STATEMENT

I am a visual artist currently residing in Milton, Ontario. Over the past decade my evolving artistic journey of exploration and learning has directed me from the security and comfort of my representational watercolours with their recognizable form and structure to the surrender required for a more graphic and spontaneous style of non-objective art. For me, the expressive style of abstract art provokes inquiry and personal observation; it is exciting and compelling. 

I do not restrain myself to one particular style and likewise I am not restrained by a singular perception. Change is a constant in my work. The first stroke of colour directs the next and for every action there is a reaction.  This guides my technique and as an artist I follow that momentum.  

Whether it is abstracted-realism or non-objective, my work may allude to something recognizable but usually, it simply forms the underpinnings for the viewers’ own interpretation.  Often, I use the remnants of an unfinished painting as the groundwork for further exploration.  Integrating the existing surface with a spontaneous colour palette and intuitive mark making, leads towards an artistic conversation that begins tentatively and concludes with conviction. My working relationship with the paint and a canvas determines whether there should be more paint, more detail, or, when the painting simply communicates completion.

I am enamoured by colour, form and texture. The way I choose to utilize these techniques and the subject matter they depict, will constantly change, but it is change that leads me to new artistic exploration. 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS 

Elected Member of   

  • The Society of Canadian Artists   SCA

  • Colour and Form Society   CFS

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

SOCIETY OF CANADIAN ARTISTS

  • 2020 Elected Members Juried Online Exhibition - July 4 to September 6   https://societyofcanadianartists.com/exhibition-galleries/

  • 41st Open National Juried Exhibition, 2009, Todmorden Mills – Papermill Gallery, Toronto,

  • 44th Open National Juried Exhibition, 2012, Todmorden Mills – Papermill Gallery, Toronto.

  • 49th International Open Juried Exhibition, 2017, Todmorden Mills – Papermill Gallery, Toronto.

  • 50th International Open Juried Exhibition, 2018, Todmorden Mills – Papermill Gallery, Toronto.

ONTARIO SOCIETY OF ARTISTS

  • 139th Open Juried Exhibition, 2012, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto.

COLOUR AND FORM SOCIETY

  • CFS Annual Open Juried Exhibitions, 2008 – 2019,  Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery, Toronto.

  • CFS 2X2 Show – 2017, Red Door Gallery, Georgetown.

  • CFS Canadian Landmarks, 2012, Joseph Carrier Gallery, Toronto.

  • CFS Canadian Landmarks II, 2017, Holcim Gallery, Milton.

FINE ARTS SOCIETY OF MILTON

  • Open Juried Art Exhibition, 2013, 2014, Holcim Gallery, Milton.

  • Annual Studio Tour, 2008 - 2016

ARTWORKS OAKVILLE

  • Annual Juried Show, 2013, 2016, 2018,  

JOURNEY - a 10 year retrospective

  • Solo Show, 2014 - St. Vladimir Institute, Toronto

TABLES OF CONTENT

  • Solo Show, 2014 - Saugeen Showcase, Brockton

EXPRESSIONS IN ART

  • Group Show, 2006 – 2017 - St. Volodymyr Cultural Centre, Oakville,

 ©  Lesia Shipowick 2020 

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