ART / EXPRESSION / EXPERIENCE
…the process of painting is like a
dialog. It starts with a question, an inspiration coming
from observable reality.
This body of work is a tribute to
architecture as a metaphor for human achievement.
The paintings are designed to evoke thoughtfullness and
consideration of the thought process. The process of visualizing
an idea and bringing that idea into reality, as an architect
visualizes a building and in collaboration with others, brings
it into reality.
Inspired by walks through Toronto and New York and working from
photographs I have taken, documenting the grandeur of the
architecture; my work makes strong references to photographic
processes. The images are contained within a border, as in a
snapshot, and I paint the negative space over a ground of metal
leaf, leaving the positive space to reflect light back to the
viewer, as does a camera.
This engages the viewer’s participation in the work as the
surface reflection may vary depending upon the point of view of
The large scale of the works, the dramatic perspective and the
human viewpoint is intended to encourage this collaboration with
the artist, in celebration and tribute to the architect’s
Born in Canada, Debra
Archibald lives in Toronto, where she maintains her studio.
After successfully earning a Fine Arts Degree with honours from
York University in Toronto in 1977;Debra has since negotiated a
successful career blending business and the arts as the creative
director of Brushworks Studios and The Artists Design Group,
both award winning companies, well known in the Interior Design
and Architectural Fields.
While maintaining her
professional responsibilities, Debra accepted selected private
commissions for site specific work.
Since 2000, the artist has
shifted from professional business activities and commissioned
art work to uncommissioned art work created for the public
Education & Achievements:
• 1977 B.A. Fine Arts
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
• 1977 - 1979
Painting and exhibiting in local group shows in Toronto,
Hamilton and Burlington, Ontario; acrylic, oil and mixed media
abstract works. Entered juried group show sponsored by CKCO
Radio at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario (1979) and
received Honourable Mention.
• 1980 - 2000
Painting commissions for corporate and private installations
such as; The Metropolitan Hotel (Toronto, Ontario), The Westin
Prince Hotel (Don Mills, Ontario), The Ontario Government, and
The Stirling Building (Bay & Adelaide; Toronto, Ontario). A
complete documentation of corporate and private commissions
available upon request.
• 2001 Shift from
commissioned work to uncommissioned work for the public domain.
transforming spaces :::
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