Book of Nineteen Nocturnes

January 28th – March 25th 2017 (français en dessous)  I have recently completed the most complex art project of my life, (17 years in the making.) It is a 500-page, drawn and written novel entitled Book of Nineteen Nocturnes. Each of the 19 chapters are hand-bound into individual accordion books, containing graphite drawings, watercolours, ink-paintings, ink-jet … Continue reading “Book of Nineteen Nocturnes”

The Thicket

(français en dessous) Following his artist residency in Mumbai (India), Jim Holyoak created The Thicket, whose title refers to tufts of vegetation or a dense growth of bushes or small trees. More specifically, the artist was inspired by the banyan fig trees that were frequent subjects for his observational drawings while in India. This tree often … Continue reading “The Thicket”


Over the month of August (2016) ten artists from six countries occupied the Verksmiðjan art centre, at the vilage Hjalteyri, on the Eyjafjörður fjord (north coast of Iceland,) for a project entitled, ‘Sumarryk / Summer Dust.’ Responding to the site and to one another, the artists developed a large-scale, process-based, collaborative installation. The ‘Sumarryk / Summer Dust’ … Continue reading “SUMARRYK / SUMMER DUST”


pl. hi·ber·nac·u·la (-lə) Biology A protective case, cover, or structure, such as a plant bud, in which an organism remains dormant for the winter. The shelter of a hibernating animal. With Hibernacula, Jim Holyoak and Matt Shane were commissioned by the Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides to transform a cabin in the Parc Bois de Belle-Rivière, into a refuge for … Continue reading “HIBERNACULA”

10000 Years Entangled

‘10,000 Years Entangled’ was a six-day long drawing performance in Galerie Donald Browne’s booth at the 2015 Toronto Art Fair, drawn with brooms and India ink on paper, 32’x10′.  

Lofoten, Lapland, Iceland

With the support of a William Blair Bruce European Fine Art Travel Fellowship, in the summer of 2014, I embarked on a three-month mission to see and draw the strangest and most spectacular landforms I could find throughout Nordic Europe. I traveled by boat, bus, bike, train and foot (plus a flight to Iceland) from: … Continue reading “Lofoten, Lapland, Iceland”

A Hole in the World

A permanent installation on the second floor the American Can Co. building, 2030 boul. Pie IX, Montréal. “Matt Shane and Jim Holyoak have been collaborating for over 15 years on large-scale, immersive drawings on paper, yet ‘A Hole in the World’ is their first permanent installation. In their shared artistic practice, Shane and Holyoak create … Continue reading “A Hole in the World”

Six Ghosts Spell Unknown Alphabet

For the summer of 2014, ‘Six ghosts spell unknown alphabet’ was on exhibition at Tegnerforbundet (Drawing Association) in Oslo, Norway. This was a collaborative, postal-art project between six artists: Jim Holyoak and Matt Shane (Montréal), Cathrine Dahl and Ørjan Aas (Trondheim), Ola Jonsrud (Oslo) and Gowara Minsa (Berlin). The artists made unfinished drawings, and mailed … Continue reading “Six Ghosts Spell Unknown Alphabet”


Energy is immanent in Jim Holyoak’s creative universe, where the various facets of our existence are intertwined with natural phenomena. Inhabited by extinct species, fabulous creatures and animated matter, Holyoak’s pictorial world offers a glimpse of a labile and changing nature, where each component is part of a dynamic, moving whole. This evolving malleability is … Continue reading “Energy/Énergie”