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"Joanna Strong: flourish"
2000-04-29 until 2000-05-27
Joanna Strong s paintings of plants and flowers are
responses to their colours, shapes and symbolic qualities.
They fascinate the artist not only for their form, but in
following the process of blooming, wilting and decay, they
also become for Strong metaphors for the human life cycle.
Her still life paintings are quite pared down and simple,
having the hallmark of a style or a personal vision that
transforms whatever she paints, however mundane, into
something as seen for the very first time.
Newfoundland native Joanna Strong studied at York
University in Toronto and Memorial University in St. Johnís,
before going to the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design
to concentrate on studio work. After graduating from
NSCAD in 1992 with a major in painting, Strong moved
back to Newfoundland where she continued to paint, and
where she also worked at St. Michaelís Printshop. In
1994, Strong returned to Ontario to study at the University
of Waterloo, and graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in
1996. She now lives and paints in Toronto.
Joanna Strongís work has been featured in the Cambridge
Galleries last two Open Juried Exhibitions. She is
represented by the Christina Parker Gallery, St. Johns,
Newfoundland where a series of paintings made at Signal
Hill National Park, St. Johns, can currently be seen. She is
represented in Toronto by Art Interiors, and in Waterloo
by the Eldon Gallery.