Allen Smutylo Print Biography
Artist Statement
Morocco - 2015/16

On the north-west corner of the African continent sits the Kingdom of Morocco. It is a country that is partly European, partly Berber and Arab, partly African, modern yet ancestral with a fascinating contrast of divergent cultures, climates and geography.

Although a stones-throw from southern Spain, it is wholly Islamic and deeply traditional. Moroccans trace their past deep into Arab ancestry or back to the ancient Berber tribes. In the latter part of the 1880s and early 1900s France and Spain carved up Morocco in large zones of influence. Although the colonization has ended, the legacy of occupation of Morocco is still apparent.

With its independence in 1956 the country came under the governance of a constitutional monarchy. Its current king, Mohammed VI, like his father, is said to be the direct descendent of the Prophet Mohammed. And although there is an elected legislature, Mohammed VI retains executive power over Morocco's government and people.

I went to Morocco in the spring of 2015 with Intrepid Travel who specializes in guiding small ten-person groups. Our itinerary covered a wide geographical range and cultural interests that took us to the coastlines of the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, the Atlas, Rif Mountains and the Sahara Desert.

Our travels included: the picturesque town of Chefchaouen, with its intensely blue washed walls; Marrakesh, with its huge market square and exquisite Majorelle Garden; Fez and its medieval tannery and traditional mosaic and ceramic artisans; the ancient desert town of Ait Benhaddou, the locale for shooting numerous films including Gladiator; the frontier town of M' Hamid on the edge of the Sahara and the jumping off point for caravans, camels and desert camps; the bustling fishing port of Essaouira with its multitude of blue painted wooden boats; Volubilis's extensive hill-top Roman ruins; the isolated village of Imlil, deep in the High Atlas Mountains; the sea-side promenade of Tangier; and the old medina and souks of Casablanca.
Biographical Summary
Allen Smutylo was born in Toronto, Canada in 1946. He was a founding member of Circle Arts Gallery which was opened in Tobermory in 1969.He is a Ontario College of Art honour graduate and a member of the Ontario Society of Artists.

For the last 20 years his work has been exclusively based on experiences from extensive traveling. These trips include over 25 kayaking and backpacking expeditions in the high Arctic including: the Queen Charlotte Is., Alaska, the Yukon, Baffin Is., Bylot Is. Devon Is., Ellesmere Is., Labrador, Iceland and Greenland. More recently Smutylo has travelled to other remote areas in the world to work including, the Amazon jungle, the Himmilayas, and Antarctica.

Allen Smutylo’s work is included in over 200 public and private collections in Canada and abroad. His work has been exhibited in dozens of solo shows and countless group shows, nationally and internationally. Smutylo has won numerous awards for his work both nationally and internationally, including the prestigious Sapporo International Print Biennial in Japan.

He has been profiled in many magazine and newspaper articles in Canada and the United States. His art and travels have been part of three films. The most recent, THE LAST FRONTIER, the Radio-Canada (Quebec CBC) production of a Jean Lemire film. It depicts Smutylo’s adventure and artistic response to kayaking with Humpback whales in Alaska and Labrador as well as swimming with them in the Pacific Ocean waters off of Maui.

Allen Smutylo resides in Big Bay, Ontario, Canada.
1970 Ontario College of Art, Honour Graduate
The Ontario Society of Artists; The Print and Drawing Council of Canada
Solo Exhibitions (partial list)
1969-89,91,93,95,97,99,01 Circle Arts, Tobermory, Ontario
Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery, Owen Sound, Ontario
1986 Pagurian Gallery, Toronto
1987 University of Ottawa
1990-92 “Allen Smutylo, Drawings and Prints,1982-1989”, touring provincial exhibition. Including: Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Rodman Hall Arts Centre (St. Catherines) Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Peterborough, Laurentian University Arts Centre (Sudbury), Tom Thomson Art Gallery (Owen Sound)
1991,94,96,98 Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto
1992,94,00,02,05 Thielsen Gallery, London
1994,95,98 Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
1995,98 Upstairs Gallery, Winnipeg, Man
1998 1998 Zwickers, Halifax, N.S.
2000 Wallace Gallery, Calgary, Alberta, (2 person)
2003 Galerie Unikat , Hamburg, Germany
2005 Circle Arts,
2005 Chapel Gallery, Waterloo
2005 Renison College, University of Waterloo. On.
2005 Thielsen Gallery, London, On.

Circle Arts, Tobemory, On


Thielsen Gallery, London, On, "Nomadic Remnants"

Future touring exhibition in Public Galleries organized by the Tom Thomson Gallery, Owen Sound
Group Exhibitions (partial list)
1972 1972 Ontario Institute of Studies in Education, Toronto
1975 Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby, B.C.
1976,77,85,90,96 Tom Thomson Art Gallery
1977,78 “Graphex 4 & 5, Art Gallery of Brant, Brantford
1980,81 Gallery Moos, Toronto
1982 “Printmaking ‘82”, Art Gallery of Ontario
1982,84 Aggregation Gallery, (Wynick Tuck), Toronto
1982,85 Miriam Perlman, Chicago
1983 “Pressure ‘83”, OSA (travelling)
1984 Evelyn Amis Gallery, Toronto
1984-85 “Alberta/Ontario Collaborative Exhibition”, OSA (travelling)
1986 “Sound Art”, Billboard Exhibition, Owen Sound
1987,89,92,96,99 Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto
1989 “Political Landscapes #1”, Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Owen Sound, (travelling)
Wenniger Graphics Gallery, Provincetown, Maryland
1989,95,98 Thielsen Gallery, London, Ontario
1990 “Intergrafik‘90”,Berlin,Germany
1991,94 “Osaka Triennale”Osaka, Japan
1992 “Georgian Bay Experience”, Tom Thomson Art Gallery,O.S.
“Show of Proofs”, Canadian Art Galleries, Calgary
1993,96 Sapporo International Print Biennale, Sapporo, Japan
1994,97 Zwickers Gallery, Halifax, N.S.
2002, 2005 Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto

Circle Arts.

2004 Mira Godard Galler, Toronto, On.
Awards (partial list)
1974,77,78 First Place Award, Juried Show, Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Owen Sound
1975 1975 Second Place Award,Juried Show,Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery,Owen Sound
1977 Ontario Arts Council Editions Award, “Graphex 4”, Art Gallery of Brant, Brantford
Purchase Award, “Graphex 4”, Art Gallery of Brant, Brantford
1977-84 Over 20 Collector’s Choice Awards, “Image”, Exhibitions, Ontario Society of Artists
1981 Best Print Award, “Image ‘81”, Ontario Society of Artists
1993 The Sponsor’s Prize, Sapporo International Print Biennale, Sapporo, Japan

International Award - Banff Mountain Book Festival - Best Travel Adventure Book of 2007 given to Allen’s book "Wild Places Wild Hearts - Nomads of the Himalaya"

Public and Private Collections (partial list)
Memorial University Art Gallery
Academy of Learning
Ontario Club
Wm. E. Coutts Company Ltd.
Burroughs Memorex Inx
B.P. Canada Ltd.
McMillan-Binch Ltd.
Pfizer Ltd
Forrest/Bodrug Partners Inc.
Dofasco Ltd.
University of Saskatchewan
Union Gas Ltd.
Canada Council Art Bank
J. F. Sullivaan Company of Canada Ltd
Corvallis Collection, U. of Oregon
Tory, Tory, Deslauries and Binnington
Brant Art Gallery
Hokkaido Shimbun Press (Japan)
Canarim Investment
Canada Permanent Trust Co. Ltd.
George Weston Ltd.
Bell Canada
Steinburgs Company Ltd
Pringle and Booth Ltd.
Toronto-Dominion Bank
Merrill Lynch Royal Securities
Shell Canada Ltd.
Dynamic Funds Management
Coca Cola Ltd.
Quaker Oats Co. Ltd.
Manufacturer’s Life Insurance of Canada
Quaker State Oil Co. Ltd.
CHC Helicopter Corp.
Geoffcott Group Ltd.
BCE Inc.
Household Finance
Tesesat Mobile Inc.
Canadian Standards Association
Bank of Montreal
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
Great West Life Assurance
Consolidated Life Assurance Comp.
Alberta Government Telephones
Hewlett Packard
Trans – America Life
Canada Life Assurance
Center of Contemporary Art, Japan
Holiday Inn
Toronto Stock Exchange
McCain Foods
MacLaren Art Centre
Newcourt Financial
Templeton Management
Scotia Trust
Tokai Bank of Canada
Oshawa Foods
Sony Canada Ltd.
Coopers and Lybrand
Cassels, Brock and Blackwell
Royal Bank of Canada
Capsco Software Canada Ltd.
Citibank Canada
Abeille-Paix Reinsurance
Clarkson and Gordon
Power West Financial
Ernst and Whinney
P. Lawson Travel
Monarch Foods Ltd.
Zurich Life Insurance
Blake, Cassells and Graydon
Ontario Northland
Rae Cable Casting
Richards Medical Company
Abitibi-Price Inc.
Bank of Nova Scotia
Fleischman’s Canada
Suncor Inc.
Southam Inc.
Proctor and Gamble
First Boston Canada Ltd.
Dept. of External Affairs
Power Corporation
Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery
Lantic Sugar
Braun Canada Ltd.
Shoppers Drug Mart Ltd.
Interprovincal Pipline Ltd.
Nissan Inc.
Kerr Addison Mines Ltd.
Ernst and Young
Sun Life Insurance
American Airlines
Enfield Company Ltd.
Marion Merrell Dow, Canada
M.T. Associates Investment Counsel
Thornmark Capital Corporation
Mazda Canada
Credit Suisse
Rolex Canada
Prudential Insurance
Pan Canada
Chlorophylle h. tech.
Tim Horton’s
Manulife Financial
Lee Valley Tools
Northern Telecom
Union Bank of Switzerland