Born in 1966, Toronto. Lives and Works in Toronto, Canada.




2021                David Urban: Revisiting Motifs, Corkin Gallery, Toronto, ON

2019                Lonely Boy, Corkin Gallery, Toronto, ON

2014-15           Love of the Real, Corkin Gallery, Toronto, ON

2014                Studio 21 Fine Art, Halifax, Nova Scotia

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

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

2011                Returner, Corkin Gallery, Toronto, ON

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

2009                Works on Paper, Corkin Gallery, Toronto, ON

2007                Actual Fiction, Corkin Gallery, Toronto, ON

                        Time Machines, Trépanier Baer Gallery, Calgary, AB

2006                David Urban, Corkin Gallery, Toronto, ON

2005                The Constructor, Michael Gibson Gallery, London, ON

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

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

2003                The Recognitions, Michael Gibson Gallery, London, ON

                        The Recognitions, Galerie René Blouin, Montréal, QC

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

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

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

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

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

                        Jim Schmidt Contemporary Art, St. Louis, MS

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

1997                Form and Colour Society, Galerie René Blouin, Montréal, QC

                        Douglas Udell Gallery, Vancouver, BC

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

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

                        Entering Language, Trépanier Baer Gallery, Calgary, AB

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

                        The Anderson Gallery, Buffalo, NY

                        Trépanier Baer Gallery, Calgary, AB – Project Room

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

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

                        Expandable Language, Sable-Castelli Gallery, Toronto, ON

1993                Gubbinal, Gallery 788, Toronto, ON

                        Sable-Castelli Gallery, Toronto, ON




2001-02        Present Tense, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON

1998             Parts of a World, Peel Heritage Complex, 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




2020             Accidental Geometries, Corkin Gallery, Toronto, ON

2019             When the sun departs for a new horizon, Corkin Gallery, Toronto, ON

2018             Desire, Corkin Gallery, Toronto, ON

2017             David and Goliath, Corkin Gallery, Toronto, ON

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

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

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

2003             Mixed Media, Gallery Neubacher, Toronto, ON

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

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

2001             Durham Press Inc, Durham, PE

                     Gottheiner Contemporary Art, St. Louis, MS

                     Trépanier Baer Gallery, Calgary, AB

2000-01        Les peintures, Galerie Rene Blouin / Galerie Lilian Rodriguez, Montréal, QC

                     David Urban, Geoffrey James, Galerie René Blouin, Montréal, QC

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

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

                     Robert McLean Gallery, Houston, TX

                     Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, GE

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

                     ARCO Fair, Trépanier Baer Gallery, Madrid, Spain

1997             Galerie Barbara Farber, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

                     Stux Gallery, New York, NY

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

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

1996-98        Theories of the Decorative, Baumgartner Galleries Inc, Washington, DC:

                     New Breed-A Synergy of the Arts, Lincoln Center; Saks Fifth Ave, 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             Body / Language, Zavitz Hall Gallery, University of Guelph, ON




2021             Subject/Object/Process: Works from the Permanent Collection, The Varley Art Gallery of Markham, Markham, ON

                     Everywhere We Are, Calgary Contemporary, Calgary, AL

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

2002             Hungry Eyes, Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax, NS

                     Recent Acquisitions, Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL

                     Abstraction, Appleton Art Museum, Appleton, FL

                     Painters 15, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China

                     Vancouver Collects, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2001-02        Dialogue(s) Lise Boisseau, Michel Daigneault, David Urban, Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal /
                     Centre d'exposition de Val d'Or, Montréal, QC / Quebec, QC

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

                     Suburbia, Art Gallery of Peel, Peel, ON

2000-01        Processes: Caio Fonseca, Jeffrey Graham, Robert Kelly, Antonio Murado, Tony Sherman, David Urban, Mendel Art Gallery,
                     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             David Urban, Gina Rorai, Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph, ON

                     Translinear, McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, ON

                     Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery, Owen Sound, ON

                     Social Body, École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts, Paris, France

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

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

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

1996-98        London Life: Young Contemporaries 1996, London Regional Art Gallery, London, ON

                     Second Skin, Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, 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




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




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




2016             “The Artists Talk”, Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts,

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

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

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

2010             “Kathleen Munn” Art Gallery of Ontario

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

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

1996             University of Lethbridge, AB

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

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

1994             McMaster Museum of Art, McMaster University




2014             Meraj, Dhir. “David Urban Leading Canadian Painter, Art Beyond the Parameters of a Canvas” FashCam, June 2014

2012             Woodley, E.C. “David Urban”, Art in America, New York, December 5, 2012

                     Smith, Pete, “David Urban’s Timely Paintings Impress at Corkin Gallery”,   

                     Canadian Art, October 5, 2012

                     Baird, Daniel. ‘The Eye as Dove Review”, The Toronto Star, Toronto, September 30, 2012

2007             Dault, Gary Michael. "David Urban at Corkin Gallery", The Globe and Mail, Oct. 20, 2007

2006             Dault, Gary Michael. “Exhibit A: Moving Forms”, The Globe and Mail, Toronto, Friday September 26, 2006, p. R24 (Review)

2003             Kissick, John. “David Urban”, Canadian Art Magazine, Summer 2003. p. 95

2002             Dault, Gary Michael. “Urban's abstracts get figurative”, The Globe and Mail, Toronto, Saturday December 28, 2002,

                     p. R6 (Review)

                     “Present Tense #24”, Amigo Motel, December 25, 2002

                     Milroy, Sarah. “Brushes with the best”, The Globe and Mail, May 11, 2002

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

                     Enright, Robert. “The Miraculous Question of Looking, An Interview with David Urban”, Border Crossings, Vol. 20, No. 4,

                     2001, p. 18-31

2000             Cheetham, Mark. “Jazz Lines”, Canadian Art, Vol. 17, No. 4, Winter 2000, p. 86

                     Couelle, Jennifer. “Paysages”, La Presse, Montreal, April 1, 2000, p. D17

                     “David Urban at Sable-Castelli”, The Globe and Mail, Toronto, October 21, 2000. p. R10

1999             “Don't look at me like that – and other imperatives of Recent Abstract Painting”, Canadian Art, Spring 2000.

                     Vol. 17, No. 1, p. 62-69

                     Jordan, Betty Ann. “David Urban”, Toronto Life Magazine, Vol 34, No 26, October 2000, p. 46

                     George, Kate. CJRT Radio Interview, January 27, 1999

                     “The New Abstraction: to understand the new school of abstract art, think of a heartbeat captured on canvas”,

                     The National Post, February 6, 1999  

                     MacKay, Gillian. “David Urban at McMaster Museum of Art”, The Globe and Mail, February 6, 1999. p. C13

                     Somers, David et al. “David Urban: Parts of a World”, Art Gallery of Peel, 1999

                     Wachtel, Eleanor. “The Arts Tonight”, CBC Radio Interview, February 1, 1999

1998             Brackert, Donald. “Paintings Become the Real World”, The Globe and Mail, October 4, 1998

                     Cullum, Jerry. “What Abstraction Represents”, Atlanta Journal-Constitution June 10, 1998

                     Griswold, Alicia. “A Journey is Not a Commute Artists and Madmen Weekly”, Vol. 4, No. 13, May 22-28, 1998

                     Kisil, Gerry. “Consuming urbanization”, Border Crossings, Vol. 17, No. 1, Winter 1998,  p. 46-47

                     Locke, Donald. “Quantum Leap: Construction, Representation and Action at Marcia Wood”, Creative Loafing,

                     Atlanta, May 23, 1998 

                     “The drip turns 50”, The Globe and Mail, Saturday, Jan 24, 1998, p. C1 & 6

                     “Paintings as defiance, a gesture against the void”, The Globe and Mail, May 15, 1998

                     Maclear, Kyo. Toronto Life, May 1998

                     St. Gelais, Therese. “David Urban at Galerie Rene Blouin”, Parachute 89, Fall 1998, p. 43-44

1997             Lamarche, Bernard. Le Devoir, July 11, 1997

                     Marchand, Keith. “David Urban's use of the abstract”, Montreal Mirror, June 19-26, 1997

                     Lehmann, Henry. “David Urban's abstracts also have something to do with soul-searching”,

                     The Montreal Gazette, July 12, 1997

                     De Chassey, Eric. “La peinture vivante”, L'Oeil, October 1997

                     Moos, David. “In the Suburbs of the Mind”, Art + Text, November 1997

                     Muller, Brian. “Abstraction / abstractions”, Flash Art. October 1997

                     Queen Street Quarterly I, Vol. 1, Toronto, Spring 1997

                     Scott, Michael. “Abstract Urban Art : Toronto Painter David Urban's work announces that modern art is alive and well”,

                     The Vancouver Sun, October 22, 1997, p. C5

1996             Miller, Earl. “Anne Lazare – Mirvish & David Urban: abstraction revived in Yorkville”, Artfocus, Vol. 4, No. 4,

                     Aug/Sept 1996, pp. 11-13

                     Tousley, Nancy. “If you love painting”, The Calgary Herald, April 6, 1996

1995             Breismaster, Holly. Artworld Magazine, (Review), Issue No. 21, Spring 1995

                     “Urban's Abstracts: Over the Top”, The Globe and Mail, March 4, 1995

                     “The Triumph of Canadian Art”, The Globe and Mail, June 12, 1995

1995             “Night and Day”, Canadian Art (cover), Vol. 12, Winter 1995

1994             Mays, John Bentley. “Urban's Oblongs: Like a Mirror”, The Globe and Mail, April 2, 1994

                     Moos, David. “Punctual Painting”, Amsterdam: Galerie Barbara Farber, 1994

                     “Rising Stars of Canadian Culture”, The Globe and Mail, December 31, 1994




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, Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal et Centre d'exposition

                     de Val-d'Or, Montréal, QC, 2001

1999             De Chassey, E. Social Body, École Nationale Supérieure 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, Géometries Provisoires, Saint-Etienne: Musée 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




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




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




1992-94        MFA Visual Arts (Painting / Drawing), University of Guelph

1990-91        MA English Literature and Creative Writing, University of Windsor

1985-89        BA English Literature & BFA Visual Arts, York University