Biographies

Denise Hawrysio was born in Toronto and currently lives in London, UK. She received her BFA from Queen’s University, Canada, and her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. She is a conceptual artist who works in a variety of media and materials including site-specific installation, artists books, film, video and printmedia and has exhibited her work in Europe, the United States and Canada.

She has been an active member of London’s art scene for many years, founding her own project space in the early 90’s, working collectively with many of Britains’ leading artists. She recently received fellowships for residencies at NSCAD University, the Banff Centre for the Arts, the prestigious MacDowell Colony in the United States, the University of British Columbia and the University of Alberta. Her artists’ books are in collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Chelsea Art Library, Yale University, the Bruce Peel Collection and the National Gallery of Canada. Her work deals with issues of displacement, hybridism, transience and mutation, utopia and dystopia, memory and identity. She has taught at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, and presently teaches at University of the Arts, London.

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

I am @ Here Alive, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, Canada, 2014

The Beaver Still Needs a Log, Malaspina Printmakers, Vancouver, Canada, 2013

A Users Guide to Visual Direct Action, Galerie Circulaire, Montreal, Canada, 2012

An Etching Plate Feels No Pain, SNAP, Edmonton, Canada, 2011

Situational Prints, Martha Street Studios, Winnipeg, Canada, 2010

Situational Prints, Open Studio, Toronto, Canada, 2009

News in Briefs, 36 Bedford Row Galleries, London, UK, 2009

Situational Prints, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, Scotland, 2008

Situational Prints, Simon Fraser University Gallery, Vancouver, Canada, 2007

Hello my name is Jenny, MOCA, London, UK, 2005

Live or Die, Zsa Zsa Gallery, Toronto, Canada, 2004

A place of contemplation, RACA, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2004

The Way Things Don’t, Five Years, London, UK, 2002

In the full light of reason, Dare-Dare Gallery, Montreal, Canada, 2001

A Catalogue of Errors, The Floating Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada, 2001

Grasping and Clinging, Project 304, Bangkok, Thailand, 2000 (sound by John Wynne)

Safe for all Surfaces, Five Years, London, UK, 2000

The Other Journey, The Other Gallery, Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Canada, 1997

The Tannery Project Space, London, UK, 1995

Forum Bilker Stra, Düsseldorf, Germany, 1994

Galérie Articule, Montréal, Canada, 1992

Clove Gallery, London, UK, 1992

Art & Text, Inset 2, The Showroom, London, UK, 1992

Helen Pit Gallery, Vancouver, Canada, 1992

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

A Lot of Things Have Happened, Malaspina, Vancouver, 2016

The Art of Not Making, Galleri Jonas Kleerup, Stockholm, Sweden, 2014

Film in Space, Camden Arts Centre, London, 2013

The Art of Not Making, Hå gamle prestegard, Håvegen, Norway, 2013

Repetition, Monster Truck Gallery, Dublin, Ireland, 2013

Bookmare, Camberwell Space, University of the Arts, London, 2012

Surface Tension, Malaspina Gallery, Vancouver, Canada, 2011

Accidental Literacy, The Print Studio Gallery, Hamilton, Canada, 2011

Modified Expressions, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland, 2011

Common Wealth, MKG127 Gallery, Toronto, Canada, 2009

Denise Hawrysio and Al Masson, Danske Grafikers Hus, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2009

Dumbwaiter, James Taylor Gallery, London, UK, 2009

New Prints 2009/Spring, International Print Center New York, New York, USA, 2009

Transcentric, Lethaby Gallery, Central St. Martins of Art and Design, London, UK, 2008

New Prints 2008/Spring, International Print Centre New York, New York, USA, 2008

Analogue & Digital, Fieldgate Gallery Contemporary Art, London, UK, 2007

Spring Faculty Exhibition, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, 2007

If it didn’t exist you’d have to invent it, The Showroom, London, UK, 2006

15/1 (3), Overgaden, Institute of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2006

Hearing Voices, The Brunei Gallery, University of London, UK, 2005

Drawing Life; the art and act of drawing, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, Canada, 2005

What is the book, Flux Factory, Long Island City, and Fisher Arts Centre, Bard College, N.Y., 2004

The Book Show, The Nunnery, London, UK and 3W Gallery, Grasmere, UK, 2004

15/1 (2), 1,000 000mph, London, UK, 2003

The Lux Open, Smartlab, Royal College of Art, London, UK, 2003

Space Men, MOT, London, UK, 2003

Snapshot, The Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, USA, 2002, (touring exhibition)

X-mas, Outline, Amsterdam, Holland, 2001

Denise Hawrysio and Mark Bell, Mercer Union, Toronto, Canada, 1999

Lapsus, Five Years, London, UK, 1999

Recent Acquisitions, Surrey Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada, 1998

External Affairs, Canada House, London, UK, 1998

The Space of the Page, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, UK, 1998

Disneyland After Dark, Wriston Art Centre, Appleton, Wisconsin, USA, 1998

Answer Affirmative Or Negative, Art Metropole, Toronto, Canada, 1998

The Pleasure of Aesthetic Life, The Showroom, London, UK, 1999

Disneyland After Dark, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany, 1999

Refuse, Galleriet Laderfabiken, Malmo, Sweden, 1996

Disneyland After Dark, Uppsala Konstmuseum, Uppsala, Sweden, 1996

Immaterial Material, The Central Space, London, UK, 1993

Feed, London Filmmakers Coop, London, UK, 1993

15/1 Malania Basarab Gallery, London, UK, 1993

Staggered Systems, The Showroom Publication, Quicksilver Place, London, 1994

Papier Beeld and Basis, Papierbiennale, Aalst, Holland, 1994

Spit, Malania Basarab Gallery, London, UK, 1994

Echt, Malania Basarab Gallery, London, UK, 1992

Mock, Malania Basarab Gallery, London, UK, 1993

The 33rd London Film Festival, London Filmmakers Coop, London, UK, 1989

Canadian Avant Garde Benefit Series, The Funnel, Toronto, Canada, 1989

The Length of the Mean Free Path, San Francisco Cinematheque, SF, CA, USA, 1989

Words and Images, Surrey Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada, 1989

 

COLLECTIONS

 

Bruce Peel Special Collections, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

Burnaby Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK

Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada

MacDowell Colony, New Hampshire, USA,

Manchester Metropolitan University Library, UK,

San Francisco Art Institute, Artists book collection, San Francisco Cal, USA

Joan Flash Artists’ Books Collection, Chicago Institute, Chicago, USA

The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada

Surrey Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

Morey Chaplick Private Collection, Toronto, Canada

Hajduszoboszlo Museum of Modern Art, Gyor, Hungary

Yale University, New Haven, USA

Museum vh Boek, Den Hagg, Holland

AA Bronson – General Idea, Toronto, Canada

Exeter School of Art, Exeter, UK

Guildhall University, London, UK

John Janssen, (private), London, UK

University of the Arts, London, UK

Rijksgevangenis Dendermonde, Belgium, Holland

Artists’ Publication, Eins von Hundert, Köln, Germany

Art/Start Archives, International Ko production, Middleburg, Netherlands

Art Bank, Ottawa, Canada

Tate Gallery, Art Library, London, UK

Chelsea Art Library, London, UK

 

AWARDS, FELLOWSHIPS AND RESIDENCIES

 

Residency, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Canada, 2014

Project Grant, Canada Council for the Arts, Canada, 2011

Artist’s Residency, Printmedia Centre, University of Alberta, Edmonton, 2011

Travel Grant, Canada Council for the Arts, Canada, 2009

Grant, Canada House Arts Trust, London, UK, 2008

Project Grant, Canada Council for the Arts, Canada, 2007

Artist’s Residency, Printmedia Centre, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, 2007

Tom and Babs Putnam Print Fellowship, MacDowell Colony, New Hampshire, USA, 2007

Artists Fellowship, The MacDowell Colony, New Hampshire, USA, 2006

Grants to Artists, British Council, London, UK, 2006

Research Grant, Wimbledon School of Art, London, UK, 2006

Thematic Residency, Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Canada, 2006

Artists Residency Exchange Program, Deptford, UK and Berlin, Germany, 2004

Artists residency, Gibraltar Point Centre for the Arts, Toronto, Canada, 2004

Travel Grant, Canada Council for the Arts, Canada, 2004

Grants to Artists, London Arts, London, UK, 2002

Creative Production Grant, Canada Council for the Arts, Canada, 2001

Awards to Artists, British Council, London, UK, 2000

Publication Grant, Canadian Embassy, Bangkok, Thailand, 2000

Travel Grant, Canada Council for the Arts, Canada 2000

British Council Grant, London, UK 1999

Thematic Residency, Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Canada, 1997

Travel Grant, Canada Council for the Arts, Canada, 1997

Circulation and Dissemination Grant, Canada Council for the Arts, Canada, 1997

Travel Grant, The British Council, UK, 1994

Travel Grant, London Arts Board, UK, 1994

Research Grant, University of Plymouth, Exeter, UK, 1996

Elephant Trust, London, UK, 1999

 

 

SELECTIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

 A.L. Rees, Physical Optics: a return to the repressed, Millennium Film Journal, no. 58, 2013

Amaze, Denise Hawrysio and A User’s Guide to Direct Visual Action, Printeresting, March 2012

Gemma Tipton One for the Books, The Irish Times, August 2011

Carolyn Jervis, Behind the marks, Vueweekly, issue 818, Edmonton, 2011

Brant Schuller, Proof: Printmaking as Evidence, SGCI Panel, New York, and USA, 2011

Michael Petry, ‘Crafty: the art of not making’, by Thames and Hudson in March 2011

Dean Kenning, An Etching Plate Feels no Pain, Open Studio Publication, 2009

Gary Michael Dault, Situational Prints, The Globe and Mail, Canada, July 18, 2009

Courtney Weida, The Art of Books, Museums, and Digital Culture, Guild of Book Workers Journal, 2010

Robin Laurence, Situational Prints, Georgia Straight, Vancouver, June 7, 2007

Ian Wallace, Situational Prints, Simon Fraser University Gallery Publication, 2007

Bill Jeffries, Situational Prints, Simon Fraser University Gallery Publication, 2007

Judith Wilkinson, Canadian Club, cmagazine93, Spring 2007

Andrew Wilson, If it didn’t exist… The Showroom Annual, 2005/6

Gary Michael Dault, Live or Die, Zsa Zsa Gallery, Toronto, The Globe and Mail, July 31, 2004

Simon Morley, The Book Show, London, Utopia Press, 2004

Sally O’Reilly, 15/1(2), Art Monthly, London, 2003

Emma Dexter, 15/1 (Malania Basarab Gallery) 100 Reviews Backwards, London, 2003

Matthew Higgs, 15/1 (Malania Basarab Gallery), 100 Reviews Backwards, London, 2003

Nicky Hamlyn, Film, Art, Phenomena, BFI Publications, London, UK, 2003

Susan Johanknecht, The Symbolic Book: A Travelogue, 2003

Bangkok Post, Grasping and Clinging, Project 304, Bangkok, Thailand, October 2000

James Bettley, The Art of the Book; from Illuminated Manuscript to Graphic Novel, V&A Publication,

Martin Hubbard, Denise Hawrysio, Time Out, London, 2000

David Weaver, Escape from Photography, Mercer Union publication, Toronto, Canada, 1999

Sara Kent, What is a photograph? Time Out, London, 1998

Hugh Stoddart, The Space of the Page, Artist Newsletter, Dec 1997

John Janssen, The Space of the Page, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, 1997

Valerie Reardon, The Pleasure of Aesthetic Life, Art Monthly, London, No. 202-Dec 96

Kim Sweet, The Pleasure of Aesthetic Life, Showroom publication, London, Dec 96

Mark Currah, The Pleasure of Aesthetic Life, Time Out, Nov 96, no.1369

Brigitte Wernebury, Disneyland After Dark, Sonnenbluhen Auf, Taz, Berlin, 18.05.96

Katrina Bettina Muller, Panische Flucht, Tagessfiegel, Germany, 21.05.96

Montag Feiertagen, Lichtausim Vergnugungspark, BZ, Berlin, 29.05.96

Contribution (2-page artist’s feature) Control Magazine, Stephen Willats, editor, 1996

Stephen Bury, Artists Books, Scolar Press, UK, 1995

Gunilla Grahn-Hinnfors, Disneyland After Dark, Kultur Paper, Sweden, Oct 1995

Sara Arrhenius, Disneyland After Dark, Aftonbladet, Sweden, Oct. 1995

Marten Castenfors, Debauchery in Disneyland, Konst News, Stockholm, Oct. 1995

Martin Landahl, Disneyland After Dark, Uppsala Demokraten, Oct 1995

Cathy Courtney, Cell Books and Zero Text, Art Monthly, London, March 1995

John Janssen, workfortheeyetodo, Summer Catalogue, London, 1995

W.D.G., Aalst’s Paper Biennale, De Standaard, Belgium, June 1994

BAB, Paper Biennale, Het Laatste Niews, Belgium, 1994

Peter-Paul Geubels, Paper as Environment, Nieuwsblad, Belgium, 1994

Jan Braet, Growing Pains, Knack, Belgium, June 1993

Eric Bracke, Paper Biennale, De Morgen, Aalst, Belgium 1994

Cathy Courtney, Artists’ Books, Art Monthly, London, May 1994

David Thorp, Staggered Systems, The Showroom Publication, 1994

Rob Kesselek, Looking at Words: Reading Pictures, Untitled, summer, London, 1994

Kim Sawchuck, “Denise Hawrysio: Galérie Articule,” Parachute, 66, summer, 1992

 

CURATING AND OTHER ACTIVITIES

 

2016, Curator, A lot of  Things Have Happened, Malaspina Gallery Vancouver, Canada

2009, Curator, Common Wealth, MKG127 Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Amanda Beech, Giorgio Sadotti, Bob and Roberta Smith, and David Alker

2006, Curator and organiser, 15/1 (3), Overgaden Institute of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Denmark

1999-04, Member of the Board of Directors, Five Years, London, UK, artist’s collective gallery space, with Marc Hulson, Alex Shady, and Eddy Dorrian.
Exhibitions/events organiser and curator A Promise of Happiness, What is Love?, Dark Pop and Self Service Painting and Self Service Video.

2003, Curator/organiser, 15/1 (2), 1,000,000 MPH Gallery, London, UK

2009-10, Photographer and research assistant for sound and photographic installation by John Wynne at Border Zone, Anthropology Museum of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

2003, Photographer and research assistant for “Hearing Voices”, sound and photographic installation by John Wynne at Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental and Africa Studies, London, UK (project included travel to Africa)

2002, Exhibition Assistant, Architectural Association, London, UK Either In or Out

1997, Artists’ publication, The Lifelong Lesson, Control Magazine, by Stephen Willats

1997, Co-organizer, Tapko, Academy of Fine Art Helsinki, site-specific installation, Professor Whitehead

1990-93, Director/founder, Malania Basarab Gallery, London, UK, Three-year gallery project
Exhibitions include; Mock with John Ferris, Echt, with Claudia Terstappen and Michael Krause, Spit with Jarg Gesimar, and Peter Andersson, 15/1 with Amikam Toren, Graham Ramsey, Adam Chodzko, and Anya Gallaccio, Strip with Bill Burns and Patrick McBride.