Van Maltese

Van Maltese (b. 1988, Toronto, Canada) deploys various forms of trickery and illusion to pose questions about perception. Maltese is interested in the plasticity of the brain, and how conflicts of perception have the power to change our methods of thinking, even in common everyday experiences.

Maltese earned a BFA from OCAD University in 2010. Maltese was awarded the national prize of the 2012 RBC Canadian Painting Competition, and the Canadian prize of the 2018 Glenfiddich Artist-in Residence Program. Most recently, Maltese was in residence at the School of Art and Design at Alfred University as the 2023 International Randall Chair in Painting. Maltese has participated in solo and group exhibitions across North America including, Mickey Gallery, Chicago; Night Gallery, Los Angeles; The Power Plant, Cooper Cole, Art Museum of the University of Toronto, Erin Stump Projects, Toronto; the National Gallery Library and Archives, Ottawa; Carl Louie, London ON; Kate Werble Gallery, Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, and Greenpoint Terminal Gallery, New York. Maltese’s monumental public artwork “subject to change” can be seen at RBC’s Waterpark Place in downtown Toronto. Maltese currently lives and works in Toronto, Canada.

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Van Maltese

Habit

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Van Maltese – Habit, 2023

Enamel on bronze, magnet

Open Edition

1" X 3/4 " X 1/2"
2.54cm X 0cm X 0cm

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Van Maltese

Caitlyn (company)

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Van Maltese – Caitlyn (company), 2023

Oil on cast bronze, socks

2.75" X 3.25" X 10.25"
6.98cm X 8.25cm X 26.03cm

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Abby (company)

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Van Maltese – Abby (company), 2018

Oil on cast aluminium, socks

5" X 3.5" X 10.5"
12.7cm X 8.89cm X 26.67cm

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Van Maltese

Simon (company)

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Van Maltese – Simon (company), 2016

Oil on cast aluminium, socks

4.75" X 4.5" X 12.5"
12.06cm X 11.43cm X 31.75cm

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Georgia (company)

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Van Maltese – Georgia (company), 2016

Oil on cast aluminium, socks

7.5" X 4.25" X 11"
19.05cm X 10.79cm X 27.94cm

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Ari (company)

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Van Maltese – Ari (company), 2016

Oil on cast aluminium, socks

4" X 4" X 12"
10.16cm X 10.16cm X 30.48cm

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Van Maltese

Desk no. 1

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Van Maltese – Desk no. 1, 2021

Oil on panel, wood frames

30.25" X 60.87" X 7.25"
76.83cm X 154.61cm X 18.41cm

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Van Maltese

Desk no. 2

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Van Maltese – Desk no. 2, 2021

Oil on panel, wood frames

31.25" X 60.87" X 7.25"
79.37cm X 154.61cm X 18.41cm

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Desk no. 3

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Van Maltese – Desk no. 3, 2021

Oil on panel, wood frames

31.25" X 60.87" X 7.25"
79.37cm X 154.61cm X 18.41cm

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Van Maltese

Desk no. 4

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Van Maltese – Desk no. 4, 2021

Oil on panel, wood frames

31.25" X 60.87" X 7.25"
79.37cm X 154.61cm X 18.41cm

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Van Maltese

Desk no. 5

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Van Maltese – Desk no. 5, 2021

Oil on panel, wood frames

31.25" X 60.87" X 7.25"
79.37cm X 154.61cm X 18.41cm

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Van Maltese

Desk no. 6

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Van Maltese – Desk no. 6, 2021

Oil on panel, wood frames

31.25" X 60.87" X 7.25"
79.37cm X 154.61cm X 18.41cm

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Van Maltese

Desk no. 7

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Van Maltese – Desk no. 7, 2021

Oil on panel, wood frames

31.25" X 60.87" X 7.25"
79.37cm X 154.61cm X 18.41cm

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Desk no. 8

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Van Maltese – Desk no. 8, 2021

Oil on panel, wood frames

31.25" X 60.87" X 7.25"
79.37cm X 154.61cm X 18.41cm

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Van Maltese

Trompe l’oeil device

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Van Maltese – Trompe l’oeil device, 2021

Oxidized silver, enamel

Edition of 28 + 2 AP

0.7" X 0.8" X 0.9"
1.78cm X 2.03cm X 2.29cm

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Van Maltese

Floored no. 1

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Van Maltese – Floored no. 1, 2020

Patinated bronze, wax

3" X 3.5"
7.62cm X 8.89cm

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Floored no. 2

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Van Maltese – Floored no. 2, 2020

Patinated bronze, wax

3.5" X 3.5"
8.89cm X 8.89cm

Van Maltese

Radiating

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Van Maltese – Radiating, 2019-2020

Oil on panel, powder coated steel, wood, magnets

51" X 39"
129.54cm X 99.06cm

Van Maltese

Picture making

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Van Maltese – Picture making, 2019

Oil on panel, powder coated steel, wood, magnets

51" X 48.25"
129.54cm X 122.55cm

Van Maltese

Relating

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Van Maltese – Relating, 2019-2020

Oil on panel, powder coated steel, wood, magnets

51" X 39"
129.54cm X 99.06cm

Van Maltese

Things touching are the same distance

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Van Maltese – Things touching are the same distance, 2019

Oil on panel, powder coated steel, wood, magnets

26" X 20.5"
66.04cm X 52.07cm

Van Maltese

Mistake repetition for accuracy

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Van Maltese – Mistake repetition for accuracy, 2019-2020

Oil on panel, powder coated steel, wood, magnets

51" X 39"
129.54cm X 99.06cm

Van Maltese

Connecting

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Van Maltese – Connecting, 2019-2020

Oil on panel, powder coated steel, wood, magnets

29.5" X 23.5"
74.93cm X 59.69cm

Van Maltese

Hypothesizing coincidence no. 10

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Van Maltese – Hypothesizing coincidence no. 10, 2021

Oil on panel, powder coated steel, wood, magnets

60.25" X 11.25"
153.03cm X 28.57cm

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Van Maltese

Hypothesizing coincidence no. 9

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Van Maltese – Hypothesizing coincidence no. 9, 2021

Oil on panel, powder coated steel

60.25" X 11.25"
153.03cm X 28.57cm

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Hypothesizing coincidence no. 8

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Van Maltese – Hypothesizing coincidence no. 8, 2020

Oil on panel, powder coated steel, wood, magnets

60.25" X 11.25"
153.03cm X 28.57cm

Van Maltese

Hypothesizing coincidence no. 7

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Van Maltese – Hypothesizing coincidence no. 7, 2020

Oil on panel, powder coated steel, wood, magnets

60.25" X 11.25"
153.03cm X 28.57cm

Van Maltese

Hypothesizing coincidence no. 6

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Van Maltese – Hypothesizing coincidence no. 6, 2020

Oil on panel, powder coated steel, wood, magnets

60.25" X 11.25"
153.03cm X 28.57cm

Van Maltese

Hypothesizing coincidence no. 5

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Van Maltese – Hypothesizing coincidence no. 5, 2020

Oil on panel, powder coated steel, wood, magnets

60.25" X 11.25"
153.03cm X 28.57cm

Van Maltese

Hypothesizing coincidence no. 4

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Van Maltese – Hypothesizing coincidence no. 4, 2020

Oil on panel, powder coated steel, wood, magnets

60.25" X 11.25"
153.03cm X 28.57cm

Van Maltese

Hypothesizing coincidence no. 3

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Van Maltese – Hypothesizing coincidence no. 3, 2020

Oil on panel, powder coated steel, wood, magnets

60.25" X 11.25"
153.03cm X 28.57cm

Van Maltese

Hypothesizing coincidence no. 2

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Van Maltese – Hypothesizing coincidence no. 2, 2020

Oil on panel, powder coated steel, wood, magnets

60.25" X 11.25"
153.03cm X 28.57cm

Van Maltese

Hypothesizing coincidence no. 1

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Van Maltese – Hypothesizing coincidence no. 1, 2020

Oil on panel, powder coated steel, wood, magnets

60.25" X 11.25"
153.03cm X 28.57cm

Van Maltese

How long is a piece of string? (at Night Gallery)

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Van Maltese – How long is a piece of string? (at Night Gallery), 2018

Installation view

Van Maltese

Duped by the grapes

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Van Maltese – Duped by the grapes, 2018

oil on panel, powder coated steel, wood, acrylic paint, magnets

52" X 41"
132.08cm X 104.14cm

Van Maltese

Meanderings

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Van Maltese – Meanderings, 2018

oil on panel, powder coated steel, wood, acrylic paint, magnets

52" X 41"
132.08cm X 104.14cm

Van Maltese

Circling the drain

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Van Maltese – Circling the drain, 2018

oil on panel, powder coated steel, wood, acrylic paint, magnets

52" X 41"
132.08cm X 104.14cm

Van Maltese

Heading Home

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Van Maltese – Heading Home, 2017

Oil on panel, painted wood, steel frame, magnets

" X 64" X 62"
0cm X 162.56cm X 157.48cm

Van Maltese

Decorated Edge

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Van Maltese – Decorated Edge, 2017

Oil on panel, painted steel frame

26.5" X 21.75"
67.31cm X 55.24cm

Van Maltese

Object Knowledge

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Van Maltese – Object Knowledge, 2017

Oil on panel, painted steel frame

26.5" X 23.75"
67.31cm X 60.32cm

Van Maltese

In Soft Blues

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Van Maltese – In Soft Blues, 2017

Oil on panel, painted steel frame

28.5" X 23"
72.39cm X 58.42cm

Van Maltese

Tallyman no. 5

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Van Maltese – Tallyman no. 5, 2017

Electrical wire, wood, chalkboard paint

14.75" X 4.25" X 0.75"
37.46cm X 10.79cm X 1.9cm

Van Maltese

Birds flew down to peck at the painted grapes

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Van Maltese – Birds flew down to peck at the painted grapes, 2016

Installation view

Van Maltese

The painted grapes

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Van Maltese – The painted grapes, 2016

Oil on panel, painted steel

65.5" X 65.5"
166.37cm X 166.37cm

Van Maltese

Capacity for self control

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Van Maltese – Capacity for self control, 2016

Oil on panel, painted steel, plastic

65" X 65"
165.1cm X 165.1cm

Van Maltese

Aware of surroundings

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Van Maltese – Aware of surroundings, 2016

Oil on panel, painted steel

67" X 67"
170.18cm X 170.18cm

Van Maltese

Passing time

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Van Maltese – Passing time, 2016

Oil on panel, painted steel

63" X 63"
160.02cm X 160.02cm

Van Maltese

Company (at Nicelle Beauchene Gallery)

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Van Maltese – Company (at Nicelle Beauchene Gallery), 2016

Installation view

Van Maltese

subject to change

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Van Maltese – subject to change, 2015

Powder coated aluminum

96" X 192"
243.84cm X 487.68cm

Van Maltese

Tally (Swatch No. 1)

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Van Maltese – Tally (Swatch No. 1), 2014

Wood, latex and acrylic paint, rubber washers, hardware

35" X 1"
88.9cm X 2.54cm

Van Maltese

Chart No. 26

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Van Maltese – Chart No. 26, 2014

Wood, paper, rubber washers, hardware, chalkboard paint

10" X 3"
25.4cm X 7.62cm

Van Maltese

Chart No. 35

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Van Maltese – Chart No. 35, 2014

Wood, paper, laminate, watercolour paint, rubber washer, hardware, chalkboard paint

10" X 3"
25.4cm X 7.62cm