toronto art gallery


  Tadeusz Biernot
  Daniel Diaz
  Bozena Bar
  Bogdan Luca
  Debra Archibald
  Franco Colalillo
  Jennifer Zeitz
  Sergei Firer
  Sandy Groebner
  Jennifer Kleinsteuber
  Jason Mernick
  Bujar Asllani
  Sabine Berzina
  Alberto Alvarez
  Roy Nachum
  David Ruben
  Abraham Ruben
  Vladimir Kush
  Henry Asencio
  Michael Flohr
  Dominik Modlinski
  Ford Smith
  Dmitri Danish
  Jia Lu
  Leonard Wren
  John Banovich
  Robert Bateman
  G. Harvey
  Rod Chase
  Larry Dyke
  Bruce Greene
  Andy Thomas
  Bob Pejman
  Other Artists

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Oakville, ON L6J 0A2
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…the process of painting is like a dialog. It starts with a question, an inspiration coming from observable reality.
Bozena Bar

Debra Archibald
Original Artwork


Artist’s Statement

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 observer.

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 achievement.

Debra Archibald


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 domain.


Education & Achievements:

1977 B.A. Fine Arts (Honours)
York University
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.


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