Selected Works

Barbara Cole was born in 1953 in Toronto, Canada. Cole, who has often been referred to as an inventor, uses a raw, hands-on photographic process which strongly follows her belief that the opportunities of photography are virtually endless. Since the early 80’s, she has channeled an appreciation for the camera itself. Her dedication to photographic history is executed by straying from automatic cameras and technique, exploring transformation of figurative qualities with a recipe of mixing the right tools with instinct and a conceptualized environment. Barbara Cole uses photography to play with notions of time, place and identity. Throughout her many series, Cole often poses the questions how do you paint a picture of timelessness? How do you capture the feeling of being weightless in an image?

This approach references the past and nods to the future. Her ethereal photography takes on a painterly quintessence with figure transformation as a predominant theme in her work. Over the past thirty years, although with traditional photographic tools, Cole’s process and aesthetic has taken on that of a painter. The artist’s work hones in on a powerful narrative, some with outward subjects and others with intense figure transformation that alone tell the story. Cole’s background in fashion and fashion editorial, naturally leads to a process which channels her experience into creating a particular atmosphere using costume and set couture. In much of her oeuvre, Cole involves an aquatic environment, vastly differentiating her many series.


Bau-Xi Photo – Toronto and Vancouver, Canada
Galerie de Bellefeuille – Montreal, Canada
Holden Luntz Gallery – Palm Beach, Florida, USA
Art Angels – Los Angeles, California, USA
The White Room Gallery – Bridgehampton, NY, USA


Toronto, Ontario, 1953


2022 Appearances, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, Canada
2022 Beat, Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2022 Between Forms, Pellas Gallery, Boston, MA
2021 Appearances, Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2020 Virtual Show, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, Canada
2019 Surfacing, Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto, Canada & Galerie LeRoyer, Montreal, Canada
2019 Surfacing, Art Angels, Los Angeles, CA
2018 Book Launch and Retrospective, Submerged, Galerie LeRoyer, Montreal, Canada
2018 Book Launch and Retrospective, Contact Photography Festival, First Canadian Place, Toronto, Canada
2017 Figure Painting, Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Falling Through Time, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2017 Falling Through Time, Galerie LeRoyer, Montreal, Canada 
2016 Falling Through Time, Bau-Xi Photo, Toronto, Canada
2015 Counterpoint, Rosenbaum Contremporary, Boca Raton, Florida
2015 Miroir d’eau, Galerie LeRoyer, Montreal, Canada
2015 Moving Pictures, The Lenticulars, Creutzberg|Van Dun, Oisterwijk, Netherlands
2014 Meditations, Bau-Xi Photo, Toronto, Canada
2014 Duplicity, Bau-Xi Photo, Toronto and Galerie LeRoyer, Montréal, Canada
2013 Underworld, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2012 Two People Walking a Tightrope in an Ordinary Life Full of Extraordinary Moments, Bau-Xi     Photo, Toronto, Ontario
2012 Two People Walking a Tightrope in an Ordinary Life Full of Extraordinary Moments, Galerie   LeRoyer, Montreal, Canada
2011 Chromatics and White NOise, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2011 White NOise, Art Gallery of Grimsby, Grimsby, Canada
2010 Chromatics, Bau-Xi Photo, Toronto, Canada
2009 White NOise, Airspace Gallery, Toronto International Airport, Toronto, Canada
2008 White NOise, Gallery 345, Toronto, Canada
2007 Painted Ladies, Iris Gallery, Great Barrington, MA, USA, catalogue available
2006 Underworld, Iris Gallery, Great Barrington, MA, USA, catalogue available
2004 Underworld, Canadian Embassy, Washington D.C., USA, catalogue available
2003 Underworld, Canadian Embassy, Tokyo, Japan, catalogue available
2000 Human|Nature, Tatar|Alexander Gallery, Toronto, Canada
1998 Toronto & Jerusalem Series, Ogilvy & Mather International, New York, USA, and DDBNeedham     World Wide, New York, USA, limited edition book
1998 Toronto & Jerusalem Series, Luminus Gallery, New York, USA
1997 Toronto & Jerusalem Series, Tatar|Alexander Gallery, Toronto, Canada
1994 The Iris Prints, Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto, Canada, catalogue available
1993 Cibachrome/Transfer Series, Jane Corkin Gallery, Toronto, Canada
1991 New Colour Works, Jane Corkin Gallery, Toronto, Canada
1989 Distortions, Jane Corkin Gallery, Toronto, Canada
1986 Hand Coloured Work, Jane Corkin Gallery, Toronto, Canada


2022 Immersed, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2022 Summer Preview, The White Room Gallery, The Hamptons, NY
2022 Photo London, Holden Luntz Gallery Booth, London, England
2020 Virtual Art Toronto, Toronto, Canada
2019 Art Miami, Galerie De Bellefeuille, Florida
2019 Her, Bau-Xi Vancouver, Canada
2019 Art Market Productions, Art Hampton, Art Angels, LA/Miami
NOX Contemporary Artspace, Jaffa Port, Tel Aviv, Israel
Art Toronto, Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2018 Curators Selection: Method, Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2018 Photo London, London, England
2017 Context, Art Miami, Bau-Xi Gallery, Miami, Florida
2016 Context, Art Miami, Bau-Xi Gallery, Miami, Florida
2017 Expolaroid, Montelimar, France
2016 Art Toronto, Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2015 Gallery Artists, Creutzberg|Van Dun, Netherlands
2014 Scope New York, Galerie LeRoyer, Miami Florida
2012 Context, Art Miami, Galerie LeRoyer, Miami, Florida
2011 When Night Falls, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2011 Art Wynwood, Galerie LeRoyer, Miami, Florida
2010 7ème Festival International de la Photgraphie de Mode, Cannes, France
2008 6ème Festival International de la Photgraphie de Mode, Cannes, France
2008 Traverse, Marcia Rafelman Fine Arts, Toronto, Canada
2007 5ème Festival International de la Photographie de Mode, Cannes, France
2005 Chair & Series, Meter Gallery, New York, USA
1997 2 X 30, Tatar|Alexander Gallery, Toronto, Canada
1992 Legal Perspective: Selected Works from the Corporate Collection of Osler, Hoskin &Harcourt, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinberg, Ontario, Canada
1990 The Presence of Portraits, Jane Corkin Gallery, Toronto, Canada
1990 Clochard, Jane Corkin Gallery, Toronto, Canada
1990 L’Amour: A Celebration of Love, Portfolio Gallery, London, England
1990 Chicago Art Fair, Basel Art Fair, Art Cologne, Jane Corkin Gallery, Toronto, Canada
1988 Lovers, Jane Corkin Gallery, Toronto, Canada
1987 Contemporary Canadian Photography, Grimsby Art Gallery, Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
1987 Multiples, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada
1986 Masterpieces from the Gallery Collection, Jane Corkin Gallery, Toronto, Canada
1986 Twelve Contemporary Canadians, Watson Gallery, Houston, Texas, USA
1986 Imitation of Life, Gallery Quan, Toronto, Canada


2018 Water Works, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Feb-May 2018, travelling exhibition.
 This is Paradise, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, (MOCCA) Toronto, Canada
2009 She Works Hard…., Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada
1995 Survivors in Search of a Voice: The Art of Courage, Centre, Ottawa, Ontario Mayo Clinic, Touring Exhibition,Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada, Government Conference Rochester, Minnesota, Mackenzie Art Gallery,Regina Saskatchewan, catalogue available
1990-92 Children in Photography: 150 Years, National Traveling Exhibition


“Barbara Cole.” Bob Barrett. Snapshot: The Art of Photography, II. Art TV, TVO and the Knowledge Network.


2018 Creative Bloom Magazine, Underwater Photographs by Barbara Cole that Look Like Oil Paintings, Tora Baker, London UK
2018 Londnr Magazine, Anna Orhanen, Below the Surface with Barbara Cole, London, UK
2018  Female First,The Wet World Of Photographer Barbara Cole, London, UK
2018 Sveta Soloveva, Novella Magazine, Above Reality:Barbara Cole Goes Deeper, Canada
2012 Barbara Cole, Monograph, Bau-Xi Photo Gallery and Galerie LeRoyer
2012 Peter Hay Halpert Identities Now: Contemporary Portrait Photography,
Book, New York: Peter Hay Halpert Fine Art, USA
2011 Beatriz Diaz, Metamorphosis of the Senses,
FAHRENHEIT Contemporary Art Magazine, No. 46, Mexico
2010 Anouchka Roggeman, Le Chant des Sirènes, Talon Haut Magazine, No. 7: 35, France
2010 Betty-Ann Jordan, Barbara Cole: A Toronto photographer goes beneath the surface to find beauty, Houseand Home Magazine, Oct: 70, Canada
2008 Thomas Macho, Que Será Será: Wechselnde Frauenbilder,
DU – das Kulturmagazin, No. 789, Zürich, Switzerland
2007 Artist Profile, NY Arts Magazine, Sept-Oct, New York, USA
2006 Artist Profile, Vision Magazine, March, Beijing, China
2005 The Fortunate Photographer, Camera Arts Magazine, Feb-Mar, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
2005 Martin Dawber, Pixel Surgeons: Extreme Manipulation of the Figure in Photography,
Book, Mitchell Beazley, England
2004 No Limits, PEI Magazine, Oct, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
2004 Photo-Immersion, Photo Life Magazine, May, Toronto, Canada
2004 Artist Profile, Fashion Television, Canada
1990 Children in Photography: 150 Years, Firefly Books, Toronto, Canada


2021 International Photography Awards (IPA), 3rd Place Winner, Fine Art: Still Life, Appearances
2021 Multiple Artwork Installation, CordeValle Luxury Golf & Spa Resort, California, USA
2021 Prix de la Photographie Paris (PX3), Honorable Mention, Appearances Series
2019 Commitment to Service Award, the non profit organization, Give an Hour, USA
London International Creative Competition, Honorable Mention, Falling Through Time Series
2017 International Color Awards, Nomination, Kew at Night, Fashion; Nomination, Falling Through Time, Fine Art
Tokyo International Foto Awards, Honorable Mention, Fine Art, Figure Painting
2017 International Photography Awards (IPA), Honorable Mention Fine Art, Falling Through Time
2017 International Colour Awards, Honorable Mention, Other, Falling Through Time; Honorable Mention, Moving Images for Forget-Me-Not Lenticular
2016 Prix de la Photographie Paris (PX3), People’s Choice and 3rd Prize, Le Petit Prince
2016 International Colour Awards, Honorable Mention, Conceptual Photography, Le Petit Prince
2014 PRIX DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE PARIS (PX3), third prize, Duplicity
2013 London International Creative Competition, Short List, Duplicity
2012 International Photography Awards, Barbara Cole Monograph, Honorable Mention, NewYork
2011 Photography Masters Cup, International Color Awards, Honorable Mention, AbstractArt: Chromatics, Three by Four Nominee, Abstract Art: Chromatics, Red Stain
2010 Ontario Arts Council, Mid-Career Visual Arts Grant
2009 Third Prize, International Photography Awards, New York, USA
2008 Grand Prize, le 6ème Festival International de la Photographie de Mode, Cannes, France
2008 Large-scale artwork installation: Drifter Triptych, at Trump Hollywood, Florida, USA
2007 Commission, M. Lau Breast Cancer Centre, Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto, Canada
2006 Large-scale artwork installation and book created, Miami ONE, Florida, USA
1997 Toronto Series, Manulife Building, Toronto, Canada


Bisha Hotel and Residences
Borden and Elliot
Burnac, Toronto
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
Canyon Ranch
Celebrity Cruises (Celebrity Edge Art Collection)
Cosmos Restaurants Group, Quebec
Frommer Lawrence & Haug
Galileo Equity Management
Griffiths McBurney and Partners
Herzig Eye Institute
Holt Renfrew, Canada
Household Finance Corporation
Hy’s Steakhouse, Toronto
Jonik Hospitality Group
Baskin Wealth Management
Manulife Financial Corporation
Maple Leafs Sports & Ent., Toronto
Mirax, Moscow
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Texas
N M Rothschild & Sons Canada
Osler, Hoskin, & Harcourt
Polaroid Corporation, Canada
Polaroid Corporation, USA
Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation
Protocol Entertainment
Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa
Rothschild Bank of Canada Ltd.
Ryerson University Photography Collection, Toronto
Siemens Credit
Sloan Mauran Interior Design
Trump Hotel, Hollywood, Florida
Toshiba, Canada
The Study at Yale, New Haven CT
USA Network, TV series “Suits”
Winnipeg Art Gallery, Saskatchewan
Xerox of Canada
Yabu Pushelberg Design