Heinrich Toh Bio/CV

Heinrich is a mixed media artist focusing on works on paper. Originally from Singapore, he is a graduate from the Cleveland Institute of Art, and the La Salle College of the Arts. Toh's work explores the evolution of identity by synthesizing memories of past with the present. Inspired by layers of memory, ancestry, and pattern, his work investigates the sense of longing and cultural assimilation that comes from travel and relocation. 

Memories are fleeting with the ongoing assimilation to my immediate environment - they inspire him to seek what was once familiar while blurring the boundaries between Western or Eastern culture. The contrast between the modern and traditional imagery in his work reflects layered and overlapping cultural elements.

The process of Heinrich's work combines several printmaking techniques, including collagraphs, monotypes, paper-lithography and image transfers. His work is hand printed, with multiple runs through an etching press, resulting in rich layers of color, pattern and imagery. Each print is therefore a unique one of a kind work on paper.

Toh has exhibited at the Wing Luke Asian Museum in Seattle and several galleries throughout the US. His work is in private and public collections, which include the The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in MO, University Hospital of Cleveland and the Dell Children’s Hospital in Texas. 

EDUCATION

2000 Bachelors in Fine Art, Cleveland Institute of Art. OH.
1997 The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
1993 Diploma in Fine Arts, LaSalle-SIA College of the Arts, Singapore.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS 

2014
Abundant Journey. Todd Weiner Gallery. Kansas City, MO

2013
Momentary Longing. Leedy Voulkos Art Center. Kansas City, MO

2010
Midnight Bloom. Fine Arts Center Gallery, Bethel College, Newton, KS
Morning Spring. Cocoon Gallery, Kansas City, MO

2008
Revolving Remembrance. Charno Gallery, KCAC. Kansas City, MO

2005
Tea Room: Far And Distant Places. Art Patch Gallery, Seattle, WA

2004
More Fish Balls for Dinner. Viveza Gallery, Seattle, WA

2003
What Was Once Familiar. Kent Arts Commission Gallery, Kent, WA

2002
Eating Fish Balls with Chop Sticks. Kaleidoscope Gallery, Seattle, WA

2001
Memories Revisited, Customs Not Forgotten.  @Central Gallery, Phoenix Public Library, Phoenix, AZ

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015
Organic Beginnings, Soltesz Fine Art, Portland, OR
A Show of Hands (Curated by the Hand Magazine) A1LabArts, Knoxville, TN
Do You Copy (Curated by the Hand Magazine) Potter Hall Gallery, Missouri Western State University, MO

2014
Scratch The Surface. Leu Center For Visual Arts, Belmont University, Nashville, TN
Converging Dialogues. Carter Art Center, Metropolitan Community College, Kansas City, MO

2013
Preview Group Show. Leedy Voulkos Art Center, Kansas City, MO

2012
Kansas City Flatfile. H & R Block Artspace, Kansas City, MO

2011
America: Now And Here. Artists Corp. Cocoon Gallery, Kansas City, MO
In Tents. Ink Shop Printmaking Center, Ithaca, NY

2010
Inventory: Works from the Collection. Byron Cohen Gallery, Kansas City, MO
Paper. Julie Nester Gallery, Park City, UT

2010
Kansas City Flatfile. H & R Block Artspace, Kansas City, MO

2009
River Market Regional Exhibition
Kansas City Artists Coalition, Kansas City, MO
Celebrating Ink. Cocoon Gallery, Kansas City, MO

2007
How the Soy Sauce Was Bottled: Uncommon Stories of Common Objects. The Wing Luke Asian Museum, Seattle, WA
Filter (Curated by Michelle Kumata & HeinrichToh) Kirkland Arts Center, Kirkland, WA
Spring Exhibit. Perlow Stevens Gallery, Columbia, MO
Things Otherwise Left Unsaid. Rhino Gallery, Issaquah, WA

2006
Introductions 2006. Seattle Art Museum Rental / Sales Gallery, Seattle, WA
Double Vision (Curated by Tracey Fugami) Columbia City Gallery, Seattle, WA
Seattle Print Arts Society Exhibit. Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA
Emerging Artists. D’Adamo/Woltz Gallery, Seattle, WA
Thaw. Vain Gallery & Studios, Seattle, WA

2004
Small Works Show. Vain Studios, Seattle, WA
Inside the Bemis. Bemis Art Building, Seattle, WA

2003
Polaroid Show. Crawl Space Gallery, Seattle, WA
Bemis Fall Art Show. The Bemis Art Building, Seattle, WA
Poncho Scholarship Exhibition. Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, WA
This Is Not Art Glass. Soil Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
A Visit to Stephen’s House. Secluded Alley Works, Seattle, W

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2014
Visiting Artist Workshop, Oklahoma Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain, OK
Visiting Artist Workshop, Belmont College, Nashville, TN
Visiting Artist Workshop, Platetone Press, Belmont College, Nashville,TN

2012 - 2013
Instructor, Kansas City Center For the Ink & Paper Arts, Kansas City, MO

2012
Visiting Artist Workshop, Sun Valley Center For the Arts

2010
Visiting Artist Workshop, Bethel College, Newton, KS

2009 - 2011
Instructor, INKubator Press, Kansas City, MO

2004 - 2008
Instructor, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, WA

2002 - 2004
Instructor, Gage Academy of Fine Art, Seattle, WA

AWARDS & RESIDENCIES

2014
Winter Residency in Printmaking, Penland School of Crafts, NC

2011
Honorable Mention Grant, Vermont Studio Center
Inspiration Grant, Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City

2005
Artist Residency, Art Patch Studio Gallery, Seattle, WA

2004
Pentheroudakis Scholarship: Printmaking, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, WA
Artist Residency, Vain Studios, Seattle, WA

2002
PONCHO Artist-In-Residence, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, WA

2000
Partner Scholarship, Pilchuck School of Glass, WA

1999
The Lucy Morgan Scholarship, Penland School of Crafts, NC

PRESS

The Hand Magazine, Vol 7. 2014
Studio Visit Magazine, Vol 25. Open Studio Press
Kansas City Star, 12/2013.  By Tanya Hartman.
The Pitch. 12/2013. By Tracy Abeln
The Kansas City Star. 2/20/2010. By Alice Thorson
Review Magazine. 2/2008. By Steve Brisendine

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO
University Hospital, Cleveland, OH
Dell Children’s Medical Center, Austin, TX
OliverMcMillan Corporate Collection, San Diego, CA