Michael Jonathon Pittman was born in Ktaqamkuk (Newfoundland), the traditional territory of the Mi’kmaq and Beothuk peoples, to parents of Indigenous and settler descent. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Memorial University, and a practice-led research Masters degree on the visual culture of Newfoundland and Labrador from the Waterford Institute of Technology in Ireland.

In 2012, The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery curated a significant solo exhibition of his artwork comprised of over 5 years of visual explorations. The following year Pittman was a semi-finalist for the Sobey Art Award, Canada’s pre-eminent award for contemporary Canadian art. His work was later included in a comprehensive exhibition of Newfoundland and Labrador artists at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and also exhibited in Venice, Italy as part of the Benetton Foundation’s Great and North during the 2017 Venice Biennale.

In 2018/19, the artists work was featured in Future Possible; an exhibition that juxtaposed historic art and views of Newfoundland and Labrador with contemporary perspectives and practices. “This is part of a ground-breaking, two-part series that looks at the art history and iconography of Newfoundland and Labrador” and will result in a major publication, marking the first comprehensive art history of the province. (The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery)

Pittman has been the recipient of multiple grants and awards for his art, which frequently references the physical environment, traditional knowledge and hidden histories of the places to which he is connected. He is represented by the Leyton Gallery in St. John’s, NL and in Ontario by Abbozzo Gallery (Toronto, ON) and Sivarulrasa Gallery (Almonte, ON)

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About the Artist


For additional information, please direct inquiries to mpittman@newfoundartist.com or contact one of the following galleries:

The Leyton Gallery of Fine Art

Clift Baird's Cove (off Water Street)
St. John's, Newfoundland
(709) 722 7177

Abbozzo Gallery

401 Richmond Street West, Suite 128
Toronto, ON
1-866-844-4481

Sivarulrasa Gallery

34 Mill Street

Almonte, ON

(613) 256-8033