William Eakin - profile

William Eakin

Canada 1952


William Eakin
William Eakin
November 1, 2015

William Eakin is a Canadian photographer, born in Winnipeg in 1952. The artist studied at the Vancouver School of Art, graduating in 1974, and later for a year at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. As a photographer, he is working with a number of different formats and types of photography, creating images of subjects and objects that are usually undervalued and overlooked.


Left William Eakin - 24Hours 5451, February 11, 2012, Right William Eakin - 24Hours 6145, March 12, 2012
Left: William Eakin – 24Hours 5451, February 11, 2012 / Right: William Eakin – 24Hours 6145, March 12, 2012

William Eakin’s interest lies in revisiting objects produced during his childhood and youth years – the economic boom time following the WWII. In such way, the artist is trying to recover something of their original purpose while reinterpreting them as artworks.

Fading Dream Series

William Eakin - #299 (Fading Dream series)
William Eakin – #299 (Fading Dream series)

Eakin’s images are in many public and museum collections, including the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Canada Council Art Bank, Winnipeg Art Gallery and Edmonton Art Gallery. He has exhibited in numerous group and one-man shows around the world – throughout North America in Canada and the United States, and also in Australia, Netherlands, France, Japan and Taiwan.

Bottle Cap Series

Left William Eakin - Polar Bear, 2001 - Bottle Cap series, Right William Eakin - Uptown, 2001
Left: William Eakin – Polar Bear, 2001 – Bottle Cap series / Right: William Eakin – Uptown, 2001

A practicing artist for more than 30 years, William Eakin has also taught at the Vancouver School of Art and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts.
During his career, Eakin was awarded many times. He is the recipient of Canada Council and Manitoba Arts Council grants. In 1996, the artist was awarded the Duke and Duchess of York Prize in Photography, and in 2011 the Arts Award of Distinction by the Manitoba Arts Council.

William Eakin is represented by the Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto, and Actual Contemporary in Winnipeg.

In accordance with his approach to art, Eakin lives and works in a one-story freestanding cinderblock structure, in a neighborhood of vacant lots, corner grocers and social housing in Winnipeg.

All images courtesy of Stephen Bulger Gallery

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015datumerrataUniversity of Winnipeg Gallery, Winnipeg, MBGroup
201520th AnniversaryStephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, ONGroup
2015Alex ColvilleNational Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ONGroup
2014Alex ColvilleArt Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ONGroup
201324HoursStephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, ONSolo
2013datumerrataManitoba Printmakers Association, Winnipeg, MBGroup
2013be.stillPLATFORM Centre for Photographic + Digital Arts, Winnipeg, MBGroup
2010Fading DreamStephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, ONSolo
2007acoustic_spaceGallery 803, Winnipeg, MB Solo
2007The Visible WorldMuseum London, London, ONSolo
2007Media PoveraOttawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, ONGroup
2006Drive Your Girlfriend HomeCream Gallery, Winnipeg, MBSolo
2006My Mother’s GardenPiano Nobile Gallery, WinnipegSolo
2005Union Stock YardsFranco-Manitoban Cultural Centre, Winnipeg, MBSolo
2005The Visible WorldArt Gallery of the South Okanagan, Penticton, BCSolo
2004Giddy UpWalter Phillips Gallery, The Banff Centre, Banff, AB Solo
2004Night Rider, TrepanierBaer Gallery, Calgary, ABSolo
2004HanksvilleMendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon,SKSolo
2004Ghost MonthLeo Kamen Gallery, Toronto, ONSolo
2004Ghost MonthGallery 111, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB Solo
2004Mug Shot (digital)The Annex, Winnipeg, MBSolo
2004Night Rider, TrepanierBaer Gallery, Calgary, ABSolo
2004Giddy UpWalter Phillips Gallery, The Banff Centre, Banff, ABGroup
2004HanksvilleMendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SKGroup
2003Black VelvetLeo Kamen Gallery, Toronto, ONSolo
2003Union Stock YardsNickle Art Museum, University of Calgary, Calgary, ABSolo
2003ReunionGallery 1C03, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MBSolo
2003Spaced OutAustralian Centre for Photography, Sydney, AustraliaGroup
2003SpherePresentation House, North Vancouver, BCGroup
2003To ConjureDunlop Art Gallery, Regina, SKGroup
2001Have A Nice DayDalhousie Art Gallery, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NSSolo
2001Have A Nice DayArt Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, ONSolo
2001William EakinStock 20, Tai Chung, TaiwanSolo
20012001-the alien projectEdmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, ABGroup
2000Open StudioSt. Norbert Arts Centre, St. Norbert, MBSolo
2000William EakinWinnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, MBSolo
1999Have A Nice DaySt. Norbert Arts and Cultural Centre, St. Norbert, MBSolo
1999tongues & ashesKitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, KitchenerGroup
1999Magiae NaturalisContact ’99, Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto Group
1998William EakinCanadian Embassy Gallery, TokyoSolo
1998William EakinPlug In Inc., WinnipegSolo
1998William EakinArt Gallery of North York, Toronto, ONSolo
1998MonumentModern Languages Gallery, University of Waterloo, Waterloo,ONSolo
1998send + receive(Wax Museum) Video Pool, University of Winnipeg, Bulman CentreGroup
1998Small WorldsThe Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg Group
1997Market FlowersVanderleelie Gallery, Edmonton, ABSolo
1997In Collaboration WithCliff Eyland Gallery, WinnipegGroup
1997Theatre of ObjectsCMCP touring exhibition, Kresge Art Museum, Michigan State University, East LansingGroup
1996Home Sweet HomeVanderleelie Gallery, Edmonton, ABSolo
1996Home Is Where The Heart IsStichting Fremdkorper, Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam Group
1996Theatre of ObjectsCMCP touring exhibition, Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, OttawaGroup
1996The Camera ObscuredEdmonton Art Gallery, EdmontonGroup
1996Show and TellTrepanier Baer Gallery, CalgaryGroup
1995Home Sweet HomeSouthern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, ABSolo
1995MonumentVanderleelie Gallery, Edmonton, ABSolo
1995Now We Get the WaterworksVideo Pool, BOUNCE> RotterdamGroup
1995Fractured SpacesThe Winnipeg Art Gallery, WinnipegGroup
1995Theatre of ObjectsCMCP touring exhibition The Sir Wilfred Grenfell College of Art, Corner Brook, Nfld Group
1995Art From DesireThe Winnipeg Art Gallery, WinnipegGroup
1994Recent PhotographsLumiere Gallery, Winnipeg, MBSolo
1994Theatre of ObjectsCMCP touring exhibition, The Dunlop Art Gallery, ReginaGroup
1994Art HotelAmsterdam Hilton, AmsterdamGroup
1994Group ShowPlug In Inc., WinnipegGroup
1993Memory and HistoryWinnipeg Art Gallery, WinnipegGroup
1992Group ShowCanadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, OttawaGroup
1992Beau: A Reflection on the Nature of Beauty in PhotographyCentre Cultural Canadian, ParisGroup
1991TV ScreensWinnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, MB Solo
1991Theatre of ObjectsCMCP touring exhibition, Universite de Sherbrooke, QuebecGroup
1990Strange AttractorAccess Gallery, Winnipeg, MB Solo
1989Open DoorFloating Gallery, Winnipeg, MB Solo
1988William EakinSwift Current National Exhibition Centre, Swift CurrentSolo
1988William EakinMoorhead University Art Gallery, Moorhead, MinnesotaSolo
1988William EakinConfederation Centre of the Arts, Charlottetown, PEISolo
1988My Father’s GardenKelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, BCSolo
1988Group ShowBrandon Allied Centre, BrandonGroup
1988Group ShowCentre Cultural Franco-Manitoban, WinnipegGroup
1988MultiplicitiesLeaf Rapids National Exhibition Centre, Leaf RapidsGroup
1988PortfolioFloating Gallery, WinnipegGroup
1987Baker Lake PortraitsPrince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, YellowknifeSolo
1987William EakinMemorial University Art Gallery, St. John’sSolo
1987My Father’s GardenMcIntosh Gallery, University of Western Ontario, London, ONSolo
1987Group ShowUkrainian Cultural and Education Centre, WinnipegGroup
1987Group ShowMennonite Village Museum, SteinbachGroup
1987Group ShowPortage Arts Centre, Portage la PrairieGroup
1987MultiplicitiesDr. Vernon L. Watson Arts Centre, DauphinGroup
19871987: Contemporary Art in ManitobaWinnipeg Art Gallery, WinnipegGroup
1987Diverse Secrecies: The Garden PhotographedPresentation House, VancouverGroup
1986Where Distance Is Measured In TimeFloating Gallery, Winnipeg, MB Solo
1986My Father’s GardenArt Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, NS Solo
1986Manitoba PhotographersFloating Gallery, WinnipegGroup
1985My Father’s GardenWinnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, MB Solo
1985Conscious ObjectionsGallery 111, WinnipegGroup
1985The Wild West in Black and WhiteAlberta College of Art Gallery, CalgaryGroup
1984Black and White Ball Portraits - 1984Plug In Gallery, WinnipegGroup
1983NotationsGallery 111, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg Group
1982William EakinMelnychenko Gallery, Winnipeg, MBSolo
1982Manitoba Juried Photography ExhibitionManitoba Archives Building, WinnipegGroup
1982New Canadian PhotographsBurton Gallery, TorontoGroup
1980Dusk to DawnFestival Cinema, Winnipeg Solo
1977William EakinArthur Street Gallery, Winnipeg, MBSolo
1976Manitoba Juried Photography ExhibitionWinnipeg Art Gallery, WinnipegGroup
1974Boston Museum School PhotoMuseum of Fine Arts, BostonGroup
1973Vancouver School of Art PhotoMind’s Eye Gallery, VancouverGroup