Visual artist, poet, and art historian

A graduate of Ontario College of Art and University of Toronto (MA, History of Art), Carol Barbour has exhibited at galleries, books fairs, and libraries in Canada, the United States, and Europe. She has produced artist books, drawings, sculptures, paintings, and multiples. Currently she is working on a series of paintings inspired by the Tabula Cebetis and emblem books.

Poems, fiction, and essays are published by Nine Muses Poetry, Acta Victoriana, Fiddlehead, Canthius, Sein und Werden, Ekphrastic Review, Transverse JournalResources for Feminist Research, Impulse, Matriart, among others. Books are collected by the National Gallery of Canada (Art Metropole), the British Library, Museum of Modern Art (Franklin Furnace Archive-Dadabase), Artexte, the Woman’s Art Library, Goldsmiths at University of London, Virginia Commonwealth University and others.

Ongoing research involves the intersection of words and images in books and art with a particular focus on the iconography of emblem books in early modern Europe, ca. 1500-1700.  She has delivered conference papers at the Renaissance Society of America, Biblyon (Lyons, France), the Society of Emblem Studies (Nancy, France), International Medieval Congress, and the Sixteenth Century Society. Her current research project examines the influence of the Tabula Cebetis on emblem books from 1570-1670.

Solo Exhibition in 2018: Do I Know You? Alter Pieces, Paintings, and Heads.

In 2019, Carol participated in the Vienna Art Book Fair and Fanzineist, Vienna.






Artist Book, 2019.

Alter PiecesCarol Barbour: Toronto, 2019. Digital printing. 60 pages. Perfect Bound. 6 x 9″ 

Infrangible (2)

Poetry collection launched 2018.

“Infrangible” is available for purchase at Guernica Editions

Reading at Supermarket, Toronto

Review in Prairie Fire

Some poems online:

“Matera, Basilicata; Neurology; Spoke” poems at Nine Muses Poetry, ed. Annest Gwilym, online, 2018. Read

“Giovanni Paolo Lomazzo’s Self Portrait,” poem in Ekphrastic Review, ed. Lorette C. Luzajic, Toronto, online journal, 2016. Read

“Finding without Looking,” poem in Canthius, Clare Farley and Cira Nickel. Read