Jeff Blackburn Biography & Works

Jeff Blackburn is a Toronto based multidisciplinary artist with over a decade of experience producing projects for exhibition and clients.
Heavily inspired by illustration, graffiti, and comic books, Blackburn’s work is known for its emphasis on line and texture, focusing on the linear deconstruction of form through a series of exploratory contour lines.
Recent paintings are constructed by merging contemporary urban art aesthetics with more traditional painterly techniques.

SELECTED EXHIBITION HISTORY

Solo
Illegallery – Steppin Out – Toronto, CAN. 2018.
Hashtag Gallery – Trophies – Toronto, CAN. 2016.
Gallery 431 – Bears In The Streets – Toronto, CAN. 2013.
Of A Kind – Open Season – Toronto, CAN. 2012.
Drake Hotel G.S. – What Are You Hiding – Toronto, CAN. 2009.
OMY Gallery – The Trouble With Kids These Days – Toronto, CAN. 2008.

Group
Various galleries (touring exhibition) – Blank Boy Canvas – Hong Kong, San Francisco, Chicago, Mexico City, Toronto, LA, Vancouver. World wide. 2015 – present.
DAIS – Shape – Toronto, CAN. 2017.
Cotton Candy Machine – Brooklyn Biennial – New York, USA. 2015.
Station 16 Gallery – M(OMEN)to Mori – Montreal, CAN. 2014.
Project Gallery – Salon Show – Toronto, CAN. 2014.
Hashtag Gallery – City Love – Toronto, CAN. 2014.
Project Gallery – Hip Hop Urban Art Exhibition – Toronto, CAN. 2014.
Hashtag Gallery – The Cat’s Meow – Toronto, CAN. 2013.
Norman Felix Gallery – Cold Snap – Toronto, CAN. 2013.
Norman Felix Gallery – Northern Touch ¬– Toronto, CAN. 2012.
OMY Gallery – OMY Gallery Presents – Toronto, CAN. 2008.

SELECTED HIGHLIGHTS

Affiliations
Secret Walls. Collaborative live painting mural battles. Toronto, CAN. 2018.
En Masse. Collaborating artist on multiple mural projects for both corporate and private clients. Toronto. 2017-2018.
The Plywood Collective. Co-ordinator and member, producing sponsorship opportunities to cover artist material costs and venue expenses of several group exhibitions for 20 local artists, as well as organizing and creating site specific installations. Canada wide. 2012-2017.

Residency
Fairland Funhouse. One of the lead artists selected to create a fully immersive art room experience, which included several large painted and illustrative elements. Toronto, CAN. 2018.
Lacuna Artist Lofts. Created 5 site-specific indoor and outdoor works throughout the grounds. Chicago, USA. 2016

Public Speaking
Upper Canada College. Presentation discussing a career in the arts, and working on projects with multiple classes. Toronto, CAN. 2018
Drake Hotel. Polaris Music Prize poster artist panel discussion. Toronto, CAN. 2017.
The York School. Presentation discussing a career in the arts to 300 high school art students. Toronto, CAN. 2017.

Nuit Blanche
Live painting and mural installation at Coterie (2018), Markham House (2016), collaborative graffiti alley mural take over (2012), Quiksilver retail window installation build and painting (2008). Toronto, CAN.

Private Commissions
Indoor/outdoor, various media and sizes from post card dimensions to multi-story buildings. Worldwide. 2007-present.

Corporate Clients
BMW/TED Conference/Wasserman. Improvised mural based on input received during the conference. Vancouver, CAN. 2017.
Pabst. Illustrated Canada’s first limited edition PBR “Art Can” design, multiple painting commissions, co-organized several arts centric events, artistic consultant. Canada wide. 2013-2018.
Live Nation. Large scale mural and sculptural installations, as well as free standing wall building and mural painting for various music festivals including Digital Dreams, VELD, Field Trip, and Squamish Valley Music Fest. Canada wide. 2014-2018.
City Of Toronto. Over twenty mural and outdoor projects of varying scale. Toronto, CAN. 2012-2017.
Budweiser/Anomaly. Six musician portrait illustrations for Budweiser Stage (venue). Toronto, CAN. 2017-2018.
Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Multi-use illustration. Canada wide. 2018.
GMC. Designed vinyl graphic wrap for Whistler Blackcomb fleet of trucks. Whistler, CAN. 2018.
Curated Properties/Windmill Developments/Blackjet. Over two-dozen illustrations for a condo campaign, and a corresponding mural on The Plant office. Toronto, CAN. 2016-17.
The Second City Toronto. Designing and executing the set painting for the 77th revue “Come What Mayhem”, building of props for various revues. Toronto, CAN. 2016-17.
Toronto International Film Festival. Created and oversaw interactive “colouring book” mural for Festival Street. Toronto, CAN. 2015.
Wilder and Rose (Rose And Sons/Big Crow/Fat Pasha/Bar Begonia/Schmaltz Appetizing). Numerous commissions including murals, sign building, paintings, illustrations, graphic design work, framing. Toronto, CAN. 2013-2018.
El Patio. Mural for rooftop cocktail bar. Banff, CAN. 2017.

EDUCATION
York University – BFA with Honours (Studio Arts, Art History). Toronto, CAN. 2007.
Torcan Lift Equipment – trained in aerial work fall arrest systems, scissor lift, boom lift. Toronto, CAN. 2017.

This Little Piggy (Brough, UK)

Jeff Blackburn

This Little Piggy (Brough, UK)

2017
Spray and acrylic paint on wood
18" x 36"
$3800

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Cry Your Pardon

Jeff Blackburn

Cry Your Pardon (Munich, DE)

2017
Spray and acrylic paint on wood
11" x 17"
$4000

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Cura Drops

Jeff Blackburn

Cura Drops

2018
Ink on archival paper
11" x 17"
$300

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Fringewich Makes A Comeback

Jeff Blackburn

Fringewich Makes A Comeback

2018
Ink on archival paper
11" x 14"
$300

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Granville (Vancouver, CAN)

Jeff Blackburn

Granville (Vancouver, CAN)

2018
Spray and acrylic paint on wood
45.5" x 90.5"
$5000

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L Train (Manhattan, USA)

Jeff Blackburn

L Train (Manhattan, USA)

2018
Spray and acrylic paint on wood
49" x 89.5"
$5500

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Low Ceilings and Tiered Seating

Jeff Blackburn

Low Ceilings and Tiered Seating

2018
Ink on archival paper
11" x 14"
$300

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On to the Next

Jeff Blackburn

On to the Next (Brighton, UK)

2018
Spray and acrylic paint on wood
18" x 36"
$4000

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Salty Warm Ups

Jeff Blackburn

Salty Warm Ups

2018
Ink on archival paper
11" x 14"
$300

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Palms Up

Jeff Blackburn

Palms Up (Puerto Viejo, CR)

2018
Spray and acrylic paint on wood
18" 36"
$4200

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Scattered Alleys

Jeff Blackburn

Scattered Alleys (London, UK)

2018
Spray and acrylic paint on wood
18" x 36"
$4000

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State of the Art

Jeff Blackburn

State of the Art

2018
Ink on archival paper
11" x 14"
$300

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Sweet Man Tho

Jeff Blackburn

Sweet Man Tho

2018
Ink on archival paper
11" x 14"
$300

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Bellwoods Walls

Jeff Blackburn

Bellwoods Walls

2018
Ink on archival paper
11" x 14"
SOLD

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