Virginia Ivanicki-Strell

My paintings explore character. 'Character' exudes in what humankind has created - explosions of individuality in color, line, invention - whether in the pure pursuit of fun or functionality. I layer these elements into an image that is sometimes abstract in its parts, but allegorical in its totality.  

Nothing is black and white. Even the darkest times had their beauties. There were riches to be found in aerial views of fresh fields, the comforting roar of an engine, layers of life lived revealed in a ruined wall, the wind in anything.  

The Warbirds and WWII Bombers and Fighters have that terrible beauty. I have painted them still flying through the residual structures left by war, existing in perpetuity somewhere between death and rebirth. The character and integrity that took them up there are indelible.  

I paint without time, wherein the human traits that are made evident in the 'man-made', in the things we do, and where and how we live, are never obsolete. What I paint is a celebration: of every gorgeous color there is, of the glory years of youth, of sacrifice, of craziness and invention, hard work and pleasure, vacations - those halcyon days and nights of desperate rest– and what makes life worth living.

Virginia Ivanicki has been painting since graduating in Fine Arts at The Alberta College of Art and Design (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)  in 1976.  After graduating, she joined CBS Records of Canada as the Alberta Regional Display Representative.

In 1979, after moving to the Pacific Coast, she worked in various art fields, honing additional painting skills while scenic painting for theatre and live-action film.  In 1989 she was given an opportunity to paint in the animation business. There followed a free-lance career in colour design and creating master background paintings for numerous television ads, animated specials and series at many Vancouver studios, including Disney and AKA Cartoon Inc..

Throughout her free-lance career, she continued to paint, creating hundreds of paintings in the realism and surreal genres, including scenic studies of the Pacific coast from Oregon to the Sunshine Coast of B.C. north of Vancouver.  Most of these early paintings were collected across Canada and the U.S.    

Now solely devoted to her own painting, Virginia Ivanicki has shown extensively in Seattle and Vancouver, as well as in galleries and exhibitions in L.A., Ft. Lauderdale, New York, Maryland, Toronto and Calgary throughout her over thirty year career. Her work has been collected world wide.  

1976    Graduate in Fine Arts,  Alberta College of Art and  Design, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Solo Exhibitions
2009    Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2008    Air-Plane-Era
2007    La Cabana Gallery, Sechelt, BC
2006    Aero Dynamic, Havana Theatre/Gallery, Vancouver
2005    Automotive Suite, The Auto Gallery of Seattle
1992    56 Gallery, Vancouver
1983    Toussewasket Galleries, Kelowna, BC
1981    Merganzer Galleries, Vancouver
Two, Three and Four Artist Exhibitions
2005    Frederickson Classics: The Galleria of Fine Auto Art,
              Seattle Auto Show, QWEST Events Center, Seattle, WA
1991    Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, B.C. (with Chris Woods)
Group Exhibitions
2005/06/07/08     Everything But the Kitchen Sync Group Show, annual show, La Luz De Jesus Gallery,  Los Angeles
2007    ArtExpo, New York
2005    American Society of Aviation Artists, Patuxent River Naval Air Base Museum, Maryland,
2005    S.O.I.L. Gallery,  Seattle, WA
2005    View from the Surreal, D’Adamo/Woltz Gallery Seattle, WA
2003    Driven Up the Wall, Art of the Automobile, Maple Ridge Art Gallery, BC
2003    DVA Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
2003    Ace Studios, Seattle, Washington
1994    Level II Gallery, North Vancouver, BC
1992    Return of the Warehouse Show, Vancouver, BC
1986-90   IBM Convention Art Shows: Banff, Montreal, Florida, Quebec City, Vancouver
1982-86   Koyman Galleries, Ottawa, Ontario
1982/83/85/86   Robson Square Media Centre, Vancouver, B.C.
1984     The Warehouse Show, Vancouver, BC

Media Coverage
2007 Hemmings Classic Car Magazine, Vermont, USA
May Issue – Featured Automotive Artist Review
2006 CBC-AM Radio - Interview with Sheryl MacKay, North by Northwest
2005 Review, Seattle Post-Intelligencer (Regina Hackett, art critic), Aug.12
2004 ZedTV Show (CBC TV)   Featured Artist ( Jan.23)
2003 WestEnder Urban Newspaper, Vancouver, BC