Shatilia, Ian

  • Home:
    Montréal, Québec
  • Title:
    Lacey Jane Wilburn
  • Media:
    Oil on linen / huile sur lin
  • Dimensions:
    160 x 110 cm

I met Lacey one year ago. I was and still am mesmerized by her strange beauty. That strangeness is of course relative. With bright neon pink hair, piercings, tattoos from head to toe and tough thug-like attire, she manages to pull-off a severe punk princess. She works retail in an art store that I manage in Westmount, here in Montreal. We quickly became friends and I wanted to give myself the challenge of painting her sweet and almost childlike preciousness, despite her decorated armor. I hoped to capture her vulnerability in a moments’ breath. I asked her to wear what she was most comfortable in and the painting began. Having had the opportunity to really get to know her, I aspired to sync the person I know well, with the exterior that others see.

EDUCATION:

2004-2007

Concordia University, MFA painting and drawing, Montreal, Quebec


2001-2003

NSCAD University, BFA print media, Halifax, Nova Scotia


1999-2001

Dawson College, DEC (fine arts) Montreal, Quebec


SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

2011

Warren G. Flowers Gallery, Montreal, Quebec: Consuming Defeat


2010

McClure Gallery, Montreal, Quebec: Defeating Victory


2008

Argyle Fine Art, Halifax, Nova Scotia: After the Ever After


GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

2012

Marché St-Jaques, Montreal, Quebec: Les Refusés


2010

Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida: Tallahassee International


2007

Marion McCain Atlantic Art Exhibition, Beaverbrook Gallery, Fredericton, N.B


AWARDS:

2010

2nd Prize, Tallahassee International, Florida State University Museum


2004

Honourable Mention: Self-Portrait, Rolling Meadows, Illinois


2003

Special Prize: Lessedra Miniprint International 2003: Sofia, Bulgaria


EMPLOYMENT:

2013

Ian Shatilla Studio, Instructor in self-employed painting school.


2007-2013

Teacher, Visual Arts Center, Montreal, Quebec.


2008-2013

Manager, Avenue des Arts, Montreal, Quebec.

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