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Howard Lonn

Toronto born painter Howard Lonn graduated from OCAD in the early 1980’s.  Following his studies he lived and worked in Toronto, Florence, Montreal, Barcelona and Berlin. He has exhibited in Toronto, Montreal, New York, Barcelona, and Madrid and shown with Sable-Castelli, Nicholas Metivier and Birch Contemporary. His work is in such collections as Art Gallery of Ontario, McMaster Museum of Art, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Sun Life of Canada, Royal Bank of Canada, Torys, Toronto, Encana Calgary, TD Bank, Toronto as well as private collections in Toronto, Montreal, Barcelona, Madrid and New York.


Much of Lonn’s work over the last ten or so years has been described as architectural in their forms and structure.  The forms deployed in more recent paintings possess an architectonic sense of scale and structure, however, free of the burden of giving us an architectural image. Lonn’s ambition for current work in progress includes eluding a consonant pictorial resolution providing the identifiable thing. As Ihor Holubizky wrote in his essay Howard Lonn: Signals Back the World (2012): “In the end a structure necessary for his painting appears, and makes it knowable, yet not to describe, but to propose.”  

Ontario College of Arts, Toronto, A.O.C.A, 1981

Solo Exhibitions

Birch Contemporary, Khrome,Toronto, 2016
Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Signals Back to the World, 2012
Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Paintings, 2010
Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Silent Running, 2007
Sable-Castelli Gallery, Paintings, 2004
Sable-Castelli Gallery, Works on Paper, 2003
Sable-Castelli Gallery, 2002
Espai 292, Works on Paper, Barcelona, 2000
Linda Genereux Gallery, 1995
Lake Galleries, Toronto, 1992
Galería 57, Madrid, 1992
49th Parallel, New York, 1991
Galería Senda, Barcelona, 1991
Mercer Union, Toronto, 1988
Forest City Gallery, London, On, 1988
Gallery 76, Toronto, 1985

Group Exhibitions

Mirage, Curated by Lorraine Simms, Galerie 175b, Montreal, 2017
Mind The Gap: Birch Contemporary Artists, First Canadian Place Gallery, Toronto, 2017
New Monuments Forget the Future, Birch Contemporary, 2015
60 Painters, Toronto (Etobicoke), Humber College, 2012
Carnival, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto, 2011
Delinear, Barbara Edwards Gallery, Toronto, 2011
Nicholas Metivier Gallery, TIAF 2010
Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Pulse New York, 2009
Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Art Miami, 2008
Nicholas Metivier Gallery, TIAF, 2008
Nicholas Metivier Gallery, ARCO Madrd, 2007
Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Paper, Toronto, 2006
Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Kinesis, Toronto, 2005
McMaster Museum of Art, “Translinear”, Hamilton, On, 1999
Linda Genereux Gallery, “Insalata Mista” 1995
“Mud” Artist organized group show, Toronto, 1994
Art Gallery of Hamilton, “Nature/Culture”, 1993


Jordan Fee,, Howard Lonn: Khrome at Birch Contemporary, Nov, 2016
Ihor Holubizky, Signals Back to the World, Metivier Gallery publication, 2012
R.M. Vaughan, The Globe and Mail, Howard Lonn at N.Metivier Gallery, Nov 27, 2010
Carte Blanche II, Magenta Publications, 2008
Kate Regan, ARTnews, June 2007
Liz Wylie, Canadian Art, Summer 2007
Gary Michael Dault, The Globe and Mail, Sat. March, 10, 2007
Robert Enright, Bordercrossings, Autumn 2004, issue 91
Julia Dault, National Post, March 11, 2004
Gary Michael Dault, Globe and Mail, June 8, 2002
Holubizky, D. Moos, J. Wolin, Translinear catalogue essay, McMaster Museum  of Art, 1999
Ihor Holubizky, Catalogue essay, Mud exhibition, 1994
El Mundo (Madrid), January 24, 1992
Maria Lluisa Borras, La Vanguardia, November 19, 1991
Oscar Fontradona, ABC Catalunya, November 15, 1991
Olga Spiegel, La Vanguardia, October 28, 1991
Ihor Holubizky, Catalogue essay, Galería Senda, 1991
Gerard Xuriguera, Catalogue essay, Galería Senda, 1991
Lisa Rochon, Globe and Mail, January 14, 1988
Donna Lypchuk, Interview, Mercer Union, 1988
John Bentley Mays, Globe and Mail, February 28, 1987
John Bentley Mays, Globe and Mail, October 3, 1985


Art Gallery of Ontario, McMaster Museum of Art, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Sun Life of Canada, Royal Bank of Canada, Torys, Toronto, Encana Calgary, TD Bank, Toronto

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