Derek Sullivan, born 1976 in Richmond Hill, ON, is a contemporary visual artist based in Toronto. Sullivan’s multidisciplinary practice employs drawing, sculpture, book works, and installation to engage with the legacy of modernist art and design. The artist questions familiar forms and genres, often to examine the links between one discipline and the next. Books and the act of reading have consistently been central to Sullivan’s practice.
Derek Sullivan received his BFA from York University in Toronto and his MFA from the University of Guelph. Solo exhibitions include The Booklover at the Dunlop Art Gallery (Regina), Albatross Omnibus at The Power Plant (Toronto), The Missing Novella at the Oakville Galleries (Oakville), Bulletin Board at Whitecolumns (New York) and More Young Americans at Kiosk (Ghent, Belgium). Sullivan has been featured in numerous group exhibitions, including BNL MTL 2012 (Montreal), Where do I end and you begin at City Art Centre (Edimburgh) and Blue times at Kunsthalle Wien (Vienna). His books and editions have been published by Paul & Wendy Projects (Toronto), Art Metropole (Toronto), Boabooks (Geneva), Printed Matter Inc. (New York). Sullivan has been nominated five times for the prestigious Sobey Art Award, being shortlisted in 2012. His works in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada are currently on view in their upcoming survey exhibition Our Masterpieces, Our Stories. Derek Sullivan lives and works in Toronto.