Born:             Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1946

Education:    Ontario College of Art and Design, Honour Graduate, 1970

Member:       The Ontario Society of Artists


Solo Exhibitions

1969 - 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997,  1999, 2001, 2003, 2005,  2007 - 2012:  Circle Arts, Tobermory, Ontario
1977, 1984, 2009: TomThomson Memorial Art Gallery, Owen Sound
1977: Victoria College, University of Toronto
1986: Pagurian Gallery, Toronto
1987: University of Ottawa
1990 - 1992:  Allen Smutylo, Drawings and Prints, 1982 - 1989, touring provincial exhibition. Including: Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Rodman Hall Arts Centre, Thunder Bay Art Gallery,  Art Gallery of Peterborough, Laurentian University ArtsCentre,  Art Gallery of Brampton, Tom Thomson Art Gallery
1991, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000,  2006, 2009, 2013, 2016: Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto
1992, 1994, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2016: Thielsen Gallery, London
1994, 1995, 1999:  Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
1995, 1998: Upstairs Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba
1998:  Zwickers Gallery, Halifax, N.S.
2000:  Wallace Gallery, Calgary, Alberta (2 person )
2003:  Galerie Unikat, Hamburg, Germany
2005: University of Waterloo
2010: ‘Nomads of the Himalaya’ - Thunder Bay,  organized by the TTAG


1992: Georgian Bay Experience, Hartman, Smutylo, Bartram. film maker Robert Marchessault
1999: The Nature of Art - The Last Frontier, CBC Radio Canada, film maker Jean Lemaire


2015: The Portrait, original two-act musical, - SpringWorks,  Stratford and Roxy Theatre, Owen Sound, ON

Art Awards (partial list)

1974, 1977, 1978: First Place Award Juried Show, Tom Thomson Art Gallery
1975: Second Place Award Juried Show,  TTMAG
1977: Ontario Arts Council Editions Award, Graphex 4, Art Gallery of Brant, Brantford.
1977: Graphex 4, Purchase Award, Art Gallery of Brant, Brantford
1977 - 1984: Over 20 Collector’s Choice Awards,  Image, Exhibitions, Ontario Society of Artists, Toronto
1981: Best Print Award, Image’81, Ontario Society of Artists
1993: Sponsor’s Award, Sapporo International Print Biennale, Sapporo, Japan

Writing Awards

2007: Best Travel / Adventure Book, Banff Film and Book Festival
2013: Nominated The Governor General’s Literary Award, Non-Fiction
2013: Shortlisted Best Travel/Adventure Book Banff Mt. Festival
2013: Shortlisted The Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction

Book Reviews

The Globe and Mail,
June 2, 2007

“… a profound and poignant meditation on the connection between landscape and culture. …Required Reading.”


The Edmonton Journal, July 8, 2007

"This is a stunningly beautiful book, passionately written and richly illustrated." 


The Winnipeg Free Press, June 3, 2007

Smutylo is inspired by nature but wants to do more than make a photographic record of what he sees. He seeks to capture the multi-sensory and extra-sensory experience of life with the Kharnakpa (nomads)… Smutylo uses a quote from Marcel Proust to suggest why his artistic career has taken him all over the world: ‘The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes.’ His gift to his readers and viewers of his artwork is to lend them those new eyes.” 

The Ottawa Citizen,
August 12, 2007

“In his mixed media, (consisting of watercolours, etchings, writings, textiles) Smutylo aims to evoke “the land memory” of the Kharnakpa and the world. And they do. Like a palimpsest, they evoke an archeology of place and the spirit and the character of the nomads…. His artwork has the vastness and intimacy, realistic fidelity and enticing suggestiveness, dramatic movement and meditative stillness.” 

Stuart Reid, Director,
Tom Thomson Art Gallery

"Wild Places Wild Hearts creates its own category—a book that is a heartfelt account of an individual's experience, uniquely faithful to the restless soul. This book will subtly inhabit the imagination, connecting the reader with another reality, something unexpected, something authentic and potentially transforming."