Seven Views Art Exhibition | Group Exhibition

Seven Views Art Exhibition

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April 19th – May 29th, 2016

Vernissage: Tuesday April 19th, 2016, 6-8 p.m.

347 Preston Street,
Ottawa, Ontario

The Ottawa School of Art is proud to present the work of Diploma Students:

Andie C., Lilia Carranza-Faulkner, Farida El-Houseiny, Assel El-Rayes, Mary Ann Penashue, Dax La Fort, & Joshua Sullivan

In this Seven Views Art Exhibition the one thing in common that the seven artists share is that they are all completing the Fine Art Diploma program at the Ottawa School of Art this year. They all share similar objectives, that being to finish these studies and move with recognition into the next phase of life in the Arts community. The more subtle element here however, is how the diverse geographies, ethnicity, ages, and life experiences have shaped these artists and guided their development. We get to be voyeurs and speculators, as we study what each artist presents and it is a diverse set of works indeed.

 

Following is a brief synopsis introducing each of the artists:

 

Andie C. is a visual artist born and raised in Ottawa, whose work is primarily illustrative through drawing and painting. She draws inspiration from forensic and medical science, anatomy, and fairy tales. Her intent is to explore the pairing of the grotesque with the aesthetic and the whimsical. She has had a solo show at the Lee Matasi gallery, and participated in a duo show at Nuit Blanche Ottawa in 2015. Andie C. hopes to continue studying art, improving her work technically and conceptually.

Lilia Carranza-Faulkner was born in Lima, Peru and has spent 25 years living in Ottawa with her husband and two daughters. Lilia’s work tends to focus on the landscape but of an impressionist nature, and she is exploring different materials and techniques but works mostly in acrylic on canvas. She also expends a great deal of energy in activities of a curatorial nature often working with artists from a number of Latin American countries.

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Farida El-Houseiny spent her childhood in Dubai and her high school years in Egypt before moving to Canada. Farida is a mixed media artist who draws upon everyday life experience, objects, shapes, and colours in nature to create her own unique type of abstract expressionism art. She is currently working on a series of abstract works from which the pieces in this exhibition have been selected.

 

Assel El-Rayes is a Canadian artist and she presents a unique talent in both abstract and semi- abstract art expressions. Her oil and acrylic paintings have a hypnotic effect, and sometimes her images contain an element of surrealism in them. Assel uses anthropomorphic symbols and archaeological elements that suggest places and spaces in time. In November 27, 2014, Assel was awarded The Lillian Raport Memorial scholarship in recognition of artistic achievement and expression of life through the visual arts. A year later Assel has received a membership prize by the AOE Arts Council.

 

Mary Ann Penashue was born in Goose Bay, NFLD and raised in a small village called Mud Lake by her grandparents who taught her Innu culture and to work hard for things she believes in. Mary Ann calls Sheshatshiu, Newfoundland and Labrador her home and she has four children as well as six grandchildren. Working with oils, she paints often paints portraits of elders from her own and other Innu communities. In 2007 the NFLD Arts Council recognized Mary Ann as “Emerging Visual Artist of the Year”. She has exhibited her work in Labrador, Quebec and at the international Circum-Artic Art Show at Reykjavik, Iceland in October of 2015. In

2015 was awarded the Lillian Raport Memorial Scholarship in recognition of artistic achievement and expression of life through the visual arts. Her work also includes acrylic painting, printing, and photography.

 

Dax La Fort, born and raised in Ottawa, studied Graphic design in Pensacola Florida in 2010 returning to Ottawa in 2012 to focus her education on Fine Arts. She is currently completing her final year at the Ottawa School of Art. Not only does she express herself but she endeavours to bring attention to the social issues of our day. She often uses oil paint to create gorgeous flows of colours and emotions though her style varies from realistic to expressionistic. Her goal with each piece of art remains the same and that is to evoke an emotion, connect to, and speak to others through art. Most of her work tells a story or represents current social issues whether it is local or international and she likes to create powerful works in order to get

reactions from the audience, whether it be positive or negative. In March 2014 she received The Wallacks Art Supplies Scholarship. Delphine has displayed her work at

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the Winterlude, Ottawa’s Nuit Blanche 2015 and Ottawa’s prestigious Holt Renfrew

chain of stores.

Joshua Sullivan grew up in Gatineau, QC, attended Heritage College, and is currently a student at the Ottawa school of art. He has been described as a spirit

that wanders the world, in constant search of something better to search for. He is a multimedia artist and blends imagination and humour in his works. The subject matter is often that of long dead people and the eventuality of death. He offsets

these subjects with his own particular humour employing strange figures and creating many of the pieces with a childlike handling of the materials. Both humour and imagination are evident in the photo lifts he has contributed for this exhibition.

 

These distinctly unique people offer, in The Seven Views Exhibit, a body of work that gives some insight into the paths each has taken to arrive at this point in time, and may provide some hints as to where they may move in the future as they pursue their careers in the Arts.

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Andie C.

Artist Biography

Andie C. is a visual artist born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. She began studying visual arts at the Ottawa School of Art in 2013. She has had a solo show at the Lee Matasi gallery, and participated in a duo show at Nuit Blanche Ottawa 2015. After graduation from OSA in spring 2016, Andie hopes to continue studying and improving her own art, technically and conceptually.

Artist Statement:

My work is primarily illustrative; drawing and painting, and I’ve recently begun incorporating those drawings into shadow box installations, with the use of mixed media such as ink, watercolour, charcoal, and glitter.

Inspirations include forensic and medical science, anatomy, and fairy tales. The figures I draw are often deformed, with severed limbs, in stages of emaciation and/or bloating, with exaggerated musculature. The intent is to explore the pairing

of the grotesque with the aesthetic and the whimsical.

My creative process is often intuitive, working with ideas as they come to me. Drawings will begin with one or two elements, and slowly develop over the course

of days or weeks. However, my work largely comes from the same concepts of

temporality, nostalgia, obsessions, and psychological conflicts.

Curriculum Vitae

Education:

  • Ottawa School of Art 2013-current

Experience/shows:

  • 2015 Duo exhibition, Nuit Blanche at OSA, Ottawa, ON
  • 2015 Solo exhibition, Lee Matasi Gallery, Ottawa, ON

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Lilia Carranza-Faulkner

Artist Biography

Lilia Carranza-Faulkner was born in Lima, Peru and where she spent the early part of her life. She then spent a number of years in Louisiana where she met her

husband and then settled in Ottawa.

While always having an interest in art she did not set out to be an artist or to create artwork. Everything started when she decided to work with art as an organizer of art events. The artist who encouraged her to organize art events also encouraged her to explore painting and ultimately this involvement led her to the Ottawa School of Art

Lilia’s work tends to focus on landscape but of an impressionist nature, and she is exploring different materials and techniques. Beauty in the natural environment captures her attention and she tries to express this enthusiasm through the use of vivid colours. Lilia has always been drawn to the works of Claude Monet, Vincent

Van Gogh, and Tom Thompson, but the list of artists she admires goes far beyond these few.

Her current activities are primarily curatorial in nature, completing her Certificate at the Ottawa School of Art, and increasing her awareness of materials, techniques,

and methods in the creative process.

 

Artist Statement

My work, regardless which visual art I work in, is generally of an abstract nature as opposed to the concept of figurative art. Inspired by the scenes and colours of

nature I use a chromatic range of complimentary colours in a delicate manner, giving an amalgam of materials that align and coexist in the same format. Canvas is

enhanced with the textures of fabrics and gesso, overlaid with the images of acrylic, using brushes, and the palette knife.

Acrylic shades are pasted to reveal their formal pictorial concept, which goes beyond a simple linear composition, where the colour components are governed by a figurative structure. The viewer is, I hope, left with the feeling of an aerial landscape encoded in a structure that is revealed with soft and high tones creating

an optical effect that coexists with its abstract tendency.

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Curriculum Vitae

Education:

 

  • 2011-2016 – currently completing studies at the Ottawa School of Art (OSA) Fine Arts Diploma program, Ottawa, Ontario

 

  • 1989 – 1992 Business Administration and English, Carleton University, Ottawa Ontario

 

  • 1986 – 1988 Accounting, Finance, and Business Administration, New

Orleans, LA – U.S.A. Experience/shows:

  • Solo Exhibition (Sculpture) – Lee Matasi Gallery Ottawa, ON- Canada

February- 2016

  • Group Exhibition (Painting) –Lee Matasi Gallery Ottawa, ON- Canada

January – 2015

Certificates of Recognition:

  • The Government of Ontario – Toronto 2015 – PanAm & ParaPanAm.
  • The people of York Centre & Government of Canada. Toronto 2015 – PanAm

& ParaPanAm.

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Farida El-Houseiny

Artist Biography

Farida El-Houseiny spent her childhood in Dubai and her high school years in Egypt before moving to Canada in 2012. Her passion for art started in her early years with the influence of her artistic family. Farida is a mixed media artist who draws upon everyday life experience, objects, shapes, and colours in nature to create her own unique type of abstract expressionism art.

She is currently working on a series of abstract works from which the pieces in this exhibition have been selected.

Farida is currently in her third year, completing the three year Fine Arts Diploma program at the Ottawa School of Art.

Artist Statement

“Art is full of imagination and is a very bright deep language… I deliberately choose bright colours to show the viewer unconditional love expressed in a visual form.”

Farida El-Houseiny

 

“Being shy is difficult and sometimes it’s kind of hard to speak up; Words difficult

to express can be portrayed through paintings.”

My work is a dreamy painting with nature and fanciful beings. Life and what is created in it inspires me, I express different emotions on a canvas to share with the viewer a certain feeling or energy. My paintings are artistic expressions of words, depicted in the form of colors and ‘shapes’ on the canvas as though they are forms of visual poetry.

 

Curriculum Vitae

Education:

  • 2013-2016 – currently completing studies at the Ottawa School of Art (OSA) Fine Arts Diploma program, Ottawa, Ontario
  • Summer drawing course with professor Hassan Ismail –2015

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Experience/shows:

  • Summer bazar in Alexandria, Egypt- 2015
  • Solo Exhibition – ‘Beyond Nature’ at the Lorraine Fritzi Yale Gallery in

Ottawa- 2015

  • Solo Exhibition – Open house in Ottawa -2014
  • Group Exhibition – Class work show paintings at Lee Matasi gallery in OSA, with Blair Sharpe -2014
  • Group Exhibition – Class work show displayed collection of drawings in OSA, with Mahshid Farhoudi -2013

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Assel El-Rayes

 

Artist Biography

Assel El-Rayes is a Canadian artist and she presents a unique talent in both abstract and semi- abstract art expressions.

Her oil and acrylic paintings have a hypnotic effect, and sometimes her images contain some sort of surrealism in them. Assel uses anthropomorphic symbols and archaeological elements that suggest places and spaces in time.

Assel’s strong passion and unique talent in art were observed from her early

childhood, leading her to enroll in the Diploma Program at Ottawa School of Art.

In November, 2014, Assel was awarded The Lillian Raport Memorial scholarship in recognition of artistic achievement and expression of life through the visual arts. A year later Assel has received a membership prize from the AOE Arts Council.

Artist Statement

“Soul mates; It’s extremely rare, but it exists. It’s sort of like twin souls tuned into each other.” What Dreams May Come ~ Movie.

Love, Twin flame, Twin Soul and nature, were my inspiration in this body of work;

imagining, capturing and turning into colors how it would look like when soulmates meet and walk away from one another.

Using acrylic paints on canvas and the palette knife; I was working in the moment and allowing myself to be expressive, tuning warm and cool colors together, while

they come from different worlds; they meet and fill their space with harmony peace passion and dynamic energy.

Curriculum Vitae

Education:

  • Student at the Ottawa School of Art- Fine Art Diploma Program- Third Year.

2015-2016.

  • Diploma in freelance writer program, December (2013), ICS Canada, Ottawa

ON.

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  • Bachelor of Arts in Arabic Literature, 1990- 1994, University of Damascus. (Damascus, Syria.)

Awards:

  • The Lillian Raport Memorial scholarship in recognition of artistic achievement and expression of life through the visual arts.
  • In November 26, 2015 Assel has received a membership prize by the AOE Arts Council, as her painting “Behind Bars” was picked as the best of show, in the Holidays’ fundraiser Art show At the Ottawa School of Art

Experience/shows:

  • Contributed to the Palestinian collection in Imago Mundi Project, Italy, March,2016
  • Solo show “Inner Peace Reflections”, Lee Matasi Gallery Ottawa, ON, Canada,

February, 2016

  • Group show- There’s Room- Gallery 101- Ottawa, ON- Canada

Jan-2016

  • Group show The Palestinian Collection in the Imago Mundi, Italy, January,

2016

  • Displayed at the Prime Corp, Ottawa, ON- Canada, December, 2015
  • Group Presentation at the Ottawa Art Gallery, November, 2015
  • Artwork for stores’ windows at Kanata Centrum, October, 2015
  • Nuit Blanche-(Live painting) Ottawa School of Art, Ottawa, ON- Canada, September 2015
  • The Palestinian Festival, Ottawa, ON- Canada, August, 2015
  • Group show (Drawing on location) Lee Matasi Gallery, Ottawa, ON- Canada, July, 2015
  • Group show (Sculpture) Lee Matasi Gallery, Ottawa, ON- Canada, April, 2015
  • Group show (Painting) Lee Matasi Gallery, Ottawa, ON- Canada, January 21 to

February 04, 2015

  • Displayed at the Prime Corp., Ottawa, ON- Canada, April, 2015
  • OSCA Windsor Park Art Show, Ottawa, ON- Canada, 2012- 2013
  • Making handmade cards, Ottawa, ON- Canada, 2009-2012

 

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  • Painting in oil and acrylics, Ottawa, ON- Canada, 2009-2015
  • Drawing illustrations in Black ink, 2001-2012
  • Working on a diary that has the title “Thoughts without Words”; using the

doting method in black ink, ongoing project.

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Mary Ann Penashue

Artist Biography

Mary Ann was born in near Goose Bay, NFLD and raised in a small village called Mud Lake by her grandparents who taught her Innu culture and to work hard for things she believes in. Presently, Mary Ann calls Sheshatshiu, Newfoundland and Labrador her home and she has four children as well as six grandchildren.

Mary Ann has painted since 1995. Working with oils, she chose to paint images of her grandparents; especially their faces because she found it particularly difficult and it pushed her to improve her skills as an artist. She soon found herself painting

more elders from her own community and from other Innu communities.

In 2007 the NFLD Arts Council recognized Mary Ann as “Emerging Visual Artist of the Year”. She has exhibited her work in Labrador, Quebec and at the international Circum-Artic Art Show at Reykjavik, Iceland in October of 2015. She also exhibited at Fritzi Gallery from January to February of 2016. Currently, Ms. Penashue is

completing her third and final year of the Fine Art Diploma program, at Ottawa

School of Art where she has been awarded the Lillian Raport Memorial Scholarship,

2015, in recognition of artistic achievement and expression of life through the visual arts. Her work also includes acrylic painting, printing, and photography.

 

“I paint people doing traditional work from the past because it brings ‘My Culture’ to life. I’m looking forward to returning to Sheshatshiu, to focus on my art and explore the new skills and inspirations I’ve captured here at the Ottawa School of Art”.          Mary Ann Penashue, Artist

 

Artist Statement:

Painting is my passion it allows me to stay connected to my Innu culture and to the people who had passed on. The materials I use are old photographs and personal photographs, drawings, prints and acrylic paints on canvas. The paintings I create are a reflection of what is a part of me. Keeping my culture alive through the paintings I do is an honour for me, being able to bring my past to my children, to their children and to my community.

 

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Curriculum Vitae

 

Education:

  • 2011 – Enrolled in the Ottawa School of Art, three year Fine Art Diploma program.
  • 2009 – Further attended English Studies program at College of North

Atlantic.

  • 2000 – Attended College of North Atlantic (ABE) to study English and math.

Achieved grade twelve.

  • 1997 – 1998 – Studied Travel and Tourism at Compu College School of

Business, St John’s, NL. Program completed with Honors.

 

Awards:

  • In 2007 the NFLD Arts Council recognized Mary Ann as “Emerging Visual

Artist of the Year”.

  • Awarded the Lillian Raport Memorial Scholarship, 2015, in recognition of artistic achievement and expression of life through the visual arts.

Experience/shows:

  • Has exhibited her work in Labrador and Quebec.
  • Exhibited her work at the international Circum-Artic Art Show at Reykjavik, Iceland in October of 2015.
  • Exhibited work at the Fritzi Gallery from January to February of 2016.

 

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Delphine Saint-Fort

 

Artist Biography

Delphine Saint-Fort is an Artist born and raised in Ottawa. She developed her passion for art in her later years in High School. She moved to Pensacola, Florida to Study Graphic Design at Pensacola Christian College in 2010. In 2012 she returned to Ottawa and continued her education in Fine Arts at the Ottawa School of art.

In March 2014 she received The Wallacks Art Supplies Scholarship. Delphine has then displayed her work from the Winterlude, Ottawa’s Nuit Blanche 2015, and Ottawa’s prestigious Holt Renfrew chain of stores to assisting Jeffery Farmer a

renewed Vancouver based Artist with a photomosaic he created for The National Gallery of Ottawa. She is currently in her last year of completing her Fine Arts Diploma at the Ottawa School or Art.

She is passionate about art, and she loves to express herself through her art. Not only does she express herself but she endeavours to bring attention to the social

issues of our day. Though her style varies from realistic to expressionistic, her goal with each piece of art remains the same and that is to evoke an emotion, connect to, and speak to others through art.

 

Artist Statement:

Delivering a message or painting subjects is one of the most important aspects of my work. I try to create movement and rhythm on canvas with color and movement. My work is figurative. Most of my work tells a story or represents current social issues whether it is local or international. I like to create powerful works in order to get reactions from the audience, whether it be positive or negative. I am mainly inspired by social events, cultural issues or even issues within minorities. I want to bring visual awareness to subjects that are often overlooked in the art world. As I progress in my practice I am hoping to create more controversial art and hard

hitting art. I want to express my definition of what art is through my eyes and own personal experiences through a brush stroke. Expressing issues I’m quite passionate about is what really brings in the energy, rhythm and movement into my art. By using oil paint I feel like I am able to create gorgeous flows of colours and emotions.

I am passionate about communicating visually, about connecting with people

emotionally through my art. I pour my passion into each work I create. It’s not just

 

 

 

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about expressing myself through my art, I endeavor to bring attention to social issues of our day. Though my style varies from realistic to expressionistic, my goal with each piece of art remains the same. Evoke an emotion, connect and speak to others through art.

 

 

Curriculum Vitae

 

 

Education:

 

  • Currently completing studies at the Ottawa School of Art (OSA) Fine Arts

Diploma program, Ottawa, Ontario

 

  • 2010-2012 Graphic Design, Pensacola Christian College

 

Awards:

 

  • Wallacks Art Supplies Scholarship, March 2014. Experience/shows:
  • Displayed works at Nuit Blanche Ottawa, September 2015.
  • Displayed works at the Ottawa Winterlude, February 2013.
  • Assisted Jeffery Farmer with an art piece at The National Gallery of Canada.
  • Works are currently displayed in homes in Ottawa.
  • Participated in a guided tour at the Ottawa Art Gallery.
  • Solo exhibition at the Fritzi Gallery

 

 

 

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Joshua Sullivan

 

 

Artist Biography

 

 

Joshua Sullivan grew up in Gatineau, QC, attended Heritage college and is a currant student at the Ottawa school of art. He has been described him as; a spirit that wanders the world, in constant search of something better to search for. The last is the most outlandish accounts of “Joshua Sullivan” is that he existed before the universe, and was not impressed when the totality of existence came to be.

 

Artist Statement:

 

 

The concepts represented in the works are that of imagination and humor. Both of these concepts are presented in these photo lifts. The artist tries to create humor in the work, creating strange silly figures and creating many of the pieces with a childlike handling of many of the material. The humor added may be to relieve from the subject matter of long dead people and the eventuality of death. In many of the works there are also many a

stick figure and cartoons.

 

Curriculum Vitae Education:

  • Currently completing studies at the Ottawa School of Art (OSA) Fine Arts

Diploma program, Ottawa, Ontario

 

  • 2011 Heritage College Fine Art Program

 

Experience/shows:

 

  • group show Ottawa school of art(2013-2014)
  • presentation at the Ottawa art gallery
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