Vanessa Maltese

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Vanessa Maltese (b. 1988, Toronto, Ontario, Canada) works in painting and sculpture, referencing familiar patterns and shapes to pose questions about visual and cognitive perception. Specifically, through her research on pareidolia— the psychological phenomenon in which recognizable patterns are identified in unrelated contexts— and klecksography—the process of making images from inkblots— Maltese explores the psychoanalytic connections between pattern recognition and the subconscious. The flatness of her images is meant to challenge the desire for illusion associated with the history of painting, which she playfully acknowledges through the irregular frames she creates.   

Maltese received her BFA from OCAD University in 2010. She is the National Winner of the 2012 RBC Canadian Painting Competition and has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions across North America. Most recently, she has exhibited at Mickey Gallery, Chicago (2020); Night Gallery, Los Angeles (2019); The Power Plant, Toronto (2018); the National Gallery Library and Archives, Ottawa (2017); Carl Louie, London ON (2017); Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York (2016); Greenpoint Terminal Gallery, New York (2016); Art Museum of the University of Toronto, Toronto (2016); Cooper Cole, Toronto (2014); and Erin Stump Projects, Toronto (2012). Her monumental public artwork “subject to change” can be seen at RBC’s Waterpark Place in downtown Toronto. Maltese currently lives and works in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. 

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Desk no. 1

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Desk no. 1, 2021

Oil on panel, wood frames

V.Maltese0143

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

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Desk no. 2

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Desk no. 2, 2021

Oil on panel, wood frames

V.Maltese0144

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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Desk no. 3, 2021

Oil on panel, wood frames

V.Maltese0145

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

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Desk no. 4

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Desk no. 4, 2021

Oil on panel, wood frames

V.Maltese0146

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

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Desk no. 5

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Desk no. 5, 2021

Oil on panel, wood frames

V.Maltese0147

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

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Desk no. 6

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Desk no. 6, 2021

Oil on panel, wood frames

V.Maltese0148

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

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Desk no. 7

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Desk no. 7, 2021

Oil on panel, wood frames

V.Maltese0149

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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Desk no. 7, 2021

Oil on panel, wood frames

V.Maltese0150

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

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Trompe l’oeil device

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Trompe l'oeil device, 2021

Oxidized silver, enamel

Edition of 28 + 2 AP

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

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Floored no. 1

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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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Floored no. 2, 2020

Patinated bronze, wax

3.5" X 3.5"
8.89cm X 8.89cm

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Radiating

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Radiating, 2019-2020

Oil on panel, powder coated steel, wood, magnets

51" X 39"
129.54cm X 99.06cm

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Picture making

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Picture making, 2019

Oil on panel, powder coated steel, wood, magnets

51" X 48.25"
129.54cm X 122.55cm

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Relating

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Relating, 2019-2020

Oil on panel, powder coated steel, wood, magnets

51" X 39"
129.54cm X 99.06cm

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Things touching are the same distance

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Things touching are the same distance, 2019

Oil on panel, powder coated steel, wood, magnets

26" X 20.5"
66.04cm X 52.07cm

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Mistake repetition for accuracy

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Mistake repetition for accuracy, 2019-2020

Oil on panel, powder coated steel, wood, magnets

51" X 39"
129.54cm X 99.06cm

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Connecting

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Connecting, 2019-2020

Oil on panel, powder coated steel, wood, magnets

29.5" X 23.5"
74.93cm X 59.69cm

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Hypothesizing coincidence no. 10

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Hypothesizing coincidence no. 10, 2021

Oil on panel, powder coated steel, wood, magnets

V.Maltese0153

60.25" X 11.25"
153.03cm X 28.57cm

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Hypothesizing coincidence no. 9

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Hypothesizing coincidence no. 9, 2021

Oil on panel, powder coated steel

V.Maltese0152

60.25" X 11.25"
153.03cm X 28.57cm

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Hypothesizing coincidence no. 8

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Hypothesizing coincidence no. 8, 2020

Oil on panel, powder coated steel, wood, magnets

60.25" X 11.25"
153.03cm X 28.57cm

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Hypothesizing coincidence no. 7

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Hypothesizing coincidence no. 7 , 2020

Oil on panel, powder coated steel, wood, magnets

60.25" X 11.25"
153.03cm X 28.57cm

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Hypothesizing coincidence no. 6

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Hypothesizing coincidence no. 6, 2020

Oil on panel, powder coated steel, wood, magnets

60.25" X 11.25"
153.03cm X 28.57cm

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Hypothesizing coincidence no. 5

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Hypothesizing coincidence no. 5, 2020

Oil on panel, powder coated steel, wood, magnets

60.25" X 11.25"
153.03cm X 28.57cm

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Hypothesizing coincidence no. 4

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Hypothesizing coincidence no. 4, 2020

Oil on panel, powder coated steel, wood, magnets

60.25" X 11.25"
153.03cm X 28.57cm

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Hypothesizing coincidence no. 3

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Hypothesizing coincidence no. 3, 2020

Oil on panel, powder coated steel, wood, magnets

60.25" X 11.25"
153.03cm X 28.57cm

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Hypothesizing coincidence no. 2

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Hypothesizing coincidence no. 2, 2020

Oil on panel, powder coated steel, wood, magnets

60.25" X 11.25"
153.03cm X 28.57cm

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Hypothesizing coincidence no. 1

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Hypothesizing coincidence no. 1, 2020

Oil on panel, powder coated steel, wood, magnets

60.25" X 11.25"
153.03cm X 28.57cm

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

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How long is a piece of string?, 2018

Installation view

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Duped by the grapes

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Duped by the grapes, 2018

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

52" X 41"
132.08cm X 104.14cm

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Meanderings

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Meanderings, 2018

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

52" X 41"
132.08cm X 104.14cm

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Circling the drain

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Circling the drain, 2018

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

52" X 41"
132.08cm X 104.14cm

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Heading Home

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Heading Home, 2017

Oil on panel, painted wood, steel frame, magnets

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

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Decorated Edge

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Decorated Edge, 2017

Oil on panel, painted steel frame

26.5" X 21.75"
67.31cm X 55.24cm

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Object Knowledge

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Object Knowledge, 2017

Oil on panel, painted steel frame

26.5" X 23.75"
67.31cm X 60.32cm

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In Soft Blues

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In Soft Blues, 2017

Oil on panel, painted steel frame

28.5" X 23"
72.39cm X 58.42cm

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Tallyman no. 5

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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

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Birds flew down to peck at the painted grapes

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Birds flew down to peck at the painted grapes, 2016

Installation view

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The painted grapes

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The painted grapes, 2016

Oil on panel, painted steel

65.5" X 65.5"
166.37cm X 166.37cm

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Capacity for self control

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Capacity for self control, 2016

Oil on panel, painted steel, plastic

65" X 65"
165.1cm X 165.1cm

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Aware of surroundings

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Aware of surroundings, 2016

Oil on panel, painted steel

67" X 67"
170.18cm X 170.18cm

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Passing time

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Passing time, 2016

Oil on panel, painted steel

63" X 63"
160.02cm X 160.02cm

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Company (at Nicelle Beauchene Gallery)

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Company, 2016

Installation view

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subject to change

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subject to change, 2015

Powder coated aluminum

96" X 192"
243.84cm X 487.68cm

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Tally (Swatch No. 1)

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Tally (Swatch No. 1), 2014

Wood, latex and acrylic paint, rubber washers, hardware

35" X 1"
88.9cm X 2.54cm

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Chart No. 26

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Chart - No. 26, 2014

Wood, paper, rubber washers, hardware, chalkboard paint

10" X 3"
25.4cm X 7.62cm

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Chart No. 35

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Chart - No. 35, 2014

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

10" X 3"
25.4cm X 7.62cm