Geneva Haley is an artist and tattooer who hails from the middle of nowhere Alberta, Canada. She credits her rural roots as a key influence in her contemporary work. Haley studied at the Alberta College of Art and Design, completing her Bachelor of Design in Illustration.
Her work evokes a specific anxiety that attempts to bring landscape painting into current environmental and social context through pointed suggestions of human intervention. The environment acts as a personified subject in an ongoing visual narrative. Often representational in appearance, the work exhibits a distinct and almost comical lack of romanticism.
Her 2019 show SCRAPS, is currently on tour across western Canada through the Alberta Foundation For the Arts. She co-owns Hemlock Tattoo Studio. When she is not working she is singing with her band Stripmall.
Photo by Mark Webber.
AFA TREX, (solo). Canada / Milk Tiger Show, (Group). Calgary, AB
Night Rodeo, Five Art and Merchandise, (solo). Calgary, AB / Sled Island Poster Show, (Group). Calgary, AB / For Them, The Lily Gallery, (curator). Calgary AB / Cruel Jokes, House of Vans, (group). Calgary, AB
Let Us, Stride Gallery (group). Calgary, AB / Best for Last, cSPACE King Edward, (group). Calgary, AB / Calgary Painted Windows Exhibition, Calgary Public Art (group). Calgary, AB
30 Days of Dolly, (solo). Calgary, AB
Dead Cells, Short Film, Dir. Ryan Von Hagen, 6:17. Calgary, AB / Sled Island Poster Show (group). Calgary, AB / WRECK CITY: Demo Tapes (group). Calgary, AB / LOSING IT, The Royal Canadian Legion No. 1 (group). Calgary, AB / Pussy Whipped, Sled Island (group). Calgary, AB
Put A Wedge In It, Affinity Gallery, Saskatchewan Craft Council (group). Saskatoon, SK / Aluminaughty, ACAD (group). Calgary, AB
Drifting Like a Metaphor, Frontenac House, Cover Artist (Illustration). Calgary, AB
Beatroute Magazine, Bjork editorial (Illustration). Calgary AB
Wares, Sweetie Pie Records, Cover Artist (Illustration). Edmonton, AB
Audible Songs From Rockwood, Idée Fixe Records, Songbook (Illustration). Toronto, ON
30 Days Of Dolly, Metro News, Artist Expose (Photograph). Calgary, AB
Cemetery Compost, Frontenac House, Cover Artist (Illustration). Calgary, AB
Blood Orange, Frontenac House, Cover Artist (Illustration). Calgary, AB
SCRAPS, Self Published (Comic Series). Calgary, AB
Nowhere Near, Self Published, (Comic). Calgary, AB
CULT, Cult Collective Calgary, contributor (Illustration). Calgary, AB
Go Home Magazine, contributor (Illustration). Toronto, ON
Alberta Family Wellness, Brain Story Certification. Online
Alberta College of Art and Design, Bachelors of Visual
Communications Design. Calgary, AB
YMCA Calgary, I & II Wilderness Leadership Program, First Responder Program. Calgary, AB
Residencies & Grants
Casa Lu. Mexico City, Mexico
AFA Traveling Exhibit (TREX). Canada
EMMA International Collaboration. Ness Creek, SK
The Emma Lake Stone House Residency. Pincher Creek, AB
Facilitating & Teaching
2019 to Present
Alberta Foundation for the Arts Visiting Artist Program (Independent Educator)
- Conducting workshops with participants.
- Delivering an artist talk to inspire participants.
- Demonstrating step-by-step instruction for participants to learn the practice hands-on.
- Guiding participants in creating their own, unique pieces.
2018 to 2019
Saint Mary’s High School (Independent Educator)
- Speaking with students in the advanced art programs in grades 11-12 about being a creative as a career.
- Providing students with collaborative critique and mentorship.
- Consulting on university portfolio applications, providing constructive feedback for students.
Prospect Human Services
- Assisting in demonstrating employability skills to marginalized groups through art-centered learning.
- Explore painting techniques with clients to gain valuable skills in time management, following direction, critical and creative thinking, teamwork and communication.