Sarah Letovsky

b. 1987 Toronto, Canada

Sarah Letovsky takes inspiration from the tradition of figurative painting and the female subject as muse, with a painting language wholly her own - in which flesh, faces, and background invite a play between subject, brushstroke, and the physical process of painting. Influenced by the interior lives of women, Letovsky's work often evokes a sense of intimacy, hinting at spaces of belonging and familiarity such as bedrooms and living rooms. Reminiscent of selfies (a camera is never directly featured but implied), Letovsky raises questions about who the image is for, and by. Her work invites the viewer to consider the self-image as a contradiction and an equilibrium in which the private becomes public, a work of both intimacy and exhibitionism.  Letovsky completed her BFA at OCAD University in 2014 in Drawing and Painting, and was the recipient of the Mrs. W.O. Forsyth Award for Excellence in Painting. Her work has been featured at Art Toronto and in 2 solo exhibitions at Patel Gallery (Toronto).  

Education

2014  Bachelor of Fine Art, OCAD University, Toronto ON

2009  Bachelor of Art, University of King’s College, Halifax NS

Auctions

2017  Art With Heart Auction, Casey House, Toronto ON

2016  Art With Heart Auction, Casey House, Toronto ON

2016  The Art of Healing, Ronald McDonald House, Toronto ON

2016  ArtsEffect Auction (as selected by Jamie Angell), VIBE Arts, Toronto ON

2015  Art With Heart Auction, Casey House, Toronto ON

Residencies

2016  Artist-in-Residence, Soho House, Toronto ON

2015  Resident exhibitor with NEST Collective, Artscape Youngplace, Toronto ON

Solo Exhibitions

2018  I Like For You to be Still, Project Gallery, Toronto ON

2017  Select works displayed at FRANK Social through AGO Art Rental and Sales, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto ON

2016 GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS, Project Gallery, Toronto ON

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019  Double X, Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York NY

2019  Portraits - Selection of Works from the Collection, Arsenal Contemporary, Montreal QC

2019  Inaugural Group Show, Patel Gallery, Toronto ON

2018  Today's Paper, Angell Gallery, Toronto ON

2017  Group Show, Sussex Contemporary, Ottawa ON

2017  Inaugural Group Show, Sussex Contemporary, Ottawa ON

2017  Summer Group Show, Project Gallery, Toronto ON

2017  About Face, Drake Devonshire, Prince Edward County ON

2016  Works on Paper, Project Gallery, Toronto ON

2016  SURFACE Art Fair, Artscape Sandbox, Toronto ON

2016  SPRING TRAINING, Only One Gallery, Toronto ON

2016  Forecast I, Project Gallery, Toronto ON

2015  Nesting, Artscape Youngplace, Toronto ON

2015  Inhabitance, Hashtag Gallery, Toronto ON

2015  Annual Juried Figure Show, OCAD University, Toronto ON

2014  Annual Juried Figure Show, OCAD University, Toronto ON

2013  Look Inside, OCAD University, Toronto ON

2013  Annual Juried Figure Show, OCAD University, Toronto ON

Fairs

2019  Foire Papier Art Fair, Grand Quay, Port of Montreal, Montreal QC

2018  Art Toronto, Metro Convention Centre, Toronto ON 

2015  Art Toronto, Metro Convention Centre, Toronto ON 

Awards and Distinctions

2014  Mrs. W.O. Forsyth Award for Excellence in Painting, OCAD University

2013  Honourable mention, OCAD University Juried Figure Show, Toronto

2010  Roman and Mary Schneider Foundation Scholarship

Collections

Works held in private collections in Toronto, Montreal, Los Angeles, and New York

Selected Press and Publications

2018 "A Portrait of the Artist", a short film by Fraser White, Booooooom

2017  Art Gallery of Ontario Website

2016  "Sarah Letovsky: Girls Girls Girls at Project Gallery", Artoronto.ca

2016  "GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS - The Curious Paintings of Sarah Letovsky", She Does the City

2016  "Brave Faces" Feature, FASHION Magazine, Print Edition

2016  "10 Up and Coming Toronto Artists You Should Know", BlogTO

2015  "Sarah Letovsky: Portraiture, Abstraction, and Female Narratives in the Art World", Interview with Lexiquette

2015  "Art With Heart Auction", The Jealous Curator 

2015  Interview with FY-CA

2014  "NEST Collective Studio / Open House", artoronto.ca

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