David Kaye Gallery » Donna Boyko

Gloaming/Dawn Song
July 2 - August 1, 2015

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The title, Gloaming/Dawn Song refers broadly to the light and dark aspects of life and to lost objects or objects discarded when they are of no further use to us–a cycle of “life” and “death.” The objects that inspired this work will be shown with the work. They are found objects washed ashore at Hampton Beach or the nearby shores on the Bay of Fundy. They have a particular history–the vagary of the winds and the violence of the sea imprinted upon them. The sea offered them up to me, objects uniquely expressive of Nova Scotia, to be given a new life as I attuned to them, and, as a friend observed, “painted their thoughts.”

GALLERY

Donna Boyko, Port George- Seals and Sails, 2014, print/collage, image: 17 1/2 X 11 1/2, matted: 24 X 18 in., SOLD.Donna Boyko, Mrs. Anderson’s Ghost, 2015, collage, found object, 36 X 24 in.Donna Boyko, Luke was Here, 2015, oil on canvas and object, 48 X 35 in.Donna Boyko, Flotsam and Jetsam, 2015, pastel, image: 22 X 30 in., framed: 27 1/4 X 35 in.Dark Diviners, 2015, oil on canvas, 60 X 48 in.Dark Diviners, 2015, oil on canvas, 60 X 48 in.Donna Boyko, Friends Down the Road, 2015, solar print, linocut, vinyl stencils, cloth, stitching, image: 22 X 30 in., framed: 27 1/4 X 35 in.Donna Boyko, Around the Block and Back, 2015, solar print, linocut, vinyl, stitching, image: 22 X 30 in., framed: 27 1/4 X 35 in.Donna Boyko, Who Caught and Sang the Sun in Flight, 2015, oil on canvas, 48 X 36 in.Donna Boyko, Who Caught and Sang the Sun in Flight, 2015, oil on canvas, 48 X 36 in.Donna Boyko, There Shall Be Serpents in Your Tides, 2015, oil on canvas, 24 X 30 in.Donna Boyko, There Shall Be Serpents in Your Tides, 2015, oil on canvas, 24 X 30 in.Donna Boyko, Sea Change, linocut, vinyl stencils, cloth, stitching, image: 30 X 22 in., framed: 35 X 27 1/4 in., SOLD.Donna Boyko, Jellyfish Hat Fish, 2015, linocut, image: 37 1/4 X 25 1/4 in., matted: 46 1/4 X 34 1/4 in.Donna Boyko, Dark is a Place and Light is a Way, 2015, oil on canvas, 60 X 48 in.Donna Boyko, Dark is a Place and Light is a Way, 2015, oil on canvas, 60 X 48 in.Donna Boyko, Coloured Notes of Singing Birds, 2015, oil on canvas, 30 X 40 in.Donna Boyko, Coloured Notes of Singing Birds, 2015, oil on canvas, 30 X 40 in.Donna Boyko, Crossing the Styx (diptych), 2015, oil on canvas, 30 X 60 in.Donna Boyko, Crossing the Styx (diptych), 2015, oil on canvas, 30 X 60 in.Donna Boyko, Migrations (diptych), 2015, oil on canvas, 24 X 48 in.Donna Boyko, Migrations (diptych), 2015, oil on canvas, 24 X 48 in.Donna Boyko, Bound by a Sovereign Strip We Lie, 2015, oil on canvas, 24 X 30 in.Donna Boyko, Bound by a Sovereign Strip We Lie, 2015, oil on canvas, 24 X 30 in.Donna Boyko, The Green Unraveller, 2015, oil on canvas, 48 X 36 in.Donna Boyko, The Green Unraveller, 2015, oil on canvas, 48 X 36 in.

INSTALLATION VIEWS

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ADDITIONAL PRINTS & DRAWINGS

Donna Boyko, Annapolis Basin Crossing, 2014, collaged linocut, image 17 1/2 X 11 1/2 in.Donna Boyko, Over North Mountain to Basalt Shores, 2014, collaged linocut, image 17 1/2 X 11 1/2 in.Donna Boyko, Oak Island Hanging Tree, 2014, collaged linocut, image 17 1/2 X 11 1/2 in.Donna Boyko, Scavengers at Dalop's Cove, 2014, collaged linocut, image 17 1/2 X 11 1/2 in.Donna Boyko, Octopus Hat Fish with Stars, 2014, collaged linocut, 37 1/4 X 25 1/4 in.Donna Boyko, Between Tides, 2014, collaged linocut, 37 1/4 X 25 1/4 in.Donna Boyko, Black Dog Hide, 2015, pastel, 22 X 30 in.Donna Boyko, Devour Me, 2015, pastel & ink, 22 X 30 in.Donna Boyko, Ocean Blooms, 2015, pastel, 22 X 30 in.Donna Boyko, Evening with Ellis, 2015, pastel, 22 X 30 in.

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The Passion, The Spirit, The Fountain Within, 2011
oil on canvas, image: 72 X 72 in., SOLD.
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Warped Corona: recent drawings
June 16 - July 31, 2011

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R.M. VAUGHAN: THE EXHIBITIONIST
Saturday June 25, 2011 The Globe and Mail R12

Donna Boyko at David Kaye Gallery

Until July 31, 1092 Queen St. W., Toronto; davidkayegallery.com

Donna Boyko, in a twitchy new series of pastels on paper at David Kaye Gallery, invites the viewer inside the busy minds of all creatures gastrotrich and sipuncula.

Displayed in the L-shaped front corner of the gallery, Boyko’s works come in two sets - works on cream-coloured paper and on midnight-black paper. The differences, however, are more than chromatic.

In the white-paper series, Boyko creates vibrating fields of watery citrus colours and pairs them with hard or soft marks in complementary egg-yolk yellow, zinfandel-rosé pink, delphinium-purple blue and, in bold counterpoint, cigarette-ash black. Figures morph into and out of solidity, play hide-and-seek in Boyko’s overlapping terras-not-so-firma.

Watching these works slither and hitch across the paper, one can imagine being a multieyed insect crossing a garden, always on nervous lookout for beaks.

The black-paper creations, however, carry an even more frantic, nervous-breakdown energy. These are night works, works that speak of car crashes, fireworks (and fireflies), sudden, white-hot irruptive bursts from flashlight beams or invading aliens, of sequined dresses hovering over candlelit tables. Abstractly speaking, that is.

Unlike the white-paper works, the black-paper works contain no recognizable figuration - only fractions of figures, pattern samples, blurts and squeals of colour and absolutely smashing, glass-paperweight-in-a-blender pastel pencil marks.

Boyko roughhouses with the lowly pastel pencil the way Coltrane used to manhandle a saxophone. She busts in and out of her own lines, smudges, relines and rechalks out her terrain, and, in the end, presents works that, for all that insectile jigging, have been massaged to a calming halt.

If, however, I came back next week and realized the various bits at play had decided to rearrange themselves, I would not be surprised. Boyko’s compositions are restless; ever-anxious to recombine, copulate, to skip over the flat paper like water beetles in the rain.

GALLERY

Donna Boyko, Licorice Fugue, 2011, pastel and conté on paper, image 22 X 30 in., framed 27 1/4 X 35 in.22 X 30 in.Donna Boyko, Bee Sting, 2011, pastel and conté on paper, image 22 X 30 in., framed 27 1/4 X 35 in.Donna Boyko, Mavilette Beach, 2011, pastel and conté on paper, image 22 X 30 in., framed 27 1/4 X 35 in.Donna Boyko, Warped Corona, 2011, pastel and conté on paper, image 22 X 30 in., framed 27 1/4 X 35 in.Donna Boyko, Figurehead’s Watch, 2011, pastel and conté on paper, image 22 X 30 in., framed 27 1/4 X 35 in.Donna Boyko, Chick-a-Cherry, 2011, pastel and conté on paper, image 22 X 30 in., framed 27 1/4 X 35 in.Donna Boyko, Noisy Stars, 2011, pastel and conté on paper, image 22 X 30 in., framed 27 1/4 X 35 in.Donna Boyko, Boiler Love Bolts, 2011, pastel and conté on paper, image 22 X 30 in., framed 27 1/4 X 35 in.Donna Boyko, Waterfall and Bear, 2011, pastel and conté on paper, 22 X 30 in.Donna Boyko, Lizard and Spiders, 2011, pastel and conté on paper, image 22 X 30 in., framed 27 1/4 X 35 in.Donna Boyko, Tiger Lily and Hummingbirds, 2011, pastel and conté on paper, image 22 X 30 in., framed 27 1/4 X 35 in.Donna Boyko, Thoughtful Seal, Curious Jellyfish, 2011, pastel and conté on paper, image 22 X 30 in., framed 27 1/4 X 35 in.Donna Boyko, Jealous Squid, Smug Seahorse, 2011, pastel and conté on paper, image 22 X 30 in., framed 27 1/4 X 35 in.Donna Boyko, Butterflies and Mantis, 2011, oil pastel on paper, image 22 X 30 in., framed 27 1/4 X 35 in.Donna Boyko, Glacial Rub, 2011, pastel and conté on paper, image 22 X 30 in., framed 27 1/4 X 35 in.Donna Boyko, Chortles and Confections, 2011, pastel and conté on paper, image 22 X 30 in., framed 27 1/4 X 35 in.Donna Boyko, Warped Corona: recent drawings, Exhibition installation view.Donna Boyko, Warped Corona: recent drawings, Exhibition installation view.Donna Boyko, Warped Corona: recent drawings, Exhibition installation view.Donna Boyko, Warped Corona: recent drawings, Exhibition installation view.Donna Boyko, Warped Corona: recent drawings, Exhibition installation view.Donna Boyko, Warped Corona: recent drawings, Exhibition installation view.

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Garden of Dreams, 2010, oil on canvas,
image: 72 X 60 in., framed: 73.75 X 62 in.
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Elemental: new painting & drawing
August 12 - September 26, 2010

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GALLERY

Donna Boyko, Deep, Deep, 2010, oil on canvas, 48 X 36 in., framed, SOLD.Donna Boyko, Constellations Over Night Beach, 2010, oil on canvas, 28 X 28 in., framedDonna Boyko, Shamanic Dance, 2009/10, oil on canvas, 28 X 28 in., framedDonna Boyko, Drawing #1, Savage, Holy and Enchanted, 2010, charcoal on paper, 31 X 23 in., framedDonna Boyko, Drawing #2, Savage, Holy and Enchanted, 2010, charcoal on paper, 31 X 23 in., framedDonna Boyko, Drawing #3, Savage, Holy and Enchanted, 2010, charcoal on paper, 31 X 23 in., framedDonna Boyko, Drawing #4, Savage, Holy and Enchanted, 2010, charcoal on paper, 31 X 23 in., framedDonna Boyko, Rolling Fog with Plum Tree, 2010, oil on canvas, 36 X 36 in., framed, SOLD.Donna Boyko, Sea Ice and Salt Hay, 2010, oil on canvas, 36 X 36 in., framedDonna Boyko, Sunlight Has Reached Them, 2010, oil on canvas, 30 X 40 in., framedDonna Boyko, Ardent Bush, 2010, oil on canvas, 30 X 40 in., framedDonna Boyko, A Pause in Time, 2010, oil on canvas, 30 X 40 in., framedDonna Boyko, Yellow Marsh, 2010, oil on canvas, 30 X 40 in., framedDonna Boyko, Anyone Know Where We’re Going, 2010, oil on canvas, 30 X 40 in., framedDonna Boyko, Evening Tree, 2010, oil on canvas, 30 X 40 in., framedDonna Boyko, Savage, Holy and Enchanted, 2010, oil on canvas, 72 X 60 in., framed, SOLD.Donna Boyko, Another Time, Another Place, 2010, oil on canvas, 48 X 36 in., framedDonna Boyko, Sea Witch, 2010, oil on canvas, 48 X 36 in., framedDonna Boyko, Luxuriating Sea Nymph, 2010, oil on canvas, 48 X 36 in., framedDonna Boyko, Looking Forward, Looking Back, 2010, oil on canvas, 30 X 40 in., framedDonna Boyko, Elemental: new painting & drawing. Exhibition installation view.Donna Boyko, Elemental: new painting & drawing. Exhibition installation view.Donna Boyko, Elemental: new painting & drawing. Exhibition installation view.Donna Boyko, Elemental: new painting & drawing. Exhibition installation view.Donna Boyko, Elemental: new painting & drawing. Exhibition installation view.Donna Boyko, Elemental: new painting & drawing. Exhibition installation view.Donna Boyko, Elemental: new painting & drawing. Exhibition installation view.Donna Boyko, Elemental: new painting & drawing. Exhibition installation view.

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Seeds of Transformation: recent paintings
September 4 - 28, 2008

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The Globe and Mail

September 13, 2008 Globe Life Style Page L8

Lessons of the fall
Numerous designers are finding inspiration in the fiery beauty of autumn colours this season. You should, too

JANICE LINDSAY
COLOUR WATCH
style@globeandmail.com

When I went to school, fall meant the end of fun and freedom and the beginning of regimented captivity. There were good things such as crisp new textbooks and playground games and Friday art class. But the excitement was always dampened by bland hallways with dreary reproductions of Group of Seven paintings on the walls.
What I didn’t realize then was that those sober landscapes - works such as Arthur Lismer’s Pines of Georgian Bay - were beautiful in reality. Their subtle colouring inspired Para Paints’ 2002 Group of Seven Colour Collection, comprised of 30 nature-based hues.
But tastes change. Now, it’s the wilder side of the group’s palette that seems like the quintessential interpretation of our landscape and is the inspiration for a new generation of artists and designers.
A few years ago, a wild Tom Thomson landscape was reproduced in three dimensions for the annual Canada Blooms garden show. This fall, Toronto textile artist Bev Hisey is channelling the vivid palette of works such as Thomson’s Autumn Foliage (1916) and A.Y. Jackson’s Muskosh River (1939) for a new carpet design.
Called In the Woods, the eight-by-10-foot carpet, which was inspired by a 1950s painting by Hisey’s grandmother, is an exuberant medley of 15 colours including magenta, yolk yellow, dark plum, red, orange and apple green. The designer digitally scanned the work to recreate its pattern but then began pushing the colour scheme in a more vibrant direction. (A second painting is on the back of the first and features a neutral palette of “birch bark” colours; Hisey thinks the piece was never framed because her grandmother could not choose one over the other.)
Canadian design mavens and retailers Shaun Moore and Julie Nicholson (they own the Toronto shop Made) are also into autumnal colour exuberance. Recently, they covered a bare stick of a tree with a camouflage pattern made of vibrantly coloured duct tape. Their installation piece was commissioned by Launchpad (an organization that rents affordable spaces to arts groups) to turn the defunct sapling and its concrete planter into a lively element in the colourless streetscape. Spiky grasses and the colourful bark make the piece a quirky spin on the Group of Seven’s images of solitary trees in glorious colour against a greyer setting.
And fall colours are not just an Eastern Canadian thing. In a show at Toronto’s David Kaye Gallery (http://www.davidkayegallery.com), painter Donna Boyko shows that the B.C. landscape is inspiring as much vibrant colour as Georgian Bay and Algonquin Park did.
Decoratively speaking, this kind of intense colour requires a two-step application. To warm up interiors, start by replacing crisp whites on trim, walls and ceilings with more natural, unbleached colours such as soft greys, taupes and off-whites - the colours of sticks and stones, driftwood or birch bark. (Try Para’s Hardwood Forest [P2722-1] or Record of the Day [P2707-4], both from the Group of Seven Collection.)
Then, like the autumn leaves, go fearlessly into strong, warm oranges (General Paint’s Duppy or Smoked Pumpkin) and deep yellows like Benjamin Moore’s historical yellows (HC7 through HC18). A small touch of any green, from apple to olive, balances the hot colours. Dark burgundies and plums keep the heat in, anchoring accent colours. The effect will be warm and cozy but never dull.
How much nicer it would have been to go back to school and see halls full of colours like these - hues that hold both the heat of summer and the poignant beauty of fall.

Janice Lindsay can be reached through http://www.pinkcolouranddesign.com or 416-961-6281. Her book, All About Colour (McClelland & Stewart), will be released Nov. 7.

GALLERY

Donna Boyko, Spirit Wind, 2008, oil on canvas, 28 X 36 in., framedDonna Boyko, Red Prairie, 2008, oil on canvas, 28 X 36 in., framedDonna Boyko, Currents (diptych), 2007, mixed media collage on paper, 14 X 6 in. ea., framed, SOLD.Donna Boyko, Dream Sea, 2007, oil on canvas, 24 X 48 in., framed, SOLD.Donna Boyko, Noon Streaming, 2008, oil on canvas, 70 X 30 in., framed, SOLD.Donna Boyko, Dusk Streaming, 2008, oil on canvas, 70 X 30 in., framed, SOLD.Donna Boyko, Awakening, 2006, oil on canvas, 60 X 30 in., framedDonna Boyko, Forest Midden, 2004/08, oil on canvas, 60 X 30 in., framed, SOLD.Donna Boyko, Insects and Flowers, 2006, oil on canvas, 60 X 30 in., framedDonna Boyko, Spring on South Road, 2004/08, oil on canvas, 60 X 30 in., framedDonna Boyko, Voluptuous Earth, 2006, oil on canvas, 60 X 30 in., framedDonna Boyko, Flowers in Heat, 2006, oil on canvas, 60 X 30 in., framedDonna Boyko, Fault Line, 2007/08, oil on canvas, 60 X 30 in., framed, SOLD.Donna Boyko, Cave Sanctuary, 2006, oil on canvas, 48 X 36 in., framedDonna Boyko, Fog’s Clearing, 2006/08, oil on canvas, 36 X 48 in., framedDonna Boyko, Seeds of Transformation: recent painting, Exhibition installation view.Donna Boyko, Seeds of Transformation: recent painting, Exhibition installation view.Donna Boyko, Seeds of Transformation: recent painting, Exhibition installation view.Donna Boyko, Seeds of Transformation: recent painting, Exhibition installation view.Donna Boyko, Seeds of Transformation: recent painting, Exhibition installation view.Donna Boyko, Seeds of Transformation: recent painting, Exhibition installation view.Donna Boyko, Seeds of Transformation: recent painting, Exhibition installation view.Donna Boyko, Seeds of Transformation: recent painting, Exhibition installation view.Donna Boyko, Seeds of Transformation: recent painting, Exhibition installation view.Donna Boyko, Seeds of Transformation: recent painting, Exhibition installation view.

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Artist’s Statement

I am exploring gestural mark-making, mark-making that evokes a sense of spiritual energy and passion and a sense of what it means to be human - life with its puzzles, beauty, joy, grief …

Each of my works is a symphony of marks. Each mark carries with it emotional and thought meaning. This meaning is multi-dimensional. For example, a mark may have certain combinations of colour, certain gestural or textural qualities and so on. Each of these qualities in context carries meaning. Each of my works, therefore, is a symphony of meaning. This meaning can be experienced but not necessarily expressed verbally.

I find the work of some other artists to be life enhancing. I hope that my own work has that quality.

GALLERY

Donna Boyko, Polka Dot Dress, 2006, oil on canvas, 48 X 36 in., framed, SOLD.Donna Boyko, First Child, 2006, oil on canvas, 48 X 36 in., framed, SOLD.Donna Boyko, Cave Sanctuary, 2006, oil on canvas, 48 X 36 in., framedDonna Boyko, Deep Red Woods, 2006, oil on canvas, 48 X 36 in., framed, SOLD.