My Painting Practice; Classical - Contemporary Fusion

For more than 25 years, I have been investigating figurative painting and it’s concerns with identity and recognition. The character of my work expands upon the idea of the body, with overlapping relationships of intense light and direct observation can build the emotional engagement. The painted figure presents an opportunity for a reciprocal relationship – between the viewer and subject – a recalling of shared experiences and associations – becoming a metaphor for personal disclosure. The portrait – like representation enhances the psychological realism and becomes a window or a mirror that bridges both the private and public worlds. I continue to investigate these notions through my personal style of realism and representational imagery. I search for a visual language that offers alternatives to the painting tradition and a new reading of portraiture.

Education

1982-86   Bachelor of Fine Arts, Concordia University, Montreal, QC
1986-89   Diploma in Graphic Design Dawson College, Montreal, QC

Solo Exhibitions

2020   Archivist, Erga Gallery, Montreal, QC
2015  Recent Works, Artist’s Studio, Montreal, QC
2013  Recent Works, Artist’s Studio, Montreal, QC
2012  Recent Works, Artist’s Studio, Montreal, QC
2009  Recent Works, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, QC
2007  Recent Works, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, QC
2003  Recent Works, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, QC

Group Exhibitions

2019 
  • Face to Face, BEAUX-ARTS DES AMÉRIQUES, Montreal, QC
2017 
  • Heads, Centre d’art E.K. Voland, Montreal, QC
2015 
  • Poetry Unspoken, BEAUX-ARTS DES AMÉRIQUES, Montreal, QC
  • Small Works, Arts Monaro, Montreal, QC
2009 
  • Art 2009, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, QC
2008 
  • Palmbeach 3, West Palm Beach, FL
  • Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, ON
2007 
  • Palmbeach 3, West Palm Beach, FL
  • Art 2007, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, QC
  • Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, ON
2006 
  • Art 2006, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, QC
  • Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, ON
2005 
  • Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, ON
  • Figura, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, QC
  • Chicago Contemporary and Classic, Chicago, IL
  • Art 2005, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, QC
2004 
  • Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, ON
  • Art 2004, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, QC
2003 
  • Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, ON
  • Art 2003, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, QC
2002 
  • Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, ON
  • Art2002, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, QC
  • The Human Figure, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, QC
2001 
  • Made in Canada, Burke Gallery, State University of New York, Plattsburgh, NY
  • Contemporary Still Life, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, QC
2000  
  • Group show, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, QC

Related Experience

1989  Assistant to Françoise Sullivan for 1% project, Concordia University, Montreal, QC

Articles

-KOZINSKA, Dorota, “Donna Shvil, Into the Light”, Vie des Arts (English Edition), Montreal, no. 217, vol. LIII, winter 2009-2010, p. cover, 14-15

-KOZINSKA, Dorota, “Donna Shvil, Light Falls”, Vie des Arts, Montreal, no. 193, vol. XLVIII, winter 2003-2004, p.86-87

-STONEBERGER, Jacqueline, “MADE IN CANADA: Contemporary Art in Montréal”, Teaching Canada, Center for the Study of Canada, Plattsburgh State University, Vol 21, 2002 pp.52-54

-CAUDILL, Robin, “The best of Canada at the Plattsburgh State Art Museum”, Plattsburgh Press-Republican, Plattsburgh, NY, Nov. 29, 2001