Will Gorlitz

Will Gorlitz


Will Gorlitz was born in Buenos Aires in 1952 and currently lives in Guelph, ON. He studied art at the University of Manitoba School of Art as well as the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design and was a Professor in Studio Art at the University of Guelph.

As a representational painter, Gorlitz deploys an engaged painterly approach that foregrounds visuality just as it critically pursues a discourse with other media technologies. His metaphorical subjects entwine personal experience with broader cultural matters.

Gorlitz has exhibited widely since the early 1980s, with major solo/survey exhibitions at Chromazone, YYZ Artists’ Outlet, the Art Gallery of Ontario, 49th Parallel (Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art), Centre culturel canadien Paris, Artspeak, Oakville Galleries, Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery, the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art. Solo commercial exhibitions of his work have been held at the Sable-Castelli Gallery, Galerie René Blouin, Birch Libralato and Michael Gibson Gallery. His artwork is in numerous public permanent collections including the Art Gallery of Ontario, Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Museum London, University of Toronto Art Centre, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Glenbow Museum, Art Gallery of Guelph, Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery, MacLaren Art Centre, Hamilton Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Winnipeg Art Gallery, and the National Gallery of Canada.

60 Painters May 18-June 9

Will Gorlitz, Doug Kirton, John Kissick, Wanda Koop & David Urban included in 60 Painters exhibit.


Will Gorlitz Opening Reception

View party pics from Will Gorlitz’s opening for “A Difference of Distance”


Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

Will Gorlitz Exhibition Announcement

June 2009



Eye Weekly

Will Gorlitz: Nowhere if not here and always ready

Feburary 24, 2010

David Balzer


The Toronto Star

Still Life with Menace

February 18, 2010

Murray Whyte


Pete Smith’s Blog

Will Gorlitz at Michael Gibson Gallery

November 2009

Pete Smith


Border Crossings

Crossovers: Will Gorlitz

March 2006, Volume 25, Number 1

Julia Dault


Border Crossings

Border Views: The Miss of Sisyphus

November 2002, Volume 21, Number 4

Meeka Walsh


Will Gorlitz nowhere if not here

Bruce W. Ferguson, Peggy Gale, Jeffrey Spalding

Macdonald Stewart Art Centre

May 2009

120 Pages, colour illustrations, 9 x 10 inch softcover


“Will Gorlitz: nowhere if not here” examines the art, background, and theoretical concerns of contemporary Canadian artist Will Gorlitz. Appreciated especially for his painting and drawing, Gorlitz produces imaginative and highly visual artwork that is further distinguished by its fundamentally restructured and critically extended approach to representational painting. With differing emphases from several contributing writers, this book identifies the contexts, methodologies, and motivations that comprise the artist’s practice over the past 25 years.

The book is co-published with the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery in conjunction with a major circulating survey exhibition of Gorlitz’s work organized by Allan MacKay for the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery in partnership with the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre.

Will Gorlitz New Paintings

Introduction by Art Green

Michael Gibson Gallery

November 2009

32 pages, colour illustrations, 8 x 9 inches softcover


Catalogue of an exhibition of new paintings at the Michael Gibson Gallery November 2009.

Born 1952 Buenos Aires
Lives in Guelph, ON


1977 B.F.A., Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Halifax, N.S.
1972 – 1975 University of Manitoba. Winnipeg, Man.

Solo Exhibitions

2012 A Difference of Distance, Michael Gibson Gallery, London, Ontario
2012 Birch Libralato, Toronto, Ontario
2009 Michael Gibson Gallery, London, Ontario
2009 Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph, Ontario
2009 Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia
2008 Birch Libralato, Toronto, Ontario (2005)
2008 Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener, Ontario
2007 Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba
2007 Harbinger Gallery, Waterloo, Ontario
2004 Galerie René Blouin, Montréal, Québec
(1999, 1996, 1991)
2002 Sable-Castelli Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
(1998, 1996, 1994, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1988, 1987, 1986, 1985, 1983)
1994 The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
1991 Centre culturel canadien, Paris, France
1991 Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, Ontario
1991 McIntosh Gallery, London, Ontario
1990 Oakville Galleries, Oakville, Ontario
1989 Artspeak Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia
1988 Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
1988 Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba
1988 Concordia University Art Gallery, Montréal, Québec
1987 49th Parallel, New York, N.Y.
1987 K.A.A.I., Kingston, Ontario
1986 The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario
1984 YYZ Artists’ Outlet, Toronto, Ontario
1983 Plug In Inc., Winnipeg, Manitoba (1980, 1978)
1983 ChromaZone, Toronto, Ontario

Selected Group Exhibitions

2012 60 Painters, Humber College, Toronto, ON
2012 The Tree: Form and Substance, McMichael Canadian Art Collection
2011 Art from Calgary Collections, Museum of Contemporary Art Calgary, Calgary, Alberta
2011 Figure Out of Place, MacLaren Art Centre
2011 5th KWAG Biennial – The Black and the White: An Allegory of Colour, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery
2010 Sudden Frost, Elissa Cristall Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2010 Behind the Curtain II, Michael Gibson Gallery, London, ON
2010 Twentieth Anniversary Show, Birch Libralato, Toronto, Ontario
2008 The Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta, The Big Gift: Calgary Celebrates Art
from Canadians
2006 Elora Centre for the Arts, Elora, Ontario, Road Trip
2006 Birch Libralato Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, The Essential Works Show
2005 Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia, From New Image to New
Wave: Legacy of NSCAD in the Seventies
2004 Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener, Ontario, Bloom (Will Gorlitz, Henri Fantin-Latour, Gerhard Richter)
2004 McMichael, Canadian Art Collection, Kleinberg, Ontario, Identities: Canadian
2004 Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph, Ontario, Skies
2003 Galerie de l’UQAM, Université du Québec à Montréal, Montréal, Québec, Épreuve de Distance
2003 Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener, Ontario, 1st Annual KW|AG Biennale
2003 Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Painters 15
2002 Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China, Painters 15
2002 Art Gallery of North York, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art and the Koffler Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Regarding Landscape
2002 Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph, Ontario, Guelph 2002: A Celebration of
Guelph and its Artists
2000 London Regional Art and Historical Museums, London, Ontario, The Single Tree
1999 Galerie René Blouin / Galerie Lilian Rodriguez, Montréal, Québec, Les peintures
1999 MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario, Re-imagining Modernisim
1997 Trépanier Baer Gallery, Calgary, Alberta, Painting in the 90’s Part I: Sandra
Meigs/ Suzanna Heller/Will Gorlitz
1995 S. L. Simpson Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Milieu: of the order of presentation
1993 Galerie René Blouin, Montréal, Québec, Pierre Dorion/Charles Gagnon/Will
1992 The Art Gallery of Peterborough, Peterborough, Ontario, Tree Designations
1991 Extension Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, A Public Room
1989 The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canadian Biennial of
Contemporary Art
1987 Hallwalls, Buffalo, N. Y., Toronto Exchange
1987 Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Written Images
1986 Sable-Castelli Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Will Gorlitz/Douglas Kirton
1985 Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sao Paulo Bienal
1985 Plug In Inc., Winnipeg, Manitoba, Plug In Redux
1985 Galerie Walcheturm, Binz 39, Zurich, Switzerland, Fire and Ice
1985 Art Gallery at Harbourfront, Toronto, Ontario, Late Capitalism
1985 Aorta, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Doppelgänger
1985 Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, Ontario, The Allegorical Image
1984 Mercer Union, Toronto, Ontario (circulating)
Open Space, Victoria, B.C.
Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, B.C., 80/1/2/3/4 Toronto:

Exhibition Publications

2009 Green, Art, Will Gorlitz New Paintings, Michael Gibson Gallery, London, Ontario
2009 Ferguson, B., Gale, P., Spalding, J., Urban, D., Will Gorlitz nowhere if not here, Wilfrid
Laurier University Press, Waterloo, Ontario
2005 Falconer, S., Finn, C., Freybe, A. L., Identities: Canadian Portraits, McMichael
Canadian Art Collection
2000 Millard, Laura. The Single Tree, London Regional Art & Historical Museums, London, Ontario
1997 Willson, Kevin. “Will Gorlitz: Drei Abhandlungen zur Sexual Theorie”, University of Toronto Art Centre, Toronto
1994 Keziere, Russel. “The Troubled Mirror: Will Gorlitz’s Real Time”, Real Time, The Power
Plant Art Gallery, Toronto
1993 Bell, Michael. Empowering the Word, Carleton University Art Gallery
1990 Bell Farrell, Carolyn. The Three Essays Trilogy, Oakville Galleries, Oakville
1989 McGrath, Jerry. Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality – at Home with Freud, Artspeak
Gallery, Vancouver
1989 Nemiroff, Diana. Canadian Biennial of Contemporary Art, the National Gallery, Ottawa
1987 Wood, William. Will Gorlitz, 49th Parallel, New York
1986 Fischer, Barbara. “Will Gorlitz / Nancy Johnson” Perspective 86, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
1985 Grenville, Bruce. The Allegorical Image in Recent Canadian Painting, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston
1985 Guest, Tim. Late Capitalism, Toronto: the Art Gallery at Harbourfront, Toronto
1985 Wood, William. Fire and Ice, Galerie Walcheturm, Binz 39, Zurich, Switzerland
1985 Rhodes, Richard. Fractura Narrativa Propria, Sâo Paulo Bienal, Sâo Paulo, Brazil
1985 Sigurdson, D., Gillies, S., “Plug in Redux”, Plug In Inc., Winnipeg, Manitoba
1985 Groot, Paul. Doppelgänger, Aorta, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Selected Articles and Reviews

Aquin, Stéphane. “Will Gorlitz”, VOIR, Montréal, du 21 au 27 mars 1996, p. 50
Cooper, Rachelle. “Inspiration is Not Enough”, Guelph Alumnus, summer 2003
Dault, Gary Michael. “The Psychopathology of Everyday Life”, C Magazine,March, 1988,
no.17, p.70
Dault, Julia “Will Gorlitz”, Border Crossings, March 2006, vol. 25, no.1
Dumont, Jean. “Arts Visuels”, Le Devoir, Montréal, 2 février 1991, p. C 9
Duncan, Ann. “Brooding images…”, The Gazette, Montreal, February 20, 1988,p.D5
Enright, Robert. “The Visual Gate Entering the Place of Painting”. Border Crossings, Fall 2009,
vol.28, no.3, p.38-51
Enright, Robert. “The Miss of Sisyphus”. Border Crossings, Fall 2002, vol.21, no.4
Enright, Robert. “Ethics of Uncertainty”. Border Crossings, Fall 1988, vol.7, no.4
Fones, Robert. “Will Gorlitz, Sable-Castelli Gallery”, Vanguard, Dec-Jan 1986-87, vol.15, no.6, p.29
Guest, Tim. “80/1/2/3/4, Mercer Union, Toronto”, Vanguard, May 1984, vol.13, No.4, p.43-44
Hakim, Mona. “Le glissement entre l’absence et la présence”. Le Devoir, Montréal, 2 Mai 1993, p. C 15
Klucinakas, Jean. “Will Gorlitz, Galerie René Blouin”, Parachute, no.63, juillet-aout-septembre 1991, pp.33-34
Lebredt, Gordon. “After-Affects: a small matter of some face”, C Magazine, Summer1985, no.6,
Liss, David. “Painting and seeing”, The Gazette, Montreal, March 23, 1996 p. H 6
Loughery, John. “Will Gorlitz, 49th Parallel”, Arts Magazine, Dec. 1987, vol.62, no.4, p.10
Lypchuk, Donna. “Famous Lies and Illustrious Disguises”, Parallelogramme, Fall 1985, vol.II, no.1, pp.21-26
MacKay, Gillian. “Will Gorlitz: The Sable-Castelli Gallery/The Power Plant”, Canadian Art, Spring 1994, vol.II, no.1, pp.75-77
McFadden, David. “Late Capitalism”, Canadian Art, Summer/June 1985, vol.2, no.3, p.18
McGrath, Jerry. “Will Gorlitz – Axis Mundi”, C Magazine, no.12, pp.70-71
McGrath, Jerry. “Will Gorlitz” Vanguard, February, 1984
McIlroy, Randal. “Gorlitz exhibit documents…”, Winnipeg Free Press, September 24, 1988, p.24
Murray, Joan. Canadian Art in the Twentieth Century, Toronto/Oxford, Dundurn Press, 1999
Nind, Sarah. “Will Gorlitz”, Canadian Art, Winter 2002, vol.19, no.4, p.82
O’Brien, Peter. “Consumed with that which it was nourished by: Will Gorlitz’s Literary
Landscapes”, University of Toronto Quarterly, Spring 1997, vol.66, no.2, pp.403-410
Punter, Jennie. “The mundane made strange”, The Whig Standard Magazine, Kingston, Ontario,
September 19, 1987
Rhodes, Richard. “Will Gorlitz”, Montréal, Fall 1998, pp 18-19
Scott, Melanie. “A New Group…”, Saturday Night, July/August 1997, pp.52-60
Sigurdson, Doug. “Axis Mundi”, On The Arts, CJRT- FM, September 10, 1986
Taylor, Kate. “Odd couple stands art on its head”, The Globe and Mail, January 29, 1994
Towne, Elke. “Fast Forward”, Canadian Art, Winter 1989, p.32
Wylie, Liz. “Bad Faith”, Canadian Art, Spring 1988, Vol. 5 No. 1, p. 96
Wylie, Liz. “Will Gorlitz’s illumination of the shadows of doubt”, NOW Magazine, Dec.10-16,

Publication Artist Projects

“Will Gorlitz”, Notebook Projects, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, 1996
“Intersections: NOW Magazine Media Project”, NOW Magazine, May 28, 1992
“Cover”, Border/Lines, No. 7/8, Spring/Summer 1987
“Excerpt”, C Magazine, Winter 1985, no.4, pp.46-49
“Left”, Impulse Magazine, Vol.16, no.1

Published Writing

“Alienation, Painting and Polemics, London Regional Art & Historical Museum, London, ON, 1999 (Doug Kirton exhibition catalogue)
“The Grandiose Concocted Plan”, Stride Gallery, Calgary, 2008 (Art Green exhibition brochure)


Elected a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Art 2005
Distinguished Teaching Award, University of Waterloo 2001

Public Art Commissions

1996 Whitby Psychiatric Hospital; Whitby, Ontario
1995 Simcoe Place; Toronto, Ontario
1989 Cineplex Odeon Theatres, Toronto, Ontario

Public Collections

Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, Ontario
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario
Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, Ontario
Concordia University Art Gallery, Montréal, Québec
Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta
Hamilton Art Gallery, Hamilton, Ontario
Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph, Ontario
Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan
MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario
McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinberg, Ontario
Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, Montreal, Québec
Museum London, London, Ontario
National Gallery of Canada
Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery, Owen Sound, Ontario
University of Toronto Art Centre, Toronto, Ontario
Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Will Gorlitz

May 4 - May 27 - 2017

Upcoming May exhibition featuring new landscape inspired paintings by Will Gorlitz.


Art and Value II

March 1 - March 29 - 2014


The Snow Show

November 30 - December 28 - 2013


Art and Value

February 12 - March 16 - 2013


Art Toronto 2012

October 26 - October 29 - 2012


Will Gorlitz “A Difference of Distance”

May 4 - May 26 - 2012


Will Gorlitz “New Paintings”

November 6 - November 28 - 2009


Will Gorlitz Interview

Michael Gibson Gallery video interview with Will Gorlitz on May 2012.

In the video, Will Gorlitz explains the inspiration behind his “Temagami” suite of paintings.