Dianne Bos

Over the past couple years I’ve had the opportunity to explore pinhole photograph in the same environment where Leonardo da Vinci once experimented with similar image projection techniques. I’ve visited 16th century sites where light still pours in to large cavernous cathedrals through a tiny hole in the ceiling, projecting the image of the sun itself on the floor. Though initially designed to tell time, this sun projection helped changed earlier beliefs that the earth was the centre of the Universe.

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As Derek Walcott puts in his poem, In Italy, this is “light older than wine” whose “shadows are the dial of time.”

Pinhole projections and the ‘camera obscura’ – Italian for dark room – changed Western thinking of the Earth’s relationship into the sun, and changed the face of art in the Renaissance.  I can’t help contemplating all of this history when I’m using this simple but sublime pinhole device to photograph in Italy – whether the subjects are temples with their light-gathering apetures, or “hill towns with their stamp-sized squares” and “the roofs and beached of the ligurian coast”.  (Derek Walcott, In Italy, The New Yorker Magazine, April 21st, 2008)

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Artist Information

Artist Website: diannebos.ca/

Over the past 25 years Dianne Bos has continually explored motifs such as galaxies and constellations, European interiors with light portals (such as windows or doors) and figures presented as light apparitions. Pinhole projections and the camera obscura - Italian for dark room - changed Western thinking of the Earth’s relationship to the sun, and in turn, assisted in transforming the face of art during the Renaissance period. These tools and devices formulate and extend her fascination with journeying, time, and light-forms. Bos is well known for her museum exhibitions that feature handmade cameras, walk-in light box installations, and sound pieces.

Based in Calgary, Alberta, Dianne Bos has been called Canada’s “queen” of pinhole photography. Multi-talented, her art practice and interests extend into a variety of creative fields, from being a lead singer and keyboardist for several musical bands. Her photography has been used on several vinyl, cassette, CD and video releases in Canada, USA and Europe, and she has written and photographed for contemporary garden and design magazines. Bos has consistently exhibited photography and installation works in solo and group shows in public and private galleries and museums across Canada and internationally for over 30 years. Along with Canadian Museum and corporate collections, elected collections of Dianne Bos works include Official Residence, Canadian Ambassador, Paris, France, the Canadian Embassy, Brussels, Belgium, and Department of Global Affairs, for NATO Offices, Brussels, Belgium.

Born:            Hamilton, Ontario, 1956
Residence: Calgary, Alberta and Languedoc-Roussillion, France


1978           BFA, Honours, Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick, 1974-78

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2018           The Sleeping Green No Man’s Land 100 Years Later, Hamilton Art Gallery, Hamilton, Ontario

2018          The Sleeping Green Studies in No Man’s Land, Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2017          The Sleeping Green No Man’s Land 100 Years Later, Centre of Culturael Canadien, Paris France

2015          Sleeping Green, No Man’s Land 100 Years Later, University of Lethbridge, AB Sleeping Green, Newzones Contemporary Art Gallery, Calgary, AB See Attached, (with Sarah Fuller), University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, AB

2014           Revenant, TBA Carnegie Gallery, Dundas, Ontario

2013            See Attached, (with Sarah Fuller) Truck Contemporary Art Gallery, Calgary AB

2013            Peregrinations (with Roy Hartling), Beaux-arts des Ameriques, Montreal

2013           La Porte, Newzones Contemporary Art, Calgary, AB

2011           Dianne Bos: Reading Room, Cambridge Galleries, Cambridge, ON

2009           Dianne Bos: Wonder Rooms, Newzones, Calgary, AB

2009            Light Echo: Dianne Bos and Doug Welch, The McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, ON

2009            Light Older Than Wine: New images From Italy, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2008            Souvenir de Voyage, NewWorks, NewZones Gallery, Calgary, AB

2007            Garden Shed Galactica, Outdoor installation, Museum London, ON

2007            Lumen, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2006            Verre et Mer, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2006            Tournesol, Skew Gallery, Calgary, AB

2006            Apparitions, Wynick Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

2005            Temps Retrouvé, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver BC

2005           Sound & Light, Whyte Museum, Banff, AB

2004            Casements: Versailles and other Interiors, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver BC

2004           Galactic Carousel, Truck Gallery, Calgary, AB

2003           New Photographs & Soundworks, Wynick Tuck Gallery, Toronto, ON

2002          Camere Illuminati, University of Waterloo Art Gallery, Waterloo, ON

2002           Son et Lumiere, Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops, BC

2002            Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops, BC

2002            University of Waterloo Art Gallery, Waterloo, ON

2002            It’s about time, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2001            Dianne Bos- A survey, Durham Public Art Gallery, Durham, ON

2001            Brightness Falls. New Work, Wynick Tuck Gallery, Toronto, ON

2001            Expedition, New Work, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC

1999           Galaxies and Other Bright Matters, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, ON

1999           The Depth of Fields, The Carnegie Gallery, Dundas, ON

1997          …Girl’s Dreams of Castles, Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto, ON

1997            Pin Spots, The Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph, ON

1996            Through a Pinhole/Darkly, Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto, ON

1996            Panoramic Views from the Valley Town, The Carnegie Gallery, Dundas ON

1995           Commission for Simcoe Place, Front Lobby, large photo installation in collaboration with Ian Paterson, Permanent installation, Toronto, ON

1993           In the Province of Memory, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017   War Stories 1917, The Military Museum, Calgary AB
2017   Bury the Sun, Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, MAN
2017   Poetics of Light, Contemporary Pinhole Photography, National Media Museum, Bradford, UK
2017    Seeing, Frost Museum of Science, Miami, Florida, USA
2016   Seeing, the Science Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
2016   Prairie Sun, University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, AB
2015   The Grand Tour, The Alberta Foundation for the Arts Traveling exhibitions.
2015    Perception, Newzones, Calgary, Alberta
2015    Over … time, The Edge Gallery, Canmore, Alberta
2015   Camera Obscura, Midnight Sun Festival, Dawson City, Yukon
2015    See Attached, University of Lethbridge Gallery, Lethbridge, AB
2015   Exposition en milieu de travail / Exhibition in the Workplace, KBHNS, Ville St-Laurent, QC
2014   Photography in the Time of DIGITAL Disenchantment, Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives, Brampton, ON
2013    Made In Alberta 2012, Part 3, MOCA, Calgary, Alberta
2013    Realiteit,, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery Vancouver BC
2012    Memory Images, Alberta Society of Artists, Blckfalds Public Library, Blackfalds, Captain John Palliser School, Calgary, Claresholm Public Library, Claresholm, and Strathmore Municipal Library, Strathmore, AB
2012   The End of the World, Centro Civic Can Baste Barcelona, Spain, El Otunio fotografico, Orense, Spain, and Centre Culturel André Malraux de Bourget, Le Bouget, France
2012   The West, Glenbow Museum, Edmonton, AB
2012   The Gamble of Perfect Symmetry: Double or Nothing, FCP Gallery, First Canada Place, Toronto, ON
2012   Peripheries, Edward Day Gallery, Toronto, ON
2011   FOTOGRAFIA STENOPEICA, Museo Comunale d’Arte Moderna, Senigallia, Italy
2011   Perception, Newzones Gallery, Calgary, AB
2010   Lucky 13, Annual Christmas Group Show and Art Auction, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2009   12th Annual Christmas Group Show, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2009   Place, NewZones, Calgary, AB
2008     Photography 101:press the buttons, Confederation Centre of the Arts, Charlottetown. PEI
2008    Wayne Gretzky Rocks, NewZones, Calgary, AB
2008   Out There, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, AB
2008   Through the Looking Glass, Glenbow Museum, Calgary, AB
2007   Image and Apparatus, London Museum, London, Ontario
2007/06  Dark Matter: The Great War and Fading Memory, Confederation Centre Art Gallery,Charlottetown, PEI
2007/06 Time and Space, Shown first at Helen Christou Gallery, University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Alberta curated by Josephine Mills. Traveling to: Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, September 7 – November 11, 2007 The Rooms, Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador, March 28 – June 8, 2008, Owens Art Gallery, Sackville NB, September 2008
2005   Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art, Walter Phillips Gallery, Edmonton Art Gallery & Art Gallery of Ottawa, AB
2005  Alberta Scene, Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, ON
2005  French Landscapes, Art Gallery of Edmonton, Edmonton, AB
2004  Faculty Exhibition, Nickle Arts Gallery, Univ. of Calgary, AB
2004            Expanding, Group exhibition, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2004  That Obscure Object of Desire, A Group Exhibition of Visions of Delight, Fascination and Desire, Cambridge Galleries, ON
2004  Box, Wynick Tuck Gallery, TO
2003  Time and Again, Gallery 44, Toronto, ON
2003  In the Light of6 Contemporary Artists Explore the Legacy of William Fox TalbotKitchener Waterloo Art Gallery
2003  Scene Through a Pinhole, PhotoSpace Gallery, Calgary, AB
2002            Visionariamedia Festival, First International Pinhole Exhibition in Italy, Siena, Italy
2002      Contemporary Art Forum, Kitchener, Waterloo, ON
2002  6th Annual Photogathering, Old Electricity Building, Aleppo, Syria
2001  Wheeler Hut Expedition,Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, Alberta, traveled to:
The Works, Visual Arts Festival, Edmonton & Illingsworth Kerr Gallery, Alberta College of Art & Design, Calgary, AB
2001  Why Pinhole, Visual Arts Centre, Rochester, New York, USA
2000  Fresh, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2000  Out There Here: An International Pinhole Exhibition, Provincetown, MA, USA
2000   Time, Wynick Tuck Gallery, Toronto, ON
2000  First Contact, Hamilton Artists Inc., Hamilton, ON
2000  2000 LUX, McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, ON
1999  10 Countries, Pennings Gallery, Eindhoven, Netherlands
1999  Passion for Wings, (commissioned work) National Aviation Museum, ON,
1999  Pinhole International 2, Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
1998  Speed: Visions of an Accelerated Age, Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph, ON
1998  Pinhole International, Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto, ON
1998  Camera Ready, Harbourfront Center, Toronto, ON
1998  Women with Cameras, Burlington Art Centre, Burlington, ON
1997  Deluxe Assortment, Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto, ON
1997  “you can’t say more than you can see…” The Carnegie Gallery, Dundas, ON
1996  High Winds on the Skyway, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, ON
1994   Linda Genereaux Gallery, Two Person Exhibition, Toronto, ON
1993    Up, Up and Away: Stairwell Project #8, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, ON
1993  The Apartment Show part of seven artists collective ‘The  Bureau’, Toronto, ON
1989  Atque Ars: Art from Mount Allison University 1854-1989, Owens Art Gallery, NB
1986-89 The Pinhole Camera, The Photographer’s Gallery, Saskatchewan. Traveled to Ring House Gallery, Saskatoon; Floating Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba;  Whyte Museum, Banff, Alberta; Dunlop Gallery, Regina, Sask.; Moose Jaw National Exhibition Centre, Moose Jaw, Sask.; Estevan National Exhibition Centre, Saskatchewan

Art Fairs

2011 San Francisco Fine Art Fair (Jennifer Kostuik Gallery)

2010 TIAF Toronto International Art Fair (Jennifer Kostuik Gallery)

2010 Bridge NY Art Fair (Jennifer Kostuik Gallery)

2009 AAFNY Affordable Art Fair NY (Jennifer Kostuik Gallery)

2008 Los Angeles Art Fair (Jennifer Kostuik Gallery)

2007 Art Miami (Jennifer Kostuik Gallery)

2007 AAFNY (Jennifer Kostuik Gallery)

Grants, Awards & Special Projects

2012  Canada Council Project Grant

2008  Alberta Foundation for the Arts Grant

2007     Canada Council Project Grant

2006     Barbara Spohr Photography Award

2005     Best Photography in Avenue Magazine, National Magazine Awards

2004     Dario Argento Photography Scholarship, Banff Centre for the Arts

2002/03 Alberta Foundation for the Arts Grant

2001/02 Canada Council, Mid Career Grant

2001     Intrawest, Blue Mountain Commision

2001     Banff Centre for the Arts, New Works Residency- winter, Slo Mo – Fall

2000     National Magazine Award, Silver Award- Homes & Gardens- (Azure Magazine)

2000     Ontario Arts Council, Mid Career Grant

2000     Canada Council, Travel Grant

2000     Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Expedition

1997/98/99  OAC Materials assistance grant

1995     Ontario Arts Council, Special projects grant

Selected Collections

Air Canada

ArtBank, Canada Council, Ottawa, Ontario

Alberta Foundation or the Arts Collection

Glenbow Museum, Calgary, AB

The Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, Ontario

Intrawest , Blue Mountain,  Ontario (Commission)

Kamloops Art Gallery, BC

Lovas Stanley Paul Ray Berndtson Inc. Toronto, Ontario

MacDonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph, Ontario

Museum of New Mexico, Pinhole Resource Collection, New Mexico, USA

Museo Comunale d’Arte Moderna, Senigallia, Italy

National Aviation Museum, Ottawa (Commission), Ontario

Origins Institute, McMaster University

Simcoe Place Co-Owners, Cadillac Fairview, Toronto (Commission), Ontario

St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto, Ontario

University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Lethbridge, Alberta

The VU, Aspen Ridge Homes, Public Art Work, Toronto, Ontario

Walter Phillips Gallery, The Banff Centre, Alberta

Wood Gundy Private Client Investments, Toronto, Ontario

Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, Alberta

Television Profiles

2005  Spirit of the Art: The Donovan Collection at St. Michael’s College, OMNI TV

2001  Through the Lens: Profile- Fashion Television Network, Fall

2001  O Zone, TFO.  January 4, 2001, 8pm

2000  Studio 2, TVO. ‘Pinhole International’, Air time: Summer 1999 – Winter 2000

2000            Gardeners Journal: ‘A Photographers Garden’ HGTV Winter 2000 (USA & Canada)

1999            @Discovery, The Art and Science of Pinhole Photography, Summer 1999.

Selected Photographic Work in Commercial Print

2012     Carousels, PinHole Photography, Issue 02/2012

2012     The Heliocentricists: Pinhole Artists Collective (PAC) essay for publication, Winnipeg

2007    Waiting for the Tour de France, Swerve

2007     Ooh La La: Tripping out in the South of France, 11/30/07, Swerve

2006     The MacLeod Trail Expedition, 2/10/2006, Swerve Magazine

2006      All the Time in The World, Winter 2006, Wine Access Magazine

2006      Private and Public Space, 01/20/06, Swerve Magazine

2004      Maison (Sweet) Maison, Avenue Magazine

Gold Prize winner for Photography, House and Garden category, National Magazine Awards 2005

2002     The Artful Garden, Landscape Architecture Magazine, 12/2002

2001      High Kitsch, Landscape Architecture Magazine. 11/2001

2000  Avant-Gardens In A Quebec Landscape, Azure Magazine, 11/2000 National Magazine Award- Silver

Photography Related Experience

Curatorial Work

2009  A Field Guide to Observing Art, McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, ON, September 2009

2003  In the Light of: Six contemporary artists  explore the legacy of William Henry Fox Talbot.Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery, September

2001  Lux Nova: A Low Tech Explosion, York Quay Gallery, Harbourfront Centre,

2000  Toy (Camera) Stories: Club Lucky, Toronto, May

2000-01 Coordinator/Instructor of Toy Camera and Pinhole workshops, Contact, OCAD

1998-99 Pinhole International 1& 2  – Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto, May

1999            Coordinator of the International Pinhole Symposium as part of Contact 99

Numerous lectures and workshops on pinhole photography including such venues as: 

Montecastello di Vibio, Italy

Harbourfront Centre, Banff Centre for the Arts,Ontario College of Art and Design, MacDonald Stewart Art Centre, The Burlington Art Centre, The Art Gallery of Hamilton, University of Toronto, University of Lethbrige, Lonsdale Gallery, Universty of Manitoba,

MAWA Winnipeg, Dundas Valley School of Art.

Speaker and workshop leader for the Photo Educators Conference, Toronto, 1999, 2000, 2001

Writer and photographer for Shitsunai, (Japanese Design Magazine), Spring 1997 to Winter 1998.

4 season photographic essay: In a Canadian Garden.

Avant GardensAZURE magazine, Nov/Dec 2000, photo essay.

High Kitsch, Landscape Architecture Magazine, November 2001, photo essay.

Selected Bibliography

2013         Daniel Lindley, It takes two: See Attached. Fast Forward Weekly, Calgary. Feb 28

2011         Katherine Ylitalo, Dianne Bos, Galleries West, Spring

2009   Alison Garwood Jones, Let There Be Light, Canadian Geographic, August

2009   Mary MacKay, A Blank Canvas, The Guardian, PEI, Nov 7

2009  Nancy Tousley, Calgary’s top 12 art exhibitions of 2008, Calgary Herald, January 4

2008  Nancy Tousley, Magic Shot Through a Pinhole, Calgary Herald, March 1

2008  Charles Storch, Artopolis, Chicago Tribune, April 26

2008  Janet Naclia, Photo Phenoms, Avenue Magazine, May

2008  Betty Ann Jordan, Canadian House and Home profile, August

2007   Christopher Willard, Alberta Exposure, Calgary Herald, Feb. 3

2007  Jaquie Moore, Exposure, Swerve Magazine, Feb. 2

2006  Jennifer McVeigh, Through the Pinhole, The Calgary Herald, March 25

2006  David Jager, Contact, Now Magazine, May 11-17

2006  Contact: Toronto Month of Photography, feature, May

2006  Enroute Magazine, Contact Photography Festival Feature, Spring

2005            PhotoLife– profile, Wes Lafortune, April

2005  Home Maison Home, Avenue Magazine, September feature

2005  Western Living Magazine – profile, January

2004  Julia Dault, National Post,March 11

2004  Wes Lafortune, Riding the Cosmic Merry-go-round, FastForward Weekly, Jan. 22

2004  Nancy Tousley, Critics Pick, Calgary Herald, Jan. 15

2004  Shawn Van Sluys,Unique Techniques,  Galleries West, Spring

2004  Affairs of Note, Vernissage, The Magazine of the National Gallery, Spring

2004  Calgary: Dianne Bos at Truck, CIRCA Magazine Issue108, Ireland

2002  “Dianne Bos: Seeing the Light”, Photo Ed Magazine, Spring

2001  Signs of the Spirit: The Donovan Collection at St. Michael’s College

2001  Sandra Vida,”Go Tell it on the Mountain”, Border Crossings, Issue No. 79

2001  Kim Hume, Shotgun Reviews, LOLA 9, Summer Issue

2001  Dobbie, Shauna. “Photographer’s Garden”, Ontario Gardener, Spring

2000            Stevanovic, Gordana. Light Sketches, Dianne Bos: the world through a pinhole, Hamilton Magazine, Winter

2000  Photo Life, Spring

2000            Armstrong, John, “Vacation in Black and White: On the Travels oF Dianne Bos”, cover story, C International Contemporary Art, Spring 2000

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