     1982
Millar, J., (edited by, director/curator Stewart Hall Art Gallery, Pointe Claire, P.Q.)
    Re-con-Figuration, (exhibition publication), 2004
 Priegert, P., Artist Ventures Into Abstraction, Event Magazine, Kelowna Daily Courier,     March 28, 2008
Wagner, V., At Least Two Artists Don’t Fit Stereotype Image, Chatham Daily News, Nov. 13, 1982


1993 to 2000, Head of Creative Arts Department, (visual arts, music, drama, and dance), North Albion Collegiate Institute, Toronto District School Board
1977 to 1993, Head of Visual Arts Department, North Albion Collegiate Institute
1973 to 2000, Art teacher, North Albion Collegiate Institute
1970–72, Art teacher, subject chair, Stratford Central Secondary School, Stratford, Ontario (Perth County Board of Education)


BMO Financial Group, Corporate Art Collection
Rogers Broadcasting, Toronto
Municipality of Chatham Kent, Ontario
Lifetime Developments, Toronto
Vernon Public Art Gallery, Vernon, B.C.
The Thames Art Gallery, Chatham, ON
The Reach Gallery Museum, Abbotsford, B.C
The City of Pointe Claire, P.Q.

Private collections across Canada, and in the United States


David Newkirk

Born: April 23, 1948
Price Range: $1900-$5000