Book of Nineteen Nocturnes

‘Book of Nineteen Nocturnes’ is a hand-drawn and assembled artists’ book, 17 years in the making, 500 pages long. Each of the 19 chapters are hand-bound into individual accordion books, containing graphite drawings, watercolours, ink-paintings, ink-jet prints and collaged text. Both the text and images were developed while traveling (often trekking) throughout Nordic Europe, Canada, the … Continue reading “Book of Nineteen Nocturnes”


Beginning on the West Coast Trail, Vancouver Island, Jim Holyoak and Matt Shane spent eight days trekking to collect sketches, photos and notes, with which to provoke their imaginations for an immersive, collaborative drawing that covered the walls at Open Space (Victoria, British Columbia.) This process-based exhibition transformed the gallery into a realm of flux and … Continue reading “FORESTRIAL BRAIN”

Impossible Monsters

‘Impossible Monsters’ was a week long, collaborative drawing workshop, in which participants worked together to populate the walls of Art City (Winnipeg) with as many monsters as possible. Key guidance was to work responsively, thinking of the entire room as one drawing, and to be unafraid to touch the work of others – to draw … Continue reading “Impossible Monsters”


A collaborative ink-mural by Matt Shane and Jim Holyoak for the permanent collection of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. 60’x13’ on the second floor of the MACM rotunda. Photo credit: Alexandre Perreault. ‘Wodwo‘ (or ‘Wild Man of the Woods,’) is inspired by the poem of the same name, written by Ted Hughes: What am I? … Continue reading “WODWO”

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”