Jonathan Syme (b. 1978, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) received his BFA from the Alberta College of Art and Design. His art practice includes painting, sculpture and installation works. Syme currently lives and works in Vancouver, BC.
With their tactile surfaces and compelling colours, Jonathan Syme’s sculptural paintings highlight materiality. His formal compositions represent various pathways and responses in an ongoing dialogue with abstraction, and evoke a sensation of process and movement.
Syme’s decisive framing of the works plays with the tradition of historical painting presentation, and the sculptural moldings become an integral element of the works. Painted in bold and unconventional colours, they become a bridge between the craftsmanship and tradition of framing and the lexicon of abstract painting.
Edmonton, AB, Canada, b. 1978
Alberta College of Art and Design, BFA
2019 — Kinematics, Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver BC (solo)
2017 — Fancy Fings, The New Edward Gallery, Calgary AB (solo)
2014 — Sincerely Yours, The Container, Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver BC (solo)
2013 — Chief on top of the Chief, curated by Miracle And Connolly, Chief Stawamus, Canada
2013 — The Pleasure of Devouring That Which Plagues You, WAAP, Vancouver BC
2013 — AS IT IS, WAAP, Vancouver BC
2012 — Monument to the Dry Exchange, FIT Container, Goethe Satellite, Vancouver BC
2012 — Cut and Paste: An Exhibition of Canadian Collage, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver BC
2011 — Orbiculus, Andrew Dadson and Jonathan Syme, curated by Victor Wang, 304 Days, Vancouver BC
January 14 - February 29 - 2020
“Chroma II” January 14 – February 29, 2020 Our winter group exhibition features paintings that are saturated with glorious colour. Artists included are Jack Bush, Mark Dicey, Jonathan Forrest, James Kirkpatrick, Ron Martin, William Perehudoff, Gordon Rayner, Jonathan Syme, David Urban and Hans Wendt. Chroma is the quality of a colour’s purity, intensity or saturation. […]
November 30 - January 4 - 2020
“Small Gems II” – November 30, 2019 – January 4, 2020 For the month of December in our middle gallery, we have hung salon-style “Small Gems” by gallery artists. Often small works of art are overlooked during exhibitions. The artwork included in our show represents new additions to the gallery as well as gems […]