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Thaddeus Holownia


Thaddeus Holownia

Thaddeus Holownia, is a visual artist, letterpress printer and publisher. Born in 1949 in Bury St. Edmunds, England he emigrated to Canada in 1954. During his 41 year career as a professor of art and as the head of the fine art department at Mount Allison University, he had a major influence on a generation of young artists. In 1998 and 2006, he was awarded the Paul Paré Medal of Excellence, Mount Allison University’s highest faculty award in recognition of excellence in teaching, scholarship, service and creative achievement.  

Through his art Thaddeus Holownia explores the intersections of nature and humanity that form a particular presence in the landscape. Drawn to the markings and symbols that arise from these encounters, he returns to a place over years to photograph, thus creating an accumulation of transformation and disappearance. The meaning that resides in these bodies of work goes beyond mere visual description: they stand as a history of the play between human intervention and the land. The results are anecdotes of ordinary places and metaphors for our relationship to place and environment.

Holownia’s artwork has been the subject of numerous exhibitions, including most recently, of a feather at Art Toronto, The Nature of Nature at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia; The Lintels of Paris at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery; Paris After Atet at the Corkin Gallery in Toronto.

Thaddeus Holownia’s photographic prints and bookwork’s have been acquired by the National Gallery of Canada, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Yale University, the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Canadian Centre of Architecture, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Owens Art Gallery, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and the Confederation Centre for the Arts as well as numerous corporate and private collections. He has been the recipient of awards from the Canada Council for the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the New Brunswick Arts Board, the Crake Foundation and the Marjorie Young Bell Foundation.

He is a Fulbright Fellow, an elected Fellow of The Royal Society of Canada and the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts. He was named to the Order of New Brunswick in 2015.