Vivien Tytor

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Vivien Tytor – Biography

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Photo by Étienne Ranger

Vivien Tytor is an Ottawa-based artist who was born in England. She studied at the Mid-Essex Technical College and School of art before settling in Canada where she continued her studies at the Ottawa School of Art, and the Banff School of Fine Arts in Alberta. After raising a family, she continued her studies at the University of Ottawa where she earned her degree in Fine Arts.

Her art has been selected by jury for a joint exhibition at the Karsh-Masson Gallery and for a solo exhibition at the Centrepointe Theatre Lobby Gallery. She has had a solo exhibition at the University of Ottawa and also participated in various group exhibitions including: Ottawa City Hall, Artfuse Studios and Stafford Studios and at the University of Ottawa. Her video art can be seen on line at


Artist Statement

In my painting practice I explore the themes of light, space, movement and growth. I also endeavor to share my vision, imagination, observations and insights with the viewer. My investigations have included the nature of trees, abstracted them, revealing their cellular structure and history, from tree, to pulp to paper. In my photographic series, I combined a painting entitled “Northern Lights” in which I used iridescent paint and exploited its reflective nature to create my painterly musical instruments in a surreal manner. In my flower series, I focused on the abstract shapes and the flower’s reaching for the light. My recent Northern Lights series of paintings continues to investigate the properties of iridescent paint while celebrating the phenomenon of solar winds as they are attracted to the magnetic fields of the earth in the Polar regions. As in my exhibition at The Karsh-Masson Gallery, I continue to make the invisible, visible. While I cannot truly render the shifting Aurora Borealis in a realistic way, I can share a visual description and like the photograph, stop the second and suspend a moment in time.


Vivien Tytor – Artistic Resume

Arts Training:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, cum laude, University of Ottawa 2000
  • Painting, sculpture, photography, video production and installation
  • High School of Commerce, special 2-year art course 1986-l988
  • Ottawa School of Art, drawing and painting 1970’s
  • Banff School of Fine Arts, painting and jazz ballet 1966

Professional Training:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, cum laude, University of Ottawa 2000
  • Royal Conservatory Artist Educator Skills Development Course 2010

Professional Associations

  • Canadian Artists Representation of Ontario (CARFAC) member
  • Canadian Artists Copyright Collective, member
  • Council for the Arts in Ottawa, member, volunteer
  • Gallery 101, Ottawa, member, volunteer, workshop participant
  • SAW Video, member
  • Artfuse Studios, an Artist-Run Center, founding member, volunteer executive, administrative assistant. 2000-2003

Bibliography of Reviews

  • The News EMC, “West end Artist at Tulip Festival”, May 2008.
  • The Star, Orleans Community Newspaper, July 31, 2007, “Artist explores iridescence in shimmering paintings”, by Jim Donnelly, page 5.
    Vivien Tytor’s “Iridescence” displays from July 26- August 17 at the Visual Arts Centre Orleans Gallery, 1490 Youville Drive, in the Orleans Recreation Complex”.

  • The News EMC, Thursday June 1, 2006, “Cube gallery presents Nocturne”, page 20.
    “Vivien Tytor’s Nocturne series are near abstract images of the night sky and the aurora borealis. They were painted using iridescent paint – the colours shift as the light changes or the viewer moves.”

  • The News”, Ottawa community newspaper, “West end Artist exhibits ‘Insights’, by Jane Mosgrove, December 11, 2003, page 25.
    "Among the works she presently has on display at the Karsh-Masson Gallery is a stunning portrait that greets visitors on the stair landing on the way to the upper level showroom."


To receive an invitation to Vivien's upcoming exhibitions or arrange a studio visit, please email Vivien at

Photo by Étienne Ranger


  • Curator Paula Francini has selected one of my digital prints for the upcoming International Digital Miniprint Exhibition 14 group exhibition at Ottawa Gallery Voix Visuelle which will feature 72 digital mini prints from various artists from Japan, Poland, Germany Hungary, Ukraine, Greece, France, Bulgaria and Belgium as well as Canada.
  • From November 9 to December 10, 2019 at Voix Visuelle, 262 Montreal Road, Ottawa, Canada


  • The Big Art Come Back 2018, which will take place on Saturday, March 24 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Jean Pigott Place in City Hall, in partnership with Operation Come Home (OCH) and sponsored by Hydro Ottawa and Bell Media. Last year’s event raised $22,000 and we have a goal of raising $50,000 at this year’s event. The money raised from the event will support and grow Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa’s (BBBSO) mentoring programs and OCH’s school, employment, and housing programs – helping us reach out to more children with different interests and needs. We are excited to share with you that Dems & Dolls will be painting live on-site. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on the completed piece during the live auction. Tim Desclouds has also designed a special music box just for this event, and guests will have a chance to bid on the completed piece in the silent auction, along with 35 other beautiful pieces of art. Please visit our online gallery to view all of the pieces here: General tickets are $75 each and include food and drinks by FoodWorks, Beau’s and Norman Hardie Winery. This year, we have added an oyster bar thanks to The Whalesbone and Euro Tile & Stone. VIP Cocktail Tables are $450 and include 4 tickets, your company logo displayed on the table and early entry into the event, with a chance to buy pieces at that time.


  • University of Ottawa, Faculty of Social Sciences, juried selection
    For permanent exhibition. March 2015
  • Gallery Investors Group, Kanata, juried selection group exhibition, May 1 to October 2, 2015
  • Gallery Investors Group, Kanata, juried selection group exhibition, October 2, 2015 to February 25, 2016
  • Gallery 101, Ottawa, Art Auction Fundraiser December 5, 2015


  • Solo Exhibition of Paintings From the 1st to the 31st of October, 2014, was the featured artist of the Month at 25One Community, Second Floor 251 Bank Street Ottawa, On K2P 1X3


  • Nepean Fine Arts League Members Night Exhibition, Atrium and Centrepointe Theatre Galleries, Ottawa, Ontario. June 10 to June 27, 2013.
  • Art Sales and Rental, Ottawa Art Gallery, juried selection May 2013.
  • Ottawa Tulip Festival, official artist, May 2013.
  • D’OMMA Gallery, Nepean Sportsplex, group exhibition, April 6 - June 22, 2013.
  • Nepean Fine Arts League Spring Art Sale, April 5-7, 2013, Ottawa, group exhibition.
  • "Celebration of Spring" Group Exhibition of paintings, March 2 until May 4 2013, at the NFAL Gallery, second Floor of the Walter Baker Centre, 100 Malvern Dr. K2J 2G5. It is open to the public during the normal business hours of the Walter Baker Centre in Barrhaven.
  • Karsh Masson Gallery, Ottawa, "Finissage", July 25, 2013, group exhibition


  • Some new artworks will be included in the upcoming "Winter Delights", holiday exhibition at the Art Rental and Sales of the Ottawa Art Gallery, 2 Daly Avenue, from 10th November 2012 until 19th of January 2013. Opening reception 28th November 2012, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m
  • Third Annual Juried Photography Exhibition at the Cornwall Regional Gallery, Cornwall, Ontario. The Exhibition runs from August 23 - October 5, 2012.
  • Brush Strokes Gallery, 129 Bridge Street, Carleton Place, February 5 - March 2, 2012 "Draw Me In", juried group exhibition. For information please call (613) 253-8088
  • Art Rental and Sales, Ottawa Art Gallery, juried selection.
  • Cube Gallery, 1285 Wellington St. W, Ottawa, K1Y 3A8, Tuesday May 22 - June 3, 2012, "Run", juried group exhibition. For information please call 613-728-1750 or visit
  • ASP Gallery, Stafford Studios, Nepean Creative Arts Centre, 35 Stafford Road, Bells Corners, September 10-26, 2012. Solo Exhibition. For information please call 613-596-5783.


  • Nepean Fine Arts League 2011 Winter Art Sale, The Hellenic Centre 1315 Prince of Wales Drive, Ottawa November 18, 19 and 20 Friday from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm. for more information call: 613-761-9381 or visit
  • SAW Gallery, 67 Nicholas Street, Ottawa, ON K1N 7B9 Friday November 25, 2011, from 8:00 pm - 2:00 am "Sketch" 2011 Annual Fundraiser and Exhibition Information: 613-236-6181
  • Abbey for the Arts, Glen Nevis, Opus 6 Fine Art Show, opening May 27 running to June 30, 2011. Vivien Tytor will be showing hand processed black and white photographs that were produced using the silver halide emulsion process.
  • ASP Gallery, Stafford Studios, "Reflections on Music", May 16-21, 2011, solo exhibition of photographs. 35 Stafford Road, Bells Corners. For information please call 613-596-5783.


  • Britannia Gallery, Ottawa, "Black and White", August 5 - 29, 2010, group show of 11 artists


  • Cube Gallery, Ottawa, "Homage", July 1 - August 2, 2009, group show
  • SAW Gallery, "Sketch", November 2009, fundraiser exhibition and sale
  • Stafford Studios, Ottawa, annual open house May 2009


  • Cube Gallery, Ottawa, Smalls Show, December 2008, group exhibition
  • SAW Gallery, “Sketch”, November 2008 fundraiser exhibition and sale
  • Arts Ottawa East, 2008 Selections juried Exhibition, Cumberland October 2 - 28, 2008
  • Art Sales and Rental of the Ottawa Art Gallery, juried selection August 2008
  • The Abbey for the Arts, North Lancaster, “Mother Earth Show”, July 2008, Group exhibition of 9 artists. Selected by Gerald Swift, Curator
  • Canada Dance Festival, June 2008, National Arts Center, Ottawa, Invitational Art Show
  • Meet the Artist at the Stafford Studios Annual Open House on May 10th and 11 from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm in Nepean Creative Arts Centre in Bells Corners, 35 Stafford Road
  • The Abbey for the Arts Festival Exhibition, Lancaster, Ontario, February, 2008


  • Tay River Gallery in Perth November 20 - December 31, 2007
    The gallery will be showing some of Vivien's paintings which will be included in the "Harmony" group exhibition
    28 Wilson St. West, Perth, 613-264-5448
  • Visual Arts Centre, Orleans, July 26 - August 18, 2007 - Solo Juried Exhibition
    A series of paintings with colours that shift in hue as the viewer moves or the light on them changes
    Gallery hours: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Closed Statutory holidays
    Opening Reception: Thursday July 26, 7-9 p.m. Click for map
  • Tay River Gallery in Perth, July 4 - August 30, 2007
    will be showing some of Vivien's paintings which will be included in the "Summer Splash" group exhibition
  • Gallery 7A, Ottawa, “Abstractions”, group exhibition, April 12, to April 30, 2007
  • Stafford Studios Annual Open House
    April 27-29, 2007, group exhibition, Nepean Creative Art Centre, Bells Corners
  • Tay River Gallery, Perth, Ontario
    "Passions of the Heart", February/March 2007, group exhibition


  • Cube Gallery, "Quadratic" Show, group exhibition, November 1st to November 26, 2006
  • New Edinburgh Square Retirement home lobby, group art show, Saturday September 9, 2006
  • Cube Gallery, "Art Against War", group show, August 30, 2006 until September 3rd, 2006
  • Electric Gallery, Ottawa, group exhibition, selected photographs on display, August 2006
  • Cube Gallery, Ottawa, Nocturne, group exhibition May 2006
  • Ottawa Tulip Festival, city-sponsored exhibition five-foot high, painted three-dimensional tulips
  • Stafford Studios Annual Open house, May 26, 27 and 28, 2006
  • Art Rental and Sales of the Ottawa Art Gallery, juried selection


  • Cube Gallery, Ottawa, December Sale, Great BIG Smalls Show, group exhibition
  • SAW Gallery, Ottawa, Item International
  • Hazelwood Gallery, Toronto, October Exhibition Showcasing Ottawa Artists, Group exhibition
  • Three Galleries, Toronto, selected paintings
  • Annual Open House, Stafford Studios, Nepean Creative Arts Centre, group exhibit of nine artists
  • Ottawa Jazz Festival, juried selection of painting, group exhibition at Art Sales and Rental of the Ottawa Art Gallery
  • Ottawa Tulip Festival, painted 3 dimensional 5ft tulip and exhibition of painting. Group exhibition of 150 artists
  • Art Rental and Sales, Ottawa Art Gallery, juried selection


  • Art Rental and Sales, Ottawa Art Gallery, juried selection
  • Stafford Studios Open House, group exhibition of 9 artists, Ottawa
  • Centrepointe Theatre Lobby, Solo juried exhibition, Allusions to Music Exhibition of photographs and paintings


  • Karsh Masson Gallery, Ottawa, joint juried exhibition, Insights
  • Art Rental and Sales, Ottawa Art Gallery, juried selection
  • Artfuse Studios, Annual Open House Exhibition

University of Ottawa

  • "Episode”, group exhibition of paintings, 2000
  • "Introspection/Retrospection”, solo exhibition of paintings, installation and video, Gallery 115, September 27 – October 1999
  • Screaming Screens”, group exhibition of installations and video art, 1999
  • Elevation – Coherence”, group exhibition of paintings, Gallery 115, November 23-27, 1998.

Publication Credits

  • Ododeiktes, Greek language magazine, illustration in article, 2005.
  • Front Cover artwork for CD traycover, compositions by Evelyn Stroobach performed by Canada's leading musicians 2005.
  • "Insights", Sandra Hawkins, VivienTytor exhibition catalogue, November 21 to January 4, 2004, Karsh-Masson Gallery City of Ottawa.

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