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

2001: M.F.A Visual Arts, York University, Toronto
1997: B.F.A Studio Arts, Concordia University, Montreal
1994: Fine Arts Foundation Diploma, Chelsea College of Art & Design, London, UK

Room: 100 Laurier Ave. E., Room 106
Office: 613-562-5868
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Sarah Rooney is an artist whose visual research is composed of subtle relationships between the seen and unseen focused through painting and photography. Her work traces the boundary where representation harnesses abstract networks, touching the terrain of contemporary landscape and precarious ecologies. As a way of negotiating the place/space/time dynamic that surfaces in the work, Rooney has adopted the technique of ‘underpainting’ as a mode of layering in creating images. If the term normally refers to the initial planning of an image, serving as a stepping-stone to provide a clear vision for the overall sense of the painting to come, - for Rooney ‘underpainting’ acts not only as a tool to unearth things, but it also allows her to think through ways of connecting entities that are foreign to each other. The final images do not solidify into an absolute focus but rather persist as layers in flux engaging in dialogue.

A Montreal-based artist, Sarah Rooney was born in South Africa and spent her formative years in Brazil. Her works have been presented in solo and group exhibitions at galleries including Centre Skol, Les Territoires, McClure Gallery, Maison de la culture Côte-des-Neiges (Montreal), The Fisch Haus, (Wichita), Sejong Cultural Centre, (Seoul), LandymoreKeith Contemporary, (Toronto), Galerie R3, (UQTR), (Trois-Rivières), Karsh-Masson Gallery, and Orléans Gallery, Centre des arts Shenkman, (Ottawa). Her work is included in the Canada Council Art Bank Collection, as well as in private collections in Canada, Europe, the United States, and Mexico.

Courses Taught

  • ART 4989      From Studio to Exhibition
  • ART 4919      Painting and Idea
  • ART 2915      Painting and Context I: Observation and Method
  • ART 2916      Painting and Context II: Space and Site
  • ART 2913      Painting and Image I: Materiality and Process
  • ART 2914      Painting and Image II: Motif and Metaphor
  • ART 1711      Introduction à la peinture
  • ART 1311      The Painting Field
  • ART 3952      Drawing III: Analytical Drawing


Pierrot, (detail) 2009 • acrylic on canvas • 48” x 48”

Pierrot, (detail) 2009 • acrylic on canvas • 48” x 48”

Héliport, 2010 • acrylic on canvas • 48” x 48”

Héliport, 2010 • acrylic on canvas • 48” x 48”

L’été qui nous suit, 2012 • digital print on archival paper • 7.5” x 8”

Capsule A4, 2016 • gesso, ink, acrylic on linen • 17” x 22”

Suspended Emulsion 7, 2017 • digital print on archival paper • 17” x 15”


Fields of Interest

  • Contemporary Art - Art contemporain
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