Jim Verburg | Biography

With a practice stemming from photography, Verburg’s work is inspired by the subtle, nuanced, and fleeting affects of light. Employing materials such paint, ink, charcoal, and powdered graphite to interact with paper, newsprint, mylar, and vinyl, Verburg creates captivating compositions that mimic the delicate nuances of reflection, absorption, opacity, and translucence. Jim Verburg is a Dutch/Canadian currently based in Toronto. Notable projects and exhibitions include Shape and Light #1, a choreographed work for the Toronto Dance Theatre (2016), and the solo exhibitions What is Missing / What is Seen, widmertheodoridis (Zurich) at VOLTA NY (2015), What is Missing / What is Seen, Light Becomes Form, The Horizon Rests Into View at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair, Houston (2015), Impermanent Horizon, Galerie Nicolas Robert, Montréal (2016), and One and Two at Galerie B-312 (2011, Mois de la Photo. Montreal) which received the Dazibao Prize. He’s been a part of group exhibitions at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto (2013), Luciana Caravello, Rio de Janeiro (2014), Access Gallery, Vancouver (2014), Inman Gallery, Houston (2015), Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary (2016), and Cydonia Gallery, Dallas Texas (2017).

His film For a Relationship won the 2008 Jury Prize for the Best Canadian Short Film a the Insideout Film Festival (Toronto) and was nominated for the Iris Prize (UK). His book O/ Divided/Defined, Weights, Measures, and Emotional Geometry was shortlisted for Best Printed Publication at the Gala des Arts Visual, Montreal (2014). His most recent book A New Relationship Between Reflective Sides was launched at MoMA Ps1 with the New York Art Book Fair (2015). Upcoming projects include a public art installation for the city of Ottawa (2017), a book project with Fw: Photography based in Amsterdam (2018), and a solo exhibition at Rodman Hall Art Centre, Brock University (2018). His work appears in several private and corporate collections. Verburg is also the 2017 recipient of the Chalmers Arts Fellowship.