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Lana Spieler

Artist member since 2020
Toronto, ON

Lana Spieler was born in Barbados and currently lives and works in Toronto. She is a fourth-year thesis student in the OCAD U Drawing and Painting program who primarily paints large abstract pieces.

Spieler explores the concept of the awkward in regards to composition, technique, and colour theory. The concept of the ‘awkward’ can often be represented by the notion of a swirl; a swirl being as confusing as the awkward. Spieler wants to make weird looking art that is pleasing to the eye, full of contradictions, and hyperbolic juxtapositions. Spieler breaks the traditional conventions of painting, and creates quirky compositions and contrasting colour choices, executing what is taught not to be done. The compositions are completely influenced by shapes produced by architecture within the downtown core. The compositions created are not meant to look like the building itself, but are a direct result of the shapes taken from sections of the building. By breaking up the traditional grid of the high-rise buildings in the city, foregoing tradition, and the weird or awkward is shown.

Spray paint, paint markers, pen, acrylic paints, and mediums are used to create Spieler’s artwork. These materials are used on stretched canvas. The substrates are reminiscent of the architectural, structural form.

The combination of intuitive practice and rigid compositions, create tension, which is reminiscent of an awkward feeling. Spieler’s work is a communication of breaking the boundaries of space and form and utilizes architecture as a compositional influence.


Work

The Sun
Lana Spieler
  • 10" x 10" x 10"
  • $200 buy — $30 try
Falling
Lana Spieler
  • 12" x 16" x 1.5"
  • $300 buy — $30 try
Intergalactic
Lana Spieler
  • 12" x 12" x 1.5"
  • $300 buy — $35 try
Pink Edge
Lana Spieler
  • 36" x 60" x 1.5"
  • $800 buy — $50 try
Pink Edge
Lana Spieler
  • 36" x 60" x 1.5"
  • $800 buy — $50 try
Orange and Blue
Lana Spieler
  • 30" x 60" x 1.5"
  • $800 buy — $50 try
Oil
Lana Spieler
  • 36" x 36" x 1.5"
  • $700 buy — $45 try
Alien Embryonic
Lana Spieler
  • 36" x 36" x 1.5"
  • $700 buy — $45 try
Visceral
Lana Spieler
  • 36" x 36" x 1.5"
  • $700 buy — $45 try
Paynes Bay
Lana Spieler
  • 36" x 36" x 1.5"
  • $700 buy — $45 try
Whirlaway
Lana Spieler
  • 12" x 12" x 1.5"
  • $200 buy — $25 try
Caught
Lana Spieler
  • 12" x 12" x 1.5"
  • $200 buy — $25 try
Cotton Candy Baby
Lana Spieler
  • 12" x 12" x 1.5"
  • $200 buy — $25 try
Sunset BLVD
Lana Spieler
  • 12" x 12" x 1.5"
  • $200 buy — $25 try
Deformed
Lana Spieler
  • 30" x 40" x 1.5"
  • $500 buy — $30 try
Blue Flamingo
Lana Spieler
  • 48" x 60" x 1.5"
  • $900 buy — $55 try
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Flamboyant
Lana Spieler
  • 48" x 36" x 1.5"
  • $800 buy — $50 try
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Inside the Studio


Q+A

When I'm not making art, I'm (a) ...

Administrative assistant for a tutoring company!

I'm really good at making (a) ...

Killer cheesecake.

What kind of artwork do you have in your home?

Lots of abstract work, primarily my own.

Describe your home in 3 words

Chaotic. Colourful. Cozy.

Favourite medium

Spray Paint. It's quick, easy, and very unpredictable.

In a previous life I was (a) ...

Sunflower :)

Select Past Exhibitions
2021

Toronto
OCAD U Grad Ex 106

2021

Toronto
OCAD U Thesis Online Gallery

2021

Toronto
Under Construction: 2021 OCAD U Thesis Works in Progress Online Exhibition

2019

Toronto
Solo at JINKS Art Factory

2018

Toronto
OCAD University First Year Drawing Exhibition

2011

Barbados
NIFCA

2011

Barbados
Art retrospective by works of Goldie Spieler

Accolades
2021


Robbie Award

2020


Partial Gallery Career Launcher

2017


The Pippa HARRIS 1978 Memorial Prize for Visual Arts

Press
2021


OCAD U, Thesis Catalogue

2021

Online Publication
Partial Gallery Press

Education
2021

OCAD University
Drawing and Painting

2021

George Brown College
Baking and Pastry Arts Management

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