Cliff Eyland

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Cliff Eyland (born 1954) is a Canadian painter, writer and curator. He studied at Holland College, Mount Allison University, and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Influenced by Robert Morris, among other modern artists,[1] since 1981, he has made paintings, drawings, and notes in an index card format—3"x5" (7.6x12.7 cm).

Eyland has shown his work in public and secret installations in art galleries and libraries in Canada, the United States and Europe. Exhibition highlights include solo exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, the National Gallery of Canada Library & Archives (residency/installation/exhibition), the New School University in New York City, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Struts Gallery and Gallery Connexion (both in New Brunswick), the Muttart (now the Art Gallery of Calgary), the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, and in Halifax at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, eyelevelgallery, Saint Mary's University Art Gallery and Dalhousie University Art Gallery.

A portion of Eyland's epic installation called "Book Shelf Paintings" (2014) at the Halifax Central Library

Group exhibitions include shows at the National Gallery of Canada, in Paris at the Maison Rouge museum, in Florence, Italy, Manchester, England, and Lublin, Poland, among others. Eyland's ongoing installation at the Raymond Fogelman Library at the New School University in New York City was regularly updated from 1997 until 2005.

His permanent installation of over 1000 paintings at Winnipeg's Millennium Library opened in 2005. His installation of 5,000 paintings at the Halifax Central Library in Halifax, Canada was completed in 2014,[1] and his 600 painting installation in the Meadows Library in Edmonton also opened in 2014.

Eyland has written criticism for Canadian art magazines since 1983. His curatorial work includes 9 years as a curator at the Technical University of Nova Scotia School of Architecture (Daltech) and freelance work for various galleries, including the Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art in Winnipeg. (From 1995 to 2005, Eyland was vice-president of the board of Plug In.) He was the director of Gallery One One One at the University of Manitoba from 1998 to 2010. He is currently an associate professor of painting at the University of Manitoba School of Art.

Eyland is represented by Gurevich Fine Art in Winnipeg.


  1. ^ a b David Diviney (February 18, 2015). "Cliff Eyland Returns to the Library in Halifax Project", Canadian Art.

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