Séamus Gallagher's works are on view now at Ottawa's National Gallery.
Séamus Gallagher's works are on view now at Ottawa's National Gallery.

3 Halifax art world MVPs are currently starring in national exhibits

Séamus Gallagher and John Devlin have lined the walls of two Ontario galleries.

The old saying that good things come in threes has certainly held true for recent exports from Halifax’s art scene: After two-time Sobey award shortlister Jordan Bennet unveiled an ambitious mural at the Ontario University of Craft and Design—alongside a solo exhibition at OCAD’s gallery—two more local artists have secured a spot in Ontario galleries.


Outsider artist John Devlin is long-used to international buzz over his drawings, with agents in London and Paris representing him. At 68, though, he is making his overdue Toronto debut with John Devlin: Out of a heart of quiet—on view until August 27 at Toronto’s ESP (Erin Stump Projects). The 35 works on paper are inspired by the artist’s relationship with the cosmos.


Over at Ottawa’s National Gallery, meanwhile, Halifax artist Séamus Gallagher is part of a trio of emerging photography-based artists being lauded with the 2022 New Generation Photography Exhibition. On view until December, the show highlights groundbreaking new voices in the medium—and sees Gallagher share some elaborate works combining drag, wearable sculpture and, of course, photography.

"Art has always been a way to explore your own identity and also trump notions that society imposes on us as a whole,” Gallagher told The Coast back in 2019. All three artist’s work proves this point exactly.

About The Author

Morgan Mullin

Morgan is the Arts & Entertainment Editor at The Coast, where she writes about everything from what to see and do around Halifax to profiles of the city’s creative class to larger cultural pieces. She’s been with The Coast since 2016.

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