Bio


Drew Klassen was born in Toronto, spent his youth in Winnipeg, and in 1986 moved to Halifax to attend the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design. In 1988 he transferred to the Technical University of Nova Scotia (now Dalhousie university School of Architecture), where he received his Master’s degree in Architecture in 1992. Following his graduation, he continued making art while supporting himself by varied means, including residential design, cooking, and teaching English as a second language. On his return to Halifax from Tokyo in 1998, Klassen established a full-time studio practise, alongside which he taught representational methods at the Dalhousie University School of Architecture, and drawing and painting at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.

Klassen’s work is held in numerous private, corporate and institutional collections in Canada and abroad, including the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Archives of Ontario, and the Toronto Dominion Bank. In 2010 he received one of five Established Artist Recognition Awards presented annually by the government of Nova Scotia. He currently lives and works in Ottawa.


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Solo Exhibitions

Harvest Gallery, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, 2020 (pending)
Gibson Fine Art, Calgary, Alberta, 2020
Gibson Fine Art, Calgary, Alberta, 2018
Gallery Page and Strange, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2014
Gallery Page and Strange, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2011
Gallery Page and Strange, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2009
Fred, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2007
Artsplace, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, 2006
Secord Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2005
Ballroom Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2004
Galerie St. Laurent + Hill, Ottawa, Ontario, 2003
Visual Arts Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2001
eyelevelgallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2001
Khyber Centre for the Arts, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2000
Studio 21, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1998


Group Exhibitions

Annex Arts, Castine, Maine, USA, 2019
Harvest Gallery, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, 2018
Gibson Fine Art, Calgary, Alberta, 2016
Toronto International Art Fair (with Parts Gallery), Toronto, Ontario, 2013
Parts Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, 2012
Toronto International Art Fair (with Parts Gallery), Toronto, Ontario, 2012
Papermill Gallery—Scarborough Arts Council: EGO, Toronto, Ontario, 2012
Dalhousie University Gallery—Faculty Exhibition, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2010
Anna Leonowens Gallery—Faculty Exhibition, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2010
Mount St. Vincent University Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2006
Moed Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2005
eyelevelgallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2004
Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2003
Ciparis Lennox Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, 2003
Argyle Fine Arts, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2003
Galerie St. Laurent + Hill, Ottawa, Ontario, 2002
Argyle Fine Arts, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2002
Khyber Centre for the Arts, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2002
Secord Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2002
Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2001
Secord Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2001
Argyle Fine Arts, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2001
Secord Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2000
Dalhousie University Gallery—Faculty Exhibition, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2000
eyelevelgallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2000
Stratford Gallery, Stratford, Ontario, 2000
Struts Gallery, Sackville, New Brunswick, 2000
Secord Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1999
Olympic Commemorative Exhibition, Nagano, Japan, 1998
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan, 1997


Public, Institutional & Corporate Collections

Government of Ontario Art Collection - Archives of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario
Toronto Dominion Bank, Canada ( x 5 )
Stewart McKelvey Lawyers, Halifax, NS
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, NS (in eyelevelgallery’s ‘Paperworks’ edition)
Dalhousie University Art Gallery, Halifax, NS (in eyelevelgallery’s ‘Paperworks’ edition)
Mount St. Vincent University Art Gallery, Halifax, NS (in eyelevelgallery’s ‘Paperworks’ edition)
St. Mary’s University Art Gallery, Halifax, NS
Nova Scotia Art Bank, Halifax, NS ( x 2 )
Butterfield Financial Services Hamilton, Bermuda


Private Collections

In Canada, United States, Japan, Norway, Italy, England.


Grants & Awards

Creative Nova Scotia, Established Artist Recognition Award, 2010
Nova Scotia Art Bank Purchase Award, 2009
Nova Scotia Arts Council Grant, 2007
Nova Scotia Art Bank Purchase Award, 2004


Teaching

Sessional instructor in painting and studio, NSCAD University, 2006—2010

Sessional instructor in representational theory and methods, Dalhousie University School of Architecture (graduate studies), 2007

Sessional instructor in representational theory and methods, Dalhousie University School of Architecture (undergraduate studies), 2001—2007

Sessional instructor, workshop: Environmental Audio Installation, Dalhousie University School of Architecture (undergraduate studies), 2004


Academic & Institutional

Board member, eyelevelgallery, Halifax NS, 2005 — 2006
Exhibition Committee, Visual Arts Nova Scotia, 2001 – 2002


Education

Dalhousie University School of Architecture, 1988 — 1992 B.E.D.S., M. Arch.
Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, sculpture, drawing & design 1986 — 1988 (no degree)

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Bio


Drew Klassen was born in Toronto, spent his youth in Winnipeg, and in 1986 moved to Halifax to attend the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design. In 1988 he transferred to the Technical University of Nova Scotia (now Dalhousie university School of Architecture), where he received his Master’s degree in Architecture in 1992. Following his graduation, he continued making art while supporting himself by varied means, including residential design, cooking, and teaching English as a second language. On his return to Halifax from Tokyo in 1998, Klassen established a full-time studio practise, alongside which he taught representational methods at the Dalhousie University School of Architecture, and drawing and painting at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.

Klassen’s work is held in numerous private, corporate and institutional collections in Canada and abroad, including the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Archives of Ontario, and the Toronto Dominion Bank. In 2010 he received one of five Established Artist Recognition Awards presented annually by the government of Nova Scotia. He currently lives and works in Ottawa.


Resume


Solo Exhibitions

Harvest Gallery, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, 2020 (pending)
Gibson Fine Art, Calgary, Alberta, 2020
Gibson Fine Art, Calgary, Alberta, 2018
Gallery Page and Strange, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2014
Gallery Page and Strange, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2011
Gallery Page and Strange, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2009
Fred, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2007
Artsplace, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, 2006
Secord Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2005
Ballroom Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2004
Galerie St. Laurent + Hill, Ottawa, Ontario, 2003
Visual Arts Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2001
eyelevelgallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2001
Khyber Centre for the Arts, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2000
Studio 21, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1998


Group Exhibitions

Annex Arts, Castine, Maine, USA, 2019
Harvest Gallery, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, 2018
Gibson Fine Art, Calgary, Alberta, 2016
Toronto International Art Fair (with Parts Gallery), Toronto, Ontario, 2013
Parts Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, 2012
Toronto International Art Fair (with Parts Gallery), Toronto, Ontario, 2012
Papermill Gallery—Scarborough Arts Council: EGO, Toronto, Ontario, 2012
Dalhousie University Gallery—Faculty Exhibition, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2010
Anna Leonowens Gallery—Faculty Exhibition, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2010
Mount St. Vincent University Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2006
Moed Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2005
eyelevelgallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2004
Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2003
Ciparis Lennox Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, 2003
Argyle Fine Arts, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2003
Galerie St. Laurent + Hill, Ottawa, Ontario, 2002
Argyle Fine Arts, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2002
Khyber Centre for the Arts, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2002
Secord Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2002
Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2001
Secord Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2001
Argyle Fine Arts, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2001
Secord Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2000
Dalhousie University Gallery—Faculty Exhibition, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2000
eyelevelgallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2000
Stratford Gallery, Stratford, Ontario, 2000
Struts Gallery, Sackville, New Brunswick, 2000
Secord Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1999
Olympic Commemorative Exhibition, Nagano, Japan, 1998
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan, 1997


Public, Institutional & Corporate Collections

Government of Ontario Art Collection - Archives of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario
Toronto Dominion Bank, Canada ( x 5 )
Stewart McKelvey Lawyers, Halifax, NS
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, NS (in eyelevelgallery’s ‘Paperworks’ edition)
Dalhousie University Art Gallery, Halifax, NS (in eyelevelgallery’s ‘Paperworks’ edition)
Mount St. Vincent University Art Gallery, Halifax, NS (in eyelevelgallery’s ‘Paperworks’ edition)
St. Mary’s University Art Gallery, Halifax, NS
Nova Scotia Art Bank, Halifax, NS ( x 2 )
Butterfield Financial Services Hamilton, Bermuda


Private Collections

In Canada, United States, Japan, Norway, Italy, England.


Grants & Awards

Creative Nova Scotia, Established Artist Recognition Award, 2010
Nova Scotia Art Bank Purchase Award, 2009
Nova Scotia Arts Council Grant, 2007
Nova Scotia Art Bank Purchase Award, 2004


Teaching

Sessional instructor in painting and studio, NSCAD University, 2006—2010

Sessional instructor in representational theory and methods, Dalhousie University School of Architecture (graduate studies), 2007

Sessional instructor in representational theory and methods, Dalhousie University School of Architecture (undergraduate studies), 2001—2007

Sessional instructor, workshop: Environmental Audio Installation, Dalhousie University School of Architecture (undergraduate studies), 2004


Academic & Institutional

Board member, eyelevelgallery, Halifax NS, 2005 — 2006
Exhibition Committee, Visual Arts Nova Scotia, 2001 – 2002


Education

Dalhousie University School of Architecture, 1988 — 1992 B.E.D.S., M. Arch.
Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, sculpture, drawing & design 1986 — 1988 (no degree)

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