Jim Holyoak is a Montréal-based drawer and writer (born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, raised in Aldergrove, British Columbia.) His discipline is comprised of book-works and room-sized installations, focusing on the ecologies linking the imaginary with the real, geologic time with our present myopia, and linking the human with the non-human lives of animals and environments. In parallel to his solo practice, Holyoak has orchestrated numerous collaborative drawing projects, often with fellow artist Matt Shane, and sometimes involving hundreds of people drawing together.
Holyoak received a BFA from the University of Victoria, an MFA from Concordia University, and studied as an apprentice to master ink-painter Shen Ling Xiang, in Yangshuo, China. He has attended artist-residencies in New York, Los Angeles, Mumbai, Ban , The Netherlands, Finland, Sweden, Iceland, and throughout Norway. His work has circulated widely in Europe and North America, including bG Gallery in Santa Monica, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the GEM Museum of Contemporary Art in The Hague, Tegnerforbundet (Drawing Association) in Oslo, and the DRAW:2014 International Drawing Symposium at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Holyoak’s work was recently featured in Border Crossings Magazine; (issue34 no.1) an issue dedicated to Monsters. The original, hand-drawn, hand-assembled version of his rst novel, Book of Nineteen Nocturnes, is currently on view at the OPTICA Centre for Contemporary Art (until March 25th.) It is about a wandering, nocturnal monster, named Book.