"Being surrounded by the colours and patterns of Indian textiles has informed my aesthetic. Now I’m using this aesthetic that gives me so much comfort to talk about issues that give me so much discomfort. I’m using one thing from my culture to reconcile another."

Sandeep Johal is a Canadian visual artist whose colourful geometric forms and intricate black and white line work is aesthetically and conceptually inspired by her South Asian heritage.

Sandeep believes in the power of art to create awareness around issues related to cultural identity, gender equality, and human rights. Her art practice is an expression of her social and cultural concerns, particularly gender justice. Her most recent series, She Left Only To Come Back (2019) is an exploration of femininity, motherhood, inter-generational trauma and loss set against a backdrop of familial obligation and self-sacrifice.

Sandeep has completed a number of public projects, most recently, a community mural project with Vancouver Mural Festival which involved the denaming of a federal building, and murals commissioned by the Vancouver Art Gallery in conjunction with Moving Still: Performative Photography In India. Her work has been featured in CBC Arts, Vancouver’s CTV Morning Live, The Vancouver Sun, The Georgia Straight, Gray Magazine and numerous other print and online publications. 

CBC Exhibitionists Video
Sandeep Johal memorializes victims of femicide as powerful goddess figures
Video credit: Milena Salazar with assistance from Joella Cabalu

b. 1975
Currently lives and works in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

2007   Fine Arts Diploma (with distinction), Langara College, Vancouver
2002   Bachelor of Education (K-7), University of British Columbia, Vancouver

Solo Exhibitions
2019 She Left Only To Come Back, Art Rentals + Sales Program operated by the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
2017    Rest In Power, The Gam Gallery, Vancouver

Select Group Exhibitions
2019 Vancouver Mural Festival Year 4 Gallery Show, Vancouver
2019    In/Visible: Body as Reflective Site, McCLure Gallery, McGill University, Montreal
2018    Graphically Speaking in conjunction with Capture Photo Festival, MNSTR Gallery, Vancouver
2018    Start With Art, Seymour Art Gallery, North Vancouver
2018    Do You See What I See Pop-Up hosted by Zista Arts Society, Toronto
2018    Get Lucky Art Show Pop-Up hosted by District Local, Fortune Sound Club, Vancouver
2017    Challenging Social Norms, Maury Young Arts Center, Whistler
2017    Vancouver Mural Festival Year 2 Gallery Show, Burrard Arts Foundation, Vancouver
2017    Reflections of Canada, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey
2017    Start With Art, Seymour Art Gallery, North Vancouver
2016    Pantone Presents, The Gam Gallery, Vancouver
2016    Maplewish in conjunction with Nuit Blanche, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg

Select Public Projects & Murals
2019 Facade Festival, Vancouver Art Gallery x Burrard Arts Foundation, Vancouver (upcoming)
2019 Mural, Uptown Rutland Mural Project, Kelowna
2019 Mural, Bard on the Beach, Vancouver
2019 Mural, JamJar Canteen, Vancouver
2019 Altars, 4 murals in conjunction with the Community Outreach portion of Moving Still: Performative Photography from India, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
2019 Mural, Lululemon Men’s & Women’s Stores, Park Royal Shopping Center, West Vancouver
2018    Mural, Wall to Wall Mural Festival, Winnipeg
2018    Mural, Civic Hotel, Surrey
2018    Starweaver Installation in collaboration with Debra Sparrow, Indian Summer Festival, Vancouver
2018    Museum Bhavan, Indian Summer Festival x Vancouver Art Gallery Institute of Asian Art, Vancouver
2018    Mural, Art Smash, Granville Island x Vancouver Mural Festival, Vancouver
2018    Street Banner, Mount Pleasant Business Improvement Association, Vancouver
2017    Mural, Vancouver Mural Festival, Vancouver
2017    Mural, The Profile Co-Working Business Club, Vancouver
2017    Mural Design, Front Street Mews Barrier, New Westminster
2017    Canada 150 Street Banner, Public Art Program, Surrey
2016    Concrete Planter, Public Art Program, Vancouver

Teaching & Community Events
2019 Drink and Draw, Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond
2018    Wisdom Stones Workshop, Pause Pavilion, Indian Summer Festival, Vancouver
2017    Mandala Workshop, Arts & Heath Elder Dance Program, Moberly Arts & Cultural Center, Vancouver
2017    Artist/Arts Co-ordinator, Wish150, Roundhouse Community Center, Vancouver
2017    Mandala Workshop, Seaforth Elementary School, Burnaby
2017    Mandala Workshop, Mount Pleasant Family Center, Vancouver
2017    Mandala Workshop, Anvil Centre, New Westminster
2017    Mandala Workshop, Global Stewardship Conference, St. George's High School, Vancouver
2016    Community Art Activity, National Children’s Day, Centennial Community Center, New Westminster
2016    Community Art Activity, Diwali Fest, Queensborough Community Center, New Westminster
2016    Community Mandala, Vancouver Mural Festival, Vancouver
2016    Mandala Workshop, Anvil Centre, New Westminster
2016    Mandala Workshop, Robert McMath Secondary School, Steveston

Indian Summer Festival, Vancouver
Earls Ambleside, West Vancouver
Private collections in North America, Europe, Australia, and India

Art Donation
2019 Drawing, Art For Life, Dr. Peter Aids Foundation
2018 Hand-painted lengha, Maple Batalia Memorial Scholarship for the Arts, South Asian Fashion Week
2017 Drawing, Fall Gala for Out in Schools, Out On Screen Society

Grants & Awards
2017    Creative Spark Vancouver Grant, ArtStarts
2007    Langara College Advancement Fine Arts Scholarship Fund: Design Studio Award

Select Talks
2019 Panelist, Facade Festical, Vancouver Art Gallery (upcoming)
2019 Alumni Artist Talk Series, Langara College, Vancouver (upcoming)
2019 Artist Talk, She Left Only To come Back, Art Rentals + Sales Program operated by the Vancouver Art Gallery
2018     Arts and Culture Roundtable, Forward, Backwards, Sideways: Critical Turns in South Asian Canadian Art
and Culture, University of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford 
2018     Panelist, Adjacentlands: Conversation on Contemporary Art, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey
2017     Panelist, Driving with Selvi Documentary Screening, Anvil Center, New Westminster
2017     Speaker, Pecha Kucha New West Volume 17, New Westminster
2017     Artist Talk, Rest In Power, The Gam Gallery
2017     Artist Talk, Thrive Art Studio x Van Mural Fest, Vancouver
2017     Art for Social Justice, Global Stewardship Conference, St. George's High School, Vancouver
2017     Speaker, Pecha What, Thrive Art Studio x Carfac BC, Vancouver

2018    Indian Summer Festival, Vancouver
2017    Artist in Residence Program, Anvil Centre, New Westminster

Art Rental + Sales Program operated by the Vancouver Art Gallery