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Deborah Bennett-Kagan- Artist

Deborah Bennett-Kagan is an artist based in Toronto, Georgian Bay and Miami.  Her studio practice is centered around painting, found objects and consumer waste, and painted collages. Her work explores the paint medium and collage process in relation to the built and natural environment. Through her artwork she explores how environmental realities affect our experience. She intends to elicit an emotional, cathartic and spiritual reflection for the participant.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
 

2022   Vastus, multi-media collage, presented by Zelaya Art Framing, One World Gallery, Miami, Florida

2014   Land Under Sea, oils on canvas and multi- media on paper, Gallery 345, Toronto

2004   Mystic Rocks, digital photographs printed on mylar,  polyethylene light boxes, ic-ci, Toronto    

2002   Legend, latex and oils on canvas, acrylics on paper, video installation, loop, Toronto

2001   Landscape and Memory, latex and oils on canvas, acrylics on paper, loop, Toronto

1999   Identity/Identite, video exhibition in collaboration with Janeil Engelstad, Oboro gallery, Montreal    

1994   Present Tense, acrylics on paper, Seven Continents, Showroom, New York City  

1991   Recent Paintings, multi-media on paper and oils on canvas,  Gallery Ma2, Toronto                                 1987   Portraits, oils on canvas, Rendezvous Gallery 


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2023   Sha'ar; Song of the Gate, The Baycrest Foundation, in collaboration with Andrea Simon and Samantha Goldman, Toronto

2020   Collector's Circle, The Baycrest Foundation, virtual art show featuring multi-media on paper and oils on canvas, Toronto

2015    The Watershed Art Show, oils on canvas and multi-media on paper, Bala, Muskoka 

2001    Annual X-Mass Show, oils on canvas, loop, Toronto

1999    Identity/Identite, performance and video teleconferencing event in collaboration with Janeil Engelstad; Obobro Gallery,  Montreal, University of Toronto, Toronto, and Gertrude Stein Repertory, New York City
1999     Identity/Identite, video exhibition in collaboration with Janeil Engelstad, Georges Laoun, Montreal

1999     Identity/Identite, video exhibition in collaboration with Janeil Engelstad, Oakwood Library and Arts Centre in Association with the ‘1999  ArtsWeek Festival’, Toronto
1999     Identity/Identite, video exhibition in collaboration with Janeil Engelstad , Molotov Cocktail, Toronto

1994     Gallery Artists, oils on canvas, Scheider and Associates  Gallery, Toronto

1990     Group Show, oils on canvas, Gallery Grey Matter, Toronto

1990     Dual in the Sun, oils on canvas, Galaxy Gallery, South Beach, Miami

1990     The Armadillo Show, oils on canvas, Idee Gallery, Toronto

1987     Gallery Artists, oils on canvas, Gallery 306, Toronto

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Curator and Organizer

The Watershed Art Show, Bala, Muskoka, 2015

Curated and organized a group exhibition of Canadian Artists featuring the works of Max Streicher, Tracey Thompson, Shelagh Bennett, Casey Hare and Catherine Gillespie to raise awareness of the regional watersheds. 10% of all proceeds went to the Watershed Council of Muskoka. 


Collaborating Artist

Identity/Identite, Montreal, Quebec and Toronto, Ontario, November 1998 through November 1999 in collaboration with Janeil Engelstad.  Created and managed a six month national art program.  Participants explored and documented the relationship between language, cultural identity and nationalism.  The work produced through this project has been exhibited in galleries and public venues in Montreal and Toronto.

 

Co-Curator and Coordinator
University of Toronto Thesis Exhibition, 1997

 

GRANTS
 

Sony Canada, 2002

Oboro Gallery, Montreal, Quebec, artist residency, 1999

Gotlieb’s Investments, Materials Grant, Toronto, 1998

Upper Canada Brewery, Toronto, 1997


Grants awarded for projects and exhibitions with non-profit art organizations:

Identity/Identite, Montreal, Quebec and Toronto, Ontario, 1999

City of Montreal, ITIF Inc., Magna International Inc., Birger Christensen Incorporated, Canada, Umbra Incorporated, Oboro Gallery, Montreal, Exposure New York

 

EDUCATION
 

University of Toronto                                                                  2012

Completed additional minor in Art History

 

University of Toronto                                                                  1997

BFA in Fine Arts

 

University of Toronto                                                                  1984
BMUS in Music






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