Murray Favro


Murray Favro

Murray Favro

Murray Favro was born in Huntsville, ON in 1940.  He moved to London as a teenager where he studied art at H. B. Beal Technical and Commercial High School. With Jack Chambers, Greg Curnoe, Ron Martin and others, Favro was part of the generation of London artists who became nationally recognized in the 1960s. He is also well known as a founding member of the Nihilist Spasm Band, which was crucial to the development of his artistic approach.

Favro is widely regarded for his highly original exploration of invention, perception and cognition. Working in drawing, sculpture, performance and installation, Favro often incorporates slide and film projections, lighting effects, and computer and electronic technology. His work involves inquisitive play and studied observation. The everyday objects that he designs and builds raise serious questions about art, technology and the nature of representation.

Around 1965 he abandoned painting for other-than-art interests – guitars, machines, airplanes, experiments with film images and inventions. A Canada Council Arts Bursary in 1970 allowed him to devote himself to his art. That year he developed his first successful “projected reconstruction,” in which images on a slide are projected onto their wooden, white, life-sized counterparts, giving them colour, detail and identity. He later produced modified inventions (Windmill Electric Generator, 1975-76; Perpetual Motion Machine, 1976-77), evolved inventions (Propeller Engine, 1978), and material, 3-dimensional renderings of airplanes (Sabre Jet, 55% Size, 1979-83).

Known for his multi-disciplinary practice, Favro’s artwork has been the subject of a major retrospective organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario in 1983 and in 1998 at the London Regional Art & Historical Museum. Murray Favro received the Gerhson Iskowitz Award in 1997 and the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts in 2007.

 

Murray Favro at Glenhyrst Art Gallery

Murray Favro has work on exhibit at the Glenhyrst Art Gallery from Sept 30 – Nov 26, 2017.


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Murray Favro “Lever & Wheel” at MacLaren Art Centre

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Born in 1940, Huntsville, Ontario
Lives in London, Ontario

Education

1958-1962 H.B. Beal Technical and Commercial Secondary School, London, ON
1963-64 Special courses at H.B. Beal Technical and Commercial Secondary School, London, ON

Awards

2007 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts
1997 Gerhson Iskowitz Award for career achievement as an artist in Canada

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2015 Lever and Wheel, MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie
2010 Lathe, Lawn-Mower, Tools, Tracks & Vise, Christopher Cutts Gallery, Toronto
2002 Christopher Cutts Gallery, Toronto
2000 SD 40 Diesel, Christopher Cutts Gallery, Toronto Canada
1998 Murray Favro, McIntosh Gallery & London Regional Art and Historical Museum, London, Ontario
Christopher Cutts Gallery, Toronto, Canada
1996 Christopher Cutts Gallery, Toronto, Canada
1994 Christopher Cutts Gallery, Toronto, Canada
1991 Carmen Lamana Gallery, Toronto, Canada
1988 Carmen Lamana Gallery, Toronto, Canada
1984 Murray Favro: A Retrospective, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada;
Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor, Canada; London Regional Art Gallery, London, Canada; Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredricton, Canada
1983 Murray Favro: a Retrospective, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada; Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Canada
Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto, Canada
1982 18 Preparation Drawings to Construct a 55% Scaled Sabre-Jet, Whitewater Gallery, North Bay, Canada
Sabre-Jet Under Construction, Forest City Gallery, London, Canada; Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto, Canada
1980 Sabre-Jet Under Construction, Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto, Canada.
1978 Murray Favro at the Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto, Canada.
1977 Air Show — The Flying Flea 1976-77, Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto, Canada.
1976 Inventions 1975-76, Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto, Canada.
1975 Invention Exhibition, Forest City Gallery, London, Canada.
1974 London Survey — Murray Favro, London Public Library and Art Museum, London, Canada.
1973 Synthetic Lake 1972-73, Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto, Canada.
Murray Favro, Forest City Gallery, London, Canada.
1972 Country Road 1971-72, Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto, Canada.
1971 Sculptural Projections 1970, Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto, Canada.
1968 Art Invention, 20/20 Gallery, London, Canada
Half-Scale Sabre Jet 1964-68, Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto, Canada.

Selected Group Exhibitions

2011 Murray Favro & Ed Zelenak, Michael Gibson Gallery, London, ON
2011 Cabinet (NGC Toronto), MOCCA, Toronto, ON (with Jenny Holzer, Eric Cameron, Walter S. Allward, Michel Campeau, Francois Bonvin, General Idea, Michael Morris, Ron Mueck, Richard Gorman, Dan Flavin & Emanuel Hahn)
2009 Projections a major survey of projection-based works in Canada, 1964 – 2007 – MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, SK
2008 Sweet Dreams and Flying Machines: Murray Favro and Marla Hlady, Windsor Art Gallery, Windsor, ON
Projections – Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta
2007 Projections – Blackwood Gallery at University of Toronto, Mississauga, ON
Projections – Justina M Barnicke Gallery, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
Projections – A Major survey of projection-based works in Canada 1964-2007, UTAC, Toronto, ON
2005 Michael Snow & Murray Favro, Christopher Cutts Gallery, Toronto
2005 The Transformative Power of Art – Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON
2001 Oakville Galleries, Contruction ComplusionL Reconfiguring the Permanent Collection. Oakville
1998 London Regional Art and Historical Museum, Bealart: 80 Years of Experiment 1912-1992, London
Kerr Gallery, Track Records: Trains and Contemporary Photography, Calgary
1997 Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Track Records, Ottawa
Christopher Cutts Gallery, Works on Paper, Toronto
1996 Christopher Cutts Gallery, Inaugural Exhibition at 21 Morrow Avenue, Toronto
1990 L’art Bouge: un Regard sur les ‘Seventies’, Maison de la Culture Cote-des-Neiges, Montreal, Canada
Memory Works: Postmodern Impulses in Canadian Art, London Regional Art Gallery, London, Canada.
1989 Scrutiny, YYZ, Toronto, Canada.
The Curators Choose, Art Rental, Art Gallery of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.
Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto, Canada.
1988 Thunder and Lightning, London Regional Art Gallery, London, Canada.
Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto, Canada.
Galeria Latinoamericana, La Habana, Cuba.
1987 Premier’s Office, Queen’s Park, Toronto, Canada.
1986 The Flying Show, 49th Parallel Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art, New York, USA.
How We See — What We Say, Art Gallery of Harbourfront, Toronto, Canada.
Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto, Canada.
Focus — Canadian Art !960-1985, Art Cologne, Cologne, West Germany.
1985 The Gallery, Stratford, Canada
Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto, Canada.
1984 Quebec: 1534-1984, Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Quebec City, Canada.
Canadian Paintings and Sculptures, 49th Parallel Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art, New York, USA.
1983 London Artist’s of the 1960’s, McIntosh Gallery, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada.
1982 Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto, Canada.
1981 Murray Favro, Mary Janitch, David Rabinowitch, Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto Canada.
1980-81 10 Canadian Artists in the 1970’s, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark; Stadtische Kunsthalle, Recklinghaussen, West Germany; Musee de l’Etat, Grand Duche de Luxembourg, Luxembourg; Museum Hedenaagse Kunst, Ghent, Belgium.
1980 Murray Favro, General Idea, Joseph Kosuth, Vincent Tangredi, carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto, Canada.
Paterson Ewen, Murray Favro, Ron Martin, Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto, Canada.
1979 Carmen Lamanna Gallery at Galerie Marielle Mailhot, Galerie Marielle Mailhot, Montreal, Canada.
Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto, Canada.
Creative Flight, The Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, Canada.
1978 3rd Dalhousie Drawing Exhibition, Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax, Canada.
Another Dimension II, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada; Alberta College of Art, Calgary, Alberta; Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, Canada.
Murray Favro, Ian Carr-Harris, Robin Collyer, Carmen Lamanna Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada.
1977 Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto, Canada.
Another Dimension, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada

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Collections

Art Gallery of Ontario
Art Gallery of Windsor
Bell Canada
Carleton University Art Gallery
McIntosh Art Gallery, University of Western Ontario, London
MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Museum London
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
Oakville Art Gallery
Owens Art Gallery, Halifax
Transport Canada
Winnipeg Art Gallery

Three + 3

September 5 - September 30 - 2017


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Art and Value II

March 1 - March 29 - 2014


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The Snow Show

November 30 - December 28 - 2013


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Murray Favro “Tracks”

April 4 - April 27 - 2013


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Murray Favro & Ed Zelenak

September 10 - September 24 - 2011


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Murray Favro “Lever & Wheel”

Murray Favro interviewed at the MacLaren Art Centre in Barrie during his Summer 2015 exhibition “Lever & Wheel”