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©2017 BY MICHELLE TOURIKIAN.

MICHELLE TOURIKIAN
 
 

“You have to systematically create confusion, it sets creativity free. Everything that is contradictory creates life.”

Salvador Dalí

 

ARTIST BIO

All About Michelle Tourikian

Michelle Tourikian, born in 1989 in Richmond Hill, ON, earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from OCAD University in 2011 majoring in Drawing and Painting. Post-graduation she gained valuable experience and insight as a participant in OCAD University’s 2012 Florence program. Living in Florence, Italy initiated a period of rapid evolution in her work, which began with a range of paintings focused on representing the emotional distress involved in change, displacement and mortality. Since this development, her work has slowly transformed into a meditative exploration of our connection with the cosmos, spirituality, mythology, history, nature and the divine. Traditional materials such as oil paint, canvas, wooden panel, paint brushes and palette knives collaborate to breathe life into this ethereal world.

Michelle's paintings are included in private collections in Canada, the United States of America, Germany and Italy.

 

CURRICULUM VITAE

Education and Experience

BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS (BFA), OCAD UNIVERSITY

September 2007 - May 2011

ADVANCED VISUAL STUDIES CERTIFICATE, OCAD UNIVERSITY

September 2011 - May 2012

Solo Exhibitions

2016
The Space Between, Aurora Cultural Centre, Aurora, ON

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018
Ontario Society of Artists’ 145th Open Juried Exhibition, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, ON
2018 Fill’er Up Sketchbook Challenge Exhibition, Earl Selkirk Gallery, Toronto, ON

2017

Art Walk in the Square, CF Shops at Don Mills, Toronto, ON
Terra Cotta Fall Festival 2017, Terra Cotta, ON
Precious Snowflakes! Holiday Art Show and Sale, Yellow House Gallery, Toronto, ON
Kensington Market Craft Fair, St. Stephen-In-The-Fields Church, Toronto, ON
Something Different: 32nd Annual Juried Exhibition, Scarborough Arts' Bluffs Gallery, Scarborough, ON
A Festivus for the Rest of Us, Northern Contemporary, Toronto, ON

2016
55th Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, ON
Salon IV, Project Gallery, Toronto, ON

2015
The Artist Project, Better Living Centre, Toronto, ON
My Wildest Dreams, Duke's Refresher + Bar, Toronto, ON
Art Auction 2015: La Belle Époque: 1889-1914, The Art Gallery of Burlington, Burlington, ON
BAZAAR By Bratlist, Super Wonder Gallery, Toronto, ON
Δ DELTA: THE DIFFERENCE Summer Art Sale, Project Gallery, Toronto, ON
BODY. FORM. COLOUR., Yellow House Gallery, Toronto
The Salon of Inclusiveness II, Black Cat Artspace, Toronto, ON
We Are All Precious Snowflakes, Yellow House Gallery, Toronto, ON

2014
The Artist Project, Better Living Centre, Toronto, ON
FUTURE LANDSCAPES, Project Gallery, Toronto, ON
Richmond Hill Cultural Summit, Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, Richmond Hill, ON
2014 OCADU Alumni Association Exhibition, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, ON
Vaughan Film Festival Award Show: Art Exhibition, Riviera Parque, Concord, ON
53rd Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, ON
2014 Richmond Hill Studio Tour and Art Sale, Richmond Hill, ON
Experience Perspectives, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, Mississauga, ON
Deck the Walls, Project Gallery, Toronto, ON

2013
Visual Arts Mississauga 35th Annual Juried Show of Fine Arts, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga, ON
Design Hope Toronto: Eighth Annual Art Auction, St. John’s Parish Hall, Toronto, ON
9th Annual Annex Patio Art Show, Alternative Arts, Toronto, ON
CUT & PASTE, Project Gallery, Toronto, ON
Queen West Art Crawl 2013, Trinity Bellwoods Park, Toronto, ON

2012
Come si Dice, Zoe Art Gallery/Bar/Cafe, Firenze, Italy
Sojourn, 7 via Nazionale, Firenze, Italy
8th Annual Annex Patio Art Show, Bloor Superfresh, Toronto, ON
Square Foot Show 2012, Twist Gallery, Toronto, ON
Emerging Artist Exhibition, Gallery 1313, Toronto, ON
Sunnyside Beach Juried Art Show and Sale, Sunnyside Pavilion, Toronto, ON
Florence Show, OCAD University, Toronto, ON
Art Brownie GALAXY 2012, INDEXG, Toronto, ON
1000 for 10, Creatures Creating, Toronto, ON

2011
Annual Juried Figure Show, OCAD University, Toronto, ON
The Show Off: the 96th Annual Graduate Exhibition, OCAD University, Toronto, ON
Experience Perspectives, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, Mississauga, ON
20 Something Else, Gallery CC, Toronto, ON
Beyond Certainty: Flaws of Form, Propellor Centre for the Arts, Toronto, ON
Occhi di Ocad: OCAD Florence Show, 7 via Nazionale, Firenze, Italy

2010
Annual Juried Figure Show, OCAD University, Toronto, ON

2009
Opening the Universe, !dea Gallery, Ontario Science Centre, Toronto, ON
Square Foot Show 2009, AWOL Gallery, Toronto, ON

Awards

2010
Donna MacLean Award
“The Tony Award” (Tony Scherman was a guest for the critique of the final assignment for the fourth-year painting class Critical Response to Contemporary Figuration I, taught by Natalka Husar, and awarded one student in the class at the end of critique)

2009
Frederick Hagan “Passion in Paint” Award

Publications

2014 Richmond Hill Studio Tour and Art Sale Catalogue, October 2014
9th Annual Annex Patio Art Show Program, July 2013
Sunnyside Beach Juried Art Show and Sale Catalogue, September 2012
8th Annual Annex Patio Art Show Program​​​​​​, July 2012
Experience Perspectives, Mercedes-Benz Show Catalogue, October 2011
OCAD University Drawing and Painting Catalogue, April 2011
BIG ART BOOK!, December 2017

 

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