Clint Roenisch is a contemporary gallery founded in 2003 in Toronto, Canada. After 10 years of occupying both floors of 944 Queen West, adjacent to the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA), the gallery moved to a larger space at 190 Saint Helens Avenue. Roenisch represents a diverse roster of artists across several generations who work with photography, sculpture, drawing, painting, film and installation. Several international artists including Roger Ballen (Johannesburg), Marcel van Eeden (Zurich) and Heather and Ivan Morison (Wales) have had their first solo exhibitions in Canada at Clint Roenisch.
Gallery artists have exhibited at or been collected by the MoMA, the Centre Georges Pompidou, the National Gallery of Canada, the Berlin Biennial, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Venice Bienniale, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the State Museum of Russia, the Guggenheim Museum, the Stedelijk Museum, the Power Plant, Art Basel and the Sydney Biennale among many other institutions.
Harold Klunder is widely considered to be one of Canada’s most important painters. He was born in Deventer, The Netherlands in 1943 and immigrated to Canada in 1952. At 17 he left the family farm outside of Hamilton, Ontario to study art at Central Technical School in Toronto from 1960-1964 (most notably under the landscape painter Doris McCarthy who died in 2010 at 100). Upon graduating the young Klunder immersed himself in the Toronto art world as it moved from post-war abstraction into 60s Pop Art and beyond. He had his first solo show at Sable-Castelli in 1976. In the three decades since then Klunder has forged a unique vocabulary of forms to express his commitment to the self-portrait in particular and to the evocative possibilites of paint to evoke states of being. Keenly aware of art history and of the titans of Dutch painters who have come before him, from Rembrandt’s relentless self-scrutiny through to Vermeer’s quality of light to Van Gogh’s fevered impasto and Willem de Kooning’s early series of voracious women, Klunder embeds his influences into his own paintings, often monumental in scale and years in the making. To take in a Klunder painting is to become privy to the narrative - the excavation - of one painter’s lifelong engagement with this most storied of mediums, its profound history and its unmistakable immediacy, always unfolding now, standing outside of time, receptive to the present viewer’s gaze.
Tony Romano was born in 1978 and lives in Toronto. Besides sculpture his work also includes film, photography, installation, music and text-based pieces. Romano received his BFA from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver. He has exhibited nationally and internationally for more than a decade. Recent solo shows include New Work: 2014-2016 at Clint Roenisch; Night Thoughts at Beers, London; Goodnight My Love at Night Gallery, Los Angeles; Onward Future at Oakville Galleries and MuseumLondon; and Notary Moon at the MacLaren Art Gallery, Barrie. Recent group or collaborative shows include La Giubba (with Corin Sworn) at Natalia Hug Gallery, Cologne; The Way I Are at the Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto; You Really Don't Care For Music, Do You? at Red Bull Projects, Toronto; Everything Will Be Ok at No. 9 Projects, Toronto; and Air Conditioned Jungle at Diaz Contemporary, Toronto. Romano was also the co-editor, with Claire Greenshaw, of the art magazine Millions.