ALEX BIERK

Bierk presented works on paper in exhibitions in Copenhagen, Paris and Stockholm in early 2016. He has just finished a public mural project with the City of Peterborough and has a book of his work being published this spring by Swimmers Group (Toronto, ON). His work is held in the collections of the Royal Bank of Canada, TD Bank and the Art Gallery of Peterborough. In 2013, he was a finalist for the Kingston Prize, a national bi-annual portrait competition, and has since been the recipient of grants from the Toronto and Ontario Arts Councils, as well as the Canada Council for the Arts. Alex has exhibited his paintings in group and solo exhibitions in Canada, the United States and internationally as well as numerous art fairs: UNTITLED (New York), Art Toronto, Papier 14 (Montreal) and Art Southampton. He lives and works in Peterborough, Ontario

Aylmer Street, 2017, ink on paper, 8 x 10.25 in

Downtown, 2016, india ink on paper, 10 3/8th x 8 in

Sanded Cloud, 2017, sanded watercolour on paper, 8 x 10 in

Abandoned window, 2017, india ink on paper, 9 1/8th x 8 in

Barn on the 115, 2017, ink on paper, 8 3/8th x 10 1/8th in

Barn, 2017, ink on paper, 10.5 x 13.25 in

Bridge Scene, 2017, india ink on paper, 8 x 10 1/8th in

Buoy, 2017, ink on paper, 12 3/8th x 9 in

Car Wash, 2017, gouache on paper, 6 x 8 in

Closed window, 2017, ink on paper, 13.25 x 11.25 in

Driving on the 115, 2017, india ink on paper, 7.75 x 10 1/8th in

Dusk study, 2017, ink on paper, 4 7/8th x 8 in

Faded Green Window, 2017, gouache on paper, 11 3/8th x 9.5 in

Ferris Wheel, 2017, india ink on paper, 1.25 x 8 in

Forerunners, 2017, gouache on paper, 8 x 10 in

Green Memory, 2017, watercolour on paper, 8.25 x 10.5 in

Green Window, 2017, watercolour on paper, 10.25 x 9 in

Highway Sky, 2017, ink on paper, 7 1/8th x 10.25 in

Highway, 2017, ink on paper, 7.75 x 10.25 in

I miss you, 2017, watercolour on paper, 7 1/8th x 11 in

I want, 2017, ink on paper, 7 5/8th x 10.25 in

Indigo Window, 2017, watercolour on paper, 12.5 x 9 in

Intergroup window, 2016, ink on paper, 11 x 14 in

Intergroup Window, 2017, ink on paper, 9 x 12 in

Kids (Laundromat), 2017, ink on paper, 7 5/8th x 10.25 in

Maroon Window, 2017, watercolour on paper, 12.75 x 9.5 in

Memory, Memory, Memory, 2017, ink, gouache and pencil on paper, 8.25 x 6.5 in

Night, 2017, gouache on paper, 7 1/8th x 10 1/8th in

Olive window, 2017, gouache on paper, 14.25 x 11.5 in

On Bethune St., 2017, gouache on paper, 9.5 x 10.25 in (approx.)

Rust window, 2017, gouache on paper, 10.25 x 7 1/8th in

Water Street Window, 2017, ink on paper, 13 x 8.5 in

The Pig’s Ear (Fuck the world), 2017, ink on paper, 8.5 x 11 in

Upstairs window, 2017, ink on paper, 10.25 x 8 in

Tracks, 2017, india ink on paper, 8 x 8.25 in

Summer Green, 2017, watercolour on paper, 7.5 x 6 in

Stewart St. (Shadow), 2017, ink on paper, 8 x 10 in

Spook, 2017, ink on paper, 7.25 x 10 1/8th in

Sepia sign, 2017, watercolour on paper, 10 1/8th x 7 7/8th in

Screen Door, 2017, gouache on paper, 9 x 7 in

Schoolyard wall, 2017, ink on paper, 6 5/8th x 11 in

Rusty cloud, 2017, gouache on paper, 7 1/8th x 10.25 in

Rusty Cloud 2, 2017, gouache on paper, 7 1/8th x 10.25 in

Pale Window, 2017, gouache on paper, 10 1/8th x 8 in

ALEX BIERK

Born 1982, Peterborough, ON

Lives and works in Peterborough, ON

 

Solo / Exhibitions

2017 Memory, Memory, Memory, Mulherin New York, New York, NY USA

2016 Forerunners, Artspace, Peterborough, ON Canada

2015 Keepsake, General Hardware Contemporary, Toronto, ON Canada

2014 Pitfalls and Withdrawals, General Hardware Contemporary, Toronto, ON Canada

 

Group / Exhibitions

2017 Summer show, General Hardware Contemporary, Toronto, ON 

Canada

2017 From / were / are, Art Gallery of Peterborough, Peterborough, ON Canada

2017 Spring/Break Art Show, Mulherin New York, New York, NY USA

2017 Old Glory, Mulherin New York, New York, NY USA

2016 Inconvenient Interiors, Wilder, Nashville, TN USA

2016 Another World, Drake Devonshire, Prince Edward County, ON 

Canada

2016 GIFC, David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen, Steinsland Berliner Gallery, Stockholm, Agnes B’s Galerie du Jour, Paris

2016 Summer Group Show, General Hardware Contemporary, Toronto, ON Canada

2015 Hidebound, MAW, New York, NY USA

2015 UNTITLED, Mulherin New York, Booth D-29 New York, NY USA

2015 Art Toronto, Portrait & Landscape Editions, Superframe, Toronto, ON Canada

2015 Art Toronto, General Hardware Contemporary, Booth C-28, 

Toronto, ON Canada

2015 NOW – curated by Luis Mora, Working Title, Toronto, ON Canada

2015 Uncooperative, Forest City Gallery, London, ON Canada

2015 Face/Off, PDA Projects, Ottawa, ON Canada

2015 Mercury Rising, Mulherin New York, New York, NY USA

2014 I Will Not Grow Old in Peterborough, Artspace, Peterborough, ON Canada

2014 AFTER, Art Gallery of Peterborough, Peterborough, ON Canada

2014 Project Space, General Hardware Contemporary, Toronto, ON 

Canada

2014 Papier14, General Hardware Contemporary, Booth 404, Montreal, 

QC Canada

2014 On View, Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY USA

2013 The Kingston Prize, Art Gallery of Calgary, Calgary, AB Canada

2013 Art Southampton, Lyons Wier Gallery, booth A71, Southampton, 

NY USA

2013 Skipping Stones, General Hardware Contemporary, Toronto, ON 

Canada

 

Public Projects

2016 Mural, Passing Cloud, City of Peterborough, 114 Simcoe St.

 

Corporate Collections

Royal Bank of Canada

TD Bank 

Art Gallery of Peterborough 

Luciano Benetton Collection

 

Grants + Awards

2015 Open Studio guest artist Published edition

2015 2nd round Finalist, BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London UK

2014 Canada Council for the Arts, Project Grant

2014 Ontario Arts Council, Visual Artist Grant

2014 Toronto Arts Council, Project Grant

2013 Kingston Prize Finalist

 

Selected Reviews

2016 Ann Jaeger – Electric City Magazine, Forerunners (Nov. 2016)

2014 Leah Sandals – Canadian Art, Review, “Alex Bierk: When 

Addiction Becomes Art” (Jan. 23)

2014 Murray Whyte – The Toronto Star, “Alex Bierk and Andre Ethier: A tale of two painters” (Jan 31st)

2014 Murray Whyte – The Toronto Star, “Light from Darkness: Alex Bierk at General Hardware” (Jan 27th)

2013 Leah Sandals – Canadian Art, News “$20,000 Kingston Prize Goes to Richard Davis” 

 

Publications

2017 Peterborough, Alex Bierk with foreword by Derek McCormack, Swimmers Group

2016 Out of the Bush Garden, Imago Mundi, Luciano Benetton 

Collection

2016 Hart House Review, University of Toronto 

2014 AFTER, Art Gallery of Peterborough, essays by Charles Foran and Murray Whyte

2013 The Kingston Prize, Exhibition Catalogue

 

Donations

2017 Auction, Stellar Living, Mercer Union, Toronto, ON Canada

2017 Auction, C Magazine, Toronto, ON Canada

2016 Auction, Art Gallery of Peterborough, Peterborough, ON Canada

2016 Fundraiser, Artspace (Artist Run Centre), Peterborough, ON, 

Canada

2016 Auction, Canadian Art Foundation, Toronto ON, Canada

2016 Auction, C Magazine, Toronto, ON, Canada

2015 Auction, Canadian Art Foundation, Toronto On Canada

2015 Auction, Art Gems, Toronto, ON Canada

2015 Auction, Art with Heart, Casey House, Toronto, ON Canada

2014 Auction, Art with Heart, Casey House, Toronto, ON Canada