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Mira Reiss-Arnaud


The paintings function almost like charts of personal symbolism and significance; to attempt to unravel them is to be drawn in, to find yourself wandering around, a traveler of sorts in a place not quite of this world.

Issue 15 (1/2006) • January 25, 2006 • wersja polska »»


Mira Reiss-Arnaud

Mira Reiss-Arnaud lives and works in Montreal, Canada.

Born in Poland, was initially trained in architecture (she received an architecture degree from the Technical University of Warsaw) followed by studies in painting at Concordia University in Montreal. Her works were exhibited in Canada (Montreal, Ottawa), in United States (New York) and in Europe (Prague).

Mira Reiss is represented by Montreal's galleries: Contemporary Art Gallery and Gallery Art en majuscule.

My early works can be loosely located within a neo-expressionist framework: distorted space, figures askew, boosted colors... The paintings function almost like charts of personal symbolism and significance; to attempt to unravel them is to be drawn in, to find yourself wandering around, a traveler of sorts in a place not quite of this world.

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In my works I show an interest for figuration and the imagination. This was very well described in Montreal Magazine "Vie des arts" by Dorota Kozinski:

Life is but a stage, and in the works of Montreal artist, Mira Reiss it takes a shape of a circular circus arena. It is the backdrop for a series of portraits and scenes that are at once burlesque and social satire. He Won is a portrait of a strong solitary Samson-like man in the center of the arena. His hands are clenched in fists, as if posing in a wrestling match. Larger than life and surrounded by the rapt faces of a crowd of spectators, he is lost in the din and commotion of it all. Stepping outside the circus ring for a moment, Reiss paints a street scene in a work titled Milou le clown. A mysterious figure dances to his own tune in oversized shoes, one facing backwards...

In Reiss colorful universe, the players are weighed down by their humanity, despite the revelry that surrounds them, and her paintings are at once poignant and carefree. Her rich palette creates an undulating landscape of shapes and tones and her style sets her apart from other contemporary artists. Highly original and bold, Reiss has found a niche for herself with her unique vision of contemporary society, and her unusual expressionism.

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Charts of Personal Symbolism


Mira Reiss-Arnaud


Triptych "Life", Oil on linen, 2002

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Oil paintings

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Gouaches, drawings and watercolors

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