On view: the work of the late Denyse Thomasos | Art buzz

In a special career retrospective, the work of the late Trinidadian-Canadian artist Denyse Thomasos is on show in Canada

  • Denyse with Babylon in NYC Studio, 2005. © The Estate of Denyse Thomasos and Olga Korper Gallery. Photo: Samein Priester
  • Denyse Thomasos. Maiden Flight, 2010. Acrylic on canvas, overall: 152.4 × 182.9 cm. Art Gallery of Ontario. Gift of Gabrielle Israelievitch in memory of her beloved husband Jacques, 2018. © The Estate of Denyse Thomasos and Olga Korper Gallery 2018/5

Abstract-style paintings that convey architectural structures — including housing blocks, harbours, scaffolding and more — are hallmarks of the late Trinidadian-Canadian artist Denyse Thomasos’ (1964–2012) work. Thomasos won numerous prestigious awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Canada Council Millennium Grant, a Pew Fellowship, and a Joan Mitchell Foundation Award in painting. And, in Denyse Thomasos: Just Beyond — a career retrospective at Canada’s Art Gallery of Ontario, running until 20 February — more than 70 paintings and works on paper show how she challenged the limits of abstraction, saturating her canvases with issues that were in turn personal and socio-political. Many pieces are being debuted for the first time, and the curators are supplementing the exhibition with sketches, photographs, and newly uncovered documentary footage of her working in studio. A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the showcase.

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