Jill Henderson is a Scottish and Canadian artist who lives and works in Vancouver, she received her BFA and MFA from Glasgow School of Art, Scotland.
From 1991 to 1994 Henderson lived in Glasgow and exhibited widely in Europe including, The National Review of Live Art, ICA, London (1993); Transmission Gallery, Tramway, Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA), all Glasgow, Scotland (1992/93) and Ung Skotsk Kunst, Overgaden Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark (1994). In 1994 she relocated to Toronto where she was a member of the artist group Brown Spot and a co-‐founder of Free Parking Gallery, an artist run gallery located in downtown Toronto. In 1996 to 1997 Free Parking exhibited 107 artists in one year including, Luis Jacob, FASTWURMS, Kristin Lucas, Alan Belcher, Susan Kealey, David Shrigley, Martin Boyce, Sue Tompkins and many more. Henderson’s Curatorial projects also include 30 seconds plus title, Art Gallery of Ontario, Malevolent Spirits, Genereux Grunwald Gallery, Toronto, (both 1995) and more recently ABC with Love (too cool for school), Art Metropole, Toronto (2008).
Some notable exhibitions in Canada and internationally, from 1994 to 1999, include The List Paintings Series and Useless Money exhibited in Beauty #2, The Power Plant (1995); LIST and HELP, Wynick Tuck Gallery, Toronto (1996); Penthouse 29, The New Gallery, Calgary (1998); Ground, Catalyst Arts, Belfast (1998); SHOP, Hales Gallery, London; 6 Pack, CN Tower, Toronto; Polishing the Jewel, 57 Hope, NYC and Semi-‐casual, Brasilica, Vienna, Austria (all 1999).
From 1998 to 2008 she lived and worked in New York City and continued to exhibit internationally and in the USA including, Greater New York, PS1 MoMA, NYC (2000); FOXY, Mark Pasek Gallery, NYC (2000); SELF HELP, Vox Populi, Philadelphia (2000); Orange Marble, Taipei, Taiwan (2001); Art and Money, YYZ, Toronto (2001); Young Guns 3, The Art Directors Club, NYC (2001); Scottish Evening, Lothringer 13, Munich, Germany (2002), The Brewster Project, Brewster, NY (2003), Suggestive Line, Morris & Belkin Gallery, Vancouver (2002) and Solo exhibitions COMMUNE, The Helen Pitt Gallery, Vancouver (2002) and Highwideshallow, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2001). Recent exhibitions include The Price of Everything... Perspectives on the Art Market, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Whitney Independent Study Program, NYC (2007); Night of 1,000 drawings, Artists Space, NYC (2007); The Super Thing: A DEVO inspired Art Event, 3rd Ward Gallery, Brooklyn, NYC (2008); Fine Art Adoption Network, Pocket Utopia, Brooklyn, NYC (2008) and Bright Future, Instant Coffee, VIVO Media Arts Centre & IntransitBC, Vancouver (2009).
In 2008 Henderson returned to Canada to Vancouver, where she co-‐founded The Drawing Salon with artist Hannah Hughes. The Drawing Salon is a nomadic program of contemporary drawing workshops and drawing performances led by guest artists and by Henderson and Hughes. 2012 Drawing Salon projects have included Vancouver artists Michael Drebert and Ron Tran and have been hosted at Malaspina Printmakers, Western Front, VIVO (Vancouver) and Cubitt Gallery (London, UK).
Henderson has also participated over the years in many live drawing events and performances with artists FASTWURMS, including, Blood & Swash, 1, 2 & 3: Zsa Zsa Gallery, Toronto, Instant Coffee/The Americas Society, NYC and Manif d’Art 2, Quebec; BLOOD CLOCK, TAAFI, Toronto; Into The Void, Tailgate performance, Mercer Union and DONKY@NINJA@WITCH, AGYU, Toronto.
Henderson has been nominated for a Louis Comfort Tiffany award and is a lifetime member of Art Metropole. Her work is in the collection of The Robert McLaughlin Museum, Oshawa and the National Gallery of Canada as well as in numerous private collections.