Sean Martindale is an emerging and internationally recognized interdisciplinary artist and designer currently based in Toronto, Canada. His interventions activate public and semi-public spaces to encourage engagement, often focused on ecological and social issues. His playful works question and suggest alternate possibilities for existing spaces, infrastructures and materials found in the urban environment. Frequently, Martindale uses salvaged goods and live plants in unexpected ways that prompt conversations and interaction.
Martindale’s projects have been featured on countless prominent sites online, as well as in traditional media such as print, radio, broadcast television and film. His practice has a global following and has been written about in countries all around the world, and in multiple languages. Martindale was profiled for the first episode of the CBC’s Great Minds of Design, one of his lectures was filmed by TVO for their Big Ideas series, and his work was also included in the feature-length documentary This Space Available, released in 2011.
The Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts (TFVA) awarded Martindale their prestigious Artist Prize for 2012. He holds an MFA from the Interdisciplinary Master’s of Art, Media and Design program at OCAD University in Toronto, and a Bachelor of Design from Emily Carr University in Vancouver. He was the Decennial Hancock Lecturer at the University of Toronto’s Hart House where his work was on view in 2011. Martindale has taken part in multiple solo and group exhibitions, and his projects have been shown in cities such as Montreal, Madrid, New York, Shanghai, Victoria, Vancouver, Venice, Charlottetown, St John’s, Minneapolis, Paris, Angers, Brussels, Berlin and Doha. 2012 marked the opening of NOW, Martindale’s major two-person exhibition with Pascal Paquette at the Art Gallery of Ontario as part of the AGO’s Toronto Now contemporary project series. More recently, his work has been seen at The Royal Ontario Museum for Hot Docs, at Toronto’s City Hall, in Montreal for Art Souterrain / Nuit Blanche 2013, and in St John’s Newfoundland for the Art Marathon Festival 2013. He currently has work on display again at the Art Gallery of Ontario, and will soon complete work as lead artist on the tallest mural in the world, the result of a community project in St James Town Toronto with local youth, STEPS and the Toronto Muralists, supported by StreetARToronto and other partners. Sean has also taken part in a number of residencies, and has led other notable community arts projects. The Ontario Arts Council granted him a Chalmers Arts Fellowship in 2013.
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