Kyle Simmers is a Canadian artist and illustrator born and raised in a special kind of nowhere known as Bashaw, Alberta. Now residing in the city of Calgary, Kyle works in diverse media to engage the public in conversations about queer identity, mental health and what happens to the stories you never tell.
Kyle foregroundes a gaze that unsettles power relations, creating room for queer transformations in spaces where queerness has been rendered invisible. Radiant light and acid tones etch new pathways into faded maps. Shifting from mainstream roadways to travel detours which reveal hidden geographies. Nostalgia becomes a tool for creating new ways of existing in old rigid contexts.
Narrative being the primary mechanism of both their graphic novel and murals, Kyle works to challenge existing narrative frameworks. Questioning gender norms and the language of queer storytelling to present characters who step past traditional archetypes.
People think that nothing happens in a small town, but that is like saying that nothing happens in a Sofia Coppola Film.
2018 “Sled Island Poster Show” Pinbar. Calgary, AB.
2018 “People’s Portrait Prize” cSpace. Calgary, AB.
2016 “Wildlife Trading & Conservation ” Tiffin University Kidd Gallery, Tiffin, OH, USA.
2018 “The Love Show” Burnt Toast Studios. Calgary, AB.
2017 “True Colours ” Artvault Gallery. Calgary, AB.
2017 ‘Wildlife Trading & Conservation ” National Museum of Wildlife Art. Jackson, WY, USA.
2017 “11th annual Horse Show,” Stanford Perrott Lecture Theatre. Calgray, AB.
2017 “People’s Portrait Prize” cSpace. Calgary, AB.
2017 “Thread the Needle by Kyle Simmers” Fridge Gallery. Calgary, AB
2016 “Wildlife Trading & Conservation ” RISD ISB gallery. Providence, RI, USA.
2015 “Alberta Society of Artists, Emerging Artists Unleashed” Walterdale theatre. Edmonton, AB.
2015 “Alberta College of Art and Design winter show & sale” Calgary, AB.
2015 “Cultural Event Poster show” Calgary, AB.
2014 “Alberta College of Art and Design spring show & sale” Calgary, AB.
2013 “2nd International Student Small Print Show” El Minia University, Cairo, Egypt
2013 “Small Town Saturday Night Youth and Young Adult Art Show” Bashaw, AB.
2013 “Typecast” RDC Annual Art Exhibition Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery, Red Deer, AB.
Award of Excellence in Illustration by Communication Arts 2017
Student Award for Illustration by Applied Arts student awards 2017
John and Kathleen Snow Award for figurative work 2016
ACAD advanced standing entrance award 2014
Louise Mckinney Scholarship 2012, 2013
Affairs of the Arts Legacy Award 2013
Ian Cook Sr. Travel Scholarship 2012