About / Bio

Martin Godin is a Canadian artist whose work explores the connections between painting and our rapidly changing world. Through interdisciplinary research, painting, and writing—his art practice centres the individual within the broader flow of historical and contemporary forces to further develop the queer response to postwar art movements.

Martin uses traditional and unconventional materials to capture their alchemical interaction and the interplay of figurative with abstract representation. Through his work, Martin reflects upon continuity and change, the oscillation between cultural ferment and watershed, and the formation of community and identity.

Martin’s work has been presented across Canada, including at Nuit Rose as part of World Pride 2014 in Toronto (curated by the late Wendy Coburn). Martin is a recent MFA graduate from the University of Ottawa (2020), where he received the Charles Gagnon Scholarship.

2018-2020 – Master of Fine Arts / Maîtrise en Arts Visuels (MFA/MAV), University of Ottawa / Université d'Ottawa, Ottawa, ON

2011-2015 – Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA with Distinction), OCAD University, Toronto, ON


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Exhibitions, Performances and Residencies

January 23 to March 7, 2021 – Paydirt [Bonne veine], as part of Emergent [Émergence], Alma Duncan Salon, Ottawa Art Gallery / Galerie d'art d'Ottawa, Ottawa, ON; Self-curated with curator Catherine Sinclair; Video walk-through (at 6:45): https://youtu.be/LJtkD_UHjDg

2020 – Knock on X, Various locations in Montréal, QC (see Instagram for listing details), #BYOM 

Cancelled 2020 – Paydirt: MFA Thesis Exhibition, Ottawa Art Gallery / Galerie d’art d’Ottawa, Ottawa, ON (August)

2020 – New Paintings Preview, Studio 202, University of Ottawa / Université d'Ottawa, Ottawa, ON; Self-curated (Jan 10 to 17)

2019 – MFA Open House, 100 Laurier, University of Ottawa / Université d'Ottawa, Ottawa, ON; Curators: MFA Students (One Night Only - Friday, Dec 13)

2019 – CLNZMJ, Gallery/Galerie 115, University of Ottawa / Université d'Ottawa, Ottawa, ON; Curators: Second Year MFA Students

2019 – Balboa/New Series Preview, PS311, University of Ottawa / Université d'Ottawa, Ottawa, ON; Self-curated

2018 – MFA Open House, 100 Laurier, University of Ottawa / Université d'Ottawa, Ottawa, ON; Curators: MFA Students (Dec 14)

2018 – Slag Performance, Field Study [Projet en plein air], Sudbury, ON (August, in various GPS locations); Self-curated field study

2017 – The Body Electric [Le corps électrique], Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, International Conference on Residency Education, Québec City, QC and Associated Medical Services Phoenix Conference, Toronto, ON; Curator: Dr. Allison Crawford

2017 – ROCKS, Théâtre Sainte-Catherine; Studio Béluga, in association with Concordia University, Faculty of Arts, Curatorial Studies, Montréal, QC; Curator: Hannah Zanovello (Vernissage and publication release April 18, 5-7pm, until June 24)

2017 – Bedrock Documentation, Artist-in-Residence, Ottawa School of Art, Ottawa, ON

2016 – Go Figure, Gladstone Hotel Art Gallery, Toronto, ON; Curators: Dr. Spencer J. Harrison; Lukus Toane (Oct 4 to Nov 28)

2016 – A Celebration of Pride and Diversity, Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art, Kelowna, British Columbia; Curator: Lorna McParland (Opening reception Aug 4)

2015 – Art That Matters, Steelworkers Gallery 6500, Sudbury, ON; Curators: Sarah King-Gold; Laurie McGauley (Oct 18 to Dec 1)

2015 – 20/20: Vision/Hindsight (WAHC's 20th Anniversary Exhibition and Celebration), Workers Arts and Heritage Centre, Hamilton, ON; Curator: Tara Bursey (Sept 11 to Dec 18)

2015 – OCAD University GradEx (100th Annual Graduate Exhibition), OCAD University Campus, Toronto, ON; Contributors: Graduates

2015 – Perspective: First Generation, Student Gallery (52 McCaul St), OCAD University, Toronto, ON; Curator: Claire Bartleman

2015 – Festival of the Body, Great Hall, OCAD University, Toronto, ON; Curators: Wrik Mead; Natalie Waldburger

2014 – Speculations on Figurative Painting, Gallery 265 (The Fishbowl), OCAD University, Toronto, ON; Curator: Natalie Waldburger

2014 – Bending the Horizon (In association with World Pride 2014 and Nuit Rose), Graduate Gallery, OCAD University, Toronto, ON; Curator: Wendy Coburn


Awards and Research Grants

2019 – Charles Gagnon Master's in Fine Arts Scholarship, University of Ottawa / Université d'Ottawa

2018 – Full Admission MFA Graduate Entrance Scholarship, University of Ottawa / Université d'Ottawa

2015 – Honourable Mention, Drawing and Painting Fourth Year Awards and Medal Program, OCAD University

2014 – Ron Shuebrook Award, OCAD University



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