Stefanie Kirby

Stefanie Kirby

Ottawa, ON, Canada

About Stefanie Kirby

My intuitive sensibility and gestural aesthetics are heavily influenced by a raw dynamic painting style. When I am involved in the act of painting I often do not look at the image I am creating; instead, I am engaged in the process, the colours, the expressive marks and the humbling physicality of painting. I want to be fully immersed and not influenced by my conscious. It is important that there is a transference of energy, tension and movement of paint onto the canvas that is deeply personal to my expression and communication as an artist.

I experience a subtle interplay between conscious thought and turning off all the noise in my head. This is challenging and pushes boundaries...the hardest part is to "not look" yet "see the feeling" and allow the paint to tell the story.

Stefanie started her creative journey as a contemporary jazz dancer and later switched to painting in her late teens where she fell in love with the fluid and luscious nature of paint. She obtained a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in 1997 from the prestigious Mount Allison University School of Fine Arts where she was awarded the title of best drawing in 1994.

Stefanie has exhibited her artwork across North American and has been included in private and corporate collections globally.

Education

Bachelors of Fine Arts, Mount Allison University, Sackville New Brunswick,1997.

Murial Hewson Philip Award for Best Drawing, 1994.

Events

Upcoming Events

• The World of Interiors: Artistic Impressions, p 321. October 2020. The Conde Nast Publication Ltd. 

• The World of Interiors: Artistic Impressions, p.141, September 2020. The Conde Nast Publication Limited.

• The World of Interiors: Artistic Impressions, p.167, July/August 2020. The Conde Nast Publication Limited.

• The National Council for Behavioral Health COVID-19 Relief Fund https://www.saatchiart.com/shows/toafxnationalcouncil

• The Other Art Fair Los Angeles. April 16-19th, 2020 at Barker Hanger.

• Featured in The Crazy Mind: Interviews with Interesting people. Interview with painter Stefanie Leigh Kirby. https://www.thecrazymind.com/2020/02/interview-with-painter-stefanie-leigh.html

• Featured artist in Ottawa Life Magazine Summer 2019 issue. https://www.ottawalife.com/article/the-painterly-gestures-of-an-unruly-gardener?c=2

Exhibitions

• The City of Ottawa Minto Recreational Center. AOS Group Show, Ottawa, Ontario, April 1-June 1, 2020.

• Red Dot Miami with Steidal Fine Arts. December 4-8th, 2019. Mana Wynwood.

• The Other Art Fair Los Angeles. September 5-8th, 2019 at Barker Hanger. https://www.saatchiart.com/theotherartfair/la-september-2019

• EmpowerArtment Silent Auction. July 23rd for Interval House of Ottawa.

• The New Art Festival, Central Park, The Glebe, Ottawa, Ontario June 8 & 9th, 2019.

•Gallery Cote Creations Tremblant, Mont Tremblant,
Quebec. Group Exibition, September 2019.

• Gallery Cote Creation, Ottawa, Ontario. Group Exhibition, March 2019.

• Arc Hotel, Ottawa, Ontario. Installation of select work.

• The Unruly Gardener, Solo exhibition in collaboration with Alpha Art Gallery and Ottawa Life Magazine, July, 2019.

• Gallery Cote Creation, Ottawa, Ontario. Group Exhibition, March 2019.

• NYA Gallery & Gallery 104, New York, New York: Juried group show, November 2018-January 2019.

• Constituency and Member of Parliament Office Chandra Arya, Ottawa, Ontario. Juried exhibit November 2018.

• Chandra Arya Member of the Parliament 2019 Calendar. Juried selection.

• The City of Ottawa Minto Recreational Center. AOS Group Show, Ottawa, Ontario, December 2018-February 2019.

• Royal Bank of Canada, July 2018-October 2018. Branch 4120 Strandherd Dr.

• Applecrate Galleries, Ottawa, Ontario, Feb-November 2018.

• Elgin Art Gallery, Artists of the Rideau show April-July 2018.

• Stonewall Wilde's Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario, March-August 2018.

• Elgin Art Gallery, Artists of the Rideau show April-July 2018.


Corporate Collections

• Ottawa Life Magazine

• MBC Law Professional Corporation

Associations

• CARFAC