About

Toronto based artist Wayne Salmon works in photography, film and installation. Born in Jamaica, he immigrated to Canada in the early 1980’s. Salmon's work is concerned with Black sociality, particularly issues around history, migration, memory and becoming. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Ryerson University.  

 

Wayne was the founding editor of Umoja Urban Culture Magazine, and a co-founder and curator at Brickhouse Studio & Gallery, Salmon's writings have appeared in various publications.  His photographs have been exhibited in galleries and museums in Canada and the US. 


EDUCATION
Master of Fine Arts, Documentary Media, Toronto Metropolitan University,  2020
Bachelor of Arts, English Literature, York University, 1996    


SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2022   Kensington Market: Meditations on Home, BCPG, Toronto, Ontario
2007   
Reflecting Black, (curated by Julie Crooks), Heritage Canada, Toronto, Ontario
2005 
 Bearing Witness, XeXe Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2005   
Patrons, The Urban Annex, Toronto, Ontario
2004  
Exile, The Urban Annex, Toronto, Ontario
2004  
 Soul, Trane Studio, Toronto, Ontario
2003  
Meditations on Home, Brickhouse Studio, Toronto, Ontario

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017    
Linked, Dylan Ellis Gallery, Toronto, Ontario    
2016  
 New Found Lands (curated by Pamela Edmonds), eastern Edge Gallery, St. John’s, Newfoundland 
2013    
Open House, 182 Symmington, Toronto, Ontario
2012  
 Open House, 182 Symmington, Toronto, Ontario
2011  
 Group Show, Arta Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2009  
 Group Show, Arta Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2008    
Becoming: Photographs From The Wedge Collection (curated by Kenneth Montague), Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), Detroit,   
            Michigan
2007   
Flava: A Retrospective Exhibition and Book Launch (curated by Kenneth Montague), The Burroughes Bldg, Toronto, Ontario
2006    
Perspectives, (curated by Julie Crooks), National Film Board of Canada, Toronto, Ontario
2006   
Group Show, Artuary Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2005    
Group Show, Artuary Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2005  
  Group Show, Elevator Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2005   
Ten, Trane Studio, Toronto, Ontario
2005  
  Something For Everyone, XeXe Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2004  
 Group Show, The Urban Annex, Toronto, Ontario
2004    
Something For Everyone, XeXe Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2002  
 Group Show, Brickhouse Studio, Toronto, Ontario
2001    
The Family Show, Elevator Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
1999    
Onlooker, Simcoe Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
1997  
 Rememory, A Different Booklist, Toronto, Ontario 

PRESENTATIONS
2022   Film Screening and Artist Talk,
Migration, Memory and Belonging, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
2022   Film Screening and Artist Talk, 
The Kensington Market Project, Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators, Toronto, Ontario
2007   Artist Talk, 
Caribana: A Portrait, Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD), Toronto, Ontario
2006   Panelist, 
New Understanding, (with SEEN Collective), A Space Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2005   Artist Talk, 
Black Visuals, Brickhouse Studio, Toronto, Ontario
2005   Panelist, 
10 for Ten, (with SEEN Collective) Trane Studio, Toronto, Ontario
2005    Panelist, 
Working Within Collectives, (with SEEN Collective), Shift Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2005    Artist Talk, 
Black Canadian Portraiture in the 21st Century, The Urban Annex, Toronto, Ontario

GRANTS
2014    Ontario Arts Council, Access and Career Development Grant
2002    Ontario Arts Council, Visual Arts, Emerging Artist Grant

COLLECTIONS
Wedge Collection, Toronto, Ontario
Private Collections in Canada

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
2017  Transition Magazine, 124 (2017) 
2007  FLAVA: Wedge Curatorial Projects (1997-2007)

REVIEWS
June 16, 2022, Momus "Wayne Salmon's Portraits of Black Belonging in Kensington Market" by Neil Price

PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYMENT, ARTS EDUCATOR / COMMUNITY ART
2008-2018, Program Facilitator, Eva’s Initiatives, Toronto, Ontario 
2015, Visual Arts Facilitator, Black and White Photography, Gallery 44, Toronto, Ontario