1992-1994       MFA Visual Arts (Painting / Drawing), University of Guelph

1990-1991       MA English Literature and Creative Writing, University of Windsor

1985-1989       BA English Literature & BFA Visual Arts, York University


Awards (Select)


2009              Alumni of the Year Award, University of Guelph

2003              Elected Royal Canadian Academy of Art

1995              Canada Council B Grant

1993              Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Grant

                      Graduate Fellowship, University of Guelph

                      Ontario Graduate Scholarship, University of Guelph

1991              Ontario Graduate Scholarship, University of Windsor


Academic Appointments


2005              External Thesis Advisor, University of Waterloo

1994              Sessional Instructor: Painting, University of Guelph

1993              Teaching Assistantship: Art Theory and Criticism, University of Guelph

                      Sessional Instructor: Drawing, University of Guelph

1992              Teaching Assistantship: Painting, University of Guelph

1991              Teaching Assistantship: Romanticism to Modernism Department of English Literature, University of Windsor

1990              Teaching Assistantship: Literary Genres, Department of English Literature, University of Windsor


Artist Residency


2012              Koerner Artist in Residence, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON


Guest Lectures


2012              Art Gallery of Ontario, “Paul-Emile Borduas and James Wilson Morrice”

2011              Art Gallery of Ontario, “AGO Next debate: Relevance of the Group of Seven”

                      Albright-Knox Art Gallery, “The Automatistes (Symposium)”

2010              Art Gallery of Ontario, “Kathleen Munn”

1999              Ontario College of Art & Design University, “David Urban”

1997              Emily Carr School of Art and Design, Vancouver, BC

1996              University of Lethbridge, AB

                      Corcoran Gallery of Art, Corcoran College of Art and Design, “Theories of the Decorative”

1995              University of Guelph, U.A.A.C Conference: “Wilderness Stations: Painting and Historical Memory”

1994              McMaster Museum of Art, McMaster University


Solo Museum and Institutional Exhibitions (Select)

2016              Michael Gibson Gallery, David Urban, London, ON

2001-2002     Art Gallery of Ontario, Present Tense, Toronto, ON

1998              Peel Heritage Complex, Parts of a World, Brampton, ON, travelled to McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, ON / University of Waterloo Art Gallery, Waterloo, ON

1989              I.D.A. Gallery, York University, Toronto, ON


Group Museum and Institutional Exhibitions (Select)


2003              Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Painters 15, Toronto, ON

2002              Dalhousie Art Gallery, Hungry Eyes, Halifax, NS

                      Birmingham Museum of Art, Recent Acquisitions, Birmingham, AL

                      Appleton Art Museum, Abstraction, Appleton, FL

                      Shanghai Art Museum, Painters 15, Shanghai, China

                      Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver Collects, Vancouver, BC

2001-2002     Musee d'art contemporain de Montréal / Centre d'exposition de Val d'Or, Dialogue(s) Lise Boisseau, Michel Daigneault, David Urban, Montreal, QC / Quebec, QC

2001              St. Michael's College, University of Toronto, Signs of the Spirit: The Donovan Collection at St. Michael's College, Toronto, ON

                      Art Gallery of Peel, Suburbia, Peel, ON

2000-2001     Mendel Art Gallery, Processes: Caio Fonseca, Jeffrey Graham, Robert Kelly, Antonio Murado, Tony Sherman, David Urban, Saskatoon, SK, travelled to Plug-In Gallery, Winnipeg, MB / Cambridge Galleries, Cambridge, ON / Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, BC / Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton, AB / Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC

1999              Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, David Urban, Gina Rorai, Guelph, ON

                      McMaster Museum of Art, Translinear, Hamilton, ON

                      Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery, Owen Sound, ON

                      Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts, Social Body, Paris, France

                      Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, Contingency and Continuity: Negotiating New Abstraction, Guelph, ON

1997              Musee d'Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne, Abstraction / abstraction: geometries provisoires, La Terrasse, France

1996              Galleria In Arco, The Quill of Darkness (with Peter Schuyff and Stephano Peroli), Turin, Italy

1996-1998     London Regional Art Gallery, London Life: Young Contemporaries 1996, London, ON

                      Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, Second Skin, Guelph, ON, travelled to Rodman Hall Arts Centre, St. Catherines, ON / Lynwood Arts Centre, Simcoe, ON / The Gallery Stratford, Stratford, ON / Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery, Owen Sound, ON

1995              Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY


Public Collections


Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal

Musée des beaux arts, Montréal

Vancouver Art Gallery

Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

Museum London, London, ON

Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor, ON

Art Gallery of Hamilton

Art Gallery of Mississauga

The Rooms, St Johns, NL

Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon

Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery

Art Gallery of Peel

Varley Art Gallery of Markham

Birmingham Art Gallery, Alabama


Solo Gallery Exhibitions (Select)

2016              Michael Gibson Gallery, London, ON

2014              Studio 21 Fine Art, Halifax, Nova Scotia

2014              Corkin Gallery, Love of the Real, Toronto, ON

2013              Corkin Gallery, How to be Broken, Toronto, ON

2012              Corkin Gallery, The Eye as Dove, Toronto, ON

2011              Corkin Gallery, Returner, Toronto, ON

2010              Corkin Gallery, The Konokol: Sound and Reflection, Toronto, ON

2009              Corkin Gallery, Works on Paper, Toronto, ON

2007              Corkin Gallery, Actual Fiction, Toronto, ON

                      Trépanier Baer Gallery, Time Machines, Calgary, AB

2006              Corkin Gallery, David Urban, Toronto, ON

2005              Michael Gibson Gallery, The Constructor, London, ON

                      Trépanier Baer Gallery, A Toy in the Pond, Calgary, AB

2004              Moore Gallery, Treats for the NightWalker, Toronto, ON

2003              Michael Gibson Gallery, The Recognitions, London, ON

                      Galerie Rene Blouin, The Recognitions, Montreal, QC

2002              Trépanier Baer Gallery, Of Being Numerous, Calgary, AB

2000              Sable-Castelli Gallery, David Urban: Transport to Summer, Toronto, ON

                      Sable-Castelli Gallery, David Urban: North, Toronto, ON

                      Trépanier Baer Gallery, David Urban: Credences of Summer, Calgary, AB

1998              Galerie Barbara Farber / Rob Jurka, Parts of a World, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

                      Jim Schmidt Contemporary Art, St. Louis, MS

                      Sable-Castelli Gallery, Like Seeing Fallen Brightly Away, Toronto, ON

1997              Galerie Rene Blouin, Form and Colour Society, Montreal, QC

                      Douglas Udell Gallery, Vancouver, BC

                      Trépanier Baer Gallery, David Urban: New Paintings, Calgary, AB

1996              Sable-Castelli Gallery, Farewell to an Idea, Toronto, ON

                      Trépanier Baer Gallery, Entering Language, Calgary, AB

1995              David Beitzel Gallery, Easel Painting, New York, NY

                      The Anderson Gallery, Buffalo, NY

                      Trépanier Baer Gallery, Calgary, AB – Project Room

                      Sable-Castelli Gallery, A Cold Spring, Toronto, ON

1994              Galerie Barbara Farber, Reform School, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

                      Sable-Castelli Gallery, Expandable Language, Toronto, ON

1993              Gallery 788, Gubbinal, Toronto, ON

                      Sable-Castelli Gallery, Toronto, ON


Group Gallery Exhibitions (Select)


2009              Trépanier Baer, Royal Canadian Academy of Arts: A Celebration of Art, Architecture and Design, Calgary, AB

2008              Michael Gibson Gallery, Walter Redinger & David Urban, London, ON

2004              Trépanier Baer Gallery, John Clark, David Urban, Harold Klunder, Calgary, AB

2003              Gallery Neubacher, Mixed Media, Toronto, ON

                      Galerie René Blouin, Gina Rorai, David Urban, Montreal, QC

2002              Trépanier Baer Gallery, Show & Tell, Calgary, AB

2001              Durham Press Inc, Durham, PE

                      Gottheiner Contemporary Art, St. Louis, MS

                      Trépanier Baer Gallery, Calgary, AB

2000-2001     Galerie Rene Blouin / Galerie Lilian Rodriguez, Les peintures, Montreal, QC

                      Galerie Rene Blouin, David Urban, Geoffrey James, Montreal, QC

2000              Trépanier Baer Gallery, Christmas Group Show, Calgary, AB

1998              Trépanier Baer Gallery, Show and Tell, Calgary, AB

                      Robert McLean Gallery, Houston, TX

                      Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, GE

                      Marcel Sitcoske Gallery, Durham Press: 10 Year Anniversary Exhibition, San Francisco Gallery, San Francisco, CA

                      Trépanier Baer Gallery, ARCO, Madrid, Spain

1997              Galerie Barbara Farber, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

                      Stux Gallery, New York, NY

                      Sable-Castelli Gallery, David Craven, Ric Evans, Tony Sherman, David Urban: On Paper, Toronto, ON

                      Trépanier Baer Gallery, New Modern: Art and Design in the Post Industrial City, Calgary, AB

1996-1998     Baumgartner Galleries Inc, Theories of the Decorative, Washington, DC:

                      Lincoln Center; Saks Fifth Ave, New Breed-A Synergy of the Arts, New York, NY

                      Galerie Barbara Farber, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1994              Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GE

                      Edward Thorp Gallery, New York, NY

                      Kunst Rai, Galerie Barbara Farber, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1993              Zavitz Hall Gallery, Body / Language, University of Guelph, ON



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2001              “Translinear”, Canadian Art (Review), Fall 2001.

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2005              Moos, David; Campbell, James D. The Constructor: David Urban, Michael Gibson Gallery. London, ON, 2005

2002              Portis, Ben. Present Tense: Contemporary Project Series No 24, David Urban, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON, 2002.

2001              Beaudoin, Marie-France; Lussier, Real. Dialogues, Musee d'art contemporain de Montreal et Centre d'exposition de Val-d'Or, Montreal, QC, 2001

1999              De Chassey, E. Social Body, Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1999

                      Shuebrook Ron. Contingency and Continuity : negotiating new abstraction, MacDonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph, ON, 1999

                      Enright, Robert (interview), “The poetics of painting – a conversation with David Urban,” Processes : Caio Fonseca, Jeffrey Graham, Robert Kelly, Antonio Murado, Tony Sherman, David Urban, Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton, AB, 1999

1998              Cheetham, Mark; Moos, David; Pagel, David. David Urban: Parts of a world, Art Gallery of Peel, McMaster Museum of Art, University of Waterloo Art Gallery, Peel, ON, 1998

1997              De Chassey, Eric, Morineau, C. Abstraction/Abstraction, Geometries, Provisoires, Saint-Etienne: Musee d'Art Moderne, Paris, France, 1997

1996              Moos, David. The Quill of Darkness, Galleria in Arco, Turin, Italy, 1996

                      Patton, James. Young Contemporaries, London Regional Art Gallery, London, ON, 1996