Arnie Lipsey is a painter who uses portraiture, narrative, and psychoanalytical dream imagery to explore questions of identity, family history and second-generation trauma. Arnie’s acrylic canvases reference archival family photographs as a point of departure for this inquiry into the hidden psychological motivations and patterns that undergird family mythologies. The viewer is invited to witness the emotional specificity of someone else’s family, and then relate it to the mythologies of their own. Arnie’s paintings are suffused with magic realism, and are further influenced by storybook illustration, commercial advertising art, and a design sense borne of an award-winning career in animation. He has exhibited and won awards in juried exhibitions and group shows in Ontario and Florida.
The son of immigrants, Arnie was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, and graduated from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts School of Art and Design. He relocated to Toronto, where he had a decades-long career in animation for film and television. Working in classical animation (as director, animator, designer, and storyboard artist) using pencil and paper, he later made a successful transition to digital technologies. Arnie augmented his commercial work with independent filmmaking, making 2 award-winning short animated films that have been screened internationally. In 2017, he returned to his early artistic discipline, painting.
- 2023 “Curious Constructions” featured artist, Gladstone House Stairway Gallery (as part of DesignTO, 2023)
- 2022 John B. Aird Gallery, “Painting 2022”, Online Juried Slideshow and Publication
- 2022 Art Gallery of Mississauga Juried Show of Fine Arts
- 2022 “It’s Personal”, 34T Artist Collective Presents a three-artist group show. Parkview Gallery, Neilson Park Creative Centre, Toronto
- IMPACT 2022, 29th Annual Juried Exhibition, Neilson Park Creative Centre, Toronto
- 2022 Overzealous Fine Art Exhibition, Neilson Park Creative Centre, Toronto
- 2021 Colour and Form Society, 69th Annual Open Juried Exhibition (online)
- 2021 Art Gallery of Mississauga, Inaugural Juried Art Show
- IMPACT 2021, 28th Annual Juried Exhibition, Neilson Park Creative Centre, Toronto **First Prize**
- 2021 Gallery 1313, "In the Picture", Juried Online Exhibition
- 2020 John B. Aird Gallery "Painting 2020", online exhibition / art book
- 2020 Ontario Society of Artists, Open Juried Exhibition
- 2020 Queen Street Art Crawl (Online). Toronto
- 2020 Gallery 1313 "Coming Home", Juried Online Exhibition
- 2020 Members Exhibition "20x20", Morean Arts Center, St. Petersburg, Florida
- 2020 Acrylic Painters USA Juried Exhibition, Tampa Florida
- 2019 Uxbridge Celebration of the Arts, 23rd Annual Juried Art Show
- 2019 August Summer Artists Exhibition, Gallery 1313, Toronto
- 2019 July Summer Emerging Artists Exhibition, Gallery 1313, Toronto
- IMPACT 2019, 27th Annual Juried Exhibition, Neilsen Park Creative Centre, Toronto **Honorable Mention**
- 2019 Colborne Art Gallery 7th Annual Open Juried Exhibition
- 2018 Summer Emerging Artists Exhibition, Gallery 1313, Toronto
- 2018 Faces and Figures 2, Artusiasm Gallery, Toronto
- 2018 Regional Semi Finalist, Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series
- 2018 Overzealous Fine Art Exhibition, Neilson Park Creative Centre, Toronto
In addition to paintings
and figure drawings
, I've also included two independently produced films
that I worked on between commercial engagements.
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