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Image: Paintings by Sylvia D. Woods


Paintings by Sylvia D. Woods
Central Library Art Gallery

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 4 at 1 pm

Born in Mount Forest, Ontario, Sylvia D. Woods studied at Ontario College of Art and Design. Significant time spent in Italy, England, and trips to Poland, Spain, and throughout Europe influenced and encouraged the visual direction for her work.

Sylvia currently works out of her studio in downtown Guelph. She has shown extensively in both group and solo exhibitions, and her work is in private collections throughout Europe and North America.

Research into the symbolic meaning of natural elements, such as fruit, flowers and insects, particularly as they were known and used in art during the Renaissance, and most recently during the Victorian Tussie Mussie era, is her inspiration. She elevates these symbols by isolating them from the narrative work of the master painters to give them a life and significance of their own. By naming the finished works after their historic meanings, she is creating a sort of visual dictionary or catalogue of often forgotten symbols.  Using acrylic on canvas or board, the strong, clean use of vibrant colour and pattern are the essence of her work, and reflect the style of painting prevalent during the Renaissance.

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Interested in displaying your artwork at the library? See the Artist Program page for more information about the selection process and exhibit space.