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DEREK MAINELLA_ CV (abbreviated)

b. Toronto, Canada 1973, lives and works in London, UK.


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

Infinity Poison. Castor Projects, London, UK. 2016
New PPL. White Wizard. Liverpool, UK. 2015
Van Gogh Seer. Neubacher Shor Contemporary, Toronto, Canada. 2012
Death and the Maiden part 2. Greener Pastures Contemporary Art, Toronto, Canada. 2007
Death and the Maiden part 1. Greener Pastures Contemporary Art, Toronto, Canada. 2006


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

Paste. Seize Projects / British Art Show 8. Leeds, UK. 2015
Sunday in the Park with Ed. Display London, London, UK.  2015
We Could Not Agree. Frieze Week Satellite project, Q Park, London, UK. 2014
Need You 100%. Point Zero Projects, London, UK. 2014
SuperAbstraction. Angell Gallery, Toronto, Canada. 2013
ARE YOU ALRIGHT? New Art from Britain. Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA), Toronto, Canada. 2013. (Curator)
Savant. High Roller Society, London, UK. 2011
To Get Her. ATM Gallery, New York, USA. 2007
Berlin Exchange. Galerie Jette Rudolph, Berlin, Germany. 2006
Behind the Wall of Sleep. Greener Pastures, Toronto, Canada. 2006
Diamond Life. Curated by Daniel Borins. Toronto, Canada. 2006
Two Weeks in Autumn. Greener Pastures, Toronto, Canada. 2005


CURATOR:

ARE YOU ALRIGHT? New Art from Britain. Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA), Toronto, Canada. 2013
Bitch Slap. Thrush Holmes Empire, Toronto, Canada. 2010
New Voice of the Gutter. Rolly's Garage, Toronto, Canada. 2009
G- Note. Mind Control Gallery. Toronto, Canada, 2004
Efficiency 2. Mind Control Gallery. Toronto, Canada, 2004
Die Kunstler. Mind Control Gallery. Toronto, Canada, 2004
Hinter Selection. Mind Control Gallery. Toronto, Canada, 2004
Efficiency. Mind Control Gallery. Toronto, Canada, 2003
Arcade! Art System. Toronto, Canada, 2002
dance...dance...dance... Art System. Toronto, Canada, 2002


SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:

ARE YOU ALRIGHT? New Art from Britain. Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) publications, Toronto. Exhibition catalogue, 2013.
Carte Blanche: Volume 2- Painting. Magenta Publishing for the Arts, Toronto, Canada 2008. ISBN: 978-0973973952


SELECTED COLLECTIONS:

A.G. Rosen, Absolute Vodka, Katherine Bernhardt, Roger Haas, Erik Parker,
Ranbir Singh. Private collections- Canada, Europe, U.S.A.


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An artist and sometimes independent curator, Derek Mainella is most known for his oil on canvas paintings which maintain a constantly evolving relationship to format while remaining for the most part, tenuously connected to the human visage. He has had several solo exhibitions, and has been included in numerous group shows in Toronto, as well as art fairs and group exhibitions internationally. He is now based in London UK, where Mainella has been included in a growing number of exhibitions in recent years. Mainella’s work has been collected­ in Canada, Europe and the U.S., most notably in American collections alongside such significant artists as Karen Kilimnik, Tal R, Jean-Michael Basquiat, Dana Schutz, John Currin, Mark Flood and Jonathan Messe.

Mainella was a central figure in the pioneer days of the Queen West scene in Toronto, where he has assembled numerous independent curatorial projects since 2002 and was the founder and director of Mind Control Gallery from 2003-2006. Mainella was represented by the renowned Greener Pastures Contemporary Art in Toronto until its closing in 2009, where he showed along with artists such as Huma Bhabha, Jason Fox, Erik Parker, Katherine Bernhardt and Joe Bradley. For his most recent curatorial project, Mainella was the co-curator of Are You Alright? New Art from Britain, at The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) in Toronto in 2013. 


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