Owen Gordon: Towards the Horizon

November 26, 2020 - January 30, 2021

Nicholas Metivier Gallery is pleased to announce Owen Gordon: Towards the Horizon. The exhibition will open on November 26th, 2020 and run until January 30th, 2021. Presented in partnership with Black Artists’ Network In Dialogue (BAND), part of the proceeds from sales will be directed to BAND emerging Artists exhibitions program, which allows BAND Gallery to provide support to Black Artists who have not had the opportunity to showcase their work in a professional gallery setting.


Owen Gordon’s first solo exhibition at Nicholas Metivier Gallery presents a survey of seminal examples of his work from the 1980s to the present. A careful observer of life with a passion for people, Gordon illuminates different narratives with vibrant colours and patterns. In addition to a prolific painter, Gordon is also a sculptor and writer. Over the last four decades, he has experimented with different styles including portraits, landscapes, still lifes and abstractions. While influences stretch as wide as Pablo Picasso to Tom Thomson, at the core of Gordon’s work is his rich life story.


Born in Jamaica, the landscape and music was formative in his approach as a young artist and still is to this day. At the age of 38, Gordon emigrated to Canada where he worked for the City of Toronto until his recent retirement. He never stopped painting throughout his career, but rather used his daily experiences and the people he read about or encountered, to fuel his practice.


From capturing vignettes of the urban environment, landscapes, domestic scenes, still lifes and portraits – of real or imagined characters – to global politics and events, his work opens a vibrant window onto the world we collectively inhabit, but to the realities of which we are often oblivious.

– Curatorial exhibition statement, A World Asleep But Me

at BAND Gallery, Toronto


About Black Artists’ Network In Dialogue (BAND)

Located at 19 Brock Ave in Toronto, BAND supports, documents, and showcases the artistic and cultural contributions of Black artists in Canada and abroad. BAND works to encourage dialogue among Black artists, cultural workers and the larger society to inspire, enlighten, and educate through the arts. For more information on BAND, click here.


BAND is excited to partner with Nicholas Metivier Gallery to present the work of Owen Gordon. BAND’s relationship with the Metivier Gallery began in 2013 when we worked together with the Gordon Parks Foundation to present the first Canadian exhibition of Parks’ photography. BAND looks forward to future collaborations that bring Black artists’ work to wider audiences.

- Karen Carter, Director, BAND


To view the exhibition walkthrough, click here.