Ana Gribbons

Biography

Born in Argentina to Polish parents, I came to Canada at age 4 and we settled in Hamilton. I had a working class upbringing but never felt deprived. As kids, we had a lot of fun playing in the alleys and ethnic neighbourhoods.

I've loved to paint ever since I can remember -- fascinated by creating forms and colours. I went on to study Art History at the University of Guelph and also took painting classes at Concordia University and Toronto School of Art.

Among my jobs, I have worked as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer for the Ministry of Education. However, in 2006 I decided to pursue painting fulltime to finally fulfill my passion.

I have lived in Toronto for almost 30 years and have a great fondness for this city -- enjoying the colourful urban experience. I am drawn to painting aspects of Toronto that were part of my formative years -- laneways, funky neighbourhoods, public transit, coffee shops...

It is very satisfying to me when people say that I have "captured their city" because I feel art is about human connection and communication.

Statement

I paint in a representational style because it connects me deeply with my subject matter. I enjoy the challenge of reproducing something that is three-dimensional onto a flat surface using tone, colour, and composition. Even though the picture looks real, the actual paint marks are abstract and this really intrigues me.

Acrylic paint is my preferred medium because it is very versatile. Having studied art history, I know many art styles but am inspired by those that capture a certain mood or mystery such as the American urban painter, Edward Hopper and Canadian artist Alex Coleville.

My paintings speak of urban stories of unique moments in time. This is my impression of what I see around me -- what I live in and what I feel. Patterns of light and shadow reveal an intimacy; it happens when one looks deeply into moments that occur only once.

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