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Virginia Ivanicki-Strell  Bio  ·     ·  Exhibitions:   Play Time click to view video  ·  Air-Plane-Era click to view video



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.






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Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - Natural Disguise - click for larger image

Natural Disguise
48 x 36 Inches 
oil on canvas
$5,200
Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - Seabee and  Belles - click for larger image

Seabee and Belles
48 x 30 Inches 
oil on canvas
$3,900
Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - After the Proposal - click for larger image

After the Proposal
30 x 48 Inches 
oil on canvas
$3,900
Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - Weekend Friends - click for larger image

Weekend Friends
14 x 18 Inches 
oil on canvas
$1,200
Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - Forbidden Tess - click for larger image

Forbidden Tess
24 x 36 Inches 
oil on canvas
$2,700
Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - Sailor Sailor - click for larger image

Sailor Sailor
20 x 16 Inches 
oil on canvas
$1,400
Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - Paradise Point - click for larger image

Paradise Point
18 x 24 Inches 
oil on canvas
$1,800
Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - Beauties - click for larger image

Beauties
24 x 48 Inches 
oil on canvas
$3,600
Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - Beach Complete - click for larger image

Beach Complete
20 x 30 Inches 
oil on canvas
$2,100
Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - Otter - click for larger image

Otter
14 x 18 Inches 
oil on canvas
$1,200
Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - Reflection - click for larger image

Reflection
20 x 30 Inches 
oil on canvas
$2,100
Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - Salt Water Swim - click for larger image

Salt Water Swim
40 x 60 Inches 
oil on canvas
$6,000
Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - The Kennedy Years - click for larger image

The Kennedy Years
40 x 60 Inches 
oil on canvas
$6,000
(plane is a Republic RC-3 Seabee)
Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - Splash - click for larger image

Splash
48 x 60 Inches 
oil on canvas
$6,700
Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - Pagent 1 - click for larger image

Pagent 1
10 x 48 Inches 
acrylic on canvas
$2,600
Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - Pagent 2 - click for larger image

Pagent 2
10 x 48 Inches 
acrylic on canvas
$2,600
Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - Noorduyn Norseman - click for larger image

Noorduyn Norseman
14 x 18 Inches 
oil on canvas
$1,200
Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - The Architects of Heaven:  Lightning - click for larger image

The Architects of Heaven: Lightning
60 x 40 Inches 
oil on canvas
$6,000
(P38 Lightnings)
Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - The Architects of Heaven: Blitz - click for larger image

The Architects of Heaven: Blitz
48 x 24 Inches 
oil on canvas
$3,600
(Defiant)
Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - The Architects of Heaven: Displaced Persons - click for larger image

The Architects of Heaven: Displaced Persons
48 x 48 Inches 
oil on canvas
$5,800
(P61 Black Widows)
Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - The Architects of Heaven: Tomahawk - click for larger image

The Architects of Heaven: Tomahawk
48 x 30 Inches 
oil on canvas
$3,900
(Curtiss P-40 Tomahawk, Flying Tiger paint scheme - aka Warhawk or Kittyhawk)
Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - The Architects of Heaven: Black Cat - click for larger image

The Architects of Heaven: Black Cat
30 x 48 Inches 
oil on canvas
$3,900
(black plane is a PBY Catalina, white plane is a Consolidated PBY 5A Catalina)
Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - The Architects of Heaven: Black Widow - click for larger image

The Architects of Heaven: Black Widow
48 x 24 Inches 
oil on canvas
$3,600
(P61 Black Widow)
Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - The Architects of Heaven: Acrobats - click for larger image

The Architects of Heaven: Acrobats
48 x 10 Inches 
oil on canvas
$2,600
(top plane is a P51D Mustang, middle plane is a Spitfire MK22, bottom plane is a P51D Mustang which flew with the 361st Squadron, France 1944.
Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - The Architects of Heaven: Incredibly High - click for larger image

The Architects of Heaven: Incredibly High
18 x 24 Inches 
oil on canvas
$1,800
(B17's)

Painting will be on display at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum May 11- Sept.25, 2009.
Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - The Architects of Heaven: Sea Monster - click for larger image

The Architects of Heaven: Sea Monster
60 x 40 Inches 
oil on canvas
$6,000
(Martin Mars)
Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - The Architects of Heaven: Altitude - click for larger image

The Architects of Heaven: Altitude
48 x 24 Inches 
oil on canvas
$3,600
(plane is a P51A, instrument panel is from a Harvard)
Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - The Architects of Heaven: Corsairs - click for larger image

The Architects of Heaven: Corsairs
40 x 30 Inches 
oil on canvas
$3,300
(Corsairs)
Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - The Architects of Heaven: Pearl - click for larger image

The Architects of Heaven: Pearl
24 x 48 Inches 
oil on canvas
$3,600
(planes from left to right side of canvas; B17E, B17C, P40 - Hickam airfield hangar, Battleship Row at Ford Island, Oahu Hawaii)
Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - The Architects of Heaven: Trio - click for larger image

The Architects of Heaven: Trio
10 x 10 Inches 
oil on panel
$950
(Mosquito TIII)
Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - The Architects of  Heaven: Row on Row - click for larger image

The Architects of Heaven: Row on Row
10 x 10 Inches 
oil on panel
$950
(B17's)
Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - The Architects of Heaven: Hellcat in Ground Light - click for larger image

The Architects of Heaven: Hellcat in Ground Light
10 x 10 Inches 
oil on panel
$950
(F6F-5 Hellcat)
Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - The Architects of Heaven: Eternal Partners - click for larger image

The Architects of Heaven: Eternal Partners
10 x 10 Inches 
oil on panel
$950
(plane on the left is a Mosquito PR Mk XVI, plane on the right is an FM2 Wildcat)
Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - The Architects of Heaven: Aftermath - click for larger image

The Architects of Heaven: Aftermath
10 x 10 Inches 
oil on panel
$950
(B17)
Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - The Architects of Heaven: Camouflage - click for larger image

The Architects of Heaven: Camouflage
10 x 10 Inches 
oil on panel
$950
(top plane is a P51 Mustang MK IV, bottom plane is a P51 Mustang MkI)
Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - The Architects of Heaven: Across Time - click for larger image

The Architects of Heaven: Across Time
10 x 10 Inches 
oil on panel
$950
(Spitfires)
Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - The Architects of Heaven: Filton - click for larger image

The Architects of Heaven: Filton
16 x 20 Inches 
oil on canvas
$1,500
(Bristol Beaufighter)  

Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - Architects of Heaven: Dynamics - click for larger image

Architects of Heaven: Dynamics
18 x 36 Inches 
oil on canvas
$2,400
Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - Charlie's Ride Beachside - click for larger image

Charlie's Ride Beachside
48 x 72 Inches 
oil on canvas
$7,700
Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - Tropical Deluxe - click for larger image

Tropical Deluxe
48 x 72 Inches 
oil on canvas
$7,700
Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - Surf Meet Deluxe - click for larger image

Surf Meet Deluxe
48 x 84 Inches 
oil on canvas
$8,200
Please email the gallery to view more works by Virginia Ivanicki-Strell.


Biography
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.  



Education
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

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