Nicholas Metivier Gallery


Toronto artist Joanne Tod  ( A.O.C.A., R.C.A.) has exhibited her work nationally and internationally for the past thirty years. 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. Her series Vanity Fair (2002), featured portraits of individuals from the Toronto art community posing as contemporary representatives of characters from William Thackeray’s 19th century satire. The exhibition Kingdom Come (2009) at Nicholas Metivier Gallery, examined notions of proprietary and moral rights, in relation to antiquities and museum holdings.

Between 2007 - 2011, Tod painted every Canadian soldier that fell in Afghanistan. The project, entitled Oh, Canada – A Lament , consisted of 6" x 5" portraits that were interspersed with other painted panels arranged to resemble a fragmented Canadian flag. The installation travelled to prominent galleries and  museums across Canada including the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, and Toronto's Harbourfront Centre.

In 2012, Tod was the first contemporary artist invited by the Gardiner Museum to produce works responding to their collection. Invited Invasion (2012) featured contemporary iterations of her favourite objects from the Gardiner; some painted onto familiar materials such as canvas or linen, others onto plates or vessels. The show coincided with Tod’s second exhibition at Nicholas Metivier Gallery, University and Spadina.

Joanne Tod teaches in the Department of Art, University of Toronto and is also a member of the Advisory Board for Sotheby’s Canada. Her work is held in many collections including, The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Vancouver Art Gallery and Musee d'art contemporain, Montreal.  Tod is represented in Toronto by Nicholas Metivier Gallery.  

Curriculum Vitae


1974 Ontario College of Art
AOCA Honours


2019 Once Removed, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto
2015 Slipstream, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto
2012 University and Spadina, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto
Invited Invasion, Gardiner Museum of Ceramics, Toronto
2011 Oh, Canada - A Lament
- Harbourfront Centre, Toronto 
2010       - Canadian Heritage Warplane Museum, Mount Hope, Ontario
      - Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto
2009 Kingdom Come, Nicholas Metivier Gallery
2004 Current Account, The Spoke Club, Toronto
2002 Vanity Fair, Sable-Castelli Gallery, Toronto
2000 The Republic of Private, Sable-Castelli Gallery, Toronto
1997-98 Sable-Castelli Gallery, Toronto
1996-98 Equinox Gallery, Vancouver
1995 Margaret Lipworth Gallery, Boca Raton, Florida
1993-94 S.L. Simpson Gallery, Toronto
1993 Stefan Stux Gallery, New York
Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Montreal
1991 The Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris, curated by Marc Mayer
Joanne Tod, The Power Plant, Toronto (10 year survey exhibition curated by Bruce Grenville)
The Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver


2016-17 Form Follows Fiction: Art and Artists in Toronto, Art Museum at the University of Toronto, Curated by Luis Jacob
2016 Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries 1971-1989, Art Gallery of Ontario, Curated by Wanda Nanibush
2014 10, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, 10th anniversary exhibition
2013 Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, work from the permanent collection
2012 Builders: Canadian Biennial 2012 (Oct. 2012), National Gallery of Canada
Second Biennial of Contemporary Art Aquisitions, National Gallery of Canada
2010 Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen's Univeristy
New Canadiana - The Chancellor Richardson Memorial Fund and Art as Social History, curated by Jan Allen, Alicia Boutilier, Dorothy Farr
2008 Mischief and Malice, exhibition curated by University of Toronto Museum Studies graduating class
2007 The Altered Image, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver
2006 Return to the Real, curated by Daniel Borins at the Drake Hotel
2004 Dot Fifty-One Gallery, Miami
About Face - Identities: Canadian Portraits, The McMichael Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario
The Longstaffe Collection, Vancouver Art Gallery

Books and Catalogues

2015 Slipstream exhibition catalogue, essay by Tom Smart
2012 Builders, Canadian Biennial 2012, Jonathan Shaughnessy
Quebec and Canadian Art, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Collection
Remembering Postmodernism, Mark Cheetham and Linda Hutcheon, second edition, published by Oxford University Press
2009 Kingdom Come, exhibition catalogue, essay by Margaret MacMillan
2008 Canadian Paintings, Prints and Drawings, Anne Newlands, Firefly Books
2006 "Joanne Tod seen by Elise Turcotte" in Capsule 2., Concordia University, Montreal. 

organizational affiliations

2014-present Board Member, MOCA
2001-present Advisory Board, Sotheby's Canada
2002-2004 Interval House Capital Campaign steering committee
2002 Elected to the Royal Canadian Academy
1999-2002 Governing Council, Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto
1997-2002 Board of Directors, Art Gallery of Ontario
1991-1994 Board of Directors, The Power Plant, Toronto


2007 Invited by Adrienne Clarkson and John Ralston Saul, for the Institute of Canadian Citizenship, to design an image to be sent electronically as a greeting to new Canadian citizens.
2005 Honourary Fellowship, Ontario College of Art and Design

selected public and corporate collections

  House of Commons, Ottawa
The National Gallery, Ottawa
Musée d’art contemporain, Montréal
Art Gallery of Ontario
Vancouver Art Gallery
McLaughlin Art Gallery, Oshawa
Hamilton Art Gallery, Hamilton
Oakville Galleries, Oakville
The Portrait Gallery, Library and Archives Canada
Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario
University of Toronto
McGill University, Montréal
University of Lethbridge, Alberta
Concordia University, Montréal
Hydro Québec
Caisse de dépot et placement du Québec
Royal Bank of Canada


2011 Canada Council Project Grant
2000 Canada Council Senior Artist Creation/Production Grant
1993 Ontario Arts Council, Senior Artist Grant, Research/Production
1983 Canada Council B Grant
Ontario Arts Council Project Grant

teaching experience

2001- present Professor, DFALD, University of Toronto


2019 Design and production of a commemorative artwork dedicated to E.B. Eddy mill workers, Gatineau Québec. W. Garfield Weston Foundation
2018 Juror, CAMH public art competition
2015 University of Guelph MFA Program End of Semester critiques (April 13, 2015)
Interview with Kathy Armstrong for her Master’s Thesis:
Participatory Encounters in African Drum and Dance Ensembles in Canada (March 14, 2015)
2014 Conversations from the Toronto Art World, University of Toronto, School for Continuing Studies (November 2014)
Graduate student critiques, University of Western Ontario (November 27, 2014)
2013 Uncreative Writing, writing workshop with Kenny Goldsmith (June)
2011-12 Contacted the late Frank Shimada, a polio vaccine researcher who worked in the Connaught Laboratories at 1 Spadina, and subsequently contacted Chris Rutty of Sanofi Canada. Worked with Blue Moon Films to create a short documentary about Frank Shimada’s work at 1 Spadina
2010 Cover art for The Walrus magazine
"The Painting that Changed Canadian Art" (November) 
Juror, RBC Canadian Painting Competition
2009 Lecture, Toronto Friends of Art  
Studio visit with the Board of the Gardiner Museum of Ceramics
Symposium participant, Facing the Screen, University of Toronto 
Symposium participant, Issues in Contemporary Painting, University of Ottawa 
2008 Juror, Arts and Letter’s Club annual members’ show 
Lecture, Women’s Art Association 
Lecture, Toronto School of Art 
Host, International Festival of Authors (Discussion between Don Thompson and Mark Kingwell)


2015 Canadian National Railway Company
 Two paintings commissioned for retiring CN board members
 Lerner’s LLP
 Portrait of founding partner, Earl Cherniak
2014 Royal Bank of Canada
Portrait of Gordon Nixon, former CEO
2013 University of Toronto
Portrait of Robert Prichard, Former Dean, Faculty of Law
2011 Royal Bank of Canada
Portrait of Anthony Fell, former CEO 
Upper Canada College
Portrait of Andy Pringle, former CEO
McGill University
Portrait of Robert Rabinovitch, past Chair, Board of Governors
Designed a heritage marker in conjunction with the City of  
Toronto and Aspen Ridge Homes for Vu Condominium
2010 OISE, University of Toronto
Portrait of Dean Jane Gaskell
2008 Queen’s University
Portrait of Chancellor Charles Baillie
2007 University of Toronto
Portrait of Chancellor Michael Wilson, Trinity College
University of Toronto
Portrait of Provost Margaret MacMillan, Trinity College
Friends of the National Ballet School
Portrait of patrons Wallace and Margaret McCain
Bishop Strachan School
Portrait of Principal Natalie Little

recent critical and media reviews

2019 Interview with Marc Mayer, former Director, National Gallery of Canada, in
conjunction with “Once Removed” exhibition at Nicholas Metivier Gallery
Toronto Life, Ben Waldman
“This Toronto artist painted portraits of every Raptors player” (April 16, 2019)
CBC Arts, Leah Collins
“How one Raptors game turned this artist into a fan – and inspired these larger-than-life portraits” (April 11, 2019)
The Globe and Mail, Kate Taylor
“Tod paints stillness and movement in Once Removed”, by Kate Taylor (April 9, 2019)
2016 Border Crossings
"Intuitive Discipline: An Interview with Joanne Tod", Introduction by Meeka Walsh & Interview by Robert Enright (August 2016)
2015 John Bentley Mays: Art, Architecture & the City
"Joanne Tod at the Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto", John Bentley Mays (November 4, 2015)
2012 The Toronto Star
“Joanne Tod: Invited Invasion at the Gardiner Museum”, Daniel Baird (September 29,
Canadian Art Magazine
“Joanne Tod and the return of the Funny Girl”, Richard Rhodes (September 14, 2012)
The Globe and Mail
“Faux Gothic, Southern Ontarion Edition”, Sarah Milroy (October 20, 2012)
Telegraphy Journal
“Fair Play”, Tom Smart (November 3, 2012)
Art Sync
“Interview with Joanne Tod”, Interviewed by Barbara Isherwood (October 2012)
2011 The Walrus (July/August 2011)
"Joanne Tod - Portraits of The War"
The National Post, Leah Sandals (May 20, 2011)
The National Post , Shinan Govani (May 3, 2011)
"The not-a-million dollar question"
Walrus TV, interview with Kate Abraham
"Oh, Canada - A Lament" (April 20, 2011)
The Agenda, interview with Steve Paikin (March 18, 2011)
"A Break from Politics: The Art of Joanne Tod"
Arabella, Christopher George
"The Many Faces of Joanne Tod" (spring 2011)
2010 U of T Magazine, Scott Anderson (November)
"The Art of War"
The Toronto Star
“Immortal only in art”, Murray Whyte (Aug. 9, 2010)
2009 Art, Architecture and the City,  "Joanne Tod at Nicholas Metivier Gallery", John Bentley Mays (December)
The Globe and Mail
“A convincing replication of reality and its layers” Gary Michael Dault (Dec. 12/09)
Eye Weekly
“Objectification - Painter Joanne Tod's journey through the world's museums"
David Balzer  (Dec 10, 2009)
The Toronto Star
Interview with Murray Whyte (November 26, 2009)
The Globe and Mail
“Here’s Looking at Us", Ian Brown (November 21, 2009)

Joanne Tod is represented by Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto.