Kirsten McCrea is a Canadian artist whose work explores issues of cultural memory, looking at pop vs. underground culture, the media, and popular mythologies. Known for her bright colours and figurative subject-matter, Kirsten is quickly establishing herself as a prominent emerging Canadian artist. Primarily a painter, she is also the founder and editor of Papirmasse, an affordable art subscription that sends a monthly print to hundreds of people around the world every month.
Her paintings have been exhibited nationally and her work has been reviewed by The Walrus, Chatelaine, and The Montreal Gazette, amongst others. She has illustrated for the Polaris Music Prize & the Under Pressure Graffiti festival, and her patterned drawings can be found on notebooks and apparel in stores across the country. When not working on her own she collaborates with the art collective Cease and the drawing initiative En Masse, whose work was recently shown in the form of a massive installation in the Musée des Beaux Arts in Montreal. QC.
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|2008 Concordia University, Montreal. Bachelor of Fine Arts with Great Distinction
2005 Grant MacEwan University, Edmonton, Diploma of Fine Arts with First Class Standing
|SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2014 Hot Topic Redux, Galerie La Centrale Powerhouse, Montreal (upcoming)
|SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS|
2014 January First Thursday, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (upcoming)
|2011 Papirmasse-a-thon, Exposure: Queer Arts Festival, Edmonton
Nuit Blanche Papirmasse-a-thon, Maison Kasini, Montreal *
2009 Papirmasse Montreal Launch, SNAP! Gallery, Montreal
|2012 PAPIER, with Maison Kasini, Montreal
2011 San Diego Art Fair, with En Masse, San Diego
PAPIER, with Maison Kasini, Montreal
|2014 Klondike Institute of Art & Culture, Dawson City, Yukon (upcoming)
2012 Sparkbox Studio Residency, Prince Edward County
|PRESENTATIONS & OTHER ART PRACTICES|
|2013 Making the Most of What You’ve Got, co-presentation with JP King, Canzine Symposium, Toronto
Artist Talk at OCAD University in Shannon Gerrard’s PRNT2B26: Nano Publishing, Toronto
Programming Board, XPACE Gallery, Toronto
Submissions Workshop, XPACE Gallery, Toronto
Independent Publishing in Canada, Artist Talk, University of Waterloo
Workshop with JP King at University of Waterloo in Tara Cooper’s FINE230: Printmaking, Waterloo
2012 The Art of Collecting: Panel discussion at Papier 12, Montreal
Collaborative Canadian Art Initiatives: Artist Talk at Loyalist College, Belleville, Chrissy Poitras
2011 Becoming an Artist: Chair of Panel discussion for Exposure: Queer Arts & Culture Festival
Artist Talk at Concordia University, ARTH373: Issues In Contemporary Canadian Art, Mark Clintberg
Artist Talk for Studio HCE’s presentation of Hot Topic (online exhibition)
2010- Member of En Masse (painting large-scale collaborative murals at festivals & other events)
2008- Founder and Director of Papirmass, an affordable art subscription that has sent over 20,000 art prints to people around the world for the low price of $5 each, including postage.
|SCHOLARSHIPS & AWARDS|
|2013 Expozine Small Press Awards nominee: Best English Publication (Dan-D-Noser)
2011 Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Quebec, Up-and-Coming Artists Grant
YES Artist Project Plan Contest, Second Place
2010 Digital Miniprint Exhibition, Voix Visuelle, Second Place
Expozine Small Press Awards nominee
2008 Fine Arts Students Association Special Project Grant
2005 Frances Henderson Klingle
Barbara and John Poole Family Endowment for the Arts
2001 Rutherford Scholarship
Maya Reinking Award for Excellence in the Arts
Edmonton Public School Board Art Award
BUST Magazine, Lan Truong, “Papirmass” (upcoming)
SELECTED ONLINE ARTICLES
Lost at E Minor, Adam Cramb, “Collage Illustrations by Kirsten McCrea”, July 30, 2013.
|SELECTED BOOKS & CATALOGUES|
|2013 YumYum Collectif, MUDGUM (Belgium)
The Modern Language Experiment, What Is An Art Book 3 (New York)
2012 Kirsten McCrea, Dan-D-Noser, Toronto, ON: Paper Pusher.
En Masse, essays by Nathalie Bondil & Isa Tousignant, Montreal, QC: MBaM (catalogue)
Bettina Forget, “Kirsten McCrea: Hot Topic”, The Belgo Report: Highlights From 2008-2011: 20-21.
2011 Kirsten McCrea, Hot Topic: Portraits of 20th Century Feminists, Montreal, QC: Maison Kasini.
Gabe Wong, Poplar & Pine: Where Are We Going?, Edmonton, AB (artist multiple/catalogue)
2009 Gabe Wong Poplar & Pine: Where Are We From?, Edmonton, AB (artist multiple/catalogue)