Canan Tolon

Images - Artist’s Website



University of California at Berkeley

Master of Architecture, June 1983

Middlesex Polytechnic/ Architectural Association

Interior Design B.A.(honors)

London, England, 1976-1980


Innenarchitectur Diploma

Trier, West Germany, 1979

Napier College of Commerce and Technology

Department of Design

Edinburgh, Scotland, 1976

French Baccalauréat in “Philosophie-Lettres”

Ecole Française d'Istanbul, Turkey, 1975



“Glitch,” Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA


“Tikirinda Hersey / Everything’s Honky-Dory,” Galeri Nev, Ankara & Istanbul, Turkey


“Körü Körüne,” Galeri Nev, Ankara & Istanbul, Turkey


Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA

Galeri Nev, Ankara, Turkey

Galeri Nev, Istanbul, Turkey

“Angle of Repose,” Mills Museum of Art, Oakland, CA


Galeri Nev, Istanbul, Turkey

Galeri Nev, Ankara, Turkey


Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France

"Nothing to Declare"; Borusan Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey


Galeri Nev, Ankara, Turkey


"Kaza Eseri"; Galeri Nev, Istanbul, Turkey


Gallery Paule Anglim

Galeri Nev, Ankara, Turkey


Galeri Nev, Istanbul, Turkey


Galeri Nev, Ankara, Turkey

Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM

Galeri Nev, Istanbul, Turkey


Garden of the Zodiac Gallery, Omaha, NE

Harcourts Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA


Galeri Nev, Ankara, Turkey

Pro-Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA

Bemis Gallery, Bemis Foundation, Omaha, NE

Galeri Nev, Istanbul, Turkey

Maçka Sanat Galerisi, Istanbul, Turkey


University of California at Berkeley, CA


University of California at Berkeley, CA



“Bay Area Now 5,” Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

“Modern Experiences,” Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Turkey


“J.P.Morgan Chase Collection,” Pera Museum, Istanbul, Turkey

“Istanbul Now,” Feichtner Gallery, Vienna, Austria

“21st Annual Exhibition”, Emeryville, CA

“Modernism and Beyond,” Santralistanbul, Istanbul, Turkey

“Tepebasi,” Galeri Nev, Istanbul, Turkey


Second (Pedestrian) Public Art Exhibition, Karaköy-Istanbul, Turkey

“Biennial Show,” Galeri Nev, Istanbul

Çini Için, Iznik Ceramic Tiles Foundation, Haghia Sophia Museum, Istanbul, Turkey

“Contagious Nature,” Akbank Cultural Center, Istanbul, Turkey


“Observation, Interpretation, Multiplicity,” Istanbul Modern Museum (permanent collection) Istanbul, Turkey


“Turkey- Plastic Dialogues,” City Hall, Brussels, Belgium


The Blue Room, San Francisco, CA

Galeri Nev, Istanbul, Turkey

Center for Contemporary Arts, Istanbul, Turkey

Verheugen, Brussels.


Rundetårn Art Center, Copenhagen, Denmark

Eczacibasi Museum , Istanbul , Turkey

Nisantasi Yaya Sergisi (Urban Art exhibition Biennial) Istanbul , Turkey


Topkapi Museum, Istanbul , Turkey


Galeri Nev, Ankara & Istanbul, Turkey


Galeri Nev, Ankara & Istanbul, Turkey

University of California Art Gallery, San Diego, CA

De Paul University Art Gallery, Chicago, IL


San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA

Bolinas Museum of Art, Bolinas, CA


Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA


Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael, CA

Nexus Gallery, Berkeley, CA

Charlottenborg Center for Arts, Copenhagen, Denmark


Walter/McBean Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA


Nexus Institute Gallery, Berkeley, CA

Zyzzyva, Victoria Room, San Francisco, CA

Euphrat Museum-DeAnza College, Cupertino, CA


Topkapi Museum, Ministry of Culture Istanbul, Turkey

Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA


3rd Istanbul International Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey

“Sanart ’92”, Ankara, Turkey

Montgomery Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Bemis Gallery, Bemis Foundation, Omaha, NE

Garden of the Zodiac Gallery, Omaha, NE

San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA

Alsace Plurielle, Mulhouse, France


Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, Lincoln, NE; November


Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA

Bemis Foundation, Omaha, NE


Gallery Vienna, Chicago, IL

Nerlino Gallery/Soho- New York, NY;

American Institute of Architects, San Francisco, CA


Viridian Gallery, 54th Street- New York, NY


California College of Arts and Crafts, San Francisco, CA


Cité Internanationale des Arts; Paris; February-December 2000

McGhee Center for Mediterranean Studies; Georgetown University;

Washington D.C.; 1999

Arts Council of Wales; May 1998

Berllanderri Sculpture Workshop; Wales; Spring 1998

Gamblin Fellowship; April 1997

Artist in Residence; Vermont Studio Center; April 1997

Artist in Residence; The Camargo Foundation, Cassis France; 1996

Artist in Residence; The MacDowell Colony, Peterborough NH; 1995

Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF)/NEA; Painting 1994

Artist in Residence; Bemis Foundation, Omaha, NE; Summer 1992

Artist in Residence; Bemis Foundation, Omaha, NE; Summer 1991


Armitage, Diane, «Critical Reflections.» The Magazine, Santa Fe's Monthly, May 1993, p. 40.

Artun, Ali. I Am Another: 11 Tyrkiske Kunstnere. Charlottenborg Center for Arts, Copenhagen, Exhibition Publication, 1994.

Atagök, Tomur. Contemporary Women Artists. Ministry of Culture in Istanbul, Exhibition Publication, 1993.

Balsamo, Dean, «It wasn't Exactly the Art Biz as Usual in '93.» Pasatiempo, December 1993, p.17

Balsamo, Dean, « Canan Tolon's Still Lifes.» Pasatiempo, April 1993, p. 12.

Barbosa, Jeff, « Immigration Influences Artists' Work.» Cupertino Courier, March 9, 1994.

Beylerian, George, M. Chairmania. Published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc, 1994.

Bruce, Chris and Shields, Kathleen. Withinsight; Visual Territories of Thirty

Artists. Publication of the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF/NEA), 1994.

Celbulski, Frank, «SFDA Introductions '92.» Artweek, August 6, 1992, p. 22.

Collins, Tom, «Tolon's 'Still Lifes': Un-poetic 'Fragments of Ongoing Decay'.» Journal North, April 29, 1993.

Deeds, Daphne A. Seven Artists (Who Happen To Be Women). Bemis Foundation, Exhibition Publication, 1992.

Elliott Sherman, Ann, «Materials Reborn at SJICA.» Metro, April 1992, p. 45.

Huddleton, Joanne, «Introductions '92.» San Francisco Arts Monthly, July 1992, p. 2.

Jacotot, Pascale, «Portfolio Artiste.» Distances, Pages Paysages, #5, June 1994, p.42

Kollenbaum, Louise, « The San Francisco Focus Design Awards.» San Francisco

Focus, July 1989, pp. 46.

Kortun, Vasif. 3rd International Istanbul Biennial, Exhibition Catalog.

Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, 1992.

Leal, Carolyn, «Coming Across, Euphrat Shows Works by Recent Immigrants.» The

Neighbor, March 1994, p. 10.

Levin, Kim, «Significant Others in Istanbul.» The Village Voice, December 1, 1992. p. 54

Lewallen, Constance. Limbo--An Interview with Canan Tolon. Galeri Nev. Istanbul, 1998.

Macmillan, Kyle, « An Adventure in 3D.» Omaha World- Herald, July 17, 1992, pp. 33, 37.

Melkonian, Neery. An Interview with Canan Tolon. Center of Contemporary Arts, Exhibition Publication, April 1993.

Melkonian, Neery, « Istanbul, The Third International Art Biennial.» THE Magazine, Santa Fe's Monthly, February 1993, pp. 17-19.

Rindfleisch, Jan. Coming Across. Euphrat Museum of Art, Exhibition Publication, October 1994.

Silverman, Jason, « Artist Has a New Twist on Painting by the Numbers.» Pasatiempo, April 1993, p. 4

Tanner, Marcia, « Five Artists in Search of an Exhibition.» Artweek, November 1994, pp.10-11.

Tolon, Canan. Futur Imparfait. Editions PAU Paris. 1998.

Tromble, Meredith, « A Conversation with Canan Tolon, Artist.» Artweek, November 1994, p.11

Tuchman, Laura J., « A World Without Borders.» San Jose Mercury News, March 20, 1994, pp. 3, 28.

“Canan Tolon's "Still Lifes", Turkish Daily News, December 5, 1993, p.4

“Immigrant Art, Commentary, San Jose Mercury News, March 13, 1994, p.17

“Self Portrait from the 6x9 Show, “May 20-June 12, at Victoria Room, San Francisco, Zyzzyva, Vol.X, No.3, 1994, p.129

“Images; Canan Tolon,” Zyzzyva, Vol.XII, No.1, 1996, pp.47-54.