Heather Gentleman: Expedition of the Fantastical

Exhibition OPENS October 15, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Artist Talk Sunday October 18, 2:00 p.m.


No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else, P.T. Barnum
140 cm x 76 cm
Charcoal, Oil, and Acrylic on Canvas

I thought you’d rather have a live donkey than a dead lion, Ernest Shackleton
140 cm x 76 cm
Charcoal, Oil, and Acrylic on Canvas

Not all those who wander are lost, J.R.R. Tolkien
140 cm x 76 cm
charcoal, Oil and Acrylic on Canvas

Because wherever I sat, I would be sitting under the same glass bell jar, stewing in my own sour air, Sylvia Plath
140 cm x 76 cm
Charcoal, Oil, and Acrylic on Canvas

There are no clear borders, Only merging invisible to the sight, Dejan Stojanovic
95 cm x 140 cm
Charcoal, Oil, and Acrylic on Canvas

Any planet is earth to those who live on it, Isaac Asimov
95 cm x 140 cm
Acrylic and Oil on Canvas

Adventure is just bad planning, Roald Amundsen
95 cm x 140 cm
Charcoal, Oil, and Acrylic on Canvas

It is the lot of ‘man’ to strive no matter how content he is, Spock
95 cm x 140 cm
Acrylic and Oil on Canvas

I constantly remind our employees to be afraid, to wake up every morning terrified, Jeff Bezos
95 cm x 140 cm
Charcoal, Oil, and Acrylic on Canvas

That which does not kill us makes us stronger, Friedrich Nietzsche
95 cm x 140 cm
Acrylic and Oil on Canvas

How long will we wander before the truth is found?, Morris R. gates (Māori)
95 cm x 140 cm
Charcoal, Oil, and Acrylic on Canvas

Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past, George Orwell
140 cm x 76 cm
Acrylic and Oil on Canvas

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin, William Shakespeare
30.5 cm x 40.5 cm
Mixed Media, Acrylic, and Oil on Canvas

It is easier to build strong children, than to repair broken men, Frederick Douglas
30.5 cm x 40.5 cm
Mixed Media, Acrylic, and Oil on Canvas

The one person who has more illusions than the dreamer is the man of action, Oscar Wilde
30.5 cm x 40.5 cm
Mixed Media, Acrylic, and Oil on Canvas

There remains one thing…to live to see the great day, day that dawns and see the light that fills the world, Inuit Proverb
30.5 cm x 40.5 cm
Mixed Media, Acrylic, and Oil on Canvas

From the days of old there is no permanence. The sleeping and the dead, how alike they are, they are like a painted death. The Epic of Gilgamesh
30.5 cm x 40.5 cm
Mixed Media, Acrylic, and Oil on Canvas

For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one. Kahlil Gibran
30.5 cm x 40.5 cm
Acrylic and Oil on Canvas

I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We’ve created life in our own image, Stephen Hawking
30.5 cm x 40.5 cm
Acrylic and Oil on Canvas

Remember the dignity of your womanhood. Do not appeal, do not beg, do not grovel. – Christabel Pankhurst
30.5 cm x 40.5 cm
Mixed Media, Acrylic, and Oil on Canvas

Who wants to live forever? Freddie Mercury
30.5 cm x 40.5 cm
Mixed Media, Acrylic, and Oil on Canvas

And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden Genesis 3:2, King James Bible
30.5 cm x 40.5 cm
Acrylic and Oil on Canvas

And the serpent said unto the woman…”For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods.” Genesis 3:4,5, King James Bible
984 cm x 118 cm
Charcoal, Acrylic, and Oil on Canvas

Think of the Consummate Folly…Henry David Thoreau
10 cm x 10 cm
Wood, Plexiglass, Paper

There is no remorse so deep as that which is unavailing, Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist
20 cm x 20 cm x 14 cm
Wood, Fabric, Stone

Video https://vimeo.com/410652137

But I don’t want comfort, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want Freedom, I want goodness. I want sin, Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
72 cm x 72 cm
Porcelain, Acrylic, Branches

            “We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” T.S. Eliot                                                  
61 cm x 15 cm
Found Object, Stryofoam, Acrylic

Artist Statement


Heather Gentleman’s work is narrative in nature, finding inspiration in literature, anthropology, mythology, and symbolism.  She approaches her work primarily through painting and drawing, but also works in sculpture, video, writing, interactive installation, audio and performance allowing for cross pollination between genres. She chooses to layer media when it enhances the telling of the story by allowing the viewer a fuller comprehension of the layers of meaning  in the work. Imbued with psychological undertones and observation of contemporary culture in a historical context, she explores how ideas, themes and social mores recur and are paralleled from one time period to another and how our understanding of the past, and the future, is shaped by our own contemporary viewpoint.

Characters peer out at the viewer as strangers that belong to a separate, surreal world, telling stories with the sensibility of an intimate conversation, expressing universal motifs that bridge with the personal. Her landscapes could be derivative of Italian Renaissance painting with floating putti or a camp science fiction film. The compositions are often of a centred figure or object that creates a natural mirroring with the viewer which enhances the idea of dialogue, enabling the viewer to see him/herself in the story. Her large scale paintings, by sheer scale, are installations in themselves, engaging the viewer to step into the experience. Their totem like structures  have a theatrical feel that embody the physical and deal with the conscious and unconscious, the body and architecture, and space and memory.

Artist Bio


Heather Gentleman lives and works in Toronto.  Her education includes a MFA from Chelsea College of Art in London, UK, an Honours BA in Fine Arts at the University of Guelph. Her work has won several international arts awards and has been featured in several books, magazines, design annuals and media, in local, national and international media. It is also found in private and corporate collections in Canada, U.S., Asia, France and Great Britain. In addition to solo exhibits, she regularly participates in group shows. Heather ran her own gallery/studio school in the Historic Distillery District and acted as the Selection Committee Chair at Propeller Gallery in the Queen Street West Gallery District. She is currently an instructor at the Ontario College of Art and Design University. 

Artist Contact


Contact: hagseed555@gmail.com


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