Mark Bovey

About the Artist

Mark Bovey is an artist and Associate Professor in the Printmaking Area at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax Nova Scotia Canada (2004-present). He received his MVA in Printmaking from the University of Alberta in 1992 and his BFA from Queen’s University in Kingston Ontario in 1989.

Bovey’s work has represented Canada internationally in juried Biennial and Triennial Exhibitions in 17 nations Worldwide. He has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions across Canada including 15 curatorial projects. This coming year his work will travel to Gyor Hungary, Krakow Poland, Houston Texas and Novosibirsk Russia and nationally will show in Kelowna British Columbia, Kitchener Ontario, Edmonton Alberta and as part of the national touring exhibition “Sense of Place” at the Cape Breton Art Gallery in Sydney Nova Scotia.

Bovey’s practice ranges from traditional printmaking (combinations of Intaglio, Lithography, screen printing and woodcut) to print installations works incorporating inkjet and digital video projection that reference and incorporate the history of printed forms. His work is in numerous collections most recently Canadian Foreign Affairs Visual Art Collection, The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia Art Bank, and the Danforth Museum Boston.

Artist Statement

My practice involves actively seeking resonant images in the ocean of printed documents shared between cultures over the past 600+ years. The image fragments are simultaneously technology, evidence of discovery and time markers. What I do is reinserted them back into a printing matrix (digital or analog). The reintroduction into a new relative context makes them new, part a field of possibilities for the viewer to traverse. I see these compositions as fields of visual anthropological inquiry where new themes or potential meanings can be found in a recombine.

The challenge is to invite speculation through formal or aesthetic play. I often weave personal fragments with universal referents often from readymade sources. I hope that the images together embody a complex array of possibilities where the viewer is enticed to locate meaning. In the new arrangements a representation of the complex nature of the contemporary condition is intended to be felt. Time is spanned, triangulated or collapsed, the images mingle.

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Associate Professor (Printmaking), NSCAD University



1997 B.ED. Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada A.C.E. Artist in the Community Education Program

1992 M.V.A. Printmaking, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 1989 B.F.A. Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada



2013 Works Purchased for the Foreign Affairs Visual Art Collection

2010 Nova Scotia Arts Council Creation Grant- $4500 2009Nova Scotia Arts Council Presentation Grant- $3500

Curator -Canadian Selections Project Prize Winner, 6th Novosibirsk, Graphic Art Biennial, Novosibirsk, Russia

2008 3rd Prize- “Sense of Place”, International Traveling Print Exhibition, Windsor Printmakers Forum, Windsor Ontario Jurors- Ian Baxter, James Patton and Nancy Stojka 

2007 4th Prize- Kochi International Triennial Print Exhibition, Kochi, Japan

Nova Scotia Art Bank Purchase

Nova Scotia Arts Council Creation Grant- $7500 

2004 Purchase Prize, 13th Seoul Space Biennial, Seoul Korea



Open Studio Toronto Canada; The Civic Art Museum, Cremona, Italy; Ernst and Young, Toronto Canada; Danforth Museum Boston Mass. USA; Koffler Foundation King City Ontario; Queen’s University Kingston Ontario; University of Alberta Print Study Center, Edmonton Alberta; Taiwan Museum, Republic of China; Tama Art University Foundation, Tokyo Japan; Dong Nai Architecture Group, Seoul Korea; Alberta Art Foundation, Calgary Alberta; Nova Scotia Art Bank, Halifax Nova Scotia; Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, NS; Canadian Foreign Affairs Visual Art Collection, Ottawa Ontario; Shengshi Art Centre, Hunan Provence, Bejing China


2015     pro/con/textual – Mark Bovey, Briar Craig, and Ericka Walker, curated by Lubos Cullen and text by Carolyn MacHardy, Topham Brown Memorial Gallery, Vernon Public Art Gallery, Vernon BC

2014     World Machine – AP Gallery Calgary, Alberta

2013     A New World – Canadian Contemporary Printmaking - Modem Centre of Contemporary Art –Debrecen, Hungary

2011     Traditions and Transitions: A 4 person Group Printmaking Exhibition, Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art, Kelowna, BC, Canada

2010     “The Ledge Suite” SNAP (ARC), Edmonton, Alberta

2009    “Restoring the Ledge_”, Open Studio, Toronto Ontario, “Contact”

2009     Photography Exhibition

2004     “Between States” SNAP Gallery (ARC), Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
2003     Mind Field Revisited, invited, Alternator (ARC), Kelowna British Columbia, Canada
2001     “Mind Fields”, Modern Fuel Parallel Gallery, Kingston Artists Association, Kingston Ontario, Canada

2016 Kyoto Hanga 2016 (Upcoming) - Contemporary Canadian Printmaking, Kyoto Japan

2015 8th International Printmaking Biennial of Douro, 2nd Global Print Exhibition

2015 Douro Portugal Resonance, Canadian Contemporary Printmaking, (touring China), First Exhibition Shengshi Art Centre, Hunan Provence, Bejing China, Curators Li Song Wu Jiaqi IMPACT 9 International Printmaking Conference in Hangzhou China Changing

Worlds - Technology as metaphor and inspiration of utopia and dystopia.

Brain Storms: UAlberta Creates presented in two parts at Enterprise Square Galleries Edmonton Alberta, September 25, 2015 - January 23, 2016.

Unbound Traditions: Four Educational Institutions
An Invitational International Exhibition of Prints China Printmaking Museum in Guanlan October 16 to Nov. 16, 2015

Pro-Cess, 20 Artists reveal the steps to their creative practice through preparatory work which reveals the breath of their thinking and play, Pavia Gallery, Herring Cove Road, Halifax

2014 59th College Women’s Art Association (CWAJ) Annual Print Show - Contemporary Japanese Prints-

International Juror (Invited to exhibit),Tokyo American Club, Tokyo Japan
St. Michael’s Printshop 40th Anniversary, Exhibition, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Gallery Printed in Canada and Taiwan, Raymond Lansier Exhibition Hall Trois Rivieres Quebec and The Zhongshan National Gallery of the Zun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, in Taipei and National Taiwan

Normal University Department of Art, The Taiwan Printmaking Society

2013 International Print Triennial Krakow-Istanbul 2013, Tophane-i Amire Culture & Art Center, Istanbul, Turkey

2012-13 Krakow Printmaking Triennial (SMTG), Krakow Museum, Main Exhibition and in Opale. Also exhibited in venues throughout Poland and outside including Istanbul Turkey. (juried)

2012-13 8th Novosibirsk Triennial, Novosibirsk State Museum, Novosibirsk Russia (invited) 2012 2nd Okanagan Printmaking Triennial, Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna BC, Canada (juried)

SNAP’s 30th Anniversary Portfolio Exhibition, Invited SNAP Gallery, Edmonton Alberta and at Art League Houston, during PrintHouston month in May/June of 2012 Houston's Texas Southern Graphics Council International Conference Open Portfolio, Tulane University, New Orleans

2012 Allure of the Print (group), Studio 21 Gallery, Halifax Nova Scotia “Arena, The Art of Hockey-Road Game”, The Museum, Kitchener, ON

Special Exhibition of Contemporary Prints from Canada, selected by Guy Langevin
Touring China, Gallery of the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, in Chongqing and Southwest University Museum of Art to also be exhibited at the Canadian Pavilion at the New Artist Village, Bejing

2011 Traditions and Transitions: A 4 person Group Printmaking Exhibition, Apr 8 - May 21, Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art, Kelowna, BC

North American Printmaking Biennial, Boston Printmakers, Danforth Museum, Boston Massachusetts

L'Arte E Il Torchio International Biennial 2011 at The Civic Art Museum, Cremona, Italy

2010 “Last Frontier” – Art Gallery of Nova Scotia - Halifax, curated by Sarah Filmore (Chief curator of Contemporary Art)

“The Ledge_ Suite” (7 Works) Independent Exhibitions in Guangzhou and Shenzhen China selected by Guy Langevin (Trois-Rivieres) to be shown with 7 other Canadian Artists during the “Worlds Fair” “HOTPLATE” selected by Derek Besant, an International Print Exhibition and Symposium, Phoenix Contemporary Art Space, Brighton UK

Taipei University Special Exhibition to accompany the Taiwan International Print and Drawing Biennial Exhibition, selected by JC Heywood (2 Works)
“Sense of Place” International Cross Border Print Exhibition, Windsor Printmakers Forum, Windsor ON, (touring 2007- 2015)

2009 1st Okanagan Print Triennial, Vernon Public Art Gallery, Vernon BC
2008 EPI Edmonton Print International Exhibition, Society of Northern Alberta Print Artists, Edmonton Alberta, Canada,

“Arena” The Art of Hockey, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax NS, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton,

MOCA Toronto
Kochi International Triennial Print Exhibition, Kochi Japan, 4th Prize
Biennale Voir-Grand (Large Print Biennial) Atelier Circulaire, Maison de la culture, Villeray-St-Michel-Parc-Extension Gallery, Montreal Quebec,Canada
13th International Biennial PRINT AND DRAWING EXHIBITION, ROC, Taiwan Museum of Fine Art, Tai-Chung Taiwan, ROC



2010-16 Associate Professor, NSCAD University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
2012-2015 Chair of Fine Art- NSCAD University
2004-10 Assistant Professor, NSCAD University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
2003-04 Assistant Professor, Sabbatical for Erik Edson, Mount Allison University, Sackville NB 2002-03 Assistant Professor, Sabbatical Replacement, Doug Biden, UBC Okanagan, Kelowna BC 1997-2002 Sabbatical Replacement and Sessional Instructor. Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario



2014 AP Gallery, Calgary Alberta
2012 Studio 21 Gallery, Halifax NS
2011 University of Regina, Regina Saskatchewan 2010 Queen’s University, Kingston Ontario

Acadia University, Wolfeville Nova Scotia

2009 SNAP Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta accompanied the “The Ledge Suite” Exhibition,


2015 St. Michael’s Printshop 40th Anniversary, Exhibition Catalog
2014 A New World, Published by Modem Centre of Contemporary art, Debrecen, Hungary Exhibition Catalogue

“Printed in Canada and Taiwan”, Exhibition Catalog

2012 PUSH Print, Survey of Printmaker pushing the boundaries of the medium, Jamie Berger (ed.), Sterling Publishing Co. 2012
2011 "Hot Plate; Printmaking and Digital Creativity" University of Brighton Press 2011

Ex. Cat. L’Arte e il Torchio, Art and the Printing Press, 2011
Last Frontier, Curated by Sarah Filmore, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the Journal of the AGNS Volume 37 –Summer

2010 Review: Canadian Art Online The Last Frontier: Natural Histories Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax Dec 3 2010 to Apr.26 2011 by Adam O’Reilly

2009 Sodaworks: Exhibition Review: “Hot Plate” Posted on Sunday, July 4th,

The Future of Contemporary Printmaking, 2010 International Printmaking Symposium and Exhibition, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan, cat.

6th Novosibirsk Graphic Art Biennial, Novosibirsk Russia, (Curator Canada #1 Selections) cat. Fifty best bets at Contact 2009: Mark Bovey, Toronto Life, May 20, 2009

“Old ledger becomes 'technological tableau” By Sarah Hamilton, Edmonton Journal June 12, 2009, About “The Ledge_ Suite” Ex. Vue Weekly, Edmonton issue #713, The Ledge_ Suite.

Presented by Open Studio, Toronto, Ontario; Studio 21 Gallery Halifax Nova Scotia