ANGIE LEA TUPPER
(b. 1983, Toronto, Canada)
Angie Lea Tupper graduated with Distinction from OCAD University's BFA in Drawing & Painting in 2017. From 2015-2016, she participated in the university's Florence Off-Campus Program, where her work was displayed at The Mayday (Florence, Italy). In Toronto and the GTA, she has also shown her work in a variety of group shows, including "Personnes" at Our Gallery, "Drawing 2019" at the John B. Aird Gallery, "Life/Death/Life" at Gallery 187, "ReVERSION 2017" at The Superwonder Gallery, "Experiencing Perspectives" at Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, and the inaugural "Digital Display" at Yonge and Dundas Square.
She earlier completed two degrees in English, first an Honours BA at the University of Ottawa followed by an MA at the University of Toronto. An abiding fascination with narrative and the human subject continues to guide her work.
Her current practice explores personal fantasies and memories through the lens of imaginative realism. With an almost superstitious investment in her manual connection to the work, she marks out her proportions through freehand drafting and keeps reworking the piece until it confronts her with a sense of vitality—the impression of a presence.
Visual records have always been central to Tupper's identity. The daughter of an immigration officer, she spent her childhood moving from one country to another every two to three years. Photographs and video recordings function to connect the transient scenery of her early years, beginning in Trinidad and Tobago, then moving on to India, Hungary, Pakistan, and England. She has now returned to Toronto, where her family was visiting when she was born.
OCAD University, BFA Drawing & Painting, 2017
Florence Off-Campus Studies Program, OCAD University, 2015-2016
University of Toronto, MA, English, 2010
University of Ottawa, BA, English, 2007
Exhibitions & Fairs
2019 Personnes, Our Gallery, Toronto, CA
2019 Drawing 2019, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, CA
2018 Group Show, Slanted Door, Toronto, CA
2017 Digital Display, Yonge and Dundas Square, Toronto, CA
2017 Experiencing Perspectives, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, Mississauga, CA
2017 ReVERSION 2017, Superwonder Gallery, Toronto, CA
2017 Life/Death/Life, 187 Augusta, Toronto, CA
2017 Escape Reality, Artusiasm Gallery, Toronto, CA
2017 GradEx 102, Group Show, OCAD University, Toronto, CA
2016 Awenda Inspired!, Group Show, Ada Slaight Student Gallery, Toronto, CA
2016 Cross Section, Group Show, OCAD University, Toronto, CA
2016 Cross Section, Group Show, OCAD University Florence Campus, Florence, Italy
2016 Disparate Connections, Group Show, Mayday, Florence, Italy
2015 Kensington Market Art Fair, Toronto, CA
Awards and Grants
2014 Kendra Jaal McCleskey Memorial Scholarship
2008 University of Toronto Fellowship
2007 Ontario Graduate Scholarship
2007 Kathleen Coburn Scholarship
2007 Graduated Top of Class
2005 Joseph-Marie Quirion Scholarship
2004 Avie Bennett Prize in Canadian Literature