Deborah Bakos is an abstract/figurative painter and a public art maker based in Vancouver. She was raised on the West Coast of British Columbia and has spent her adulthood living and working in large urban environments including Toronto, Canada and Istanbul, Turkey. Her memory laden work is a reflection of time spent in these gritty, energy-filled, geometric spaces. Deborah holds a Certificate of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University and Bachelor of Education in English and Fine Arts from Simon Fraser University.
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 provides workshops and painting demonstrations and organizes art events. She also works collaboratively with her art community: Her latest project with the all-female collective, 13 Feet off the Ground, was a month long art residency in Sicily where she painted a geometric abstract love letter in homage to Italian Artist Alighiero Boetti. Deborah's 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. Her work can be found in local corporate collections and in private collections in Canada, the US and Europe.
My photo-based paintings are commentaries on current gender politics and traditional family dynamics. With a little dark humor and a hint of magical realism, I use a combination of oil and cold wax to paint photographs of my relatives, friends and their "favorite things". By altering their contexts and re-positioning these figures in future, geometric-abstract environments, I revive poignant moments obscured by time and perspective. Otherwise doomed to "Relative Obscurity", the characters in my paintings are unearthed and re-purposed. They are my spokespersons, my voice against discrimination and inequity - they are my tribe.