Lila Lewis Irving

lila lewis irving

Lila Lewis Irving describes her painting as an energetic and intense process which results in emotional and abstract work, deeply felt. The impetus is a response to a visual or an emotional world. In a chosen life, Lila says she would have been an opera singer, and thus it’s not surprising that this passionately driven woman must have it playing whenever she paints.

While her more recent works are big, full of saturated colour, with bold and simplifies shapes, by contrast her earlier work consisted mostly of still-life, scenery and portraits. In the 1980’s Lila found herself bored with a subject matter she felt had become “too easy” so decided to challenge herself with abstract expression. She never looked back.

Lila remarks often of the many people who need to see something in her paintings, but readily admits to utter clarity during the creative process. Rather than the pursuit of realism, she is guided by an energy that she expresses in movement, shapes and colours.

Lila was born in 1935 in New York City and moved to Canada in 1964. She has a BA in English from Brooklyn College, New York, and MFA in Theatre Arts for Iowa State University and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin. She is the recipient of many art awards and is the first ever winner of the Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM) ‘Artist of Distinction’ award in May 2013. She is also a member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour and the Ontario Society of Artists.

Lila has had numerous exhibitions in Canada, the United States, England and Japan and has works in many private and corporate collections including: Scotia Bank, Torstar, Zurich Insurance, Princess Margaret Hospital, Noranda and IBM. In partnership with Abbozzo Gallery, Irving is especially proud of the 2012 publication of a book featuring selections of her art, named “Appassionata’.