Deborah Holowka


"Energy is a very prominent feature of my work.  Art creation for me transcends the visual where I capture, translate, and transform energy snapshots of my subject matter onto canvas."

Deborah Holowka lives and works in Vancouver, BC Canada. Through her signature practice known as DanushaTM, Holowka reads energy and translates life's layers of beauty and complexity into her art creations.  She transcribes her diverse life experiences and passions onto canvas by using oils, acrylics, bold textures, and colours. 

Holowka's  work involves techniques such as scraping back, scoring and masking. To accentuate colours in between paint layers, Holowka uses a method known as scumbling which allows for a soft merging of colour through optical (viewer) blending. Tools are wide-ranging from artist painting knives and brushes to large household painting brushes and construction drywall knives. 

In 2007, her work was featured by Paul Lorenz for best example of 'Abstraction in Painting and Drawing' at the 2007 Florence Biennale in Italy – the largest democratic contemporary art exhibition in the world. 

Danusha is Deborah's Ukrainian name and is also the name she uses to sign her paintings. Her work has been commissioned and sold internationally.

Education
Self-taught artist who has studied painting and photography at various institutions and has worked in the Graphic Arts Industry since 1998
Solo Exhibitions
2008    Foyer Gallery, Squamish, BC (Curated)
Two, Three and Four Artist Exhibitions
2008    Westpoort Studio, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2008    William Clark Studios, Vancouver, BC
2006    Waterfront Gallery, Vancouver, BC (Curated)

Group Exhibitions
2008    Emergence, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver
2008    Transform Art, Vancouver (Curated)
2008    Visuals ArtWALK, Squamish, BC
2008    Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver, BC (Curated)
2007    Florence International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Florence, Italy (Juried)
2005    Studio 420, Vancouver, BC

Publications
2007    Biennale Internazionale Dell’Arte Contemporanea, Arte Studio srl, Florence, Italy
Awards
2007 One of four artists out of 840 exhibiting artists at the 2007 Florence Biennale whose work was featured
               during the Paul Lorenz lecture on Abstraction in Painting & Drawing at the Biennale
2006 Invited by the Internal Committee of the International Biennial of Contemporary Art to participate in the
              Sixth edition of the 2007 Florence Biennale

Professional Experience
2009    Art Focus, Port Coquitlam. BC (Solo Demonstration)
2008    Gerrit Reitveld Akademie, Amsterdam, Netherlands (Guest Lecturer)
2008    Opus Framing & Art Supplies, Vancouver, BC (Solo Demonstration)
2007    Opus Carousel Theatre, Vancouver, BC (Group Presentation)
2007    Opus Framing & Art Supplies, Vancouver, BC (Solo Demonstration)

Invitational Fund Raising
2008    Foyer Art Gallery Annual Fund Raiser
2007    Cambridge House International Inc. live auction, Showcase for the Visual Arts (catalogue), Vancouver
2006    20th Anniversary Granville Island Ferries Garbage Can Art Contest & Auction, Vancouver