Painting is a form of problem solving and a means to answer my own questions about existence and the passage of time. My current work in oil and cold wax is about the internal world; the imagined spaces where I habitually retreat when confronted with risk. They are fragmented, interior landscapes of disparate images seeking equalibrium. By invoking past emotional experiences, mostly hope and despair, my work speaks to the painting process itself.
Geometric forms are prevalent in my paintings because they conjur both spiritual and temporal metaphors. Circles represent the dynamic, cyclical nature of human behavior while squares refer to the solid, earthy ways we ground ourselves in challenging environments. These forms are recurring motifs in my work that have come to represent ephemeral solutions to answerable questions.
Deborah Bakos is a painter based in Vancouver, BC, Canada. 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.