GALLANT Gregory

GALLANT Gregory (SETH)                                                                                            (Nom de plume “Seth.”)

C:\Users\Robert\Documents\CARTOONING ILLUSTRATION ANIMATION\IMAGE OF PERSON\G\GALLANT Gregory, It's A Good Kife If You Don't Weaken, .jpg              Circa 1990’s. It’s A Great Life If You Don’t Weaken.

‘My life as an artist is a life spent in the studio and, for me, the purpose of the studio is not work but play. Not play in the sense of how children play – you cannot recapture that sort of experience as an adult – but play in the form of imaginative exploration. In other words, embracing stray notions and having the confidence to follow those notions down whatever meandering path they lead. Sometimes this process leads to finished works—comic stories or decorative objects. Often it leads nowhere or ends up merely as busy-work – sketchbook drawings or jumbles of notes. Occasionally this ‘busy-work’ ends up being the work itself—the process becoming the point. In some ways my studio life today isn’t all that different from how I operated as a child. The inspirations are much the same—comic books, toys, models—and the materials themselves, too—cardboard, scissors, poster paint and glue. This exhibition documents my life in the studio. The works shown here are the physical artifacts of drifting time spent in solitude. For me, the studio is a refuge, a playroom, a hiding place, a bubble. A tiny, closed world.                                                                                                              Gregory Gallant, from the introduction to Seth: A Life, All Play, an exhibit Gallery of Guelph, Sept. 12 to Dec. 15, 2019.

 “I think that if there’s any hope of raising the medium, you have to think of yourself as an artist and the story has to have literary concerns. You’ve really got to try to consciously craft something that has real meaning.”                                  Globe and Mail 11 Sept.1993: C1.

Gallant earns a living as a illustrator for publications such as Saturday Night, Toronto Life and The Washington Post. He remarked to journalist Cathal Kelly, “The comic [Palookaville] doesn’t buy me anything. Well maybe a hamburger.”

He was part of a group which included his two friends Chester Brown and Joe Matt which mined the autobiographical cartoon genre so prevalent in the early 1990’s. “It’s a reaction against what’s always gone on in comics, which is way too much fantasy. So much fantasy that as a sheer reaction to get away from it , you want to [tell] the most real thing [you] knew, which was you own life.” [C1] Although the comic books of these three sold in small quantities per issue (3000 – 7000), they attracted mail from across North America, Europe and Asia.

He was one of the illustrators on Dean Motter’s Mr. X.

Gallant had an idea for a comic he named Palookaville. Oliveros owner of Drawn and Quarterly decided to publish it. Gallant became one of the company’s core artists. Palookaville, is in reality Toronto, and tells slice of life stories based on the artist’s own experiences. The first issue dealt with Gallant being mistaken for a homosexual and beaten up in a Toronto subway station in the mid 1980’s. It has been described as wielding the great emotional power of a good short story.

While the three friends Gallant, Brown and Matt have all exploited the autobiographical vein of cartoon stories to the maximum all three in 1993 were wanting to move away from it into fiction and history.

In 1996 Oliveros and the Drawn and Quarterly artists were featured guests at the Haarlem Comics Festival in the Netherlands in Europe.

He won the 2005 Doug Wright Award Best Book for Clyde Fans Book 1 and the 2010 Doug Wright Best Book Award for George Sprott (1894-1975).

WORK:

CARTOONIST:

BOOK GRAPHIC:                                                                                                            (Published by Drawn & Quarterly unless otherwise noted)

Content novel & Cover as described:

Bannock Beans and Black Tea, January 2004. Illustrated cover book front & back

Clyde Fans, Book,1, March 2004. Illustrated cover book front & dust jacket front & back + endpapers.

Clyde Fans: A Picture Novel. April 2019. Illustrated cover book wrap around. This boxed edition brings together all of the elements of the Clyde Fans story that appeared in different publications.

George Sprott 1894 – 1975, May 2009. Illustrated cover book front & back

The G.N.B. DOUBLE C. September 2011. Illustrated cover book front & back

Wimbledoon Green, October 2005. Illustrated cover book front & back

BOOK GRAPHIC COLLECTION:                                                                                    (Published by Drawn & Quarterly unless otherwise noted)

Content story & Cover as described:

It’s A Good Life If You Don’t Weaken, Sept. 1996. Illustrated cover book front & dust jacket + endpapers

Palookaville 20. September 2010. Contains: “Clyde Fans”, pt. 4, 1975. Plus …. Illustrated cover book front & back.

Palookaville 21. September 2013. Contains: “Clyde Fans”, pt. 4 continued. Plus…. Illustrated cover book front & back.

Palookaville, 22. April 2015. Contains: “Clyde Fans”, pt. 4, 1975. Plus…. Illustrated cover book front & dust jacket + endpapers

Palookaville 23. July 2017. Contains: “Clyde Fans”, pt.5, 1957. Plus…. Illustrated cover book front & back.

BOOK TEXT & GRAPHIC ANTHOLOGY:                                                                        (Published by Drawn & Quarterly unless otherwise noted)

Content :

Cartoon jam:

Drawn and Quarterly: Twenty-Five Years. Drawn & Quarterly, May 2015.
“The Lucky Bastard”: 635. A jam session: Panels 1, 4, 7, by Joe Matt; panels 2, 5, 8, by Chester Brown; panels 3, 6, 9, by Gregory Gallant (Seth).

“50 Years down the road”: 750. Previously appeared in Comics Journal, 162, October 1993: 53. Self portraits by Joe Matt, Chester Brown, Gregory Gallant (Seth). See GALLERY below.

Story:

Drawn and Quarterly: Twenty-Five Years. Drawn & Quarterly, May 2015.
“Why”: 250-251. “Beaches (an excerpt)”:261-272.

PERIODICAL GRAPHIC:

 Content story:

Mister X, 6, Dec.1985: “Tales From Somnopolis.” Vortex Comics.

PERIODICAL TEXT ANTHOLOGY:

Content vignettes of fictional history graphic:

Canadian Notes & Queries,….
82, Spring/Summer 2011: “Jocko The Little Scotsman”: 40-45.

86, Winter 2012: “From The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists”: 63.

Walrus, Jan./Feb. 2015 to Dec. 2015: “Owen More Episode 1 of 10 Prologue to 10 of 10 Epilogue.”

NEWSPAPER:

Content story graphic:

Globe & Mail, 29 July 2017: “Hazel”: R8-R9.

CARTOONIST,  ILLUSTRATOR & MODELER:

BOOK TEXT & GRAPHIC:

Content folio: 

Seth’s Dominion. Drawn & Quarterly/National Film Board, Oct. 2016: “A Gallery of Art Work By The Cartoonist.”

Uninked: paintings, sculpture and graphic work by five contemporary cartoonists. Phoenix Art Museum, Catalogue for exhibit April 21st – August 19th 2007 “Seth.” Curator & Ed., Chris Ware.

ILLUSTRATOR:

DISC AUDIO CD:

 Artwork:

A Story-Gram From Vinyl Cafe Inc.. Writ., Stuart McLean. Vinyl Café Productions, 2004. VCD0006.

BOOK GRAPHIC ANTHOLOGY:                                                                                    (Published by Drawn & Quarterly unless otherwise noted)

Content folio:

Drawn & Quarterly, v. 3, May 2000: “Fourteen Sketches: Selected drawings from the late 20th Century  – Compiled from Seth’s Sketchbook No. 4 : 107-121.

 BOOK GRAPHIC COLLECTION:

 Content folio & Cover book front:

Vernacular Drawings. Drawn & Quarterly, Sept. 2001.

BOOK TEXT:

 Content dictionary humour & Cover book front:

 The Wage Slave’s Glossary. Writ., Joshua Glenn & Mark Kingwell. Biblioasis, 2011.

Content history & Cover book front & back:

Christmas Days. Writ., Derek McCormack. House of Anansi Press Inc. 2005.

Content novel & Cover dust jacket front & back:

“Who Could That Be At This Hour?”  HarperCollins Publishers Ltd., Oct. 2012.

Content story & Cover book front & back: 

The Haunted Book Shelf Series, Biblioasis, ….
One Who Saw. Writ., A.M. Burrage. 2015.

The Signalman. Writ., Charles Dickens. 2015.

Afterward. Writ., Edith Wharton. 2016.

The Crown Derby Plate. Writ., Marjorie Bowen. 2016.

The Diary of Mr. Poynter. Writ., M.R. James. 2016.

The Empty House. Writ., Algernon Blackwood. 2017.

How Fear Departed The Long Gallery. Writ., E. F. Benson. 2017.

The Toll House. Writ., W. W. Jacobs. 2017.

Christmas Eve On A Haunted Hulk. Writ., Frank Cowper. 2018

The Green Room. Writ., Walter de la Mare. 2018

The Red Lodge. Writ., H. Russell Wakefield. 2018.

The Old Nurse’s Story. Writ., Elizabeth Gaskell. , 2019.

The Apple Tree. Writ., Daphne Du Maurier.  2019.

The Sundial. R.H. Malden. 2019.

 

BOOK TEXT COLLECTION:

 Content story & Cover as described:

About Love: Three Stories By Anton Chekhov. Writ., A. Chekov. Trans., David Helwig. Biblioasis, Book wraparound + endpapers

 Home From Vinyl Cafe. Writ., Stuart McLean. Penguin Canada, 1999. Book wraparound.

Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town. Writ., Stephen Leacock. McClelland & Stewart. 2013. Book & dust  jacket wraparound + endpapers

Secrets From The Vinyl Café. Viking Canada. 2006. Book front & back & dust jacket front & back + endpapers

Vinyl Café Diaries. Viking Canada. 2003. Book front &dust jacket front & back

 Cover book front

 Welcome Home: Travels in Small Town Canada. Writ., Stuart McLean. Penguin Canada, 1992.

BOOK TEXT & GRAPHIC ANTHOLOGY:

Content interview:

Drawn and Quarterly: Twenty-Five Years …. Drawn & Quarterly, May 2015: “The Comic-Book  Manufacturer. Chris Oliveros interviewed by Sean Rogers”: 60-73.

 PERIODICAL GRAPHIC:

 Content serial

Mister X, …. : Writ. & Designer, Dean Motter. Col., Let.,  Deborah Marks. Vortex Comics.
 9, Dec.1986: “Mister X, pt. 4: The Secret,”

10. Aug.1987: “Mister X, pts 1 & 2: Nightclubs and Daydreams,”

11, Nov.1987: “Mister X, pt 3: Nightclubs and Daydreams.”

12, Jan.1988: “Mister X, pts., 4 & 5: Nightclubs and Daydreams.”

PERIODICAL TEXT ANTHOLOGY:

 Cover:

Front:

DA: A Journal Of The Printing Arts, 78, Spring/Summer 2016.

The Walrus  July/Aug. 2010.

Front & Back:

Canadian Notes & Queries. 106, Winter 2020.

Wraparound:

DA: A Journal Of The Printing Arts, 69, Fall/Winter 2011.

Canadian Notes & Queries. Biblioasis.
80, Summer/Fall 2010.

81, Winter/Spring 2011.

82, Spr./Summer 2011.

83, Summer/Fall 2011.

84, Winter/Spring 2012.

85, Summer/Fall 2012.

86, Winter 2012.

87, Spring 2013.

88, Summer/Fall 2013.

89, Winter/Spring 2014.

90, Summer 2014..

91, Fall/Winter 2014.

92, Spring 2015.

93, Summer 2015.

94, Winter 2016.

95, Spring 2016.

96, Summer 2016.

97, Fall 2016.

98, Winter 2017.

99, Spring 2017.

100, Fall 2017.

101, Winter 2018.

102, Summer 2018.

103 Winter 2018/19

104, Spring 2019.

105, Fall 2019. Plus Large flaps.

106, Winter 2020.

107, Spring/Summer 2020.

Content:

Decoration:

Canadian Notes & Queries 104, Spring 2019: “Our Mascots: Hudson and Stanfield”: 6.

Poem text:

The Walrus July/Aug. 2010: “Poems.” By David McGimpsey: 50 – 61.

Canadian Notes & Queries, 105, Fall 2019: “The North Wing Episode Twenty-Six: Selections from the  Lost Library of CanLit Graphic Novels: Al Purdy’s ‘Questions’ adapted by Seth.”: 32-33.

PENCILLER:

PERIODICAL GRAPHIC:

 Content serial:

Mister X, …: Creator & Writ., Dean Motter. In., William Diamond. Col., Klaus Schönefeld. Let., Deborah  Glencross. Vortex Comics.
6, Dec.1985: “The Revenge of Zamora.”  7, Feb.1986: “The Secret, pts 1& 2”
8, Oct.1986:   “The Secret, pt 3”: Creator & Writ., Dean Motter. In., William Diamond. Col.,

Paul Rivoche. Let., Deborah Marks.. Vortex Comics.

WRITER:

BOOK TEXT & GRAPHIC:

Content essay text:

The Collected Doug Wright. Drawn & Quarterly, April 2009: “Afterword”: 22-50.

BOOK TEXT & GRAPHIC ANTHOLOGY:

 Content biography:

Drawn and Quarterly: Twenty-Five Years …. Drawn & Quarterly, May 2015:  “On Doug Wright”:292-297.

NEWSPAPER:

 Content:

Globe & Mail, 21 Jan. 2017: “In Praise Of The ‘Holy Church Of The Graphic Novel.” M5.

WRITER & ILLUSTRATOR or COMPILER:

 BOOK TEXT & GRAPHIC:

Content comment & Cover book front + title age:

 Forty Cartoon Books of Interest: A Suplement To Comic Art 8. Buenaventura Press, 2006.

BOOK TEXT & GRAPHIC ANTHOLOGY:

 Content essay text & illustration:

 Drawn and Quarterly: Twenty-Five Years …. Drawn & Quarterly, May 2015: “On Stanley.” 272-273.

 PERIODICAL TEXT & GRAPHIC:

 Content essay:

 Canadian Notes & Queries, 104, Spring 2019: “Go Forth And Multi-Panel”: 34-35.

DA: A Journal Of The Printing Arts, 69, Fall Winter 2011: “Creating A Personal Vernacular Canadian Design Style”: 2- 58.

“The Landscape.” Canadian Notes & Queries: 2-3. Biblioasis.
83, Summer/Fall 2011.

84, Winter/Spring 2012.

85, Summer/Fall 2012.

86, Winter 2012.

87, Spring 2013.

88, Summer/Fall 2013.

89, Winter/Spring 2014. “Microcosm – Part Two.”

90, Summer 2014. ‘Duncan Macpherson.”

91, Fall/Winter 2014.

92, Spring 2015. “Shameless Self Promotion Dep.”

93, Summer 2015.

94, Winter 2016.

95, Spring 2016.

96, Summer 2016.

97, Fall 2016.

98, Winter 2017. “More Boring Cdn Postcards.”

99, Spring 2017.

100, Fall 2017. (100th Anniversary)*

101 Winter 2018.

102, Summer 2018. (Railway hotel booklets)

103 Winter 2018/19. (Maclean’s covers)

104, Spring 2019. (the Children’s Book of …)

105, Fall 2019. (David Milne)

106, Winter 2020. (Selections from Renann Issacs

Gallery)

107, Spring/Summer 2020.

*See also “Celebration page”: 1.

CO-EDITOR:

BOOK GRAPHIC COLLECTION:

(Co-editor Brad McKay. Published by Drawn & Quarterly unless otherwise noted)

Content strip: 

The Collected Doug Wright. Apr. 2009.

Nipper 1963-1964. Oct. 2010.

Nipper 1965-1966. Aug. 2011.

Nipper 1967-1968. Dec. 2012

EXHIBITS:

Group:

October 3 to November 16 2019 Renann Issacs Contemporay Art Gallery, Guelph Ont: Night Drive.

 June 21 to December 15, 2019: Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, ON:  This Is Serious:

June 29 to December 10, 2017: Group show. Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto: Every. Now, Then.:Reframing Nationhood.

April 9 to June 25 2017: Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond BC. . Omnis Temporalis. (Gregory’s art was combined with “Omnis Temporalis” a musical piece composed and performed by Mark Haney Vancouver based classical composer).

November 15 to December 24, 2014: Renann Isaacs Gallery, Guelph ON Drawings in Black and White, Paintings in Gold.

2006: Pratt Institute, New York, NY: Speak: Nine Cartoonists.

March 20 to May 5 2012: NIU Art Museum. New York, NY: Graphic Novel Realism: Back Stage At The Comics.

April 21 to August 19 2007: Phoenix Art Gallery, Phoenix AZ:  Uninked: Paintings Sculptures and Graphic Works by Five Contempoarary Cartoonists.

November 20 2004 to May 22 2005: Cartoon Art Museum, San Francisco, CAL: Contemporary Literary Comics: Selections From McSweeny’s.

March 12 to April 2005: Hafnarhus. Reykjavik Art Museum. Iceland: NINE Comics Festival.

2002: Napoli Comicon. Naples Italy.

March 24 to May 27 2001: The Power Plant, Toronto, ON: Substitute City: Artists Infiltrate Toronto.

 Solo:

Sept. 12 to Dec. 15, 2019:  Art Gallery of Guelph, Guelph, ON: Seth: A Life All Play.

November 30 to December 23, 2017: Renann Isaacs Gallery, Guelph, ON: The Rooms.

March 2, 7, 2017: Peel Art Museum & Archives, Brampton, ON:  Heading to Palookaville: Seth & The Art Of The Graphic Novel.

May 28 to ? 2016: Renann Isaacs Contemporary Gallery. Guelph ON: Group Portraits.

? 2015: Evergreen Cultural Centre. Coquitlam BC: Seth: Dominion:

April 17 to July 5, 2015: The Dunlop Gallery. Regina, SK: Seth’s Dominion.

November 7, 2014 to January 15, 2015 University of Lethbridge Gallery Lethbridge AB: Seth: Dominion.

November 6 to December 19, 2015: Adam Baumgold Gallery. New York. NY.:  Seth: Nothing Lasts.

September 10 to October 23 2013: Adam Baumgold Gallery, New York, NY: It’s a Good Life, if You Don’t Weaken (And selected Early Works).

October 10  to November 23, 2011: Adam Baumgold Gallery. New York. NY:  The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists: An Exhibition of Drawings by Seth.

February 1 to ?, 2010: Adam Baumgold Gallery. New York, NY: George Sprout: An Exhibition of Drawings & 6 new Dominion buildings..

? 2010: Museum London. London ON: Seth: Dominion.

September 26 2009: Niagara Artists Centre, St. Catharines, ON: Dominion and The Wine King. A float in the Niagara Wine Festival. The Wine King character was also created by Gregory.

February to March 2009: The Dundas Historical Museum. Dundas, ON: Seth: Dominion.

December 2008 to January 4, 2009: Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener, ON: The North Star Talking Picture Show.

December 8, 2008 +-: RENDER. University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON: Dominion-Beaver.

2006: Macdonald Stewart Gallery (now the Art Gallery of Guelph) , Guelph, ON: Seth.

June 29 to October 23 2005: Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON: Seth: Present Tense 31: Swing Space.

May 20 to September 18 2005: Confederation Centre of the Arts, Charlottetown,  PEI: Seth: Bannock, Beans and Black Tea..

PERMANENT COLLECTION:

 Art Gallery of Ontario:

 “Hush”

“The Death of Jumbo”

 SOURCE:

DVD & Book:

Seth’s Dominion. Filmmaker, Luc Chamberland. Car., Gregory Gallant (Seth). Drawn &  Quarterly, Oct. 2016.

Book:

Palookaville: Seth And The Art Of Graphic Autobiography. Writ., Tom Smart. The Porcupine’s Quill, (An expansion of “Heading to Palookaville.” In DA, 78, Spring/Summer 2016.

Seth Conversations. Ed., Eric Hoffman & Dominick Grace. Jackson. University of Mississippi. 2015.

Article book:

“Seth.” Curated & Ed., Chris Ware. Uninked: paintings, sculpture and graphic work by five contemporary cartoonists. Phoenix Art Museum, Catalogue for exhibit April 21st – August 19th 2007.

“Seth: An Appreciation.” Writ., Leslie Stein. Drawn and Quarterly: Twenty-Five Years …. Drawn & Quarterly, May 2015: 255- 260.

“Seth: A Dossier.” Writ., Lemony Snicket. Drawn and Quarterly: Twenty-Five Years …. Drawn & Quarterly, May 2015: 252-254.

“Seth’s It’s A Good Life If You Don’t Weaken As Anti-Nostalgia.” Writ.,Dominick Grace. Canadian Alternatives: Cartoonists Comics & Graphic Novels. Ed., Dominick Grace & Eric Hoffman. University Press of Mississippi, 2018: 150-161.

 Article periodical:

“Book Review.” Writ., Jo Duffy. Epic Magazine, 1-6, June 1981: 75+.

“Cerebus The Aardvark.” Writ., Bill Murray. Comics Collector, 6, Winter 1985: 20-23.

“Good Aardvark Art.” Writ., Kim Thompson. Comics Journal, 52, Dec. 1979: 25-27.

“Seth’s Ironic Identities: Forging Canadian History.” Writ., Daniel Marrone. Canadian Review Of Comparative Literature, 43-1, March 2016: 166-179.

 Article periodical:

“Book Review.” Writ., Jo Duffy. Epic Magazine, 1-6, June 1981: 75+.

“Cerebus The Aardvark.” Writ., Bill Murray. Comics Collector, 6, Winter 1985: 20-23.

“Good Aardvark Art.” Writ., Kim Thompson. Comics Journal, 52, Dec. 1979: 25-27.

“A Few Words with Seth.” Interviewer, Jeffery Lang. Amazing Heroes, 198, Jan. 1992: 62-65.

“Heading to Palookaville: Seth And The Art Of Graphic Autobiography.” Writ., Tom Smart. DA: A Journal of the Printing Arts, 78, Spring/Summer 2016: 2- 65.

“Seth.” Interviewer, Gary Groth. Comics  Journal, 193, February 1997: 58-93.

“Seth, Brown, Matt.” Interviewers, Mark Daly & Rich Kreiner. Comics  Journal, 162, October 1993: 51-56.

“Seth’s Ironic Identities: Forging Canadian History.” Writ., Daniel Marrone. Canadian Review Of Comparative Literature, 43-1, March 2016: 166-179.

Article newspaper:

“Comic actor.” Writ., Cathal Kelly. Globe and Mail 9 Oct.1999: C20.

“Cool ghoul.” Writ., Peter Robb. The Expositor [Brantford], 7 Jan. 2016: C2.  See also Ottawa  Citizen, 18 Dec 2015.

“Drawing on painful experience.”  Writ., Alan Echenberg. Globe and Mail 11 Sept.1993: C1.

“Here’s your guide to superheroes of Canadian comics.” Toronto Star 27 Feb.1987: D6.

“Understanding Seth.”  Writ., Sean Rogers. Globe & Mail, 24 Dec. 2015: R14.

GALLERY:

C:\Users\Robert\Documents\CARTOONING ILLUSTRATION ANIMATION\IMAGE BY CARTOONIST\G\GALLANT Gregory, Comics Journal, 193, 59.jpg     Self portrait (1991). Comic Journal, 193, February 1997: 59.

C:\Users\Robert\Documents\CARTOONING ILLUSTRATION ANIMATION\IMAGE OF GROUP\Matt, Brown Seth, Comics Journal, 162, 52_0002.jpg Left to right: Joe Matt, Chester Brown, Gregory Gallant (Seth) A jam cartoon in which each artist did a self portrait as he expected to be at “50 years down the road”. Comics Journal, 162, October 1993: 53