dori vanderheyden

Artist member since 2018
Toronto, Ontario

Dori Vanderheyden was born to new immigrant Dutch parents and raised in Toronto in an Italian immigrant community. Little English was heard or understood until she entered school. A quiet and keen observer drawing became a constant activity. Her parents joined a nudist camp for families just north of Toronto, and there the human form in a natural setting of lakes and forests made a profound visual impact. As an adolescent Vanderheyden spent countless hours filling her sketchbooks with mostly female nudes from memory. These were secret and separate from her high school art class sketchbooks. Graduating with an Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Toronto, the Dean of Fine Arts chose Vanderheyden’s large self-portrait oil painting for the schools collection. She then spent 6 years painting and exhibiting before becoming an artist-instructor. Vanderheyden has successfully navigated those two professional identities by maintaining a consistent art practice, and research into the scholarship of teaching and learning.


Blood Runs Thick
dori vanderheyden
  • 42" x 48" x 1"
  • BUY: $2200

Inside the Studio


Everyone should know about

the fact that I am starting my MFA at OCAD this September 2017, and that I am a Kingston Art Prize Finalist 2017

Favourite book

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

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What places do you hang out in Toronto?

the junction, queen west, swansea

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confident caring introspective

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micah lexier, erin vincent, luvsumone, troy pynn

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