Singer has received numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Art and the Ontario Arts Council, both funders have invited him several times to serve as a Peer Review Committee Member. He holds an AOCAD from the Ontario College of Art and Design University (including multiple awards for painting and sculpture) and a Master of Fine Arts from The New York State College of Ceramics, School of Art and Design at Alfred University. For six years, Singer taught sculpture at the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD U) and the Toronto School of Art, and he has lectured throughout Canada and the United States.
Singer has also curated around 100 exhibitions of national and international artists, including three major retrospectives. Throughout, he has championed artists who push boundaries, materially and conceptually, while opening pathways to meaningful and resonant experiences for viewers. Until 2017, he was Senior Curator of the Tom Thomson Art Gallery and for over five years, he served as the Curator/Artistic Director of the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery. Before this, he was Director of the 2005 Contemporary Art Forum – Kitchener & Area (CAFKA), Curator and Associate Director of Lehmann Leskiw Fine Art until he co-founded Rouge Contemporary Art Projects where he was Director and Curator, bringing Judy Chicago: A Survey of Important Works (curated by Virginia Eichhorn) – the first large-scale survey exhibition for Chicago ever to come to Canada.
Currently, he is an art consultant and not-for-profit grant-writer and continues to develop independent curatorial projects – currently championing the work of Claire (Weissman) Wilks (1933-2017). His writings about art have been published internationally (Ceramics Art & Perception, Vie des Arts, Exile Literary Quarterly, and others). He is currently Chair of the Board of Galeries-Ontario-Galleries (formerly the Ontario Association of Art Galleries -OAAG).
The artist wishes to acknowledge multiple Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts grants which have helped to support his work over the years.
Canadian eco-artist, curator, writer and educator, Christian Bernard Singer was born in 1962 in Paris into a family of artists and raised in New York City where he began as a company dancer with Laura Foreman’s Composers and Choreographers Theater, performing in Spaces and Foreman’s seminal work, Signals II. These were performed over several years in such venues as Judson Memorial Church, the Cubiculo Theater, The New School, and eventually the Museum of Modern Art.
Singer is best known for incorporating mosses and other living plant life with glass, clay, bronze, found objects, and video into installation-environments and land art works that turn on notions of consciousness, identity (including Queer identity), place, memory and time-passing. Whether inspired by intricate patterns in nature that reveal themselves through mindful seeing, the movement of air (invisible except by the things it moves), or by the effects of the pine beetle, ash borer or large-scale weather phenomena, Singer's work is minimalistic, always in a thoughtful balance of colour, texture and space and his work demonstrates a process that is contemplatively ritualistic. "Throughout my practice, I have sought to characterize the natural world by unexpectedly ‘framing’ it, playing with context, and controlling the ‘organicness’ of nature to advance new ways seeing and feeling."
In 2020, he was the recipient of the RBC Arts Incubator, an artist-in-residence at Georgian Bay Islands National Park; in 2018, he was invited to speak at the Jubilee Arts International for the Diamond Jubilee of His Highness the Aga Khan in Lisbon, Portugal; and in 2012, he was a Visiting Artist at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD - Atlanta). Six of his pine needle works were purchased by Global Affairs Canada for their AWBZ Visual Arts Collections and are currently installed in Canadian embassies and official residences worldwide. His work is represented by the Headbones Gallery.
Singer’s work has been included in numerous museum and land art invitational exhibitions including: Eco-art Festival, No. 9 Gardens; Between Earth and Sky, Quest Art Gallery; On the Eighth Day, Lake Country Art Gallery; Habitat, Akasha Art Projects; Pins and Needles and Revivified, Headbones Gallery; Three Canadian Artists Reflect on the Natural World, Kean University Galleries; Summerfires, Galerie Lausberg; Aligning with Beauty, Varley Art Gallery; Pass the Buddha with Julie Oakes, Galerie Samuel Lallouz and Museum of Northern History; Cabinets of Curiosities and Tessellated Anamnesis: Patterns for Unforgetting, Canadian Clay and Glass Museum; Mobile Structures: Dialogues between Ceramics and Architecture in Canadian Art, MacKenzie Art Gallery and Surrey Art Gallery; The Edward Day Gallery's Kiwi Sculpture Garden Project (2006-09); The Shore/Lines Project: Responding to Place, MacLaren Art Centre; and Second Nature, Fish Tank Gallery. Singer is grateful to the visionary curators who have championed his work, including Linda Dennis, Virginia Eichhorn, Timothy Long, Julie Oakes, and Mary Sue Rankin.