Synnöve Seidman - Contemporary Artist

I am an optimist, passing through, making marks.

Finding beauty in the everyday,

Abstract painting allows space for interpretation. 

We live within landscapes, and pass through them in time and space. We continually journey toward a horizon. I reflect on landscapes, the natural world and how memory shifts and blurs.

 

We contain interior landscapes within us. The meeting of sky, rock, and water are eternal and when we contemplate them we can come into rhythm in our own lives.

When I am in the flow of painting, the colours and contours allow me a glimpse of my connection to wonder and beyond. I get a sense of the divine

I am fascinated by the restorative power of beauty and it's balm on the anxiety of modern life.  My current work is asking the question, does the natural world embody beautiful ideas?  I explore shapes and colour and their relationship to memory and interior landscapes. Abstract landscapes, city structures and botanical elements find their way into many of my compositions.

I am inspired by nature, it is my cathedral.

I was born in Toronto, Canada, a first generation Canadian of Finnish descent. Fortunately I was raised in an artistic and unconventional family. I moved between the city and rural countryside throughout my childhood. After attending a fine arts high school I studied art history and philosophy at the University of Toronto. Following that I travelled to Florence Italy to continue studying Italian and art. 

EDUCATION

University of Toronto, Art History 1991-1995

Istituto Europeo, Florence Italy, Integrative Language and Fine Art 1997, 1998

Masterclass with Ingrid Christensen, Figurative Painting, 2016

MATS Creating Collections for Home Decor,2017

MATS Bootcamp with Lilla Rogers 2017

EXHIBITIONS // EVENTS

2019 September, Barker Hangar Los Angeles, The Other Art Fair​

2019 July, Summer Group Show, Blue Crow Gallery, Toronto​

2019 June, Solo Show Kelowna Innovation Centre​

2019  May-July, Creatio Gallery, Ex Nihilo Vineyard, Lake Country BC​

2019 May 11,  Kelowna Art Gallery Fundraiser​

2019 February 21-25 , 12th Annual Artist Project, Toronto.  Juried Art Show and Sale​

2018 December, Fitzpatrick Family Vineyard

2018 September 20-23, IDS Vancouver,  ​

2018 May-June, Slanted Door Gallery Cafe, Toronto ​

2018 February 22-26 , 11th Annual Artist Project, Toronto.  Juried Art Show and Sale​

2017 October , Downtown Gallery, Arts Council of Central Okanagan, Kelowna Juried Exhibition ​

2017 June 1 - July 15, Kimoto Gallery, Vancouver BC

Canada 150 Art Show​

2017 February - April 2017, Artscape - Juried Exhibition Program, Kelowna BC, Okanangan College Library 

2016 November, The Handmade Pop-up , Curated Online Gallery

2016 October, Downtown Gallery, Arts Council of Central Okanagan, Kelowna Juried Exhibition 

CORPORATE CLIENTS​

Earls Kitchen & Bar

Richardson GMP Private Client

Wax Cabin Candle Co

AWARDS

2019, Minted X West Elm Design challenge winner  http://www.minted.com/creative/synnove

2018, Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Semi-Finalist 

2017, Nominee Okanagan Arts Award, visual arts category

MEDIA & PUBLICATIONS

Artist Project 2019, Studio Visit 

Create! Magazine, Online Feature January 2018

Interview with Savvi Solutions August 2017

ArtMaze Mag, Late Summer Print and Digital Edition, 2017  

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