Rachel MacFarlane

 Rachel Elizabeth MacFarlane

Born 1986 Scarborough, Ontario, Canada


2014-2016 Rutgers University - Mason Gross School of the Arts - MFA

2008-2009 Florence Program (O.C.A.D.U. Satellite Program) - Advanced Certificate of Visual Studies

2004-2008 OCAD University B.F.A. Drawing and Painting Major

Solo Exhibitions

2018 Fool’s Paradise, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto, On, CA

2018 Memory Gardens , Jarvis Hall Gallery, Calgary, AB

2016 Strange Vitality, Mason Gross Art Gallery, Rutgers University, NJ

2014 Memory Theatres and Datalands, Anna Leonowens Gallery, NSCAD Halifax NS, CA

2013 Rachel MacFarlane, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto, ON,CA

2012 Rachel MacFarlane, Howard Park Institute, Toronto, ON, CA

2011 Rachel MacFarlane, Nicholas Metivier Gallery Toronto

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019 Kick Off, Lorimoto Gallery, Brooklyn NY

2019 Bring Samples, Mason Gross Gallery, Rutgers University , NJ

2019 Together but Apart, Jarvis Hall Gallery , Calgary

2019 Landscape as Muse, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto On

2019 Fridge Show, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson VT

2018 Summer Heat, Ortega y Gassat Projects, Brooklyn NY

2018 Promenade, Jarvis Hall Gallery, Calgary, Canada

2018 The Big Picture, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto

2017 Works Selected, Stratford Gallery, On

2017 Known Unknowns, 86 Orchard, NYC, NY

2017 What’s Next, Jarvis Hall Gallery, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

2017 Preview, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto, On

2016 Hungry Heart, Invisible Dog, Brooklyn, NY

2016 Video Snack, Vox Populi, Phildelphia, PA, US

2016 Holiday Show, Michael Guimont, Quebec City

2015 Summit, Wassiac Project, Wassiac NY , US

2015 Through a Glass Darkly , Mason Gross Galleries, Rutgers University, NJ

2015 Broken Colours, Curated by Ben Portis at Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto , ON, CA

2014 Status Whoah, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, US

2014 10, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto, ON, US

2014 The Tools, Root Division, San Francisco, California (Jan 8- 25) , US

2013 MERGE, Art Gallery of Ontario (Art Sales and Rental Gallery), Toronto . ON,CA

2012 Recent Work, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto, ON,CA

2011 Carnival, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto

2010 DUMBO Arts Festival, Triangle Artists Association, Brooklyn, New York, US

2010 Group Show, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto,ON,CA

2010 New Directions, Intellectual Property Gallery, Toronto, ON,CA

2009 Mayhem, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto,ON,CA

2009 Faciebat, 7 Via Nazionale, Florence, Italy

2008 Reveal, Beaver Hall Gallery (curated and exhibited), Toronto,ON,CA

2008 When Lightning Strikes Twice, XPACE (exhibits pairing with Alexander Irving) Toronto,ON,CA

2008 stART, Studio 21, Halifax, NS, CA

2008 Estate of the Artifice, Transit Space, Toronto, ON, CA

2008 Wall + Paper Show, X Pace, Toronto, ON,CA


2019 Vermont Studio Centre, Vermont US

2015 Doris McCarthy Residency, Heritage Trust, Toronto, Ontario

2013 Bill and Isabel Pope Artist in Residence, NSCAD, Halifax, Nova Scotia

2012 Visiting Artist, Cow House Studio, Ireland

2010 Triangle Artist Workshop, Brooklyn NY


Esker Foundation

Doris McCarthy Gallery

Equitable Bank

Stikeman Elliot

McCain Collection

RBC Collection

Scotiabank Collection

The Donovan Collection, St. Michael's College, University of Toronto

& Numerous Private Collections


2019 Elizabeth Greenshields Fellowship

2019 Research and Creation Grant, Canada Arts Council

2012 Emerging Artist Grant, Ontario Arts Council

2008 O.C.A.D.S.U. Grant

Selected Scholarships, Awards and Grants

2015 Dean’s Choice Award, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University

2015 Frank P. and Lilly A. Novak Scholarship

2015 Gerard Russoniello Memorial Scholarship

2014 Victoria J. Mastrobuono Memorial Scholarship - Mason Gross School of the Arts

2013 Bill and Isabel Pope Artist in Residence

2010 Sam Abramovitch Fellowship to Attend Triangle Artists Workshop

2008 O.C.A.D. Drawing and Painting Medal

2008 Drawing and Painting Medalist Award

2008 David L. Stevenson Scholarship

2008 Nora E. Vaughan Award

2008 Spoke Club Membership Prize

2008 Honorable Mention Art of The Figure, Painting

2007 Curry's Art Store Prize Scholarship (O.C.A.D.)

2007 Figure Drawing Marathon Award(O.C.A.D.)

2006 O.C.A.D. Faculty Association Memorial Award - Shizuye Takashima

2005 The Independent Order of Daughters of the Empire Tuition Award 2005

2004 O.C.A.D. Faculty Entrance Award

2004 Queen Elizabeth 2 scholarship (received separately in 2004, 2005, 2006,2007)

2004 John Sincarcin's' Scholarship

Selected Press

MITCH SPEED, Altered States , Gallery text and publication 2018

Caty Kowan, Fool's Paradise: Rachel MacFarlane’s paintings of Canada look like beautiful alien landscapes, Creative Boom, 2018

Elena Martinique, Fool’s Paradise - Rachel MacFarlane at Nicholas Metivier Gallery, WideWalls Magazine, 2018

Hilary Webb, Fool’s Paradise - Rachel MacFarlane at Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto Blouin Artinfo, 2017

Doris Mccarthy Artist-in-Residence program - Announcement of artists 2016 , Morning Star, February 18th, 2016

LAURA HALL-GAUL Rachel MacFarlane - Strange Vitality, Tussle Magazine, March 12 2016

JEN SEVARA, A NATIONAL TREASURE Doris McCarthy Artist in Residence programme announces 2016 winners, Travel Industry Today, February 25th 2016

ANITA STHANKIYA, Kelowona Poet Selected for Doris McCarthy Residency, February 19th 2016

BEN PORTIS, Broken Colours:TMI, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, August 2015

SONIA GEMMITTI, Artist of the Month: Rachel MacFarlane, September 2014

Interview with Artist Rachel MacFarlane, Echolocation Magazine, February 2014

JEFF HAMADA, Rachel MacFarlane, BOOOOOOOM, November 06 2013

MARILYN SMULDERS, Exploring the Memory Palace NSCAD University News, November 5th 2013

Paintings by Rachel MacFarlane, Up & Coming, August 4 2013

Kaledsopic MacFarlane, Monochromatic Axonometric, January 23 2013

TRISH BOON, Rachel MacFarlane, Trish Boon - Conversations with Canadian Contemporary Art , January 23 2013

SHOLEM KRISHTALKA, Rachel MacFarlane at Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Globe and Mail January 11, 2013Peter Hoffer and Rachel MacFarlane at Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Artoronto

OTINO CORSANO 'Quick Draw Artist Interview #23 - Rachel MacFarlane' ARTPOST January 7th 2013 < http://artpost-oc.blogspot.ca/2013/01/quick-draw-artist-interview-23-rachel.html/>

Rachel MacFarlane, Clearly an Artist to Watch” Canadian Art Junkie October 31st, 2011< http://canadianartjunkie.com/2011/10/31/rachel-macfarlane-clearly-an-artist-to-watch/>

SOFIA FARMER “Review: Rachel MacFarlane at Nicholas Metivier” A.Centric October 21st 2011

ModTo - Rachel MacFarlane - New Work

< http://www.modto.com/rachel-macfarlane-new-work/>

The Art Stylists - Flohous< http://flohaus.com/2010/11/03/the-art-stylists/> November 3, 2010

TERRANCE DICK “Bowie at Clark & Faria | Mayhem at Nicholas Metivier | Air Conditioned Jungle at Diaz Contemporary | Foreign Legionnaires at Edward Day | School of Art at MKG127” Akimblog August 20th 2009

ELISSA BARNARD,The Chronicle Herald, Different Strokes at Studio 21, Halifax, NS, 2009

SEAN D FITZGERALD, Chase down those M and M's with a Diploma, National Post, 2009


RBC Collection, 2018

Echolocation. ANNIE RUSSLE, Issue 11. Toronto : Coach House Printing, 2011. P 77

McArthur, Glenn, Colour and Two-Dimensional Design, OCAD University, 2014

Professional Practice

2019 - Current - Part Time Lecturer,  Rutgers University - Mason Gross School of the Arts

2017 - Visiting Artist Adjunct,  College of Staten Island

2012-2016 - Advisor, The Banff Centre 

2014 - 2017 - Part-Time Lecturer, Rutgers University - Mason Gross School of the Arts

2012 - Present - Managing Editor/Co Founder of Studio Beat - www.studio-beat.com

2012- 2014 - Teacher, Portfolio Clinics - OCAD University

2012 - 2014 - Class Assistant, OCAD University

Summer 2012 - Visiting Artist/ Teacher ,Cow House Studio Ireland (Summer 2012)

2010-2011 Artist Assistant, Kim Dorland Studios

2010-2011 Alumni Visiting Artist, OCAD University

2009-2010 Art Administrator / Preparator, The Gilder

2006-2008 Art Supervisor, Seneca College

Artist Talks

2018 OCAD University - Toronto

2018 Nicholas Metivier Gallery - Toronto

2018 Sheridan College - Oakville

2017 Doris McCarthy Gallery - Toronto

2017 University of Toronto - Toronto

2016 Doris McCarthy Artist in Residence Open Studio and Talk at Fool’s Paradise

2015 Banff Centre for the Arts - Banff, AB

2013 Anna Leonowens Gallery - Halifax

2013 NSCAD University - Halifax

2012 Vaughn Road School -Toronto

2012 OCAD University - Toronto

2012 Cow House Studios - Wexford, Ireland

2011 OCAD University - Toronto

2009 Canadian College Italy - Lanciano, Italy

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