Photo of Philippe Blanchard
Photo of Philippe Blanchard
Philippe Blanchard
Associate Professor
Faculty of Art, Graduate Studies
416-977-6000, Ext. 207

Area(s) of Expertise

Animation, Printmaking, Digital Media/Installation


Currently Chair of Integrated Media and Digital Painting & Expanded Animation (DPXA), Philippe Blanchard is a Toronto-based artist, animator and teacher. His diverse creative background (film production, digital visual effects, studio arts) has informed an interdisciplinary practice combining animation, installation, light shows, drawing, painting and printmaking. Upcoming projects include a residency and solo exhibition at Proyecto 'ace (Buenos Aires) and an exhibition at Open Studio (Toronto).

His recent projects include the production of textiles for installation at the TextielLab (NL) and expanded animation installations at the following venues: Atelier Circulaire and L'Avenue Mont-Royal (Montreal); ReformerArt (Shanghai); Toronto Animated Image Society, Open Studio and in/Future (Toronto); National Museum of Print (MUNAE, Mexico City), Chromatic Festival Paris, the Power Plant and solo shows at Arprim (Montreal), Glendon Gallery, Cambridge Galleries and InterAccess (Toronto), all featuring screen-printed imagery animated by coloured light. Philippe Blanchard's animation work has been shown at Rencontres Internationales Paris-Berlin, Festival du Nouveau Cinema (Montreal), Pop Montreal Festival, Mattress Factory (Pittsburgh), The Kitchen (New York), RISD (Providence RI), Hirshhorn Museum (Washington DC), National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington DC), LACMA (Los Angeles), San Francisco Art Institute, Cal Arts (Valencia, CA), Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston), Impakt Festival (Utrecht NL), Center for Contemporary Arts (Glasgow), the Ottawa Art Gallery, InterAccess, Angell Gallery and AGYU. Philippe Blanchard has also worked as a commercial animation director, principally for Toronto-based studio Head Gear Animation. He has directed/animated spots for MTV, Oreo, Milk, Blistex, Sesame Street, and PBS.


MFA (Interdisciplinary Art, Media & Design), OCAD University, Toronto Diploma (Visual Effects for Film and Television), Seneca College, Toronto BFA (Film Production), Concordia University, Montreal

Professional Experience

2004-2010 Director/Compositor/Animator, Head Gear Animation (Toronto). Clients include Oreo, MTV, Milk, PBS, Blistex, Five Alive, Sesame Street

Selected Exhibitions

Brouillages/Interference Patterns, Atelier Circulaire, Montreal QC, Solo Exhibition September 2019.

New Troglodytes, Avenue du Mont-Royal, Montreal QC, Temporary Public Art Installation, December 2018.

New Troglodytes, Factory Media Centre, Hamilton ON, Solo Exhibition, August 2018.

New Troglodytes 2, Sinan Mansions, Shanghai China, Solo Exhibition, July 2017. In Collaboration with ReformerArt.

Nouveaux Troglodytes, Galerie du Nouvel Ontario, Sudbury ON, Solo Exhibition August 2016.

Newtroglodytes 2, in/FUTURE, Toronto ON. Group Exhibition, September 2016.

Stupid Tricks 2, Mondes bricolés, Art Gallery of Guelph. Group Exhibition, September 2016.

Inbetweening, Open Studio, Toronto ON. Solo Exhibition, October 2016.

Dream House, The Frame is the Keyframe: Frame Anomalies, TAIS, Toronto ON. Group Exhibition, November 2016.

Inventions of Light Conference, Ryerson University, Toronto ON. (Group Show)

Structured Light, Wayhome Festival, Oro Medonte, ON. (Temporary Installation, Summer 2015).

New Troglodytes 2, Centro de las Artes de Guanajuato. Guanajuato, Mexico (Group Show, Summer 2015)

New Troglodytes 2, San Pedro Museum of Art, Puebla, Mexico (Group Show, Fall 2015)

Stupid Tricks 1 & 2, Centre Bang, Chicoutimi (Group Show, Summer 2015)

New Troglodytes, Festival Chromatic Paris (Group Show, Spring 2015)

Structured Light, Cambridge Galleries (Solo Show, Winter 2015)

New Troglodytes 2, National Musem of Print, Mexico City (Group Show, Fall 2014)

Structured Light, Glendon Gallery at York University (Solo Show), in collaboration with Le Labo (Fall 2014)

RGB Mask Workshop, First Thursdays, Art Gallery of Ontario (Spring 2014)

Stupid Tricks 1 & 2, Supermarket, Stockholm (Group Show, Winter 2014)

Colour Rhythm, Simulators II, Angell Gallery (Group Show, Winter 2014)

New Troglodytes, Solo Show, ARPRIM, Montreal (Winter 2013)

Time Tunnel, Solo Show, InterAccess, Toronto (Fall 2011)

Awards \ Grants

2019 Canada Council for the Arts, Visual Arts Project Grant; Ontario Arts Council, two Exhibition Assistance Grants.

2018 Ontario Art Council, Arts visuels et métiers d’art, projets francophones; Canada Council for the Arts, Professional Development Grant.

2016 Canada Council, New Media Research

2015 Ontario Arts Council, Bourse pour artistes visuels et des métiers d'art & Exhibition Assistance. Open Studio Nick Novak Fellowship.

2014 Toronto Arts Council; Canada Council

2012 Canada Council, New Media Research; Ontario Arts Council, Bourse pour artistes visuels et des métiers d'art & Exhibition Assistance

2011 Ontario Arts Council, Bourse pour artistes visuels et des métiers d'art

2009 Ontario Arts Council, Avance Médias Grant, SSHRC, Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship

2005 Canada Council for the Arts, Media Arts Research/Creation Grant

2003 Canada Council for the Arts, Media Arts Research/Creation Grant


"The Frame is the Keyframe", Toronto Animated Image Society, 2016.

Professional Affiliations / Boards / Juries

Member, Open Studio Open Studio Scholarships Jury (2014) Canada Council Media Arts Jury (2013) Open Studio Visiting Artists Jury (2010) Canada Council Media Arts Jury (2008)