OCAD University
Derek Liddington
Faculty of Art

Area(s) of Expertise

Drawing, Performance, Sculpture


Derek Liddington is a professional artist and curator working in Toronto, Ontario. He holds an MFA from the University of Western Ontario and BFA from the Nova Soctia College of Art and Design. In his practice forms of mimicry, appropriation and translation are displaced in an attempt to deconstruct contemporary narratives - those close to him call him a pomo. Derek has received project support from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council and the London Community Foundation. In 2011, Derek was shortlisted for the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts Artist Prize.

Realized through drawing, sculpture, assemblage, set-design, installation and costume-design my multi-faceted projects reveal conflicting and shifting aesthetics through a hodge-podge of humor, reference, conflict and satire. I endlessly read Foucault,  watch youtube and listen to Bruce Springsteen all the while searching for moments of repetition and sampling: David Bowie writes a song for Andy Warhol on his album Hunky Dory, Bruce Springsteen wears an Elvis Presley fan pin for the Born to Run promotional photo shoot, Jay Z pours paint on Damien Hirst’s diamond skull For the Love of God in the music video for On to the Next One and Douglas Gordon wears a blond wig in a quintessential display of postmodernity in Selfportrait as Kurt Cobain, as Andy Warhol, as Myra Hindley, as Marilyn Monroe.


2007 University of Western Ontario, MFA
2004 Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, BFA

Professional Experience

2011 Instructor, OCAD University, Toronto, ON
2009/2011 Director, XPACE Cultural Centre, Toronto, ON
2010 Consultant: Programming, White Water Gallery, North Bay, ON
2007/09 Director, Forest City Gallery, London, ON
2006/07 Instructor, University of Western Ontario, London, ON
2005/06 Teaching Assistant, University of Western Ontario, London, ON

Selected Exhibitions

Exhibitions: Solo/Projects/Performances
2011 TBA, Dandy Gangs, Toronto, ON
2011 Karyia Park / Celebration Square, Dandy Gangs, Mississauga, ON
2011 Come up to My Room, A Group of Objects, Toronto, ON
2010 Clark and Faria, coup de grâce, Toronto, ON
2010 Nuit Blanche (Curated by Sarah Robayo Sheridan), Allegory for a Rock Opera, Toronto, ON
2010 Powerball 12, Ballad for a working class pomo (Only the Lonely), Toronto, ON
2010 Gallery 1313, The Warriors, Toronto, ON
2009 Spark Contemporary Art Space, Landscape for a Modern Day Canadian Vampire (collaboration with Stephen Lavigne), Syracuse, NY
2008 XPACE Cultural Centre, Appropriate Follies (collaboration with Stephen Lavigne), Toronto, ON
2008 Artmetropole, Dr. No reading machine, book launch, Toronto, ON
2007 ArtLab, telling you something you’ve already heard, London, ON

Exhibitions: Group
Art Gallery of Mississauga (curator: Elizabeth Underhill), Meet us on the Commons, Mississauga, ON (June)
Living Arts Centre (curator: Cole Swanson), Celebrity Still Life, Mississauga, ON (July)

FUN-WIG, Parker Branch, London, ON
Art Toronto 2010, Clark and Faria, Toronto, ON
Clark and Faria, Reality Check, Toronto, ON
Board of Directors, Here, There and Nowhere, Toronto, ON

Art Toronto 2009, Clark and Faria, Toronto, ON
Zero to One Gallery, group show, Kitchener, ON
Monte Clark Gallery, Assembly, Vancouver, BC
Clark and Faria, Bowie, Toronto, ON
Clark and Faria, Clark & Faria Presents, Toronto, ON

Cambridge Galleries (curated by Daniel Faria and Ivan Jurakic), Showcase 07, Toronto, ON
Interaccess: Electronic Media Arts Centre (curated by Sarah Todd), Two Steps Back, Toronto, ON
TOAE, First Canadian Place, Best of Exhibition, Toronto, ON

Awards \ Grants

2011 Shortlisted, Artist Prize, Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts
2011 Production Grant, Canada Council for the Arts
2011 Emerging Artist Grant, Ontario Arts Council
2009 Level 1: Emerging Artist Grant, Toronto Arts Council
2008 Exhibition Assistance Grant, Ontario Arts Council
2008 Project Grant (curator), London Community Foundation
2005-07 Graduate entrance scholarship, University of Western Ontario
2006 Honorable mention - Drawing, TOAE

Selected Publications

Published Writing
2010 Exhibition Essay: A look at the Aesthete: after a being caught in a bad romance, XPACE, Toronto, ON
2009 Exhibition Essay: In response to Order/Chaos, XPACE, Toronto, ON
2007 Can I Borrow That? - Thesis, University of Western Ontario, London, ON

Professional Affiliations / Boards / Juries

2011 External Panelist, Thesis Defense: Andrew Stewart, OCAD University, Toronto, ON
2009 honorary artist, AGO Next, Toronto, ON
2009 Juror, White Water Gallery, Annual Drawing Exhibition, North Bay, ON
2008 Juror, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto, ON
2008-present Board Member, ARCCO, London, ON
2005 Board Member, The Factory, Hamilton, ON