Mixed Media on Canvas
Eduard Gurevich was born in 1969 in the city of Donetsk, Ukraine. In 1992, he immigrated to Canada and settled in Toronto. Recently he and his family relocated to Wasaga Beach, Ontario. Since 1993, Eduard runs a home-based art studio where he creates his own art as well as instructs aspiring artists of all ages. His educational background consists of a Degree of Arts from the University of the city of Lviv, (Ukraine) and an Illustrator Diploma from Sheridan College, (Canada). Eduard is a diverse, original, and well-respected artist whose thought-inspiring works convey a variety of themes drawn from his own life experiences, philosophy as well as the world and people that surround him.
Growing up in Ukraine and moving to Canada has given me great inspiration and a lot of subject material for my work. Immigration gives an individual the experience of feeling like the whole universe is your home, and there is no one place where you may plant yourself and feel at peace. My family takes up the role to ground me as well as inspire many of my creations in which I try to find love and home within one’s family rather than one’s physical house. Discovering Canada’s great wealth of natural splendour has also stimulated my interest in painting landscapes, which is presently becoming the most prominent theme in my work.
Spending as much time as I do exploring outdoors seldom makes anyone wonder why landscape is such a prominent theme in my art. Trying to paint nature for so many years and in a variety of different styles made me realize that capturing my personal thoughts and feelings along with the beauty in front of my eyes is the most important aspect to me. Many of my clients mentioned that my work reminds them of stained glass. I often outline images in my work in thin dark lines.. To me, it is one of the final steps in which I try to elevate the energy of the entire piece. Outlined, the colors become brisk and vibrant, the shapes gain a deeper personality.
I enjoy spending time with my family outdoors. Fishing and skiing are among those things that we do a lot and never have enough of. The themes that I draw on in my work include my love for my family, my passion for nature, and the flux of life in which I find more questions than answers. The symbol of the fish itself takes on many different meanings as I use it time and time again as a metaphor for myself and for anyone who wonders through this world feeling lost.
Although I have a strong background in classical painting and drawing, through the guidance I received obtaining my degree in Art from Lviv’s Polytechnic University as well as my Illustrator Diploma from Sheridan, I cannot attribute my work to any particular style. I paint what I see and feel, using my life experiences to guide me on the canvas. Painting for me is the process in which some of my thoughts get a chance to become visible. Therefore, I try to make my work conceptual, inviting one to analyze the embedded meaning in it. Influenced as a child by my father’s art works, painting for me has become a journey of self-discovery and self-expression. Borrowing from different traditions, my paintings are experimental as I strive to best represent a thought or a feeling that I am living through. Using mixed media, acrylic and oil paints in particular, I constantly try new techniques rather than remain stagnant in one place. My life’s works represent both, change in technique and subject matter. My art is a journey in which I hope to find answers to some of life’s most difficult and universal questions.
2014 McMichael Autumn Art Sale, Kleinburg, Ontario, Canada.
2014 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto, Nathan Phillips Square.
2011 Wasaga Beach Group Art Show, Ontario.
2011 Solo Art Exhibition at The Gallery on the Lake- Buckhorn, Ontario.
2011 Toronto Art Expo Annual Exhibition. Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
2011 New York Art Expo Annual Exhibition. New York, U.S.A.
2011 The Artist Project, Exhibition Place, Toronto, Canada.
2010 McMichael Autumn Art Sale, Kleinburg, Ontario, Canada.
2010 “Jeremy Bortz and Friends Exhibition”, Rotary Club, Toronto
2010Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto, Nathan Phillips Square.
2010 New York Art Expo Annual Exhibition. New York, U.S.A.
2010 Toronto Art Expo Annual Exhibition. Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
2009 Group Art Exhibition, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
2009 Group Exhibition “Color is My Day”, Distillery District, Arta Gallery.
2009 Cobourg Waterfront Juried Art Festival. Cobourg, Ontario, Canada.
2009 New York Art Expo Annual Exhibition. New York, U.S.A.
2009 Toronto Art Expo Annual Exhibition. Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
2008 Toronto Art Expo Annual Exhibition. Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
2006 Espanola Triathlon Fund Raising Juried Art Show. Espanola, Ontario, Canada.
2005 First Transkarpatian Art Auction. Uzgorod, Ukraine.
2003 “New Way” Group Art Show of Ukrainian Artists. Kiev, Ukraine.
2000 Group Exhibition Bernard Bethel Centre for Creative Living. Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
2000 Mell Lastman Square “Fun Day at the Square” Art Show. Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
1994 Group Art Show, Sobot Art Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
1993 Group Art Exhibition, Art Interiors Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
1993 Group Show of New Immigrants from Ukraine. Ukrainian-Canadian Art Foundation,
1993 Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
1991 Group Show, Safraim Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel.
1990 Group Show of Ukrainian Surrealist Artists, Lutch Gallery, Mukachevo, Ukraine.
2012 Gallery On The Lake.(June)
2010 Gallery 533 Solo Art Exhibition “From 2010 One Man to Another”.
1997 Manulife Centre Solo Personal Art Show, Toronto, Ont.
1995 Solo Personal Show in “Joe DiMaggio’s Wet Paint Café”. Toronto, Ont.
1995 Solo Personal Show in Russian Canadian Private Club. Toronto, Ont.
1997 Interpretive Illustration, Diploma of Applied Arts, Sheridan College, Oakville, Ont.
1991 BFA, Bachelor of Applied Arts. Polytechnic University of Lviv, Ukraine.
1987 Post Graduate Certificate in Fine Arts. Mukachevo School of Fine Arts, Ukraine.
2004 Extendicare York Central Hospital. Certificate of Achievement for artistic excellence and creativity for the ‘Cottage setting’ mural painting.
1982-83 First place in three competitions. All-Union Young People Competition of Imitative Arts organized by “Pioneer’s Truth” Newspaper.
2014 Rogers Canada, Collingwood.
2005 Extendicare Bayview Long Term Care Facility, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
2004 York Central Hospital, Extendicare Long Term Care Facility, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
2002 “Gastronom” Europian Deli Shop window, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
2000 Dr. Lubov Zigan Dental Office, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
1999 Russian Sauna Club “Sandune”, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
1997 Restaurant and Theatre “Monte Carlo”, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
1994 “Joe DiMaggio’s Wet Paint Café”, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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