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 the Poetry Super Highway, Nine Muses Poetry, Fiddlehead, Canthius, Sein und Werden, The Toronto Quarterly, Ekphrastic Review, Transverse, Resources 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. She is currently working on a manuscript titled “Emblematic Transmission: Tracking the Migration of Metaphor.”

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.







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:

“Manitoulin Sediment” at Poetry Super Highway, ed Rick Lupert, online, 2018. Read

“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