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Our Contributing Artists

in reverse alphabetical order

We are extremely privileged to have the following artists contribute their work to our project. 
In recognition of their creativity and thoughtful engagement, we thank each and every one of them for sharing their vision with us and the world. Their art reminds us about what is possible, what is challenging, and ultimately gives voice to the stories that will build new ways of being together.

portraitX would not have been possible without their support.

With deep gratitude, The portraitX Team

Janet Werner

Janet Werner is a Canadian artist, born in Winnipeg, who works and lives in Montreal creating unique female portraits. Using found fashion photographs that she cuts, mixes and reassembles as source material, she then uses paint to recreate the composite characters. Her work addresses themes of gender, beauty, transformation, loss and psychological vulnerability. Werner has had countless exhibitions across Canada, including a solo exhibition at the Musee d’art contemporain de Montreal. In the past, she has taught painting and drawing at University of Saskatchewan, and currently teaches at Concordia University, Montreal.

Janet Werner
Janet Werner

Girl with Blue Bow, 2019 Oil on canvas 44 x 36 in (111.76 x 91.44 cm) Image courtesy of the artist

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Janet Werner
Janet Werner

Raizie, 2014 Oil on canvas 55 x 45 in (139.7 x 114.3 cm) Image courtesy of the artist

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Janet Werner
Janet Werner

Carey, 2014 Oil on canvas 98 x 78 in (248.92 x 198.12 cm) Image courtesy of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

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Janet Werner
Janet Werner

Girl with Blue Bow, 2019 Oil on canvas 44 x 36 in (111.76 x 91.44 cm) Image courtesy of the artist

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Winnie Truong

A graduate from the BFA program of the Ontario College of Art and Design, Canadian artist Winnie Truong, based in Toronto, uses colored pencils and chalk pastels to create large-scale drawings that challenge ideals of beauty through an overarching focus on the female form and its relationship to nature. Her pencil markings most often depict masses of hair that sprout from unexpected places combining portraiture, fauna and flora in order to subvert the idealized female form. Truong’s work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Canada, the United-States, Asia and Europe. She is also represented in private and public collections including the Canada Council Art Bank, the Doris McCarthy Gallery at the University of Toronto, The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas, and the Bank of Denmark among others.

Winnie Truong
Winnie Truong

Fair Feathered Friend, 2015 Colored pencil on paper 72 x 48 in (182.88 x 121.92 cm) Image courtesy of the artist

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Winnie Truong
Winnie Truong

In the Hood, 2012 Colored pencil on paper Image courtesy of the artist

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Winnie Truong
Winnie Truong

Ornament and Correction, 2009 Colored pencil on paper Image courtesy of the artist

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Winnie Truong
Winnie Truong

Fair Feathered Friend, 2015 Colored pencil on paper 72 x 48 in (182.88 x 121.92 cm) Image courtesy of the artist

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Lorna Simpson

Lorna Simpson received her BFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts, New York, and her MFA from the University of California, San Diego. By the time she finished school, she was already considered a pioneer of conceptual photography. Lorna Simpson is known for her large-scale photograph-and-text works that confront and challenge narrow, conventional views of gender, identity, culture, history and memory, as well as her large multi-panel photographs and films. Throughout her body of work, Simpson questions memory and representation. Her works have been exhibited at and are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art and many more.

Lorna Simpson
Lorna Simpson

Black Pink, 2013 Collage and ink on paper 29 1/2 x 21 5/8 in (74.9 x 54.9 cm) Image courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth

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Lorna Simpson
Lorna Simpson

Undertone/Overtone, 2019 Ink and screenprint on gessoed fiberglass 67 x 50 x 1 3/8 in (170.2 x 127 x 3.5 cm) Image courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth

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Lorna Simpson
Lorna Simpson

Sometimes, 2012 Collage and ink on paper 11 3/16 x 8 11/16 in (28.4 x 22.1 cm) Image courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth

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Lorna Simpson
Lorna Simpson

Black Pink, 2013 Collage and ink on paper 29 1/2 x 21 5/8 in (74.9 x 54.9 cm) Image courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth

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Rojin Shafiei

Rojin Shafiei is an Iranian artist living and working in Montreal. In her videos, art is a vehicle for the translation of cultural messages and is used to present diverse feminine subjectivities. She presents these themes both through a literal documentary style and as symbols. She is particularly inspired by the observation of routines, both individual and urban. Rojin received her bachelor of fine arts in Intermedia from Concordia University in 2017 and has screened her work internationally in various festivals.

Rojin Shafiei
Rojin Shafiei

My P.O.V from Childhood, November 2015 3 channel video installation Image courtesy of the artist

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Rojin Shafiei
Rojin Shafiei

The Toaster I used to Live In, April 2016 Single channel documentary-experimental video Length: 6':55" Image courtesy of the artist

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Rojin Shafiei
Rojin Shafiei

Untitled, December 2015 Single channel video performance Length: 2':56" Image courtesy of the artist

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Rojin Shafiei
Rojin Shafiei

My P.O.V from Childhood, November 2015 3 channel video installation Image courtesy of the artist

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Susan G. Scott

Montreal-born artist Susan G. Scott is best known for her figurative work that often combines painting with other media, usually text, to create a dialogue between the work and the viewer. Scott is praised for her use of light, space and color in her paintings that draw as much from abstraction as they do classical figuration. Her work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions, within Canada as well as internationally, and can be found in public collections around the globe. Susan G. Scott has been teaching in the Department of Studio Arts at Concordia University, Montreal, since 1994.

Susan G. Scott
Susan G. Scott

Obsessive knows no bounds, 1983 Oil on canvas 62 x 58 in (157.48 x 147.32 cm) Image courtesy of the artist

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Susan G. Scott
Susan G. Scott

Kingpin Holds Firm,1983 Oil on canvas 62 x 54 in (157.48 x 147.32 cm) Image courtesy of the artist

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Susan G. Scott
Susan G. Scott

The Pull, 1997 Oil and pumice on panel 52 x 82 in (132.08 x 208.28 cm) Image courtesy of the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal

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Susan G. Scott
Susan G. Scott

Obsessive knows no bounds, 1983 Oil on canvas 62 x 58 in (157.48 x 147.32 cm) Image courtesy of the artist

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James Rielly

Painter James Rielly, was born in Wales, and now lives and works in France. His portraits often depict children in a way that accentuates the dysfunction in adults. His work also covers themes of social pressure and tradition. Throughout his career, his work has been shown in multiple solo and group exhibitions across the globe including cities in Europe, Asia, Australia, Central America and the United-States. In 2006, Rielly became professor of painting at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris and still holds this position.

James Rielly
James Rielly

Hesitate, 2018 Oil on linen 20 x 18 in (51 x 46 cm) Image courtesy of the artist

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James Rielly
James Rielly

I can see you, 2019 Watercolour on paper 15 x 11 in (38 x 29 cm) Image courtesy of the artist

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James Rielly
James Rielly

In Disguise, 2018 Watercolour on paper 15 x 11 in (38 x 29 cm) Image courtesy of the artist

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James Rielly
James Rielly

Hesitate, 2018 Oil on linen 20 x 18 in (51 x 46 cm) Image courtesy of the artist

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Pierre et Gilles

Working collaboratively for over 40 years, Pierre Commoy and Gilles Blanchard are French artists and life partners who live and work in Paris. Their art combines painting (done by Gilles)  and photography (done by Pierre) to create portraits that mix reality and fantasy with a nod to history and pop-culture. Their work has been in exhibitions in Europe and the United-States. Over the course of their career, the pair has taken portraits of celebrities, including Marilyn Manson, Naomi Campbell and Madonna, to name but a few.

Pierre et Gilles
Pierre et Gilles

Les mariés avec cadre, 1992 7.1 x 5.1 in (18 x 13 cm) Photograph Image courtesy of artists

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Pierre et Gilles
Pierre et Gilles

Lio dans les herbes, 1984 Chromogenic print painted 6 x 10 in (15.5 × 25.6 cm) Image courtesy of the artists

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Pierre et Gilles
Pierre et Gilles

Les mariés avec cadre, 1992 7.1 x 5.1 in (18 x 13 cm) Photograph Image courtesy of artists

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Kent Monkman 

Kent Monkman is an interdisciplinary Cree visual artist who uses painting, photography, video and performance art to explore themes of colonization, sexuality, loss and resilience  in the context of indigenous experience. Monkman’s own alter-ego Miss Chief Eagle Testickle consistently appears in his art as a gender-fluid being to combat the colonial gaze. Monkman’s work has been featured in exhibitions in Canada, the United-States and Europe, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, The National Gallery of Canada, Palais de Tokyo in Paris, among many more.

Kent Monkman
Kent Monkman

Study for Two Figures Restraining a Third, 2018 Acrylic on Canvas 20 x 16 in (50.8 x 40.64 cm) Image courtesy of the artist

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Kent Monkman
Kent Monkman

The Academy, 2008 Acrylic on canvas 72 x 108 in (182.88 x 274.32 cm) Image courtesy of the artist

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Kent Monkman
Kent Monkman

Study for Two Figures Restraining a Third, 2018 Acrylic on Canvas 20 x 16 in (50.8 x 40.64 cm) Image courtesy of the artist

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Andrew Moisey

Andrew Moisey is a photographer and professor of art history at Cornell University. His most recent work, a book called The American Fraternity: An Illustrated Ritual Manual, takes at the secretive, ultra-masculine worlds of fraternities in the US and the stereotypes of men that take part in them. Some of his research investigates how photography became an art that deals with philosophical problems. He has received multiple awards for his photography, as well as a solo exhibition at ASUC Art Gallery in Berkley, California.

Andrew Moisey
Andrew Moisey

The American Fraternity, 2018 Photograph Image courtesy of the artist

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Andrew Moisey
Andrew Moisey

The American Fraternity, 2018 Photograph Image courtesy of the artist

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Andrew Moisey
Andrew Moisey

The American Fraternity, 2018 Photograph Image courtesy of the artist

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Andrew Moisey
Andrew Moisey

The American Fraternity, 2018 Photograph Image courtesy of the artist

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Miss Me

Miss Me, or The Artful Vandal, is a Montreal artist who uses wheatpasting, video and photography to confront social issues regarding race, gender and class. Her large-scale street work forces us to confront these issues, even if they are uncomfortable. Miss Me is passionate about community involvement and often participates in conferences, panel discussions and interviews as a vocal advocate for women and their role in society. She has been recognized by the media as one of the faces of new feminist activism.

Miss Me
Miss Me

Portrait of a Vandal, 2018 6 feet (183 cm) Outdoor wheat paste in Buenos Aires, Argentina Image courtesy of the artist

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Miss me
Miss me

Inside Out, 2019 8 x 4 ft (244 x 122 cm) Image courtesy of the artist

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Miss Me
Miss Me

Marie-Josephe Angélique et Leonard Cohen, 2018 Outdoor wheat paste in Mile End neighborhood of Montreal Image courtesy of the artist

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Miss Me
Miss Me

Portrait of a Vandal, 2018 6 feet (183 cm) Outdoor wheat paste in Buenos Aires, Argentina Image courtesy of the artist

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Kris Knight

Canadian portrait painter Kris Knight, was born in Windsor, Ontario. In his work, Knight focuses on character-based portraits of men in which he blurs the line between dream and reality, public and private self. Ambiguity is an integral element of his work. He has participated in artist residencies, solo and group exhibitions across North America and Europe, and his work can be found in collections in Canada, the United-States and Europe.

Kris Knight
Kris Knight

Night Bloomer, 2014 Oil on canvas 24 x18 in (61 x 46 cm) Image courtesy of the artist

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Kris Knight
Kris Knight

Fell Flat, 2016 Oil on canvas 14 x11 in (36 x 28 cm) Image courtesy of the artist

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Kris Knight
Kris Knight

Distraction Patterns, 2015 Oil on canvas 20 x 16 in (51 x 41 cm) Image courtesy of the artist

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Kris Knight
Kris Knight

Night Bloomer, 2014 Oil on canvas 24 x18 in (61 x 46 cm) Image courtesy of the artist

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Tristen Jenni

Alberta artist Tristen Jenni Sanderson creates paintings to memorialize Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. Her painting “Not Visible” features the face of an Indigenous woman superimposed on a feather. The face is covered by a red hand print. “I drew her looking up, strong and proud. The hand print is red because they say a spirit can only see that colour. So, when you put that on… it’s like calling the missing Indigenous women back home." - Tristen Jenni Sanderson. Currently, Tristen Jenni works as a tattoo artist, while also creating custom portraits in a variety of mediums.

Tristen Jenni
Tristen Jenni

Not Invisible Image courtesy of the artist

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Tristen Jenni
Tristen Jenni

Not Invisible Image courtesy of the artist

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Kim Dorland

Kim Dorland is a Canadian artist, born and raised in Alberta, who now lives and works in Vancouver, British-Columbia. His artistic process consists of creating thick layers using oil, acrylic, and spray paint to generate painterly works that are reflective of his own life experiences, inspired by nature, domestic interiors and portraits of his family.  Dorland earned his BFA at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and his MFA from York University. His work can be found in numerous public and corporate collections including the Art Gallery of Alberta, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the Montreal Museum of  Fine Arts, the Musée d’art contemporain of Montreal, the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, the Sander Collection in Berlin, and many private collections.

Kim Dorland
Kim Dorland

Self at 44, 2018 Oil on linen 30 x 24 in (76 x 61 cm) Image courtesy of the artist

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Kim Dorland
Kim Dorland

Self, 2013 Oil on jute 72 x 60 in (183 x 152 cm) Image courtesy of the artist

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Kim Dorland
Kim Dorland

Him, 2013 Oil on linen 20 x 16 in (51 x 41 cm) Image courtesy of the artist

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Kim Dorland
Kim Dorland

Self at 44, 2018 Oil on linen 30 x 24 in (76 x 61 cm) Image courtesy of the artist

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