Irish, Phil

Phil Irish received a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art and English Literature from the University of Guelph, in 1995. His work has been featured in group exhibitions across Canada and the United States. His contribution to the Francophonie International Painting Competition was exhibited at the National Gallery of Canada in 2001. Exhibitions at public museums, artist-run-centres, and commercial galleries include Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery, Joyce Yahouda Gallery, Angell Gallery, and AKA Artist Run Centre. He has developed new work during residencies in Newfoundland, at the Symposium in Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec, and as the City of Kitchener’s Artist in Residence.

Irish applied his painterly vision to a web-based artwork for Oakville Galleries. In 2007, his work was shortlisted for the Kingston Prize, Canada’s national portrait competition.

Tree Fort

44” x 50”

Oil on panel digital print






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2007 Scene Changes, Bainston Gallery, Blyth, Ontario.
Twas Now, The Latcham Gallery, Stouffville, Ontario.

2006 Paths We Have Taken, Robert Langen Gallery, Wilfred Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario.
Paths We Have Taken, Minarovich Gallery, Elora Centre for the Arts, Elora, Ontario.

2005 Whereabouts, web-project for Oakville Galleries, Oakville, Ontario.

2004 Vanishing Points. LOOP, Toronto, Ontario.

2003 Close to the Wind, Augustine College, Ottawa, Ontario.

2002 History’s Ocean, Visual Arts Centre of Clarington, Bowmanville, Ontario.

2001 Lake Wow! LOOP, Toronto, Ontario

2000 Treacherous Beauty. Michael Gibson Gallery, London, Ontario


2007 The Shirley Dilworth Jaychuk Painting Competition. Elora Centre for the Arts. Elora, Ontario.
The Kingston Prize for Contemporary Portraiture. Juried, Eliza Griffiths, Bill Kirby, Richard Rhodes. Gananoque, ON.
Phil Irish and Adrian Williams, Angell Gallery, Toronto, Ontario.
Retrospective, Centre d’Exposition de Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec.

2006 Addressing Oakville, Oakville Galleries, Oakville, Ontario.

2005 Symposium d’art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul, Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec.
California Current: Sea Change. Bay Model Visitor Centre, Sausalito, California, USA.
Baghdad Museum. Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Toronto, ON.
Triple X, Lieutenant Governor’s Suite, Queen’s Park, Toronto, ON.
Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, ON

2004 Silver Memories. Latcham Gallery, Stouffville, Ontario.
Baghdad Museum. Visual Arts Centre of Clarington, Bowmanville, Ontario., and Latcham Gallery, Stouffville, Ontario.

2003 Water. Elora Centre for the Arts, Elora, Ontario
S.O.S. Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery, Owen Sound, Ontario
Biannua.l Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener, Ontario
Water. Latcham Gallery, Souffville, Ontario.
Landlocked. AKA Artist Run Centre, Saskatoon, SK.

2002 Altar. Phil Irish + Daniel Schneider. Loop, Toronto, ON.
Water. James Baird Gallery, St. John’s, Newfoundland.
Transmissions. Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto, Ontario.

2001 Jeux de la Francophonie International Painting Competition, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
Salon international du flou, L’Oeil de poisson, Québec, Québec

2000 Sondes, Maison de la culture Frontenac, Montreal, Québec
Snapshot, Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MA, USA
Painters and Poets, Case Studies,York Quay, Toronto, Ontario.
How do you grow a lover? Phil Irish and Candida Girling. Loop , Toronto, Ontario

Touring exhibition, CIVA IGNITE
Biola University, La Mirada, California; Harding University, Searcy, Arkansas; Te Paske Art Gallery, North Western College, Orange City, IA; Concordia University Gallery, Mequon, WI; Houghton College, Houghton, NY; Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester, NY; Luther College Art Galleries, Luther College, Decorah, IA, USA

1999 Still Moving: Painting + Photography, 29 McCaul St, Toronto, Ontario
20/20 Vision, Mequon, Wisconsin, USA
Water Ways, Simcoe Gallery, Toronto, Ontario