Joyce Wieland, ‘Yellow Icons’, ca. 1968, Caviar20

Joyce Wieland (1931-1998) is one of the most accomplished and versatile Canadian artists. She achieved a level of commercial and critical success in her lifetime that was exceptional for a woman in her era in a male-dominated field.

Notably, she was the first female artist to have a solo exhibition at the National Gallery (Ottawa) in 1971 and the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto) in 1987.

In the mid 1960's Wieland began to embrace more representational and narrative elements in her work. Inspired by comic books, and her background in film as an animator, Wieland began dividing up her surfaces to convey narrative or a sequential scene - similar to a storyboard in film pre-production.

In this work Wieland presents some of her most beloved icons: a woman's lips, a plane and a boat - each in a box reminiscent of a storyboard arrangement. During the 1960's and beyond Wieland revisits these motifs in a variety of guises whether in the "Disaster Series" or her famous lipstick prints

Joyce Wieland works can be found in numerous public collections across Canada including the National Gallery, Museum London and the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto) to mention a few.

Signature: Signed by the artist

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