Bio

Al McWilliams has exhibited extensively in both solo and major group exhibitions throughout Canada the United States and Europe. His work has represented Canada in exhibitions in Germany, France, Japan, Korea and the United States. His work is held in most major public collections in Canada including The National Gallery, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Art gallery of Ontario and the Musee D'art Contemporain. Along with his private studio practice Al has been involved in a number of public art competitions completing works in Toronto, Vancouver, Seattle and Japan. His last public project was the Monument for the Royal Canadian Navy in Ottawa.

Selected Solo Exhibitions —

2017      Floor Thoughts, Equinox Gallery,  Vancouver, B.C.

2014      Stone Drawings, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.

2007      Al McWilliams, TrépanierBaer, Calgary, Alberta

1999     Al McWilliams: New Works, TrépanierBaer, Calgary, Alberta

1998     Heads, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia

            Queries, Art Gallery of the South Okanagan, Penticton, British Columbia

1997     History in the Making —Al McWilliams, Freedman Gallery, Centre for the

               Arts, Albright College, Reading, Pennsylvania (catalogue)

1995       Al McWilliams, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia

               Confounding Figures, University of Waterloo Art Gallery, Waterloo, Ontario

               Art Gallery of North York, Toronto, Ontario  (catalogue)            

1994     Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, BC

1993     Encounters, Center for Creative Photography, the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona (Catalogue)

            Al McWilliams, Herbert Palmer Gallery, Los Angeles, California

            Al McWilliams, Modernism Gallery, San Francisco, California

 

 

Commissions —

2015        Chair Column, Burnaby, B.C. 

2012        Monument for the Canadian Navy, Ottawa, Ontario in collaboration with the architect, Joost  Bakker 

2008        Sculpture Commission for Cielo, Vancouver, BC  

2000        Sculpture Commission for Concord Pacific, Vancouver, BC 

1996        The Bayshore Esplanade Project, Vancouver.BC(Awarded not built) 

1991        Seattle Arts Commission, Seattle, Washington

1988        The Utsukushi-ga-hara Open Air Museum, Hakone, Japan 

1985        Sculpture Commission for the King Street Plaza, Toronto Dominion Centre, Toronto, Ontario 

 

 

Selected Group Exhibitions —

2016       Eye to Eye, Pesentation House Gallery, North Vancouver, B.C. 

2016        Sculpture, TrepanierBaer Gallery, Calgary, Alberta

2014         Works on Paper, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver,B.C                                                           

2015        Urgent Imaginations, with Other Sights for Western Front, Vancouver, B.C. 

2014        Through the Looking Glass, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, B.C. 

2012        Echoes of the Artist, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, B.C. 

2012        Cut and Paste, Equinox Project Space, Vancouver, B.C. 

2008        The BIG Gift, The Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta. 

2007        Nexus Histories and Communities, Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, B.C. 

2006        Altered Image, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.  

2005        Real pictures: Photographs from the Collection of Claudia Beck and Andrew Gruft, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC (catalogue) 

                  Soft Passages, Oakville Galleries, Oakville Ontario 

                  The Cold City Years, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, Ontario 

2003         Here and There, the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC 

 

 

Collections —

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, BC

Art Gallery of North York, North York, Ontario 

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia 

Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton, New Brunswick 

Belkin Art Gallery, University of BC, Vancouver BC 

British Columbia Government Art Collection 

Camosun College, Victoria, BC

Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, Ontario 

Center for Creative Photography, the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona

City of Vancouver, BC

Department of External Affairs, Ottawa, Ontario

Edmonton Art Galeery, Edmonton, Alberta

Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta

John Labatt Limited, London, Ontario

Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops, BC

Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, BC