Price List : Toronto Artist Project 2019

Here is my Artist Project price list. Thumbnail images will correspond to work at The Artist Project 2019 BOOTH 606.

 

 

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1. Do you see what I see?

Carved basswood, acrylic and oil paint, glass beads

2019

12” x 12”

$750.00

 

 

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2. Dancing Cross

Carved basswood acrylic paint, glass beads

2018

12” x 12”

$750.00

 

 

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3. Holy Roller

Carved basswood acrylic paint, glass beads

2019

12” x 12”

$750.00

 

 

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4. Modest Epiphany

Carved basswood acrylic paint, glass beads

2018

12” x 12”

$ 750.00

 

 

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5. Unexpected Sign (A Rush of Wings)

Carved basswood acrylic paint, glass beads

2019

12” x 12”

$ 750.00

 

 

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6. Arms Extended

Carved basswood acrylic paint, glass beads

2018

12” x 14”

$ 700.00

 

 

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7.Angels on the Ceiling

Carved basswood, acrylic and oil paint, glass beads

2019

12” x 12”

$800.00

 

 

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8. O Mary Don’t You Weep: homage to Aretha

Carved basswood acrylic paint, glass beads

2018

9” x 9”

$ 750.00

 

 

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9. Wings Unfurled

Carved basswood, acrylic on paper and wood, glass beads

2019

24” x 24”

$1500.00

 

 

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10.At the still point of the turning world

Carved basswood acrylic paint, glass beads, gold leaf

2018

8” x 8”

$400.00

 

 

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11. Yellow

Carved basswood, acrylic on paper and wood, glass beads, gold leaf

2018

7.5” x 7.5”

$400.00

 

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12. Held

Carved basswood acrylic paint, glass beads

2018

6.5” x 6.5”

$400.00

 

 

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13. Holy Blue

Carved basswood acrylic paint, glass  beads

2018

5” x 5”

$300.00

 

 

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14. Garden Variety Angel

Carved basswood acrylic paint, glass beads

2018

7.5” x 7.5”

$400.00

 

 

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15. God Bless This Globe

Mixed media with carved painted basswood and beadwork

2019

33” x 33”

$2000.00

 

 

Summer

16. Summer

Acrylic paint on paper, oil on glass

2018

8” x 8”

$600.00

 

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17. Peace

Watercolour on paper, oil paint and gold leaf on glass

2018

7.5” x 7.5”

$400.00

 

 

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18. Spring come quick: I’m cold!

Watercolour on 3-D paper, acrylic on wood, grandma’s knitting

2017

7” x 7”

$500.00

 

 

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19. Sleepwalking

Watercolour on 3-D paper, acrylic on wood, fabric

2017

7.5” x 8.5”

$500.00

 

 

 

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20. Travelling Mercy

Watercolour on 3-D paper, oil and gold leaf on glass and frame

2016

14” x 11”

$700.00

 

 

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21. Annunciation

Watercolour and acrylic on paper sculpture, oil on glass

2016

13” x 6”

$700.00

 

 

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22. Entwined

Acrylic paint on carved basswood

2019

7” x 7”

$400.00

 

I’ve been thinking…

I like to think I’m in this for the long haul. You know, like Bob Dylan. I’ve been selling paintings for about 40 years and I could do so for 40 more!!! Who knows!? I wonder sometimes where my work is and how it is doing. As a mixed media artist, over the years I’ve experimented with a lot of different kinds of adhesives etc. I’d like to make it clear that if somebody bought something even years ago and it starts to become unglued or undone in any way, arrange to leave it with me in my studio and if it is fairly minor (or clearly my fault), I will do my best to fix it–no charge! If it’s a major thing like the Christmas tree scraped the encaustic off a painting or you threw one at your ex, then I will still try to fix it but I might charge you a bit. Email me to arrange a time: LynneMcilvride@icloud.com.

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Epiphany


After decades of art-making, I am still delighted when I am led into an unanticipated direction. I’ve always liked wood. (Who doesn’t?!) But my past experience has been limited to woodblock carving for prints. In the commission I finished last year for ‘Our Lady of Perpetual Help’ Church, I incorporated relief woodcarving into the frames. The placement of the commissions in the niches of the church and their content of the presence and workings of the Holy Spirit all sent me back to a way of art-making from years ago before the tornados hit that was characterized by hope and the munificence of God. This is timely I think because surely we are living in an appalling and absurd time in need of hope.

I fell in love with woodcarving doing this commission

I’ve always loved symmetry, especially imperfect symmetry where carved pattern is revealed and then lost but still the intention of the pattern remains. I also love the shape of the equilateral cross with its reference to life and death; arm-stretching cosmic hugs; whirligigs and flowers with stillness at their centers; the crucifixion and the flowering resurrection. My friend and I were talking about the small epiphanies of childhood–instances when we sensed an invitation from God: the comfort and mystery of a statue of Virgin and Child on a well-frequented path; wind animating the tops of trees; a song about the magi breaking into a child’s sad night. As I do these small dense painted carvings, I realize they represent hints of hope; modest epiphanies. They allude to those moments that happen in the blink of an eye, brief and easily missed but if you manage to pay attention, life-changing.

The Epiphany series will be shown at the Artist Project Toronto February 21-24, 2019

For more images from the series click here.

Commission Part 2!

I am very happy and quite relieved to be finished the second part of my commission for “Our Lady of Perpetual Help” church, Toronto.

I have to say, I love this painting. These two paintings/constructions have pushed me into an interesting direction involving wood carving and beadwork. I am just beginning this series but a few are available at my studio this coming weekend, September 15-16 for the UXBRIDGE STUDIO TOUR. Here is a preview:

Another Easter Coming

The Commission

Hello. I haven’t written anything for a year. I almost forget how. First of all I am thrilled to have finished the first of two paintings for niches at ‘Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church’ Toronto. I was honoured when Fr. Dan Donovan, priest and Toronto art collector since the 1950’s, asked me to come up with something to fit into the two niches at the church. If you know me at all, you will know that I do not normally do commissions. I find it very difficult. However I embraced the challenge and promptly caught mono so I was out of commission in both senses of the phrase for the rest of the summer. I finally finished and installed the first piece a month ago. The frame which I had great fun carving was made by carpenter, Brent Orenstein. The church is open to visitors if anybody would like to see this piece.

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The Trip to Salvation Mountain

Now you might see a bit of a theme here. Something old is new again. Something interesting is brewing. After the commission was done I had the chance to go on a quick trip to Long Beach California. I quickly sourced local Outsider artists’ environments since that seems to be what holds my interest lately. I had the chance to see Watt’s Towers and Salvation Mountain. Now Watt’s Towers was wonderful: I loved it. But Salvation Mountain with its unabashed bible verses and idealism spoke to me in a whole different way. Here’s Watts Towers first.

 

And now here is Salvation Mountain in Slab City. Visit if you can. Stay at Cherry and Abel’s Air BNB.

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And Now More Words: Revisiting the Bible

Yes my Easter Show is coming up but before it does, I am taking part in another wonderful event. Actor Ken Welsh is doing a live reading of the entire book of St. Mark at the local Anglican church in Uxbridge. He was kind enough to ask me if I wanted to have a few paintings around the church while he performs. Aside from the cross (seen below) that the church commissioned me to do several years ago, I will have two or three new works as a preview of my Easter show and I am also borrowing back ten or so older biblical paintings from local people. Victoria Joannou, violinist, will also be playing. This is a great opportunity to see Ken live. I saw him do this at Soulpepper theatre in Toronto a couple of years ago and it amazed me. Actually it was a sold-out weekday matinee and I went alone and sat beside a woman I didn’t know. I made conversation by saying I was surprised the theatre was so full on a wednesday afternoon. She looked at me as if I had an IQ of about 37 and said slowly and emphatically “well….. it’s Ken Welsh!” So there you go.

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Actor Ken Welsh reads book of Mark under my commissioned cross

 

And Finally My Easter Show

This one is called Postcard from Salvation Mountain. What can I say but I hope you will come. Or should I say “wish you were here”? I hope to open my house this year as well as my studio. It is slowly becoming a piece of art in itself. Give me 20 more years….

Easter 2018 copy

Summer 2017!!!!

I know it isn’t summer yet but I am looking forward to it. I started Spring off with my yearly Easter show and coming up very soon will be the Lake Scugog Studio Tour: May 6 and 7.

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Easter Show 2017

This is new for me. I am hoping it will give those a chance who missed my Easter show to see my latest work and enjoy spring in Utica.

I will be spending the summer on more boats, angels and the Tree of Life. All here in Utica. There is an exciting commission in the works which might be interesting to document as it progresses. And remind me (whoever you are) to tell you about Billy Parker. I need to write about him ASAP. (Speaking of angels.) Here are a few pics of new work:

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detail of “Cat and Angels”
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The remaining Fleet

Keep your eyes open for my subtle new street number sign when you come by:14260

 

Rare Birds and Strange Bedfellows

I have been working like a maniac and eating sardines like there’s no tomorrow. WHY?

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The following is my artist’s statement:

I know the following things laid side by side are responsible for this fleet of boats/altars/windows.

A young man casually pulls out his folding fan on a stifling train ride between Rome and Naples.

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Maltese fishing boat
Tiny blue fishing boats in earnest blues and gothic arches moored at a Maltese wharf look like altars–windows to another world. Walls of ornate glass boxed reliquaries in a lonely Sicilian monastery contain beautified bits of saints. My own mementos are burned on the bonfire of an ex.

Obviously I was traveling recently. And when traveling, one tends to use whatever material is at hand for art-making and I guess I ate more than my share of canned fish. The tins make wonderful frames and with their allusions to things silvery and densely packed, they have since become natural containers for my art. These boats are packages of valuable stuff saved, compressed; precious and endangered things folded in on themselves and packed like sardines. They allude to survival by migration, physical and spiritual journeys, they can be seen as symbols of the Church, they are scoopfuls of water baled out of a larger boat, they are bottled messages thrown out to sea. They are short prayers, poetic as packed suitcases. They are reliquaries. In a sense they are the result of an artist residency I took part in on that same trip near Naples Italy. When I returned home, I folded the drawings I did during that month into tiny accordions until they fit into sardine cans. Beside them are folded watercolour paintings and linoleum prints, remnants of recipes. The glass boat shape goes on last and encapsulates these strange bedfellows.

 

It is my pleasure to share this show at the David Kaye Gallery with my good friend, neighbour and extraordinary ceramic artist, Ann Cummings: 

ANN CUMMINGS: “This body of new work was inspired by my admiration of an 18th century Derby porcelain that I saw at the Gardiner Museum, Toronto and then subsequently many more pieces at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England. The Derby works, to my mind, are delightfully charming and rather frivolous. I felt a kinship with those works and they proved to be a vehicle for the direction that I was compelled to follow.
My works are imagined landscapes. They represent both my joy and delight in nature and also my sorrow, grief and fear for the ongoing destruction of our environment. These are assemblages of chaos and a warning to take care of the land. My sculptural works are also an homage to my dearly departed husband and ultimately to the landscape that we found together where we loved and lived.
I feel there is a strange beauty all around me and yet conversely there is uncertainty and a disarray of the natural landscape with the possibility of its demise. This dichotomy of nature and my surrounding landscape are two opposing sides of beauty and wonder, as well as fear and destruction, that all makes for strange bedfellows.”

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Taking wing

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Oh my goodness, what a trip! I spent this summer making art at an artist residency in Italy and looking at art and architecture in London, Malta, Sicily and Naples. I am currently in a two-person show in Toronto in which I begin to process everything. My part of the show is called “taking wing”. Below are some of my images from the show, in invitation and my artist statement. The opening is this Thursday November 10, 2016. Join us!

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 I did take wing recently. Most of the small work here is the initial unpacking of my summer’s trip to southern Italy and Malta (bracketed coming and going by the Sainsbury wing in London’s National Gallery).
I was awestruck, of course by the ‘angels in the architecture’: an intimate polychromed sculpture of San Michele the Archangel in a private chapel in San Potito; Caravaggio’s pigeon-winged angels in Naples; the cherubim and seraphim holding up the corners of the cathedral in Monreale. There were marvellous and exquisite wings everywhere–sometimes real ones. In some windy towns like Caltagirone, white feathers flew constantly like snow. I don’t know why.
I call my winged pieces ‘traveling mercies’. That phrase is stolen and only slightly misused. Thirty years ago in the local Baptist church, men in terrible brown suits bellowed prayers thanking special speakers for coming and asking God to grant them ‘traveling mercies’ (protection on their journey home). It was an eye-roller even then and I like to reimagine ‘traveling mercies’ as actual creatures: guardian angels on the road. I certainly met some and am thankful.
Another way of taking wing is by boat. I was taken by a series of little blue docked fishing boats in Malta.  Looking from the boardwalk above they were dreamy altars or shuttered windows as well as boats obviously (Dghajsa in Maltese). They inspired my sardine can boats, packed accordion style with important art, mysterious messages and other supplies. More than you’ll ever need. More than you can ask or imagine.

Lynne McIlvride: Storm Seller

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After re-reading my artist’s statement, I am reminded that there is so much more to process that deeply moved me and inspired me… I’ve barely scratched the surface. Aside from the wondrous beauty I found in the art and architecture, there were very wonderful and helpful people in each part of my journey. These meetings and their significance will slowly seep into my artwork. Regine in Malta, Phyllis in Palermo, Angelica & Gilda in Caltagirone, Anna in San Potito. There are many more and unless they read this, only I know their significance. Anyway, Here are some random wonders.

Caltagirone Reliquary
Caltagirone Reliquary

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An amazing Maltese fireworks video!

Co-cathedral, Valetta, Malta
Co-cathedral, Valetta, Malta
Yayoi Kusama
Yayoi Kusama
Chagall window, Tudeley, England
Chagall window, Tudeley, England

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