Jody Hewgill Biography

Toronto based painter Jody Hewgill mines references to renaissance  and mid 18th century portrait artists, for conventional representation of beauty as part of her motif of juxtaposing fantasy and whimsy with an unsettling emotional undercurrent.  Her work is largely figurative, often with a focus on exploring themes of the heroine and female archetypes, but Hewgill also draws inspiration from her avid interest in flora and fauna and our fragile relationship with the natural world.

Her work in currently featured in Taschen's 100 illustrators.


Selected Exhibitions :

2011  University of Arts, Richard C. Von Hess Gallery
2008  “ The Art of Arena Stage”
The Museum of American Illustration, New York 

2011  “Rolling Stone; Art of the Record Review” 
The Museum of American Illustration, New York

2010  Nucleus Gallery, Alhambra, CA 

2010  “Kaboom”, La Luz de Jesus, Los Angeles CA 

2010  “Fragile Earth”
The Museum of American Illustration, New York 

2009 Japanese American National Museum,
Los Angeles

2008  Libreria Mondadori, Venice, Italy 

2007  “Green”,  Robert Berman Gallery,
Santa Monica, CA 

2007 Castel dell’Ovo, Naples, Italy 

2006 Villa Poniatowski, Rome, Italy 


Selected Collections :

The Permanent Poster Collection of the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

The United States Postal Service 

Centennial Olympic Games Museum
Atlanta History Center, Atlanta, GA

Jann Wenner, Rolling Stone magazine offices


Selected Lectures :

2011 University of Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2009 Windstar Cruises, Barbados (guest host) 

2005 Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA
2002 Maryland Institute College of Arts,
Baltimore, MD



1984 Ontario College of Art and Design Toronto, ON

1981 Dawson College,  Montréal, QC