Larissa Tiggelers

Visual Arts Department
Assistant Professor

Office: RC 244
Phone: 306-585-5529

Research interests

Area(s) of Specialization: professional practices, abstract painting and drawing, feminist methodologies, advanced colour theory


Tiggelers’ research is primarily focused in abstract painting and drawing, with occasional explorations in installation and sculpture. She teaches in the painting and drawing area where she embraces process-driven methodologies and material exploration alongside conceptual development.

Larissa Tiggelers’ paintings are deceptively formal and flat, but through slow and sustained looking, their spatial ambiguity unfolds into perceptual depth and chromatic richness. Her abstract work refuses traditional indicators of painterly authorship. By limiting the evidence of brush strokes her paintings accumulate soft surfaces and offer space for repose. Tiggelers’ practice disregards conventional colour theory’s efforts to standardize and rationalize colour, she refuses to present tonal assurances and, instead, her paintings affirm colour’s perplexity, vitality and unknowability.


Alongside maintaining a rigorous studio practice, Tiggelers has served in a number of positions within Calgary-based artist-run centres, culminating her service in 2015 as the Director of Stride Gallery. She currently volunteers on the Board of Neutral Ground Artist Run Centre.



MFA (Studio Art – University of Guelph) 2017

BFA (Painting Major – Alberta College of Art + Design) 2010


Works of Note  

2022 – forthcoming solo exhibition: Untitled, Christie Contemporary

2020-21 – solo exhibition: double-bodied, Jarvis Hall Gallery, Calgary

2019 – presenter: Summer Reading Series, Peripheral Review, Toronto

2016-18 – solo travelling exhibition­: something now as different than before, Alberta Foundation for the Arts Travelling Exhibition (TREX), AB

2017 – grant: Visual Arts and New Media Project Grant, Alberta Foundation for the Arts

2017 – group exhibition­: pag-unawa, Elmo's House Artist Residency, Batan, Aklan, Philippines

2016 – grant: Joseph-Armand Bombardier Graduate Scholarship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)

2013 – group exhibition­: 2013 Alberta Biennial: The News from Here, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton