Toronto, b.1987

Sarah Letovsky

Sarah Letovsky takes inspiration from the tradition of figurative painting and the female subject as muse, with a painting language wholly her own - in which flesh, faces, and background invite a play between subject, brushstroke, and the physical process of painting. Influenced by the interior lives of women, Letovsky's work often evokes a sense of intimacy, hinting at spaces of belonging and familiarity such as bedrooms and living rooms. Reminiscent of selfies (a camera is never directly featured but implied), Letovsky raises questions about for whom the image exists. Her work invites the viewer to consider the self-image as a contradiction and an equilibrium in which the private becomes public, a work of both intimacy and exhibitionism. Letovsky completed her BFA at OCAD University in 2014 in Drawing and...

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Biography

Sarah Letovsky takes inspiration from the tradition of figurative painting and the female subject as muse, with a painting language wholly her own - in which flesh, faces, and background invite a play between subject, brushstroke, and the physical process of painting. Influenced by the interior lives of women, Letovsky's work often evokes a sense of intimacy, hinting at spaces of belonging and familiarity such as bedrooms and living rooms. Reminiscent of selfies (a camera is never directly featured but implied), Letovsky raises questions about for whom the image exists. Her work invites the viewer to consider the self-image as a contradiction and an equilibrium in which the private becomes public, a work of both intimacy and exhibitionism. Letovsky completed her BFA at OCAD University in 2014 in Drawing and Painting and was the recipient of the Mrs. W.O. Forsyth Award for Excellence in Painting. Her work has been featured at Art Toronto and in 2 solo exhibitions at Patel Gallery (Toronto).

Artworks

You Remind Me of Someone, 2014

Related Categories

21st Century Art / Art of the 2010s / Bright Colors / Broad Brushstrokes / Canada / Canadian Art / Canvas / Contemporary Canadian Art / Female Identity / Figurative Painting / Gentle and Smooth Brushstrokes / Individual and Society / Individual Portrait / Oil on Canvas / Oil Paint / Oil Painting / Portrait of a Woman / Portrait Painting / Private and Public / Toronto / Women Artists

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • 2014

    Bachelor of Fine Art, OCAD University, Toronto ON

  • 2009

    Bachelor of Art, University of King’s College, Halifax NS

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2018

    I Like For You to be Still, Project Gallery, Toronto ON

  • 2017

    Select works displayed at FRANK Social through AGO Art Rental and Sales, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto ON

  • 2016

    GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS, Project Gallery, Toronto ON

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Double X, Ethan Cohen New York, New York, NY

  • Inaugural Group Show, Patel Gallery, Toronto ON

  • 2018

    Today's Paper, Angell Gallery, Toronto ON

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Curriculum Vitae

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Education

  • 2014

    Bachelor of Fine Art, OCAD University, Toronto ON

  • 2009

    Bachelor of Art, University of King’s College, Halifax NS

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2018

    I Like For You to be Still, Project Gallery, Toronto ON

  • 2017

    Select works displayed at FRANK Social through AGO Art Rental and Sales, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto ON

  • 2016

    GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS, Project Gallery, Toronto ON

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Double X, Ethan Cohen New York, New York, NY

  • Inaugural Group Show, Patel Gallery, Toronto ON

  • 2018

    Today's Paper, Angell Gallery, Toronto ON

  • 2017

    Group Show, Sussex Contemporary, Ottawa ON

  • Inaugural Group Show, Sussex Contemporary, Ottawa ON

  • Summer Group Show, Project Gallery, Toronto ON

  • About Face, Drake Devonshire, Prince Edward County ON

  • 2016

    Works on Paper, Project Gallery, Toronto ON

  • SURFACE Art Fair, Artscape Sandbox, Toronto ON

  • SPRING TRAINING, Only One Gallery, Toronto ON

  • Forecast I, Project Gallery, Toronto ON

  • 2015

    Nesting, Artscape Youngplace, Toronto ON

  • Inhabitance, Hashtag Gallery, Toronto ON

  • Annual Juried Figure Show, OCAD University, Toronto ON

  • 2014

    Annual Juried Figure Show, OCAD University, Toronto ON

  • 2013

    Look Inside, OCAD University, Toronto ON

  • Annual Juried Figure Show, OCAD University, Toronto ON

Grants & Awards

  • 2016

    Artist-in-Residence, Soho House, Toronto ON

  • 2015

    Resident exhibitor with NEST Collective, Artscape Youngplace, Toronto ON

  • 2014

    Mrs. W.O. Forsyth Award for Excellence in Painting, OCAD University

  • 2013

    Honourable mention, OCAD University Juried Figure Show, Toronto

  • 2010

    Roman and Mary Schneider Foundation Scholarship

Bibliography

  • 2018

    "A Portrait of the Artist", a short film by Fraser White, Booooooom

  • 2017

    Art Gallery of Ontario Website

  • 2016

    "Sarah Letovsky: Girls Girls Girls at Project Gallery", Artoronto.ca

  • "GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS - The Curious Paintings of Sarah Letovsky", She Does the City

  • "Brave Faces" Feature, FASHION Magazine, Print Edition

  • "10 Up and Coming Toronto Artists You Should Know", BlogTO

  • 2015

     "Sarah Letovsky: Portraiture, Abstraction, and Female Narratives in the Art World", Interview with Lexiquette

  •  "Art With Heart Auction", The Jealous Curator

  • Interview with FY-CA

  • 2014

     "NEST Collective Studio / Open House", artoronto.ca