Professor of Painting and Part-time Professor, Department of Visual Arts

2006: Master of Fine Arts, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON.
2002: Bachelor of Fine Arts (Major in Studio Arts, Minor in Women in the Fine Arts), Concordia University, Montreal, QC.

Room: 100 Laurier Ave. E., Room 102
Office: 613-562-5868
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Melanie Authier was born in 1980 in Montreal. She has exhibited across the country and was recently included in Builders: Canadian Biennial at the National Gallery of Canada (2012). Upcoming projects include a 2016 touring solo exhibition curated by Robert Enright. Recent solo exhibitions include Figments and Foils at Georgia Scherman Projects, Toronto (2014) and Grisailles at Rodman Hall, Brock University, St.Catharines (2013). Recent group shows include Young Canadian Painters at Idea Exchange - Cambridge Art Gallery, Cambridge (2014) and The Painting Project at Galerie de l’UQAM, Université du Québec à Montréal, Montreal (2013). Catalogues and reviews include essays by James D. Campbell, Robert Enright, Leah Sandals, Jonathan Shaughnessy and R.M. Vaughan. Authier's paintings are in numerous national and international collections, including the National Gallery of Canada, Canada House London, UK and the Government of Foreign Affairs. Authier is represented by Georgia Scherman Projects, Toronto.

Ongoing research: Full-time studio practice in painting & drawing

Melanie Authier's works bring together visual contradictions into one imaginary space. By drawing upon the histories of abstraction and the strategies of representation, she presents improbable environments. A sense of disorientation comes about through the way in which colour, texture, line and shape compete for room within the canvas.  Each work presents a brimming jostle of oppositions that the viewer is invited to bring into a certain order.

Courses taught

  • ART4919 Painting: Practice and Idea (Fall 2015)
  • ART3953 Drawing IV: Expressivity (Winter 2014)
  • ART2952 Drawing II: the Figure (Winter 2012)
  • ART2952 Drawing II: the Figure (Winter 2011)


Melanie Authier's artwork is in numerous national and international collections including the National Gallery of Canada. She is represented by the gallery Georgia Scherman Projects, Toronto, ON

Awards and Grants include :

2015 Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant
2014 Canada Council for the Arts Visual Artist Project Grant, Ontario Arts Council Production Grant
2013 Canada Council for the Arts Visual Artist Project Grant, Ontario Arts Council Production Grant, City of Ottawa Production Grant
2011 City of Ottawa Emerging Artist Production Grant
2010 Ontario Arts Council - Exhibition Assistance Grant
2009 Ontario Arts Council - Exhibition Assistance Grant
2008 Toronto Arts Council Grant, Ontario Arts Council Grant
2007 Honourable Mention for the 9th Annual RBC Painting Competition

Selected publications

2013 The Painting Project, Louise Dery, Julie Belisle; with essays by Robert Enright… (et al.), Galerie de L’UQAM, Montreal, QC, p. 168-171

2012 Builders: Canadian Biennial 2012, Jonathan Shaughnessy; with essays by Ann Thomas…(et al.), National Gallery of Canada, ABC Art Books Canada, Ottawa, ON, p. 60-61

2010 Melanie Authier: Warrior Ridge, Campbell, James D. (essay), Enright, Robert (intro essay), Michael Gibson Gallery and Carter's Printing Inc., London, ON.

2008 Carte Blanche v.2 Painting, Urquhart, Jane and Roenisch, Clint, Magenta Foundation: 15, 32.

2008 RBC Canadian Painting Competition 10 Years, MacMillan, Laurel, (ed.), Friesens: 10, 25.

2008 PaperWait 2005-2007, Sims, Theo (ed.), aceartinc.: 77-80.

Selected Reviews

2015 BorderCrossings Magazine, “Conundrumming”, Robert Enright, vol. 34, number 1, p.19

2014 Canadian, “Melanie Authier on Abstraction, Painting and Going Grey” Online Posting, Bryne McLaughlin, March 11:

Elle Canada Magazine, “Ones to Watch”, Sarah Laing, March, Number 153, p.111, “Melanie Authier at Rodman Hall Art Centre in St.Catharines”, Stephanie Vegh, Jan. 7:, “Oppositions & Challenges in Melanie Authier’s Grisailles”, Jan. 1:

2013 The Globe and Mail, “Melanie Authier:Grisailles”, J. Adams, Sat. Dec.14, R3

The Globe and Mail, “Redrawing the map”, Sarah Milroy, June 8, R6

Vie des Arts, Le Project Peinture: Peintres cote a cote, Rene Viau, N 232, Fall, p. 98-99

Walrus Magazine, “Five Contemporary Artists to Watch”, Brian Morgan, vol. 10, number 10, Dec. p 59-60

BorderCrossings Magazine, “Crossovers - Melanie Authier”, James D. Campbell, vol. 32, number 2, p.127-129

2012 Ottawa Citizen, “Builders: Canadian Biennial 2012”, Peter Simpson, Thursday
November 1, D14

Canadian, “Canadian Biennial Aims To Build Different Vision Of National  Art”, online posting, Leah Sandals, November 1:

Canadian, “Melanie Authier, David Hoffos Among Artists On Just-Released Canadian Biennial List”, Leah Sandals, online posting,  Oct. 19, 2012:

Le Droit, “Negocier en contradictions”, Valerie Lessard, Oct. 27, A11

Ottawa Citizen, “Art-Full”, Peter Simpson, Monday August 27, D1-2

2011 Ottawa Magazine, “Painters Painting”, Cindy Dechman, February, p.47-48

M Authier - Augury
"Augury", acrylic on canvas, 2010 -Collection of the National Gallery
M Authier - Scavenger
"Scavenger", acrylic on canvas, 2010 
M Authier - Wintershore
"Winter's Whore", acrylic on canvas, 2010

Fields of Interest

  • Contemporary issues in painting & drawing: materiality
  • abstraction
  • strategies of representation
  • visual contradictions and imaginary space
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