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Paul Litherland asking question at RIDM screening, 2013

Paul Litherland at RIDM screening, 2013

@skydiver_paul. A semi pro, a flaneur, a dilettante. Nice guy. Holds 2 Canadian skydiving records.

Paul Litherland is a visual artist working with photography and video. He works with many artists in his role as a documentation specialist and produces artworks connected to this role as well as his experience as a skydiver. Now in his 43rd year of jumping from airplanes he has accumulated over 2250 jumps, including over 600 Wingsuit jumps and 35 BASE jumps.

He studied photography and fine art at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver (now the Emily Carr University of Art and Design) and graduated from the MFA program in photography from Concordia in 1994.



  • 2020 PRODUIT RIEN, Montreal, B-Side Agnes Etherington
  • 2020 AGNES ETHERINGTON ART CENTRE, Kingston, Ontario, B-Side Agnes Etherington
  • 2018 OPTICA, Montréal, 47 Storeys, Video installation
  • 2012 ODD GALLERY, Dawson City, Yukon, Force Majeure, Video Installation
  • 2010 GALERIE CLARK, Montréal, Force Majeure, Video Installation
  • 2008 STUDIO 54, Berlin, Germany, Wood vs Wood, Performance
  • 2008 GALLERY 44, Toronto, Ontario, Art Photography, Colour Photographs
  • 2006 GALERIE THÉRÈSE DION, Montreal, Québec, Absolutely Fabulous, Exhibition of Colour Photographs
  • 2006 GALERIA DEL FONCA, Mexico City, Art Photography, Photography Exhibition
  • 2004 LE LOCAL, Montréal, Québec, Performance of ASCII Fighter
  • 2004 DESIGN EXCHANGE, Toronto, Ontario, Digifest, Performance of ASCII Fighter
  • 2002 GALERIE OPTICA, Montréal, Québec, Turning Point – Multi Projector Video Installation
  • 2001 TRANZ<->TECH, Steamwhistle Brewery, Toronto, Ontario, Multimedia Performance Babble
  • 2001 GALERIE B-312, Montréal, Québec, Multimedia Performance Babble
  • 2001 MOIS MULTI, Québec City, Multimedia Performance Babble
  • 1997 GALERIE CLARK, Montréal, Québec, Body Building, Photography and Butter Sculptures
  • 1996 UNIVERSITÉ DE LAVAL, Québec City, Angle Mort
  • 1996 GALERIE B-312, Montréal, Québec, Hesitation, Street Exhibition on Blvd. Saint Laurent
  • 1995 GALERIE CLIC, Montréal, Québec, Dual Purpose Jet Flo, Recent Work
  • 1995 COMPLEXE GUY FAVREAU, Montréal, Québec, Heartless Heartfelt Heartbeat, Photo/Sculpture Installation
  • 1994 GALERIE BOURGET, Montréal, Québec, MFA Graduating Exhibition
  • 1990 GALERIE VERTE, Montréal, Québec, Complexe du Canal Lachine, Large Photographic Prints
  • 1985 OR GALLERY, Vancouver, British Columbia, I do not remember Turning in My Sleep, Photography/Sculptures


  • 2023 Insomnolence The Sociability of Sleep, Agora de la Science, Montréal
  • 2022 Se voisiner / Neighbouring, Produit Rien, Montréal
  • 2020 All or Nothing, exhibition with Karen Trask, Produit Rien, Montréal
  • 2019 Oberhausen Film Festival, Oberhausen, Germany, 47 Storeys, Single channel version
  • 2017 Boxotel, Montreal, Lift vs Drag, video installation
  • 2015 Galerie Clark, Montreal, Societé Secrete, Photographs of Road Trip
  • 2015 ESPACE PROJET, Montreal, Les quatres routes de Corbusier, Video Installation
  • 2014 ELLEN GALLERY, Concordia University, B-Side, photographs
  • 2013 LUX, CALME, VOLUPTÉ, Galerie Roger Bellemare, Montréal, Québec, Switch, Photograph.
  • 2013 ART SOUTERRAIN, Montréal, Québec, Family Workstations, Photographs
  • 2010 GALERIE GRAFF, Montréal, Québec, Artiste Modele, curated by Madeleine Forcier
  • 2009 BLACKWOOD GALLERY, Toronto, Ontario, Fall Out, Curated by Christof Migone
  • 2009 NUIT BLANCHE, Toronto, Ontario, Drop Out, Hart House, Curated by Christof Migone
  • 2006 MUSÉE NATIONAL DE BEAUX ARTS DE QUÉBEC, Québec City, Acquérir pour Grandir
  • 2006 OPTIC NERVE, ArtSpace, Peterborough, Ontario, Video Festival
  • 2006 GALERIE VECINA, Mexico City, Video Festival
  • 2006 MUPACT, Tlalpan, Mexico, Hearing Difficulty, Outdoor Installation of Paintings on Lamp Posts
  • 2006 JACK SHAINMAN GALLERY, New York, Faking Death, Exhibition of Photographs from Souvenirs Series
  • 2005 INSTITUTO POLITECNICO NACIONAL, Mexico City, Homenaje a José María Velasco, Coll. with Griton
  • 2004 GALERIE B-312, Arpenter l’Isle, Exhibition of Hostile Takeover and Book Launch
  • 2004 CENTRE D’ART 1000 AMHERST, Montréal, Québec, Presentation of Video Installation Force of Attraction
  • 2003 CENTRE FOR ART TAPES, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Networkings, Performance of 3 Bit Thumbnail at New Media Confer-ence and Art Event, Curated by Liz MacDougall
  • 2003 GALERIE OVERSLAG, Eindhoven, Netherlands, Best Before, Video Installation of Force of Attraction
  • 2001 KERALA KALAPEETOM, Kerala, India, International Sculpture Symposium Produced a Permanent Sculpture Listener, Changhampuza Park
  • 1999 48/48, Montréal, Québec, Exhibition of Performance Work Insecurity in Rooming House, Curated by Ingrid Bachmann and Lorraine Oades
  • 1998 SAIDYE BRONFMAN GALLERY, Montréal, Québec, Artifice, Sculpture Exhibition, Clear Cut
  • 1997 MUSÉE NATIONAL DE BEAUX ARTS DE QUÉBEC, Québec City, Recent Acquisitions Exhibition to the Collection Prêt d’oeuvres d’art
  • 1995 KHYBER GALLERY, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Faculty Exhibition for Nova Scotia College of Art & Design
  • 1992 GALERIE BOURGET, Montréal, Québec, Tracing Locations, Exhibition of Photography by MFA Students
  • 1991 GALERIE VERTE, Montréal, Québec, Group Exhibition with Christine Carson, Nancy Frohlick, Cam Walker and Mary Wong
  • 1990 CONSTRUCTION IN VERSE, Complexe du Canal Lachine, Montréal, Québec, Curated by Karen Langshaw
  • 1986 PRESENTATION HOUSE, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Photoperspectives
  • 1986 WAREHOUSE SHOW, Vancouver, British Columbia, Exhibition of Photography/Sculptures
  • 1985 PRESENTATION HOUSE, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Photoperspectives



  • The Kingston Whig-Standard, A rare look behind the scenes, 17 January, 2020 link
  • Message2Man video festival, 2019 link
  • DANS LES MÉANDRES DE L’ERRANCE, Jerome Delgado, 9 mars, 2013
  • WHAT’S UP YUKON, Kay Linley, One,Two, Three, Jump! March 29, 2012
  • HOUR MAGAZINE, Meg Hewings, Force Majeure@Centre Clark, September 28, 2010
  • LE DEVOIR, Marie-Eve Charron, Opérer dans le tessiture de l’image, Saturday, September 18, 2010
  • VOIR, Nicolas Mavrikakis, Hop Là! , Paul Litherland and Catherine Bodmer, September 9, 2010
  • GLOBE AND MAIL, Leah Sandals, Many Ways to Become Airborne, Saturday, November 7, 2009
  • ETC. MAGAZINE, Identities-Identités, Issue 81, March 2008
  • CV – CEIL VARIABLE MAGAZINE, Mutations – Featured Artist, Issue 75, March 2007
  • MONTREAL MIRROR, Christine Redfern, Masculinity Outed, p. 48, August 3, 2006
  • ICI, Lyne Crevier, A Review, p. 36, August 17, 2006
  • LE VOIR, Nicolas Mavrikakis, A Review, p. 36, August 3, 2006
  • THE HOUR, Isa Tousignant, Who’s that Guy?, August 10, 2006
  • MONTREAL GAZETTE, Henry Lehmann, Signature Subject, p. E11, August 26, 2006
  • THE GLOBE AND MAIL, Christine Redfern, A Review of Out of the Closet, August 14, 2006
  • ARTNEWS, A Review of Faking Death, p. 167, May 2006
  • ARTFORUM, Jack Shainman Gallery Exhibition of Faking Death, p. 26, January 2006
  • EXCELSIOR, Mexico City Newspaper, A Review of Art Photography, SEC-B, p. 4, January 21, 2006
  • RUMBO, Mexico City Newspaper, A Review of Art Photography, p. 2, January 21, 2006
  • DIARIO MONITOR, Mexico City Newspaper, A Review of Art Photography, p. 6, January 21, 2006
  • TODITO.COM, Mexico City Online Journal, A Review of Art Photography, January 20, 2006
  • THE NEW YORKER, Magazine, A Review of Faking Death, p. 22, February 6, 2006
  • NEW YORK TIMES, A Review of Faking Death, February 3, 2006
  • VOIR Weekly, Nicholas Mavrikakis, A Review, October 16, 2004
  • MONTREAL MIRROR, Matthew Woodley, Digital Duke Out, May 6, 2004
  • NATIONAL POST, Citation of Work Souvenirs in Review of Faking Death, p. 17, August 23, 2003
  • THE HINDU A Review in India’s National Daily, An Artists’ Camp Flowers, December 11, 2001
  • HOUR MAGAZINE, Dayna Mcleod, Drums Go Digital, March 22, 2001
  • THE GAZETTE, Henry Lehmann, Artifice – The Sequel, July 25, 1998
  • LE VOIR, Stephane Aquin, Coup Double, July 16, 1998
  • BULLETIN CHAMBRE BLANCHE, John Grande, Eco-Art Revisited, Spring 1997
  • MONTREAL MIRROR, Keith Marchand, The f stops Here, March 21, 1997
  • MIX, John Latour, Ambiguities on the Main, p. 37, Summer 1996
  • HOUR MAGAZINE, Ingrid Hein, Signs of the Times, p.5, May 23, 1996


  • WOOD, Compendium of the Blackwood Gallery’s exhibitions, 2011
  • HOMENAGJE A JOSE MARIA VELASCO, Exhibition Catalogue, Mexico City, 2006
  • AVATAR, 96 432 Heures, DVD-ROM, Québec City, 2004
  • ARPENTER L’ISLE, Published by Galerie B-312, Montréal, Québec, 2004
  • FAKING DEATH, Penny Cousineau-Levine, pp. 163,171,213,218,248,270, 2003
  • BEST BEFORE, Published by Galerie Clark and Galerie Overslag, Montréal, Québec, 2002
  • 48 HOURS, Published by Ingrid Bachmann and Lorraine Oades, CD-ROM, Montréal, Québec, 2002
  • HESITATION, Published by Galerie B-312, Montréal, Québec, 1996
  • WAREHOUSE SHOW, Exhibition Catalogue, Vancouver, British Columbia, 1984
  • PHOTOPERSPECTIVES, Exhibition Catalogues, North Vancouver, British Columbia, 1985, 1986
  • LIBERAL ARTS JOURNAL OF CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY, The Artist, The Invisible Heterosexual Male, 1990


  • 2011 PAUL LITHERLAND, Recognizing Artsist/Enfin visibles!, English Language Arts Network, 5 min. (below left)
  • 2011 ZEKE TALKING TO INTERESTING PEOPLE DOING INTERESTING THINGS: Paul Litherland Artist, Part 1-4, Chris ‘Zeke’ Hand, 38 min. (below right)


  • 2016 Yukon School of Visual Arts (SOVA) and Klondike Institute of Art and Culture (KIAC), Dawson City, Yukon (info)
  • 2005 CALQ-FONCA, Mexico City, Artists Exchange
  • 2002 CENTRE SAGAMIE, Alma, Québec, Printmaking Residency
  • 2002 AVATAR, Québec City, Programming for 3-Bit Thumbnail, Artist in Residence
  • 2001 KERALA KALAPEETOM, Kerala India, International Sculpture Symposium, Participant
  • 2000 BANFF CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, Banff, Albert, Thematic Residency “Big City”
  • 1994 CENTRE DE SCULPTURE EST-NORD-EST, St. Jean-Port-Joli, Québec, Artist in Residence


  • 2012 CONSEIL DES ARTS ET LETTRES DU QUÉBEC, Jury Member, Visual Arts
  • 2007 CANADA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS, Program Officer, Visual Arts
  • 2005 CONSEIL DES ARTS ET LETTRES DU QUÉBEC, Jury Member, Media Arts


  • 2014 SODEC, QUÉBEC, Promotion grant
  • 2005 CANADA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS, Research and Production Grant
  • 2000 CANADA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS, Travel Grant
  • 1999 CANADA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS, Mid Career Grant
  • 1996 CANADA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS, Short Term Grant
  • 1994 CONSEIL DES ARTS ET LETTRES DU QUÉBEC, Technical Resources Grant
  • 1990 CANADA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS, Travel Grant


  • 1991-94 CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY, Montréal, Québec, Master of Fine Arts Degree
  • 1988-89 CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY, Montréal, Québec, Independent Studies in Liberal Arts, Art History, Photography and Anthropology
  • 1981-85 EMILY CARR COLLEGE OF ART & DESIGN, Vancouver, British Columbia, Honours Diploma in Photography
  • 1979-80 QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY, Kingston, Ontario, Sciences Program


  • 2016 Klondike Institute of Art and Culture (KIAC), Dawson City, Yukon, Visiting artist talk
  • 2009-10 AGIR PAR L’IMAGINAIRE, taught directing photography, video and art workshops for incarcerated women in conjunction with the Elizabeth Fry Society. Workshops organized by Devora Neumark held in Tanguay Prison for Women, the federal institution in Joliette, Québec and the Therese Casgrain, Transition House in Montreal. Lead to an exhibition Agir / Art des femmes en prison, 27 May – 16 June, 2011 at Eastern Block, 7240 Clark St., Montréal. (promo video)
  • 2006 LA ESMERELDA, Mexico City, Visiting Artist
  • 2004 LA ESMERELDA, Mexico City, Visiting Artist
  • 2004 RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN, Providence, Rhode Island, Visiting Artist
  • 2001 KERALA KALAPEETOM, Kerala, India, International Sculpture Symposium, Participant,
  • 1995 CENTRE D’ART VISUEL, Westmount, Québec, Walking Projection Workshop
  • 1990 ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE SOCIETY FOR PHOTOGRAPHIC EDUCATION, Santa Fe, New Mexico, The Photographic Male Nude in a Patriarchal Society, Presenter
  • 1995-2012 CONCORDIA AND UQAM UNIVERSITY, Photography Workshops and Artist Talks to Students


  • MUSÉE NATIONAL DE BEAUX ARTS DE QUÉBEC, Canada Council Art Bank, Private Collections


  • Member of Galerie Clark, Montréal, Québec
  • Member of Canadian Sport Parachuting Association
  • A few others