Nomi Drory

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About

Nomi Drory was born in Bolivia, raised in Israel, and then moved to Canada as an adult. Through her experience as an immigrant, she developed both a pervasive sense of dislocation and a paradoxical attachment to disparate places.

In university, she studied to be an architect, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Architecture in 1989 from The Technion, Israel’s prestigious institute of technology. Following her graduation, travel, and a brief stint in New York, Drory came to Canada. She settled in multicultural Toronto, which she has said “enabled me to gain the geographical and socio-cultural distance necessary to hear the voice of The Other.”

In 1996, she completed the adult art program at the historic Art Centre of Central Technical School. Upon receiving her diploma, she was accepted into the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. She graduated with a Bachelor of Education in 1999. In 2000, she returned to the Art Centre of Central Technical School as a teacher to instruct drawing, painting and history.

Drory’s first show was in Israel, where she exhibited her final thesis project for her architecture degree, which won her a first prize in Architectural Design. In 1995, during a period away from Canada, she exhibited drawings and ceramic sculptures in Sydney, Australia.

Over the course of her artistic career, she has explored a variety of media and disciplines, including sculpting, drawing, painting, cutouts, video, and multi-media installations. She has participated in dozens of group shows in commercial and public galleries and art fairs in Toronto and New York. Her work is part of the University of Toronto’s art collection, as well as many private collections. Two summers ago, she fomented Mixing Toronto, a collective project involving video projections of sites in the city, which was an official exhibit at the 2014 edition of Nuit Blanche.

The contrasting cultures and environments of four continents has helped to direct the material and thematic content of her art. Her artistic practice has also been informed by her training in architecture. She explores juxtaposition and the the potential for discord and harmony resulting from bringing together traditional and new media and the abstract and representational.

 

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EXHIBITIONS

2016 Pivot, The Spoke Club, Toronto, Solo Show, curated by Rupert Young
2014 Mixing Toronto, as part of the Spring Collective, 2014 Nuit Blanche, Toronto
2014 Drawing 2014, B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, Juried Group Show
2013 TIFF 2013, The Spoke Club, Toronto, Group Show, curated by Rupert Young
2013 InsideOut, Monton Window Gallery, Toronto, Collective Installation
2012 Drawing 2012, B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, Juried Group Show
2012 Affordable Art Fair, New York City, a guest of Blunt, Group Show
2011 Society of Canadian Artists, 43rd Open National Juried Exhibition,
Todmorden Mills, Papermill Gallery, Toronto
2011 The Abstraction Attraction, Still Point, Brunswick, Maine, Juried Online Group Show
2011 Black and White, Linus Gallery, Long Beach, California, Juried Group Show
2011 In Practice, Central Gallery, Central Technical School, Toronto, Solo Show
2011 TWOGETHER, Loop Gallery, Toronto, Two-Person Show with Phillip Woolf
2011 Drawing 2011, B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, Juried Group Show
2010 Holiday Small Work Salon, Loop Gallery, Toronto, Group Show
2010 Placeless - Placeness, Toronto Public Library, Fairview Branch, Toronto, Solo Show
2010 Members' Art Collections, Women's Art Association of Canada, Toronto, Two-Person Show
2009 Levitation, La Muse, Toronto, Group Show
2008 X.C. Gallery, Toronto, Group Show
2007 Landscape of Memory, Side Space Gallery, Toronto, Two-Person Show
2007 Mindscapes, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, Group Show
2007 OISE Staff and Alumni Exhibition, Faculty of Education, University of Toronto, Toronto, Group Show
2006 Observations, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, Group Show
2005 X.C. Gallery, Toronto, Group Show
2004 A.A.F. Art Fair, New York City, Juried Group Show
2004 Central, Artists from the Art Centre at Central Technical School, Loop Gallery, Toronto, Group Show
2004 Still Lives, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, Group Show
2003 Paintings, Canvas Gallery, Toronto
2003 Still Lives, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Nathan Phillips Square, Group Show
2001 The Eye and The Hand, Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery, Etobicoke, Group Show
1995 Incantation, Bondi Pavilion, Sydney, Two-Person Show

 

COMMISSIONS, AWARDS, AND PUBLICATIONS

2012 Levitating Figures, Oil on Canvas, 24"x48", Private Commission
2011 Still Point Gallery, Brunswick, Maine, Artist of Distinction Award
2006 Winds of Change, Commissioned by Ellen and William Michelson,
now part of the Faculty of Sociology, University of Toronto, Art Collection
2005 Memory of Abruzzo, 6' by 4' Oil on Canvas, Private Commission
1989 The Israel Institute of Technology Award for Thesis
1989 Rothschild Boulevard End, Architecture in Israel,
1989, Publication of Thesis

 

PRESS

2016- Upcoming review of Pivot in the journal Public- Art, Culture, Ideas- December 2016
2014, July 31, Living Toronto, Mixing Toronto, A Nuit Blanche Installation
2014 BlogTO, Mixing Toronto, An Official Nuit Blanche Independent Project
2013 Still Point Arts Quarterly, Fall Issue, Highlights on an Online Group Show
December 2011, BLOG: Nomi Drory - Artist of Distinction, Still Point Art Gallery

 

EDUCATION

1998 - 1999 Bachelor of Education, Intermediate/Senior, Art History Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto 1995 -1996 Diploma in Visual Arts, Special Post Secondary Art Program, The Art Centre at Central Technical School, Toronto
1983 - 1989 Bachelor of Architecture, The Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Israel