Andrew Salgado, The Smallest Heart's Desire, Solo Exhibit. Photography by Remi Theriault. Andrew Salgado, The Smallest Heart's Desire, Solo Exhibit. Photography by Remi Theriault. Andrew Salgado, The Smallest Heart's Desire, Solo Exhibit. Photography by Remi Theriault. Andrew Salgado, The Smallest Heart's Desire, Solo Exhibit. Photography by Remi Theriault. Andrew Salgado, The Smallest Heart's Desire, Solo Exhibit. Photography by Remi Theriault. Andrew Salgado, The Smallest Heart's Desire, Solo Exhibit. Photography by Remi Theriault. Andrew Salgado, The Smallest Heart's Desire, Solo Exhibit. Photography by Remi Theriault. Now & 4 Ever, Oil on Canvas, 90.6 x 74.8 x 1.4 inches, 2013, Private Collection / Ottawa, Canada. The River, Oil on Canvas, 90.6 x 74.8 x 1.4 inches, 2013, Private Collection / Tokyo. Fever Drum, Oil on Canvas, 59.1 x 59.1 x 2 inches, 2013, Private Collection . Chicago, USA. Private Collection. Shown in the 'Golden' Group Exhibit at La Petite Mort Gallery. - Cape, Oil on canvas, 60 cm diameter, 2013, Private Collection / 'The Smallest Heart's Desire' Exhibit @ La Petite Mort Gallery Understudy, 120cm x 105cm, Oil on Canvas, 2013, SOLD Actor, 160cm x 120cm, Oil on canvas, 2013, SOLD Metonym (Tom), 120 x 105cm, oil on canvas with spray paint, 2013, SOLD Mask, 70cm x 55cm, Oil on canvas with spray paint, 2013, SOLD Recovery, 70cm x 55cm, Oil on canvas with spray paint, 2013, SOLD Cape, Oil on canvas, 60 cm diameter, 2013, SOLD
Double, 160x120cm, Oil on canvas with spray paint, 2013, SOLD Smallest Heart's Desire (Self-Portrait), 50cm x 35cm, Oil on canvas with spray paint, 2013, SOLD Performance II, 70cm x 55cm, Oil on canvas with spray paint, 2013, SOLD Performance I, 70cm x 55cm, Oil on canvas with spray paint, 2013, SOLD Afterlife, Oil on canvas, 50 x 50 cm, 2013, SOLD Stigmata, Oil on Canvas, (2009) 170cm x 150cm, Sold in collaboration with Beers Lambert Gallery, London England. Salgado in studio.

BEERS Contemporary & Salgado 2013

Andrew Salgado / The Smallest Heart’s Desire

May 3 – June 2, 2013 / New Paintings

Vernissage Friday May 3 / 7-10pm

In collaboration with BEERS Contemporary Gallery, London (England)

Come meet the artist, who will be present on opening nite, arriving from London, England.



I am intrigued by the concept of truth and representation. Part of this has to do with my own personal struggles as conveyed through the notion that who one portrays in life is only part-truth – a performance executed on a multitude of levels. In many respects, identity is a performance executed through different guises, where as both individual and artist I’m curious to share this with my viewer through a limited articulation of the human face. The title, The Smallest Heart’s Desire, simultaneously references the formal properties of the works themselves, a cheeky reference to the scale of the paintings as well as the narrative explored. In my most recent (previous) solo exhibition, I took a conceptual look at misanthropy, and with these works, I continue this journey: the smallest heart is a metaphor for my own shortcomings and the process I have taken, and continue to take, toward resolution. The eponymous desire refers to that pursuit toward fulfillment so relevant and specific to each of us.
Certainly the works are not meant to be celebrations of humanity’s (or my own) glory, but are meant to explore the curious or unspoken aspects of ‘self’. I have set to unfold the darkest corners of my own self-awareness, which proves to be a trying task, and upon reflection, it occurs to me that I often consider myself something of an anti-hero of my own creation. To present a series of works in which my subjects appear ‘triumphant’ is of little interest to me, since I believe there is more to excavate and portray from human nature in the poetry of discontentment, the awareness of oneself, or one’s affect on his environment.

In the process I have taken myself out of the equation through a series of stand-ins, disguises, and doubles, in which an autobiographical perspective is explored through the use of a representative of sorts. Here, identities are obscured as a series of masks – figures lurk behind abstraction – but our cognitive processes still tie together and absolve what the subject himself lacks. I become narrator, weaving myself and my subjects in-and-out of fact and myth: where their histories end and my identity begins remains purposefully ambiguous.

The references to performance and masquerade in the titles of the works are resolutely intentional, and these were (and are) the formative elements that inspired and fuelled this exhibition from the very beginning. I see the whole show as a tiny little opera, in acts, with characters who are all kind of tragic and kind of ambiguous. My process is like the actor who adorns a tribal mask, which elevates someone from a corporeal self into a transcendent being – he is able to become a different person…As i am through the act of painting. At times I’m uncertain where I become only a medium for expression, like the ritual, the performance, or the metonym: the passing of one identity into another.


Andrew Salgado (b. 1982, Regina, Canada) has exhibited in the United Kingdom, Germany, Scandinavia, Australia, Venezuela, Thailand, Korea, Canada, and the United States.  His bold, assertive, and generally large-scale figurative paintings have placed him as one-to-watch in both the UK’s and North America’s painting scenes; his recent solo exhibitions include In Order To Rebuild; Dosi Gallery, Busan, Korea (2012); and The Misanthrope; Beers.Lambert Contemporary, London, (2012). Forthcoming solo exhibitions include The Acquaintance, his first institution-exhibition at his home-town in The Art Gallery of Regina, Canada (Jan 2013); and solo exhibitions at La Petit Mort Gallery, Ottawa, Canada (May 2013); and One Art Space in New York City (October 2013).

Salgado’s practice is an evolving process exploring concepts of identity through assertive, gestural figurative paintings. Salgado’s practice (re)considers the tangibility and impermanence of the body, but also inwardly comments upon the fragility of self. Accordingly, Salgado exploits the purely physical properties of media to inform resonating themes within his work. In an effort to surpass a literal (re)presentation of his subject-matter, he prioritizes a visceral, sensual, topographic painting surface, toward an evolving language of figuration and abstraction. The work asks for consideration of what is visible, what is tangible, and what is suggested: pulling the viewer from the sutures of representation, and drawing attention to the painterly versus the metaphorical.

Salgado’s paintings have hung in London’s Courtauld Institute of the Arts (2010) alongside Tracy Emin and Gary Hume, was the highest-grossing work ever donated to Canada’s esteemed Art For Life (18th Annual) Charity Auction (2011); included in the Merida Biennale of Contemporary Art (2010),  the NordArt Carlshutte Biennale (2012); and is often featured in press and magazines, such as METRO, The Independent, Shortlist, Yatzer!Juxtapoz, Colossal, Booooooom!, Beautiful Decay, Paradigm, Chaos, TOH! Italia. In 2011 he was featured in the Channel 4 (UK) documentary The Science of Art alongside artists Anish Kapoor, Howard Hodgkins, and Bridget Riley (2011).  He has lived and worked in London, UK since 2008.


At a time when painting itself often seems to be a threatened, even despised, form of artistic activity, Andrew Salgado emerges as a dazzlingly skillful advocate for the medium he has chosen to embrace.”
– Edward Lucie-Smith, 2012



2009    Master of Fine Art (Hons). Chelsea College of Art. London, England. (Distinction).

2005    Bachelor of Art, History & Theory. University of British Columbia. Vancouver, Canada.

2003    Bachelor of Fine Art. University of Regina. Regina, Canada. (First-two years of Bachelor’s).



2012   Anthology (II). [Shortlisted]. Charlie Smith London. London, UK. Threadneedle Prize. [Shortlisted]. Mall Galleries. London, UK. BP Portrait Award. [Shortlisted]. National Portrait Galleries. London, UK. Aesthetica Creative Works. Selection/Publication. London, UK. 2011   Award. The Courvoisier Future 500. London, UK. Residency. Partial Funding. Compeung Creative Village. Chiang Mai, Thailand. 2010   Residency. Full Funding. Compeung Creative Village. Chiang Mai, Thailand. Residency. 6-Month Studio Placement. Berlin, Germany. Selection. The Courtauld Institute of the Arts: East Wing IX Academy Hang. London, UK. Award. Emerging Artist. UNTAPPED Art Fair Toronto. Toronto, Canada. Shortlist. Fringe MK Painting Prize. Milton Keynes, UK Shortlist. Lieutenant Governor’s Arts Award. Canada 2008   Award. Saskatchewan Youth Award. Canada



2013   “Whut Glamour: Andrew Salgado”. Hommemaker online magazine. Orlando Soria. Feb 14, 2013. “Massow … Draconian Facebook”. Article & image. The Evening Standard. Feb 12, 2013. Interview. Bring me The Head of Stuart Sandford. Stuart Sandford. Feb. Interview. FUME Magazine. Siri Winter. Feb. “Andrew Salgado Talks…” Interview with COMPLEX Magazine. Justin Ray. January 29` 2012   Interview and feature with Chaos Magazine. Kathleen Loughran. December. Studio interview with Vitamin Magazine. Stefania Vourazeri. December. “Misanthrope Painter of Humanity.” Inside Beat review by Jessica Ray. Rutgers University. November 28. “Andrew Salgado is One To Watch”. Saatchi Online November 12. “Andrew Salgado’s Misanthropic Exhibition.” DUALSHOW review by Jamie Dinar. November 10. “The Misanthrope Speaks Volumes.” ArtLyst November Reviews. Emily Sack.  November 1. “Interview with Andrew Salgado”. Don’t Post Me (Russia). Azamat Ahmadbaev. November 15.  “The Misanthrope: Must-See Exhibitions for November”. Whitechapel’s First Thursdays. November. Andrew Salgado … on the Rise. The Globe and Mail (Canada). Marsha Lederman. October 24. Rooms Magazine. “Beers.Lambert Contemporary presents Andrew Salgado.” October 8. Booooooom! Jeff Hamada. October 6. Toh! Magazine (Italy). Alex Vaccani. October 6. Juxtapoz. “The Works Of Andrew Salgado.” September 14. Yatzer. “Andrew Salgado Talks To Yatzer.” August 2. Diane Farris Online. “A Canadian Artist Abroad.” Diane Farris. July 4. Juxtapoz. “New Paintings By Andrew Salgado.” July 3. This Is Colossal. “New Portraits by Andrew Salgado.” Christopher Jobson. September. Paradigm Magazine. “Directly Related to That Catalytic Event.” Theo Constantinou. April 16. “Art Review: Royal Society of Portrait Painters”. Tabish Khan for Londonist. May 3, 2012. The Independent. Article and Images: “Picture Preview: London Art Fair” January 18. 2012. 2011   V-Rag Magazine. “Andrew Salgado.” Article. Cole Johnston. (October) Saatchi Online “ARTIST OF THE WEEK”. (June 26 – July 2). Rooms Magazine. Issue #5. Publication. London, UK. METRO. Tuesday March 8. Free Newspaper. London, England. Future Perfect. Beautiful/Decay Publication. Park Magazine. Issue #2. Cover and Feature Article. Publication. Porto, Portugal. 2010  “Salgado Captures Gritty City in Portraits.” Review. Kevin Griffin. The Vancouver Sun. “Paint Your Black Heart Red”. Radio Interview. Sheila Coles Nottingham Post. Exhibition Review. Mark Patterson. Beautiful Decay. Online Review. 2009   “Andrew Salgado.” Cover/Feature. David Semeniuk. Skewed Magazine. Canada. 2008   “Portrait of the Artist as a Bloody Man.” Feature. Tony Correia. Xtra! West. Canada. “SWARM 08 Ft. Andrew Salgado.” Beyond Robson. Review. Jennifer Perutka. Canada. “Getting a Buzz at Swarm.” Georgia Straight. Featured Review. Vancouver, Canada.


PUBLICATIONS 2013   “The Sexualized Masculine Body”. A Visual Reader. Andrew Salgado. Art Institute of Chicago Press. 2012   Andrew Salgado: The Misanthrope: Exhibition Catalogue. Beers.Lambert Contemporary. Artist Talk “The Misanthrope” at Beers.Lambert Contemporary, London, UK. November 1. 2010   Paint Your Black Heart Red. Artist Monograph. Beers.Lambert Contemporary.

COLLECTIONS Scott Elliott (Deputy Director, Vancouver Art Gallery). Private Collection. Canada. Ivan Massow Private Collection: London, UK. Dominic Jones; (CEO Business Design Centre, London). Business Design Centre, Public Collection, London. Dr. Morris and Mrs. Jacquie Schumiatcher Private Collection. Regina, Canada. Adam-Starling Private Collection: Wimbledon, UK. Roth Niven. Private Collection: Vancouver, Canada.   


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