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Gillian Toliver

Artist member since 2019
Toronto, ON

Gillian Toliver is a multidisciplinary artist currently based in Toronto. Recently graduating from OCAD University for Drawing and Painting, Toliver’s thesis work, Paper Skin Makes Me, Waver in The Breeze was awarded the Drawing and Painting Medal for 2019. As an artist of mixed Scottish and Caribbean decent, her work often explores spaces existing in an in-between, a world caught in a moment of creation. In an honouring and opening of self, her work is a reaction to the absurdity, multiplicity and fluidity of being. Utilizing practices of labour, repetition and ritual, she navigates the condition of body and mind from systematic censorship through creating new forms in which to pour and bind self to. The creation of these new ‘host’ bodies is used in an act of reclaiming physical and mental environments.


Inside the Studio


Describe your home in 3 words

big fat orange

In a previous life I was (a) ...

Definitely a tiny bug or a bird. Something that either burrows and nestles into the earth endlessly, or that soars over it taking everything in at once. I often find myself desperately trying to get back to those sensations

Your favourite spot in Toronto right now

My bed

When I'm not making art, I'm (a) ...

Reading. Even while creating art I am often listening to audio books. I'd like to say these books are expanding my knowledge and feeding my craft but often they are deep dives into sci-fi and fantasy worlds....

Select Past Exhibitions

The Riverdale Hub
Stitching You into the Seams


2gallery, Prince Edward Country
Time Will Tell


Better Living Centre, Toronto
Artist Project


Art Gallery of Mississauga
VAM's 42nd Annual Juried Show


Women's Art Association


OCAD University
GradEx 104


Great Hall, OCAD U
FRUTTI - Fruits of Our Labour


Ada Slaight Gallery
Awenda Inspired


14 Bonifacio Lupi, Florence, Italy
Emulsion 2


14 Bonifacio Lupi, Florence, Italy


Medal for Drawing and Painting


Nora E. Vaughan Award


The Artist & The Viewer
Interview with Gillian Toliver


99.3 Country FM
Artscene: Sarah Moran's Interview with Gillian Toliver


Florence, Italy
Self Directed, OCAD U


Ontario College of Art and Design University
BFA Drawing and Painting

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