Wittenbols, Doreen

b.1974
Doreen Wittenbols is a Dutch-Canadian visual artist currently working in Amsterdam. After an extensive period of using her own image in performative tableaux, Wittenbols began to employ friends & colleagues as models in her paintings, while continuing to explore themes of vulnerability, awkwardness, and intimacy. The scope her practice addresses the complexities of human sexuality in a personal, intimate, quirky and investigative manner.
She is presently pursuing on an ongoing, ever-expanding drawing & painting project – a study in portraiture working with two models, culminating into two distinct archives.

Wittenbols holds a MFA from Concordia University and graduated with honours from the Ontario College of Art & Design. She has received several academic scholarships including the Governor-General's award, as well as, grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. Wittenbols participated in two Dutch Artist Residencies and has exhibited work in Canada, the UK and the Netherlands.

Girlescence

Girlescence

72" x 72"

graphite on canvas

2001

2009

 

 

 

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  • Girlescence

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2008
Galerie Puntspatie, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Take Off, Galerie Dokhuis –Grote Zaal, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. [Ortelius Drew Collaboration]

2006
Fatherland, Galerie Dokhuis, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
You, Me & DUENDE, Duende Studios, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

2005
Sexentricité., Galerie B-312, Montréal, Québec.

2001
unfinished, Galerie McClure, The Visual Arts Centre, Westmount, Québec.

1999
My Empty Spaces, Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Toronto, Ontario.

1997
Intimate Endeavours, Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Toronto, Ontario.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2010-11
The 2010 Marmite Prize for Painting Shortlist UK Exhibition Tour:
Central Art Gallery, Tameside, December 2010– February 2011
Lanchester Gallery Projects, Coventry, March 2011
The Nunnery, London, April 2011
The Moment of Privacy Has Passed, The Usher Gallery, Lincoln, UK.

2010
CUBEOpen 2010, Centre for the Built Urban Environment, Manchester, UK. [Ortelius Drew Collaboration]
The Open West, The Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum and Summerfield Gallery, Pittville Studios,
University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham, UK. (Catalogue) [Ortelius Drew Collaboration]

2009
The Gaze, Salon Artistique Sexpot, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Personally Political, Contemporary Sensation: Drawing, Art House Tacheles New Gallery, Berlin,
Germany. Curated by Barbara Fragogna. (Catalogue) [Ortelius Drew Collaboration]

2008
Ladyfest Amsterdam, Chiellerie Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
VK4 Opening Exhibition, Volkskrantgebouw, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

2007-08
Open Ateliers Plantage Weesperbuurt, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

2007
Stockwell Studios Summer Exhibition, Stockwell Studios, London, England.

2006
Propeller Turns 10, Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Toronto, Ontario.
Just Paintings, Galerie RAM, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

2005
Stockwell Studios Biannual Exhibition, Stockwell Studios, London, England.

2004
Code 3, Gallery 1313, Toronto, Ontario.

2003
Salon Dollop, Rad’a Gallery, Montréal, Québec.

2002
Stanley Mills Purchase Prize 1995-2001 Collection, Concordia University, Montréal, Québec.
Collective Visions, Galerie McClure, The Visual Arts Centre, Westmount, Québec.
Positions, La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse, Montréal, Québec.
Facult(e)y exposition, Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Montréal, Québec.

2001
Standard, A.W.O.L. Gallery, Toronto, Ontario.
BRAVO, Concordia University, M.F.A.- Studio Art Department, Montréal, Québec.
In and Out of Her Frame, Elle Corazon, Montréal, Québec.

2000
Sightseeing: Everyday Attractions, Galerie Bourget, Montréal, Québec.
M.F.A. Painting Exhibition 2000, V.A.V. Gallery, Concordia University, Montréal, Québec.
Separate Rooms, Delta Montréal Hotel, Montréal, Québec.

1998
The F-Word, Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Toronto, Ontario.
Mind Over Matter, Ontario College of Art & Design Open House (O.C.A.D.), Toronto, Ontario.

1997-98
Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Drawing & Painting, Toronto, Ontario.

1997
DIVINE, Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Toronto, Ontario.
Graduating O.C.A.D. Students, Village by the Grange, Toronto, Ontario.
New Members Exhibition, Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Toronto, Ontario.

1996
BOX, O.C.A.D., Toronto, Ontario


Photos: Mackenzie Stroh