Jeff Willmore Print Biography

Jeff Willmore was born in Toronto in 1954. He pursued studies in Design prior to completing a Diploma of Fine Art at Fanshawe College in 1980. He has exhibited on a consistent basis since that time in public and commercial galleries throughout Ontario, establishing a strong regional profile. Past exhibitions have often combined painting with storytelling and other performances. The Canada Council Art Bank, Museum London and the University of Western Ontario include
Willmore’s paintings among their collections. His work is also in many private collections and he received the Canadian Emerging Artist Prize, sponsored by Connor Clark Private Trust and the Canadian Art Foundation, in 1999.

Solo Exhibitions
2007 McIntosh Gallery, London, Ontario, September 13 – October 29, “Organizing the Search for Tom Thomson”

Gallery Gevik, Toronto, Ontario, April 8-28, “Local Project”

2003 Thielsen Galleries, London Ontario, November 13-December 4, “Arcticalachia”
2001 Gallery Gevik, Toronto Ontario, November 10-December 7, “Curious Landscape”
2001 Theilsen Galleries, London Ontario, May 3-June 2, “Recent Works ~ Jeff Willmore”
2000 St. Thomas-Elgin Art Gallery, St. Thomas Ont., Jan. 14-Feb 11, “Vessels in a Landscape”

Woodstock Art Gallery, Woodstock Ontario, October 2 – November 21, “Performative Utterances and Other Oaths”


Thielsen Galleries, London Ontario, October 23 – November 15, “ Erie to the Abitibi”


Art Gallery of Algoma, Sault Ste. Marie Ontario, Oct. “A Forest the size of France”

1994 Museum London, London Ontario, October 29 – January 1, “A Forest the size of France”

McIntosh Gallery, London Ontario, June 15 – August 1, “Acknowledging Presence”

1991 Gibson Gallery, London Ontario, September 6-28, “Standing and Place”

Museum London, London Ontario, September, “Talbot Street Exhibition”


Museum London, London Ontario, June 20-August 10, “Second Hand Information in a One Horse Town”


Nancy Poole’s Studio, Toronto Ontario, November 8-10, “Jeff Willmore: recent paintings”


Forest City Gallery, London Ontario, November 4-29, “Collages”

Group Exhibitions

Thielsen Gallery, London, Ontario, October 26 – November 17, two person show

2007 Gallery 96, Stratford, Ontario, June 24 – July 29, “Out of Place”

Tom Thompson Memorial Gallery, Owen Sound Ontario, January, “Personal Journals” three person show


Roth Art Gallery, London Ontario, November3-30, “Roland, Beryl and the Bear Attack”


Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. Johns Newfoundland, May 21 – June 21 “Paintings of People”

1985 Museum London, London Ontario, May, “Research and Discovery”
1984 College Park, Toronto Ontario, September, “Eight Artists”
2007 Gallery 96, Stratford, Ontario “Remote Control” July
1995 Art Gallery of Algoma, Sault Ste. Marie Ontario “Halloween Story” October

Museum London, London Ontario, “Halloween Story” and “Sylvan Valley”, November

1993 Forest City Gallery, London Ontario, 8 th Annual Spring Performance Festival, “Buick Surfing”
1990 Forest City Gallery, London Ontario, 5 th Annual Spring Performance Festival, “Alison Automatic”

The University of Western Ontario – McIntosh Gallery, June 2001
Connor Clark, Canadian Art Collection, 1999
Museum London, November 1997 and April 1984
Canada Council Art Bank, July 1992 and November 1985
Blackburn Group, London Free Press Collection, November 1989
Matthew Teitelbaum, personal collection


The Canadian Emerging Artist Prize, sponsored by Connor Clark Private Trust and the Canadian Art Foundation – Second Prize, 1999

Ontario Arts Council Materials Assistance Grants, 2001, 1999, 1997, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1991, 1989, 1986, 1985, 1984

Selected Bibliography
“Jeff Willmore” profile by Sylvia Curtis-Norcross, Lifestyle magazine, 2001
Performative Utterances and Other Oaths” essay by Rick Nixon, Curator/Director of the Woodstock Art Gallery, November 1999
Londoner Places Second in National Arts Contest” staff writer, The London Free Press
Vessels in a Landscape” essay by Avril Flanagan, MA, June 1999
A Beautiful Body of Work” review by Sylvia Curtis-Norcross, Scene magazine, October 1997
A Forest the Size of France” essay by James Patten, curator of contemporary art, Museum London, October 1997
Jeff Willmore: Acknowledging Presence” Art World review by Mickey Meads and Holly Curtis, Scene magazine, August 1993
Neo-Expressionist Continues climb” article by Kate Taylor, The London Free Press, June 1986
Novel Show and exciting hodgepodge of humorous art” article by Kate Taylor, The London Free Press, 1985
Commercial representation as listed below; website found at

Thielsen Galleries
1038 Adelaide St. London, Ontario, Canada N5Y-2M9 / tel: 519 434-7681 /

Gallery Gevik
12 Hazelton Ave. Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5R-2E2 / tel: 416 968-0901 /