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Lila Lewis Irving

Lila Lewis Irving born in New York City has embraced abstraction as a pure and personal art form. She has built a career dedicated to the rigours and rhythms of painting. Her spirited and enigmatic work is in many collections nationally and internationally.  Price Range:  $3,800 – $6,300

LILA LEWIS IRVING

BORN: New York City, USA 1935

EDUCATION:

B.A. English Literature, Brooklyn College
M.F.A. Theatre Arts, State University of Iowa
M.A. and M.F.A. Fine Art, University of Wisconsin

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES:

Ontario Society of Artists (OSA)

EXHIBITIONS: SOLO AND TWO PERSON

2018 SPLASH, Art Gallery of Hamilton, ON with Janet Hendershot
2017 LANGDON HALL, Inaugural Gallery Presentation, Cambridge, ON
2013 LEONARDO GALLERY, with Albert DeVos, Toronto, ON
2013 PEEL ART GALLERY MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES, with Doreen Renner, Brampton, ON
2012 CON SPIRITO: A Retrospective Exhibition, Art Gallery of Mississauga, ON
2008-09 Gallery at 129 Ossington, Toronto, ON with Dana Boettger Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, Toronto, ON; Burlington Cultural Centre, with Vallery Mokrytzki, Burlington, ON
2005 Leonardo Gallery, Toronto, ON
2004 Barootes, Toronto, ON, with Lucie Simons, Printmaker; “Counterpoint in Grey”; Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, ON
2003 “Profiles 4”, 3 artists, Art Gallery of Mississauga, ON; Westdale Gallery, Hamilton, ON
2000 “The Bronze Series”, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, ON
1999 “Celebration” Trias Gallery, Toronto, ON; “Celebration”, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, ON
1998 “Appassionata”, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga, ON
1997 “Lila Lewis Irving and Vivian Felsen”, Wallace Ave Gallery, Toronto, ON
1994 The Forge Studio Gallery, Terra Cotta, ON; Gallery Gabor, Toronto, ON
1989 Boedeker Gallery, Toronto, ON; The Royal Victoria Hospital Benefit Exhibition, Montreal,QC
1985 Springbank Visual Arts Centre, Mississauga, ON
1984 Milton Fine Arts Gallery, Milton,ON
1983 Goethe Institute, with Almuth Lutkenhaus, Sculptor, Ottawa,ON; Yukon Gallery, Whitehorse, Yukon Territory Fairways Gallery, with Alan Kingsland, Mississauga, ON; University of Guelph Gallery, Guelph, ON
1982 Centennial Gallery, Oakville, ON
1981 Woodblock Prints, Peel Museum and Art Gallery,Brampton,ON; “Shape and Substance”, The Little Gallery, Oakville, ON

EXHIBITIONS: GROUP
*CSPWC – Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour

2016 Small Arms Building, Multi Media Exhibition, Mississauga, ON
2016 A Bold Presence, Gallery M, Cambridge, ON
2015 Members Exhibition of Selected Works, Ontario Society of Artists, Papermill Gallery, Todmorden Mills, Toronto, ON
2015 Aird Gallery Thirty Years, Aird Gallery, Toronto, ON
2014 Step Back Look Forward, 35 years of Art Making at Visual Arts Mississauga, Peel Art Gallery, Brampton, ON
2013 Out of Bounds, Eight Non-Objective Artists, Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery, Toronto, ON;
2013 Gallery M, OPENING Group Exhibition, Cambridge, ON
2012 Yorkminster Park Gallery, The First Five Years ( 2007-2012), Toronto, ON
2012 OSA, 140th Anniversary Exhibition, Aurora Cultural Centre, Aurora,ON
2012 OSA Exhibition, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, ON
2010 “Being in Time: OSA, Gallery Stratford, Stratford, ON
2007 Carol Finn Gallery, Minden, ON; Gallerie Gillygooly, North Hatley,QC, with Arts Mana; Le Musee Regional de Vaudreuil-Soulanges, QC, with Arts Mana
2006 “Inner Essence”, Traveling Exhibition, CSPWC*: Point Claire, QC, Grand Prairie, AB, Edmonton, AB; Unionville, ON; “Selections from the Permanent Collection”, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga, ON; The Elephant Barn Group Exhibition, Georgeville, QC; Tchai Art Show, Toronto Caring Hands Artists’ Initiative The Papermill Gallery, Todmorden Mills Museum, Toronto, ON; “All that Passion”, with Continuum, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, ON
2005 “Unlimited Potential”, 150th Birthday Celebration, CSPWC*, Homer Watson House and Gallery, Kitchener, ON; Collection; Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga ON; Gallery Streetsville, Streetsville, ON; Galeria Carrion Vivar, Bogota, Columbia; “Portrait: Who and What You Are”; OSA Exhibition, The Varley Gallery,Unionville, ON; CSPWC*, The Roberts Gallery, Toronto, ON
2004 Continuum og. The School of Ideas Gallery, Welland,ON; “Celebrating Ten Years of Excellence”, Arts Awards 1994-2004, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga, ON
2003 “About Portraiture”, John B. Aird Gallery,Toronto,ON; “On the Move”, Continuum og. Wagner Rosenbaum Gallery, Toronto, ON; Tenth Anniversary Exhibition, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, ON; “Go Figure”, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, ON; “Mostly Miniatures”,Gallery House Sol, Georgetown, ON
2002 50th Anniversary Exhibition, Colour and Form Society, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga, ON
2001 “Art Toronto 2001”, Toronto International Art Fair, Metro Convention Centre, Toronto, ON; “Evidence of Things Unseen”, 3rd Annual National Exhibition, Tyndale College and Seminary, Toronto,ON; Continuum og Exhibition, Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery, Toronto Colour and Form Society Members’ Exhibition, Living Arts Centre, Mississauga, ON
2000 “About Face”, Portrait Exhibition with Peter Locke, Ted Kromolc, and Heater Grindley, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, ON; “Perspectives 2000” Exhibition by Women Artists. Pratt & Whitney, Canada, Living Arts Centre, Mississauga, ON; “Floral 2000”. The Millennium in Japan, Awaiji Island, Japan; “Into Body”, Figurative Works of the OSA, The Fredrick Horsman Varley Art Gallery of Markham, Unionville, ON; “Drawing 2000”, John B.Aird Gallery, Toronto, ON; 23rd Annual Juried Show of Fine Arts, Visual Arts Mississauga,ON; Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga, ON; “A Brush with History”, Works of the CSPWC*, Art Gallery of Mississauga, ON
1999 “Contemporary Abstraction Selected from the Permanent Collection”, The Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga, ON; OSA 125th Annual Open Juried Exhibition, John B. Aird “Countdown to the Millennium”, Society of Canadian Artists 32nd Annual Exhibition, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto. ON; “Portrait Artists”, Gallery in the Garden, Sherway Gardens Shopping Centre, Toronto, ON; “Perspectives 99” Juried Art Exibition of Female Artists, Sponsored by Pratt and Whitney Canada, for Interim Place, Mississauga and Women’s Habitat, Etobicoke, ON; Colour and Form Society 47th Annual Open Juried Exhibition, Etobicoke Civic Centre, Toronto, ON
1998 31st Annual Juried Show, SCA, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, ON; “A Statement of Self”, Selected Works of the SCA, The Frederick Horsman Varley Art Gallery, Unionville, ON; “Borderlines”, Contemporary Drawings from Mississauga, Kariya Art Museum, Kariya, Japan; “Perspectives 98”, Juried Art Exhibition of Female Artists, sponsored by Pratt and Whitney, Canada, for Interim Place, Mississauga and Women’s Habitat, Etobicoke, ON; “Continuum o.g.” John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, ON
1997 “Pearl”, 30th Annual Exhibition, SCA, John B.Aird Gallery, Toronto, ON; “Image 97”,Open Juried Exhibition, OSA, Art Gallery of Mississauga, ON; 125th Anniversary Juried Members Exhibition, OSA, (Traveling Exhibition), Opening at John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, ON; “Perspectives 97” Juried Art Exhibition of Female Artists, Sponsored by Pratt and Witney, Canada, for Interim Place and Women’s Habitat, Ontario; Arts Etobicoke 7th Annual Juried Art Sow, Etobicoke City Hall, Toronto, ON; 47th Annual Open Juried Show, CFS ( Colour and Form Society), Etobicoke City Hall, Toronto, ON
1996 Juried Exhibition of Artists from Mississauga, Kariya, Japan; 23rd Annual Juried Show of Fine Arts, Art Gallery of Peel, Brampton, ON; “Quintessence”, Five Person Show, John B. Aird Gallery,Toronto, ON; “Ten Years-Ten Works”, Joint Art Societies Show, with OSA,Tenth Anniversary Retrospective, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto,ON; 29th Annual Open Juries Show, SCA, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto,ON; 44th Annual Open Juried Sow, CFS, Etobicoke City Hall, Toronto, ON; Visual Arts Mississauga, 19th Annual Juried Sow of Fine Art, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga, ON; Etobicoke Art Group Annual Juried Show, Etobicoke City Hall, Toronto, ON
1995 “Origins”, Colour and Form Society (CFS) Juried Members’ Show, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga, ON; 43rd Annual Open Juried Show, CFS, Toronto, ON; “Encore”, The Gallery at Fairways, Mississauga, ON; 22nd Annual Juried Show of Fine Arts, Art Gallery of Peel, Brampton, ON; “Celebration”, 123rd Annual Members’ Exhibition, OSA, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, ON; “Global Concept”, OSA, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, ON
1994 42nd Annual Juried Show, Colour and Form Society,Toronto, ON; “Maritime Painting, Juried Exhibition, The Arts and Letters Club, Toronto, ON
1993 Alumni Show, Santa Fe Institute of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM; 41st Annual Juried Show,Colour and Form Society, Toronto,ON; SCA Annual Juried Art Show, Toronto, ON; Arts and Letters Club Exhibition, in conjunction with The National Ballet of Canada, O’Keefe Centre, Toronto, ON
1992 Alumni Show, Santa Fe Institute of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM
1991 “International Waters”, Juried Joint Watercolour Exhibition: The American Watercolor Society,The British Watercolour Society and The Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour. Toured Canada, US and Britain, 1991-1993 39th Annual Juried, CFS, Toronto, ON; “Oakville Group” Exhibit, The Art Gallery of Peel, Brampton, ON
1990 Juried Exhibition, SCA, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, ON; 38th Annual Juried Show, Colour and Form Society, Toronto, ON; “Figure in the Landscape”, OSA Members Exhibition, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, ON; Toronto Watercolour Society, Toronto, ON; Five Person Show, The Whitman Gallery, Toronto,ON
1989 Toronto Watercolour Society, Annual Spring Juries Show, Toronto 37th Annual Open Juried Show, CFS, Toronto, ON; Colour and Form Society Exhibition, Civic Centre Art Gallery, Mississauga, ON; CFS Show, Campbell House, Georgetown, ON; 16th Annual Show of Fine Arts, Regional Municipality of Peel Art Gallery, Brampton, ON; 19th Annual Juried Art Show, Arts Etobicoke, Etobicoke City Hall Toronto, ON; 5th Annual Fall Juried Show, Toronto Watercolour Society, Toronto, ON; 21st Annual Juried Exhibition, Burlington Fine Arts Association, Burlington Cultural Centre, Burlington, ON; Oakville-Neyagawa Art Exchange, Neyagawa, Japan 37th Annual Aviva Art Show, Toronto, ON
1988-1975 Numerous Group Exhibitions: CSPWC*, OSA, Toronto Watercolour Society, Visual Arts Mississauga, Colour and Form Society, Peel Museum and Art Gallery, Burlington Cultural Centre

AWARDS:

2013 Artist of Distinction, from the Art Gallery of Mississauga
1999 SCA, “Countdown to the Millennium”, Honourable Mention
1998 Mississauga Visual Artist of the Year, Mississauga Arts Council
1996 SCA, Jurors” Award Colour and Form Society, Honorable Mention
1995 Jurors Award, Etobicoke Art Group
1990 Best Personal Expression, 6th Annual Fall Exhibition,TWS Honourable Mention, 10th Annual Juried Art Show, Arts Etobicoke
1989 Honorable Mention,Annual Spring Juried Show, TWS Honourable Mention, 19th Annual Juried Arts Show, Arts Etobicoke Best Landscape, 5th Annual Fal lJuried Show, TWS Woolfitts Art Enterprises Award, 37th Annual Juried Exhibition, CFS Prize Winner, 16th Annual Juried Show of Fine Arts, Brampton, On
1988 Honourable Mention, Spring Juried Art Show, TWS Best Mixed Media, 8th Annual Juried Art Show, Arts Etobicoke Merit Award, 63rd Annual Open Juried Exhibition, CSPWC* Best Marine Painting, 4th Annual Juried Fall Show, TWS Honourable Mention, 11th Juried Exhibition of Fine Arts, Visual Art Mississauga
1987 2nd Award, Credit Valley Hospital Juried Art Show, Mississauga Award Winner, Peel Art Gallery, Brampton, On
1986 Best in Show, TWS Award for Excellence in Watercolour, TWS Honourable Mention, TWS
1985 2nd Award in Watercolour, Visual Art Mississauga

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS:

Art Gallery of Mississauga ( two works)
Northern Regions Centre, Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
The Diploma Collection of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, Peel Gallery,Brampton, On atiof Educ
Peel Board of Education, Mississauga, ON
Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto, ON
Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, ON
Office of the Mayor, Ponta Delgada, San Miquel Island, Azores

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS:

AT & T Capital Canada
Keanall, Mississauga, ON
Congress Financial, Toronto, ON
Alex Chapman Design, Ltd, Toronto, ON
Canaccord Capital Corporation
Turkey Marketing Board
Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd. (Weissbaden, Germany and Luxembourg)
Arthur Andersen Consulting, Toronto, ON
Marathon Realty, Toronto, ON
British Bank Note, Toronto, ON
Public Accountants Council of Ontario, Toronto, ON
Mckenna Gale Capital Management, Toronto, ON
Blue Top Developments, Toronto, ON
McCarney, Greenwood and Vottero, Accountants, Toronto, ON
Commerzbank, Toronto, ON
Nissan Canada, Toronto, ON
Zurich insurance, Toronto Zurich Insurance, Toronto, ON
Valenart Fine Art Consulting, Toronto, ON
Prime Computer of Canada, Toronto, ON
Nippondenso Canada Ltd. Toronto, ON
Standard Trust, Toronto, ON
North American Life, Toronto, ON
IBM Toronto, ON
Nesbitt Burns, Toronto, ON
Farnham Seaton Accountants, Mississauga, ON
Chubb Insurance, TorontoMidland Walwyn Capital Inc, Toronto, ON
Pharmacia, Mississauga, ON
AT& T, Toronto, ON
Noranda Art Continuous Lease Project ( 1996-97)
Ryder Trucks
Torstar Corporation BRI, Mississauga, ON

TEACHING:

Georgian Bay School of the Arts
Haliburton School of Art
Loyalist College Summer Arts Program
Southhampton Summer Art School
The Elephant Barn School,Georgeville, QC
The Chalet School of Art
Koffler Gallery, School of Visual Art
Central Ontario Art Association, Geneva Park, Orillia, ON
Toronto Watercolour Society
Clarkson School of Artists
Rivercrest Gallery, Streetsville, ON
WillowdalepEditvale Group, Toronto
Visual Arts Mississauga
Bridgewater Retreat, Actinolite, ON
Currys Art School.Mississauga
Port Credit School of Art
The Pumphouse Gallery, Niagara-on-the Lake, ON
Art School,Magog. QC

GALLERIES: ( past and present}

Abbozzo Gallery,Toronto, ON
Harbour Gallery, Mississauga, ON
Leonardo Gallery, Toronto, ON
Westdale Gallery, Hamilton, On
Streetsville Gallery, Streetsville, ON
Trias Gallery, Toronto, ON
Boedeker Gallery, Toronto, ON
Upper Gallery, Toronto, ON
Wall Gallery, Toronto, ON
Arttrax, Mississauga, ON
Scrimshaw Gallery, Oakville, ON
The Little Gallery, Oakville, ON
Gallery 133, Toronto, ON

PUBLICATIONS:

2012 Appassionata, by Lila Lewis Irving, published in conjunction with Retrospective Exhibition, The Art Gallery of Mississauga
2007 Photo, Toronto Star,October 16, 2007
2005 ‘Art Appreciation: Looking at Painting” by Ken Forsyth, STIR media magazine, Ninth Edition
2004 “Lila Lewis Irving: Cataclysmic”. Interview by Birgit Moenke. STIR magazine, Sixth Edition
1997 OSA Catalogue, 125th Anniversary Traveling Juried Exhibition
1994 “Discovery Through Design, An Introduction to Art and Design”, Sixth Edition, by Marjorie Elliott Bevlin, Harcourt Brace. (1994) Plate 1, page 207

OF SPECIAL NOTE:

2015 NEXT: Arts and Letters Club, Toronto, Ontario. Exhibition opened by The Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, October 23, 2015
2005 Southern Ontario Chamber Music Institute: Painting Performance on stage to accompany Premier Performance of “The Pull”, a String Trio by Abigail Richardson. Willis Hall, Appleby College, Oakville, ON
2001 Professional Development Lecture Series: Painting Performance accompanied by String Quartet, Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, ON
2000 Cover Painting,Mississauga Arts Council Annual Report Collection of Woodcut Prints, The Land and People of Old Crow, Yukon, in the archives of Old Crow
1996 Visual Arts Ontario, Materials Assistance Grant
1991 Helen Frankenthaler Workshop, 12 students accepted
1982 Visual Arts Ontario, Materials Assistance Grant

“My painting is an energetic and intense process which results in work, deeply felt. The impetus is a response to a visual, an emotional or a musical world, or all three. The shapes are bold and simplified.

Non objective works centre on surface images of reinterpreted inner experiences. In my work I seek the resonance of music in reaching for the primordial soul. A universal rhythm is expressed through texture and sometimes through reflective metallic paint surfaces manipulated with implements beyond the brushstroke.

Beneath the surface lies an inspiration from myth and music.

The canvas is placed on the floor. The paint is poured or thrown, sometimes manipulated, sometimes not.

The hard part is knowing when to stop.

Although many of my paintings are non objective, I have always been interested in the figurative. Many years were spent drawing and painting from the model. Now I am abandoning the model in order to be more expressive, emphasizing feeling, intuition and relationships. Convincing but not accurate.

What is exciting now is that I am combining my love of the figurative with my knowledge and passion for the non objective. These works are large and heavily textured with thick paint and gels. They are sculptural works on canvas, bold, dramatic and emotional.”

Lila Lewis Irving