Arnie Lipsey


Born in Montreal, Quebec, Arnie Lipsey is a graduate of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts School of Art and Design. After graduation, he moved to Toronto, where he had a decades-long career in animation for film and television. Working in classical animation (as animator, director, designer and storyboard artist) using pencil and paper, he later successfully transitioned to digital technologies. He augmented his commercial output with independent filmmaking, creating award-winning short animated films that have been internationally recognized. Arnie is a member of Acrylic Painters USA and the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance.

Artist’s Statement

More recently I've returned to my original artistic passion: painting. My work is personal and focuses on the psychological legacies that link generations. In my painting practice I use elements of narrative and portraiture to explore questions of identity and the hidden psychological motivations and patterns that undergird family mythologies. My paintings often use old family photographs as a point of departure for an exploration of underlying intergenerational dynamics. These interpretive portraits may also incorporate additional elements, objects and settings that speak to the nature of the myth surrounding the subject. The paintings are executed in acrylics, affording the freedom to invent and control colour elements that enhance and transform the original black and white source material. My aim is to produce images that mine symbolism and nostalgia, without being either overtly symbolic or primarily nostalgic. The viewer is invited to witness the emotional specificity of someone else's family, and then relate it to the mythologies of their own.


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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