David Gillanders

Artist Profile

As central to his art practice, Gillanders considers the gap between existence and our perception of it.  He works with elements found in our surrounding environment that we often ignore by choice or omission. The immeasurable space between the world around us and the idea we make of it is the starting point of his work.

His canvases invite us viewers to question what we see and push us to ask ourselves why we misunderstand particular elements in our lives. His works embody a world where everything remains unfixed and interchangeable – an incomplete world composed of ambiguous fragments. Flashes of recognition are balanced by zones of abstraction as viewers’ apparent certainties are replaced by a realm of uncertainties.. 

David Gillanders was born in Toronto in 1968.  He studied at the University of Western Ontario in London and later at McGill University in Montreal, where he stayed for more than twenty years.  From now on, he lives and works in Ottawa. Gillanders has exhibited his work in numerous exhibition centers and galleries including the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Grand Rapids Art Museum (Michigan, US), the Bedford Gallery (California, US), Galerie Trois Points, Maison de la culture du Plateau-Mont-Royal, Gallery McClure, Maison de la culture Marie-Uguay, and Galerie Port-Maurice, Montreal, as well as at the Stewart Hall art gallery, Pointe Claire, and the John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto. His work is part of many private collections, like the Dick and Betsy DeVos Collection, and public collections, namely the Collection de Prêt d’œuvres d’art of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Loto-Québec, BMO Financial Group and Le Méridien in Versailles.


2014Montrealistement | Normand Babin
 Belgo 8 | 29 avril
2013Le Devoir | Marie-Ève Charron
 Du protocole comme espace de création | 11 novembre
2013Voir | Catherine Genest
 Les matins infidèles ou une célébration de l'art conceptuel au Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec | 6 novembre
2013Le Soleil | Josianne Desloges
 L'art de la méthode au MNBAQ | 4 novembre
2011Vie des Arts |
 Sur la piste de nouveaux talents | 1 janvier
2010Catalogue d'exposition, Maison de la culture Plateau Mont-Royal | Rafael Sottolichio
 L'anti-sublime | 2 septembre
2009Catalogue d'exposition, Art Gallery of Northumberland | Dominic Hardy
 Closer to the Sun: David Gillanders’ Paintings of Flight | 3 octobre
2007THE GAZETTE | Henry Lehmann
 On the border of the natural and unnatural worlds | 13 janvier
2007The Westmount Examiner# | Stephanie Bento
 Gillanders’s ‘Blind Spot’ challenges perspective | 7 janvier