Martin Golland is known for his paintings of improvised architectural structures. Born in Montpellier, France to nomadic hippies, Golland’s childhood home was in a constant state of being packed and un-packed, having lived in Greece, Istanbul, Toronto, Miami and Puerto Rico before his family finally settled during his teenage years in Ottawa. This frenetic collection of locations emphasize that every site and structure in his work is a response against the notion that a landscape is about a specific place. Rather, he sees the fictitious locales in his work as “an abandoned plot that exists everywhere.”
Golland received a BFA from Concordia University and an MFA from the University of Guelph. He has exhibited nationally and internationally, with shows at the MacDonald Stewart Art Centre in Guelph, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, and in 2016 at the Felix Ringel Galerie in Dusseldorf. He received the Honourable Mention Prize at the 2009 RBC Painting Competition. His work can be found in corporate collections, including Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt, The Canadiana Fund Crown Collection, Music Sales Corporation (New York) and Gowlings. A comprehensive essay on his work, “Itinerary of a Traveller through Darkness: The Nomadic Paintings of Martin Golland” was published in Border Crossing in 2014. Golland, who is Assistant Professor in Painting at the University of Ottawa, is represented by Birch Contemporary in Toronto.