David Garneau is Associate Professor in the Visual Arts Department at the University of Regina where he teaches painting, drawing and criticism. He was born and raised in Edmonton. Garneau received a BFA Painting and Drawing and an MA English from the University of Calgary. He taught at the Alberta College of Art and Design for five years prior to moving to Regina in 1999.
“I love everything about the visual arts and these enthusiasms are reflected in my various practices.” Garneau’s practices include painting, drawing, curation and critical writing. His work often engages issues of nature, history masculinity and Aboriginal identity. Garneau’s paintings are in the collections of the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Canadian Parliament, Indian and Inuit Art Centre, Glenbow Museum, Mackenzie Art Gallery, Mendel Art Gallery and many other public and private collections.
Garneau is also a curator and writer most interested in the collision of nature and culture, metaphysics and materialism, and in contemporary Indigenous identities. He has curated large group, two-person and solo exhibitions and written numerous catalogue essays and reviews. He has recently given talks in Melbourne, Adelaide, New York, San Diego, Sacramento, Saskatoon, and keynote lectures in Sydney, Toronto, Edmonton and Sault Ste Marie. Garneau is currently working on curatorial and writing projects featuring contemporary Indigenous art and curatorial exchanges between Canada and Australia, and is part of a five-year, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council funded curatorial research project, “Creative Conciliation.”