Anneke van Bommel: Conquerall Mills. Nova Scotia. Canada.
Education: Nova Scotia College of Art and Design [NSCAD]. Halifax, Nova Scotia
Bachelor of Fine Arts *Major in Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing. 2001.
Additional Studies in Drawing, Sculpture, Photography and Art History.
Apprenticeship: Atelier of Sabine Mittermayer. Oberaudorf, Germany. 2000.
Selected Group Exhibitions:
2015 The Utensil. Visual Arts Exhibition.Harbourfront Centre.Toronto.ON.
2014 Not Forkchops. Hashtag Gallery.Toronto.ON.
2013 Repeat, Repeat. York Quay Gallery.Harbourfront Centre.Toronto.ON.
2013 Capacity.Toronto International Design Week.Gladstone Art Bar.Toronto.ON.
2012 Directions/Intersections in Canadian Design. Visual Arts Centre. Clarington. ON.
2012 Radiant Dark: The Devil is the Details. Made Gallery. Toronto. ON.
2011 Yield. York Quay Gallery. Harbourfront.Toronto.ON.
2011 Made at Home. Made Gallery.Toronto.ON.
2010 The Unicorn.Narwhal Art Projects.Toronto.ON
2010 Radiant Dark, Assets and Values.MADE.Toronto.ON
2009 Cheongju International Craft Biennale.Cheongju, South Korea.
2009 Elegant Corruptions.MADE.Toronto,ON.
2008 Object Toronto.Mc Clure and Egan Gallery.Gladstone Hotel, Toronto,ON.
2008 Beaver Tales:Canadian Art and Design.University of Toronto Art Centre.ON
2007 Come up to my Room. Alt. Interior Design.Gladstone Hotel, Toronto.ON.
2007 Object Toronto.Mc Clure&Egan Gallery Gladstone Hotel, Toronto.ON.
2007 It’s a Beauty. International Departures Gallery, Toronto Pearson Airport.
2007 The Object(s) of Longing.York Quay Centre, Harbourfront, Toronto,ON.
2006 60 Jewellery Artists. Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h, Montreal,QC
2006 100 Brooches.Pacini Lubel Gallery, Seattle, Washington,USA
2005 100 Brooches.Bellagio Gallery, North Carolina,USA.
2005 Oh Canada.Propeller Centre for Visual Arts, Toronto,ON.
2005 100 Brooches.Velvet Da Vinci Gallery, San Francisco,CA.
2004 Award Winners 2004. Ontario Crafts Council Gallery, Toronto.ON.
2004 Same Time/Same Place. York Quay Gallery ,Harbourfront Toronto.ON.
2003 Rings.Lafreniere and Pai Gallery, Ottawa.ON.
2003 Curing Insight. York Quay Gallery, Toronto.ON.
2002 Black and White.A Show of Hands Gallery, Toronto,ON.
2002 Proxemics. Anna Leonowens Gallery, NS. OCAD Gallery.ON.
2002 20x10. York Quay Gallery,Toronto.ON.
2000 Nine. Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax.NS.
1999 By the Skin of our Teeth. Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax.NS.
Selected Solo Exhibitions:
2011 With Glowing Hearts. Lafreniere and Pai Gallery. Ottawa. ON.
2001 Nexus. Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax. NS.
Full Residency Scholarship, Harbourfront Centre. Jewellery Studio Residency.2001.
Best Design in Exhibition, 20x10. Harbourfront Centre. Studio Residents Exhibition. Proud Canadian Design Ltd.2001.
Honorable Mention, Turn up the Volume exhibition. Metal Arts Guild. Toronto, Ontario.2003.
Tommia Vaughan Jones Award for excellence in Metal Arts. Ontario Crafts Council.2003.
Canada Council for the Arts Grant.2004.
Tommia Vaughan Jones Award for excellence in Metal Arts.2004.
Craft Artists Grant. Ontario Arts Council. 2004.
The Women’s Association of the Mining Industry of Canada Scholarship. Ontario Crafts Council.2006.
Lacy and Company Supply Grant. Ontario Crafts Council.2006.
Ontario Arts Council Grant.2009.
Design Lines Magazine Top 100 Design. Toronto International Design Week.2011.
Design Lines Magazine Top 100 Design. Toronto International Design Week.2012.
Juror's Choice. Toronto Design Offsite Festival Awards.2014.
Ontario Arts Council Grant.2015.
My current body of work explores the icons, symbols and clichés of Canada.
Using jewellery techniques I have developed multiple bodies of wearable work, cutlery and domestic objects that explore these icons, and symbols for the past decade.
While these symbols are often nostalgic and romantic, they are symbols that I reluctantly embrace and identify as being Canadian. Within this body of work are several series that represent both obscure and iconic provincial destinations, people and symbols. These works explore an "idea” of Canada, and allude to the souvenir. The desire to take a “piece” of a place home with us and to somehow authenticate a journey is a shared one. This common need allows us, as Canadians, to relate to one another despite our distance across such a vast nation.
I find myself drawn to the irony and humor in the clichéd images that re-appear within our collective idea of Canada. As I explore and manipulate these symbols I hope to emphasize the importance of identity, the power of nostalgia for places and people and the layers of meaning that develop when these symbols are distorted, combined or forgotten.
Artists Biography: Anneke van Bommel
Anneke van Bommel is a graduate of NSCAD University (BFA 2001) Halifax NS, and former artist in residence of the Harbourfront Centre, Toronto ON. (2001-2004).
Anneke is the recipient of various grants including the Ontario Arts Council, the Ontario Crafts Council and the Canada Council of the Arts.
She has exhibited her work throughout North America and Internationally, exhibits with a number of galleries across Canada and the USA, and has work in private collections internationally, including commissions from both the Finance Dept. and the Tourism Dept. of the government of Ontario. Her work has been published in multiple magazines, national newspapers, online, and print features, as well as features in several books, including Lark Books 1000 rings and 500 Brooches.
Anneke has taught as sessional faculty with the Ontario College of Art and Design, and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University. After teaching at George Brown College for over a decade and maintaining an active studio practice in downtown Toronto, for 15 years, Anneke decided to embark on a new adventure, and is currently renovating a house older than Canada, in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia where she has an active studio practice.
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