Curriculum vitae

Michael Hansen

b. 1958


solo exhibitions            

2020      • Remix, Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto, ON
               • Hoi Polloi/ Ijin (video installation), The Cotton Factory, Hamilton, ON

               • Today-Yesterday, Newfoundland, James Baird Gallery, St John’s, NL

               • Sound Works, You Me Gallery, Hamilton, ON

2019      • Remix Series (paintings), James Baird Gallery, Miami, FL, USA

2018     • Remix Series Paintings, Studio Exhibit, Hamilton, On

2016     • Itch (installation), Nuit Blanche, Toronto, On

              • Hoi Polloi (installation), Division Gallery, Toronto, On

              • Itch (performance) Katzman Gallery, Toronto, On

2014     • Ursonata Choir, Nuit Blanche, The Distillery, Toronto On

2012     • Hoi Polloi, Modern Fuel, Kingston, On

              • Gnothi Seauton (sound installation), Angell Gallery, Toronto, On

              • Thundering Hoof (sound installation), Electric Eclectics Festival, Meaford, On.

2011     • All Night Mic (12 hour performance), Nuit Blanche, (curated by Earl Miller), Toronto, On

              • Rock ‘N’ Bolly: 3D, (3D video), Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga, On.

2010     • Hoi Polloi, The Toronto International Art Fair, (invitation), Toronto, On.

2008     • Fleeting, The Gales Gallery, York University, Toronto, On

2007     • Hoi Polloi, (A Month of Photography), Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga, On

2006     • Hoi Polloi, York University, Goldfarb Building, Toronto, On

              • Paper, James Baird @ Pouch Cove, Pouch Cove NL

2005     • Currents, Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto, On

             • Pillow Talk, (video installation), YYZ (window projects), Toronto, On

             • Itch, the installation, Forest City Gallery, London, On, Canada

2004     • Currents, James Baird Gallery, St John’s, NL, Canada

2003     • Itch, the installation, The New Gallery, Calgary, AB, Canada

             • Itch, the installation, Gobsmacked, Marilyn Brewer Gallery, Harbourfront, Toronto, On

2002     • Itch, the installation, Plug In ICA, Winnipeg, MB, Canada             

             • Beautyrest, James Baird Gallery, St John's NL, Canada

2001     • Beautyrest, ARC Gallery, Chicago IL, USA

2000     • Five Colours: the early encaustics, James Baird Gallery, St John’s, NFLD

             • Structures: 5 years 1995-2000, Art Gallery of Peel, curated by David Somers, Brampton Ontario

             • Beautyrest, Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

             • Mantlepiece Project, Chapters Books, curated by Kate Brown, Toronto, Ontario

1999     • Trans-, Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

1998     • Structures, Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

             • Encaustic Paintings & Collages, Michael Gibson Gallery, London, Ontario

1997     • C.F.A., James Baird Gallery, St. John’s, NL

              • ... after these Messages, Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

1996     • Please Open, Objects Boxes and Paintings, Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

              • 30 Seconds, Justine M. Barnicke Gallery, Hart House, Toronto, Ontario

1994     • Linda Genereux Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

1991     • Black and White in Colour, Lake Galleries, Toronto, Ontario

1990     • Lake Galleries, Toronto, Ontario

1988     • It's Real, Weller/Potovsky Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

1986     • Super Heroes, Weller/Potovsky Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

1985     • Bam Pow, Weller's Gallery, Toronto, Ontario


group exhibitions



             • Swarm, Hamilton Artist Inc., Hamilton, On


            • Animation Festival, The Centre for Art Tapes, Halifax, NS.

            •Video Store, New Gallery, Calgary AB


            • Video Store, Judith and Norman Alix Art Gallery Sarnia, On

            • Video Store, Third Space Gallery, Saint John, NB


            • The Noise Project, (Killing Me Softly with Birdsong video), Gallery 99, Toronto, On

            • Video Store, (6Th Day Clone video), Access Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.

            • The Noise Project, (various sound and video works)

            • Video Store, (6Th Day Clone video), ODD Gallery at the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture (KIAC), Dawson City, Yukon


            • The Gaze, (Flotsam video), The Art Gallery of Mississauga/ Mississauga City Hall/ Mississauga Public Square,               Mississauga, On.

            • Process Archive, (Mutopia 7), M.S.T. Performance Festival, Pith Gallery, Calgary Alberta

            • The Ursonata Choir, (video/sound installation), Nuit Blanche, Dada Re-Boot, The Distillery District, Toronto, On.

            • Mutopia 7, The Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Alberta

            • Automation Animation, (Flotsam video), Centre for Art Tapes, Halifax, N.S.

            • 365 Days of Cycling, (video installation), Centre for Social Innovation, Toronto, On.

            • Exhibit 27, (“Musica Ficta” sound installation), Dupont Projects, Toronto, On.


            • Items May Shift, (“Thundering Hoof ” interactive sound installation), curated by Earl Miller, The Tree Museum, Gravenhurst, On

            • Big on Bloor, (“Aegis Cluster” installation), curated by Dyan Marie, corner of Dufferin and Bloor Streets, Toronto, On.

            • Art’s Birthday, (Itch performance), curated by New Adventures in Sound Art, Wychwood Art Barns, Toronto, On.


           • Warm Ice, (“Rosebud”, interactive video installation) Curated by Carla Garnet, Art Gallery of Peterborough, Peterborough, On.

           • Meeting Point, (“Letter to Home”) Kenderdine Art Gallery, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK.

           • Sound Travels, New Adventures in Sound Art, performance/talk, Wychwood Barns, Toronto, On.


            • Meeting Point, The Doris McCarthy Gallery, Toronto, On

            • The Communism of Forms: Sound + Image + Time, AGYU, York University/Red Bull Gallery, Toronto, On


             • Love Us, X Space Gallery, Toronto, On


            • Love/Hate:New Crowned Glory in the G.T.A., The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, On

            • The Communism of Forms: Sound + Image + Time, Sao Paulo Cultural Center/ Galeriia Vermelo, Sao Paulo, Brasil, S.A.

            • The Communism of Forms, A Gentil Carioca Gallery, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, S.A

            • The Communism of Forms, Appetite Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina, S.A.

            • Tangents, Accolades Gallery West, York University, Toronto, On


            • Toronto Alternative Arts Fair International, Itch, Invitational, Toronto, On

            • Music, Art and Climate Change, King’s Hall, University of Newcastle, Newcastle uponTyne, England

            • dp003 converse without leaving home, Cooper Gallery, University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland, UK


            • Self Portraits, James Baird @Pouch Cove, Pouch Cove NL


             • Let’s Go To Bed, curated by James Baird, Pouch Cove Foundation, Pouch Cove  NL


            • Real Fabrications, (Creature Comforts) Art Gallery of Prince Albert, Prince Albert, Sk

            • Water, James Baird Gallery, St John’s NL

            • Gallery Artists, Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto,


            • Art with Heart, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario     

            • Home Show, (BeautyRest) Winnipeg Art Gallery, curated by James Patton, Winnipeg, Manitoba


            • Emergency #9, Outerspace: Sounds Impossible To Dance To, Artspace, Peterborough, and Ontario


             • Glow Show, Archive Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

             • Afterglow, S.P.I.N. Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

             • Exhibition 2000: New Works, Galerie Taksu, Kuala Lumpor, Malaysia


              • 700 Contemporary Art, London, Ontario


            • Galerie Taksu, Kuala Lumpor, Malaysia

            • Words That Break Your Heart, Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto, Ontario


            • Deluxe Assortment, Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

            • The Glow Show, Archive, Toronto, Ontario

            • A Great Gathering, Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

            • Event '97, Jens Theilssen Galleries, London, Ontario

            • Event '97, Event Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Ontario


            • Hearts to Steel, Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

            • Fire and Ice: Contemporary Canadian Abstraction, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Ontario

            • Spirit Chasers, Angell Gallery, Toronto, Ontario


             • Casey House Art Auction, Toronto, Ontario


              • Casey House Art Auction, Toronto, Ontario


            • Annual Invitational, Interaccess, Toronto, Ontario

            • Petites Format, Gallery 7, Toronto, Ontario

            • 200 Leaves, Partisan Gallery, Toronto, Ontario       

            • Grand Opening (Gallery Artists), Gallery 7, Toronto, Ontario


            • Event' 92, Event Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

            • The Fetish Show, Lake Galleries, Toronto, Ontario

            •Toronto School of Art Benefit Auction, Lake Galleries, Toronto, Ontario

            • Pickets by Artists, Canadian Labour Congress Convention, (CUPW) Vancouver, B.C.

            • Towards Urban Abstraction, Lake Galleries, Toronto, Ontario


            • New Abstraction, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

            • Xmas Show, Lake Galleries, Toronto, Ontario

            • Toronto School of Art Benefit Auction, Lake Galleries, Toronto, Ontario

            • The Mask Show, Lake Galleries, Toronto, Ontario

            • A Secret History of Toronto Painting, (Earl Miller, Curator) Lake Galleries, Toronto, Ontario

            • GST Show, Lake Galleries, Toronto, Ontario


            • Art Against the GST, Lake Galleries, Toronto, Ontario

            • Housing is a Right, PowerPlant, Toronto, Ontario

            • Round Up '90, Open Studio Exhibition, Toronto, Ontario

            • Inaugural Event! Event Gallery, Toronto, Ontario


            • Anniversary Show, Weller/Potovsky Gallery, Toronto, Ontario


             • A Diamond Dozen (Donna Lypchuck, curator) The Diamond, Toronto, Ontario


            • Inaugural Exhibition, Weller's Gallery, Toronto, Ontario



professional credits


            • Master of Fine Arts, York University, Toronto, On

            • Adjunct Professor, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

            • Instructor, York University

            • Instructor, painting and sculpture, Ontario College of Art and Design

            • Director, (Board of Directors) Pouch Cove Foundation




2014     • “Tree Museum 2011-2012”, ‘Items May Shift”, essay and curated by Earl Miller, The Tree Museum, Doe Lake Road, Muskoka, On.

2011     • “Picture House: The Art of Bollywood”, Curated by Ali Adil Khan and Asma Arshard Mahmood, with an essay by Mike Hansen, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga, On.

2010     • “Warm Ice”, introduction Celeste Scopelities, text by Carla Garnet, Art Gallery of Peterborough, Peterborough, On.

            • “Volume 30-Issue 1”, Existere-Journal of Arts and Literature, Fall/Winter 2010, York University, Toronto, On.

2009     • “Meeting Point”, Introduction by Ann MacDonald, text by Earl Miller, The Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto, Scarborough, On.

2008     • “Love Us”, York University, X Space Gallery, Toronto, On

2007     • “A Month of Photography, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga, On

2006     • “dp003 converse without leaving home”, Cooper Gallery, University of Dundee, Scotland, UK

2003     • “Home Show” exhibition catalogue, Winnipeg Art Gallery, essay (Intimate Dwelling: Finding Our Way Home) by Anne Brydon

2000     • “Structures”, Exhibition Catalogue Mike Hansen, Art Gallery of Peel, essay by Gordon Hatt.

2000     • “Cries and Whispers”    CD by Dominic Duval String Trio, Cadence Records, New York

1999     • “Grey Brought to Life”   National Post, Weekend Post Magazine, Aug 28, 1999

1997     • “Odes” Poetry Text by Ken Norris, Coachhouse Press

1993     • “Waiting for Alice” Poetry Text by Victor Coleman 10 Multicoloured lino-prints, Edition of 36

1990     • “Round Up 90”, Exhibition Catalogue, The Power Plant, Toronto, On.




“ Exodus to Hamilton Brings Results, Fugitive Pigment, , December 12, 2018

“ Clubhouse Conversion- Hells Angel’s to High Art, The Hamilton Spectator, Hamilton, On, April, 17, 2018

“Artists prove that two is a crowd”, Peter Goddard, The Toronto Star, Toronto, On, April 23, 2009

“A new definition of communism for communication: backcoupling”, April, 2009.

“A Mix of Mixed Media” Craig Francis Power, The Current, St John’s NL, May 11, 2006

“ Hand The Dj ”(Itch) Claudia McCoy, Mix Magazine, Fall 2003

“Scratch Becomes Itch” Peter Goddard, The Toronto Star, August 14, 2003

“Fetishsounder” interview w/Robert Enright, Poolside-Shift, Video Pool Annual, Winnipeg, Spring 2003

"Home, sweet home in eclectic exhibition" by Amy Karlinsky, The Winnipeg Free Press, September 26, 2002

“Home is where the art is” by Robert Enright, The Globe and Mail, September 18, 2002

“Homewreckers” by Morley Walker, The Winnipeg Free Press, September 19, 2002

“Beddy Buys” by Robert Enright, Borderviews, pg 12, Border Crossings, Issue 81 (spring 2002)

“Mike Hansen/John Kissisk” by Gary Michael Dault, Rewind, pgs 86-88, Canadian Art, Summer 2001

“To Sleep, Perchance to Dream” by Gary Michael Dault, Globe and Mail, Oct 28, 2000

“Hansen’s Paintings are Nearly Sculpture” by Gary Michael Dault, Globe and Mail, Aug 7, 1999

“Structures: The Shape of Mike Hansen’s Recent Work” Earl Miller, dART International, Winter 1999

“Arts Roundup” Gillian MacKay, The Globe & Mail, Feb. 14, 1998

“Recent Work” Gloria Hickey, Arts Atlantic #59, Fall/Winter, 1997

C.F.A. (Interview) The Morning Show, CBC Radio, St. John's, NFLD, 1997

Review C.F.A. Gloria Hickey, St. John's, NFLD, 1997

“Deceptive Concepts of Colour” Joe Matyas, London Free Press, June 5, 1997.

“A Colourful E-vent” Jill Price, Scene Magazine, June 5, 1997.

“Interview with Mike Hansen” Earl Miller, Art Focus, Winter 1996/97.

“Concrete Examples of Abstract Expression” Blake Gopnik, The Globe & Mail, August 8, 1996.

“Exploring Abstract Art” Angela Blackburn, Mississauga News, August 9, 1996.

A New Direction Interview with Ellie Aylesworth, CIUT Radio, September 1992.

"Aural Manifestations" Interview with Christine Swiderski "Art on the Air" CKLN Radio, July 1992.

“Abstract Painting Refuses to Fade Away” John Bentley Mays, The Globe & Mail, January 25, 1992.

Toward an Urban Abstraction Catalogue by Earl Miller, January 1992

"New Abstraction" Kate Taylor, The Globe & Mail, December 27, 1991.

On the Arts Donald Brackett, CJRT Radio, December 1991

The Secret History of Toronto Painting Catalogue, April 1991.

"Artspeak sends the Wrong Message" Ted Ferguson, "Cross Current", The Globe & mail, August 1991.

Black and White in Colour Interview with Ellie Aylesworth, CIUT Radio, July 1991.

"Envisions" Earl Miller, Azure Magazine, November 1990.

"Anti Tax Artists Exhibit Rage, Frustration" Christopher Hume, on Art vs. GST, cover story `What's On’,

The Toronto Star, August 17, 1990.

Housing: A Right Interview with Christine Swiderski, "Art on Air" CKLN Radio, May 1990

Round-Up '90 Interview with Christine Swiderski, "Art on Air", May 1990