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.
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
Earls Kitchen & Bar
Richardson GMP Private Client
Wax Cabin Candle Co
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