Joanne Tod is one of Canada’s most important contemporary painters. Evolving from an early interest in Pop art and documentary photography, Tod is widely known for her subject of social critique in the guise of high realism paintings. She has an extraordinary ability to convey light and depth; combined with her intelligent wit, she transforms everyday interiors and objects into exquisite visual metaphors that unravel over time.
Joanne Tod was born in 1953 in Montreal and currently resides in Toronto. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally for the past thirty-five years. Her work is held in many collections including the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Musée d’art contemporain, Montreal. In 2012, Tod was the first contemporary artist invited by the Gardiner Museum to produce works responding to their collection. Between 2007-2001, Tod painted, Oh, Canada, portraits of every Canadian soldier that fell in Afghanistan. The installation travelled to prominent galleries and museums across Canada. Most recently, Tod painted Organizing Principle (2019), portraits of the entire 2018-2019 Toronto Raptors basketball team.