Kyle Simmers is a Calgary based artist and illustrator born and raised in a special kind of Nowhere. Their work explores identity and relationships in the context of gender, queerness, subjectivity and relativity.
In my portraiture practice I approach subjects as they exist in relationship to another. A person in isolation has no definable qualities, their identity emerges in relationship to other characters, their context and to myself as an observer. I challenge roles in traditional storytelling to emphasize human relationships over humdrum narrative.
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