Painting is a form of problem solving for me; a means to answer questions about existence and the passage of time. My current work in oil and cold wax is about the internal world of memory. These painting represent the imagined and distorted spaces we inhabit when we recall our pasts.
Disparate, geometric forms seeking equilibrium are prominent in my minimalist, abstract paintings because they conjure both spiritual and temporal metaphors related to time. Circles represent the dynamic, cyclical nature of human evolution, while squares refer to the solid, earthy ways we ground ourselves in refusal to move forward. There are ephemeral figures in my work as well. Gestural strokes that are mere hints of moments lived. The beeswax medium I use also has a time-worn aesthetic. It allows for translucent layers, scraped away and reworked, much the way I approach my own memories.
Deborah Bakos is a Canadian Painter based in Vancouver, British Columbia. She was born and raised on the West Coast and was influenced by her father, a cultural Mennonite, who encouraged her art practise and fostered critical, philosophical discussion around universal truths. Deborah holds a Bachelor of Education in English and Fine Arts from Simon Fraser University and a Certificate of Fine Arts/Painting from Emily Carr University. Her extensive travels in Europe and Asia and her 12 year career as a Humanities educator have provided fertile fodder for her universal narratives.
Currently part of a vibrant community of artists in East Vancouver and a founding member of the collective, Parker Art Salon, Deborah exhibits her work locally and internationally. Along with her studio / exhibition practice, she also provides art tours, workshops and painting demonstrations. Her writing about art and her community has been published by the Federation of Canadian Artists, the Vancouver Sun and by the University of Victoria Centre for Addictions Research. Deborah’s work can be found in local corporate collections and in private collections in Canada, the US and Europe.