Born:  1972
Lives: Montreal, Canada

“Nature is a setting that fits equally well a comic or a mourning piece.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Montreal artist Heidi Daehler creates representational works that situate human and animal subjects, and/or landscapes in emotional or existential contexts. Her latest paintings are small scale and intimate, slightly unreal views into larger worlds. We see through abstracted portals like in a dream, or a distant memory, but these could also be protective barriers or something more ominous encroaching. The figure/ground relationship is not straightforward, but the longing for reconnection is real. A desire for the paradoxically soothing and frightening natural world is present, and they are also a tribute to what we are inextricably linked to. Ultimately, these works are metaphors for inner life which in turn is affected by the fragility of where we come from. It’s an exploration of the many manifestations of our own internal wildness or “nature”. Are we closer to it by means of these openings, or do they create more distance? One can only hope that the connection is not broken beyond repair.

Heidi Daehler has exhibited her works in solo and group shows in and about Montreal and New York, and has completed dozens of commissioned paintings. Her work can be found in numerous private collections across Canada and the U.S., as well as in the U.K., Japan, Australia, Denmark, and Mexico. Daehler holds a BFA in Studio Arts and a BA in Psychology (Concordia, 2006 and 1997).


2019 Recent Portraits, accompanying show to “Blind Date, Centaur Theatre, Montreal, Canada
2016 Something Tangible, General 54, Montreal, Canada
2011     Do you miss me?, Wilder & Davis Gallery, Montreal, Canada
2010   General 54, Montreal, Canada
2008   Central Stamp and Seal, Montreal, Canada
2006   Peace Art Gallery, Belgo Building, Montreal, Canada


2019 Regarding the Wild, Chashama Space to Present: One Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York, USA

2018    The P Show, The Long Haul Gallery, Montreal, Canada
Trou de Ver//Wormhole, YMUNO Gallery, Montreal, Canada
Festival Soir: Lou, Montreal, Canada
Centre Hermitage, Georgeville, Canada
Art Ailé, Studio Georgeville, Georgeville, Canada
Duo Exhibit, Monastiraki-Le petit monastère, Montreal, Canada
2017    The O Show, The Long Haul Gallery, Montreal, Canada
            Le Corps Humain, Studio Georgeville, Georgeville, Canada
            Timeraiser 150, Au Sommet Place Ville Marie, Montreal, Canada

2016    Scary Monsters and Super Creeps, The Long Haul Gallery, Montreal, Canada
            The N Show, The Long Haul Gallery, Montreal, Canada
            Centerfold 9, Nuwrk, Montreal, Canada
            Face to Face, Studio Georgeville, Georgeville, Canada
            Timeraiser Montreal, 5th Edition, Montreal, Canada

2015    The M Show, The Long Haul Gallery, Montreal, Canada
            Galerie Fringe 2015, Montreal, Canada

2014    The L Show, The Long Haul Gallery, Montreal, Canada
            Timeraiser Montreal, 3rd Edition, Montreal, Canada

2013    Timeraiser Montreal, 2nd Edition, Montreal, Canada

2012    The J Show, The Long Haul Gallery, Montreal, Canada

2011     Petit Sacré, AB Gallery, Montreal, Canada

2009    Winter Show at Interstice, Montreal, Canada

2008    Photo Op, Plum Gallery, Montreal, Canada
             Food for Thought, Club Le Social, Montreal, Canada
             Ferment, The Long Hall, Montreal, Canada

2007    Pindemonium, Articule, Montreal, Canada

2005    Menagerie, Art en Majuscule, Montreal, Canada
             Infinité…Les Objets, VAV Gallery, Montreal, Canada

2004    Trembling Ground, Museo Civico D’Arte Contemporanea, Casacalenda, Italy

2003    JACASS, John Abbott College, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Canada

1994     Art Rental Collection, Stewart Hall Art Gallery, Pointe Claire, Canada


2003-2006     BFA (with Distinction), Studio Art, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

2001-2003      Personalized full-time studies in the Fine Arts, John Abbott College, Point Claire, Canada

1992-1997       BA (with Distinction), Psychology, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada


2018    Vermont Studio Centre Residency, Vermont, USA
            Merit-based Artist Grant ($1500USD) Vermont Studio Centre Residency, Vermont, USA

2011     Friday’s favourite four (paintings of the week) Belgo Report, weekly online magazine

2005   In-Course Bursary

2004   Millennium Scholarship Award, Canadian Millennium Scholarship Foundation

2004   In-Course Bursary; Golden Key International Honour Society Induction

2003   Millennium Scholarship Award, Canadian Millennium Scholarship Foundation

2001    Elected jury member for John Abbott College graduation exhibition