Canan Tolon

Style of Art : Artist / painter
Branch of Art : Painting, sculpture, photography
Art Profile :

Canan Tolon was born in Istanbul and spent her childhood in France.  After finishing her high school degree from the École Française in Istanbul, she studied design and Architecture at Napier University, Edinburg, and at the Fachhoschule Tier, Germany.  She received her Bachelor of Art degree at Middlesex University in London, England in 1980, and a Master in Architecture degree from University of California at Berkeley in 1983. She has shown nationally and internationally, and her work is in numerous collections.

Tolon is known to work with inventive processes, accidental and premeditated, mostly inspired by architectural spaces in conflict with natural elements. Her painting technique simulates that of photography to manipulate reality and imagination while her sculptures use refraction to manipulate spatial illusions and senses of gravity. Her work reveals a vision of a problematic world often overlooked.

Solo Exhibitions:
1984, University of California at Berkeley, CA
1990, University of California at Berkeley, CA
1991, Galeri Nev, Ankara
1991, Pro-Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA
1991, Bemis Gallery, Bemis Foundation, Omaha, NE
1991,Galeri Nev, Istanbul
1991, Maçka Sanat Galerisi, Istanbul
1992, Garden of the Zodiac Gallery, Omaha, NE
1992, Harcourts Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1993, Galeri Nev, Ankara
1993, Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM
1993, Galeri Nev, Istanbul
1996, Galeri Nev, Istanbul
1997, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA
1997, Galeri Nev, Ankara
1998, "Kaza Eseri", Galeri Nev, Istanbul
1999, Galeri Nev, Ankara
2000, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris
2000, "Nothing to Declare", Borusan Gallery, Istanbul
2001, Galeri Nev, Istanbul
2001, Galeri Nev, Ankara
2003, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA
2003, Galeri Nev, Ankara, Turkey
2003, Galeri Nev, Istanbul, Turkey
2003, Mills Museum of Art, Oakland, CA
2005, “Tıkırında Herşey/Everything is Honky Dory”, Galeri Nev, Ankara
2005, “Tıkırında Herşey/Everything is Honky Dory”, Galeri Nev, Istanbul
2008, “Glitch”, Galeri Nev, Istanbul
2008, “Glitch”, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco
2009, Artists Gallery, SFMoMA, San Francisco

Group Exhibitions:
1987, California College of Arts and Crafts, San Francisco, CA
1988, Viridian Gallery, 54th Street- New York, NY
1989, Gallery Vienna, Chicago, IL
1989, Nerlino Gallery/Soho-New York, NY
1989, American Institute of Architects, San Francisco, CA
1990, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA
1990, Bemis Foundation, Omaha, NE
1991, Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, Lincoln, NE
1992, 3rd International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul
1992, “Sanart ’92”, Ankara
1992, Montgomery Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1992, Bemis Gallery, Bemis Foundation, Omaha, NE
1992, Garden of the Zodiac Gallery, Omaha, NE
1992, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA
1992, Alsace Plurielle, Mulhouse
1993, Topkapı Palace Museum, Istanbul
1993, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA
1994, Walter/McBean Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
1994, Nexus Institute Gallery, Berkeley, CA
1994, “Zyzzyva”, Victoria Room, San Francisco, CA
1994, Euphrat Museum-DeAnza College, Cupertino, CA
1995, Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael, CA
1995, Nexus Gallery, Berkeley, CA
1995, Charlottenborg Center for Arts, Kopenhag
1997, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA
1998, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
1998, Bolinas Museum of Art, Bolinas, CA
1999, Galeri Nev, Ankara & Istanbul
1999, University of California Art Gallery, San Diego, CA
1999, De Paul University Art Gallery, Chicago, IL
2000, Galeri Nev, Ankara & Istanbul
2001, Topkapı Müzesi, Istanbul
2002,  Rundetårn Art Center, Kopenhag
2002, Eczacıbaşı Müzesi, Istanbul
2002, “1st Pedestrian Exhibtion“, küratör/curator: Fulya Erdemci, Nişantaşı, Istanbul
2003 “Verheugen Seçkisi/ Verheugen Selection”, Avrupa Komisyonu/European Commission, Brussels
2003, The Blue Room, San Francisco, CA
2003, Galeri Nev, Istanbul
2003, Center for Contemporary Arts, Istanbul, Turkey
2003, U.N. Art Center, Brussels.
2004, Istanbul Modern (permanent collection), Istanbul
2005, Çini Için, İznik Çini Vakfı, Aya Sofya, Istanbul
2005, “Contagious Nature”, Akbank Sanat, Istanbul
2005, 2nd Pedestrian Exhibition, küratörler/curators: Fulya Erdemci/Emre Baykal, Karaköy, Istanbul
2005, Galeri Nev, Istanbul, Turkey
2007, “J.P. Morgan Chase Collection”, Pera Museum, Istanbul
2007, “Istanbul Now”, Lukas Feichtner Gallery, Vienna
2007, “21st Annual Exhibition”, Emeryville
2007, “Modern ve Ötesi/Modern and Beyond”, küratör/curator: Fulya Erdemci Santralistanbul, Istanbul
2007, “Nev/Tepebaşı”, Galeri Nev, Istanbul
2008, “In and Out of Istanbul”, Slought Foundation, Philadelphia
2008, “Bay Area Now 5”, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
2008, “Modern Experiences”, Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Istanbul

Residencies and Awards:
1989, Focus Design Award in Furniture
1991, Artist in Residence, Bemis Foundation, Omaha, NE,
1992, Artist in Residence Bemis Foundation, Omaha, NE,
1994, Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF)/NEA; Painting
1995, Artist in Residence, The MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH
1996, Artist in Residence, The Camargo Foundation, Cassis, France
1997, Gamblin Fellowship
1997, Artist in Residence, Vermont Studio Center
1998, Arts Council of Wales
1998, Berllanderri Sculpture Workshop, Wales,
1999, Center for Mediterranean Studies, Georgetown University, Washington D.C.
2000, Cité Internanationale des Arts, Paris

Reference:;; Sotheby’s London Contemporary Art Turkish, 4 March 2009 (London 2009), p. 23, 50 and 99; Galeri Nev


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City : Istanbul
Country : Turkey / U.S.A.
Preferred Lang. : Turkish / English
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