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Suzy Birstein

Arts Umbrella instructor since 1990, Home based studio workshops for children and adults
Honours diploma from ECIAD, 1980
25 years experience teaching adults and children at ARts Umbrella, artist residencies in Vancouver and lower Mainland, home based studio in Kitsilano and Greece

As a child I studied dance while absorbing Hollywood musicals, film noir and the mysteries of Rembrandt. As an adult, I’ve been seduced by the power of ancient and contemporary world cultures, and the sensual, spontaneous, inspiring activity of working with clay, colour and the essence of romance.

My personal pantheon is a marriage of my childhood and adult influences, with the figure dominating my work. Impassioned by such diverse 20th century icons as Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Beatrice Wood, Busby Berkeley, and Tom Waits, I strive to merge the power of Nefertiti with the spirit of Carmen Miranda.

I explore the scale and diversity of my vision, by creating miniature to life size figurative sculptures accompanied by luscious and luminous oil paintings which expand upon the themes of my sculptures. Recently I have incorporated "found" columns into fictive mythological figures, some crowned with my vessels or adorned with textiles & bindis.

I live my life embodied by all the inspirations of my creative world: I tap dance and wear ball gowns as often as possible!

My work has been exhibited, published, sold both locally and internationally and commissioned as gifts for 2008 Academy Award nominees for Best Actors and Directors.
Many group and 1 person exhibits.
Teaching children and adults for 25 years.


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