Virginia Dupuis, SCA
I honour domesticity and passing down of traditions, by using artefacts to personify women who nurture. Working in the traditional medium of oil, layer over layer, allows me to mimic the careful patience in the making of the original object. I want the viewer to sense the quiet generosity of caring women, feeling a connection that triggers their own memories. My work can be interpreted as honest yet wistful.
Virginia is a graduate of the 3 year Fine Arts Diploma at the Ottawa School of Art. In the final year she refined her oil painting practice by completing two Advanced Studios in oil painting, as well as two Apprenticeships in oil painting with a concentration into colour theory. Virginia was the recipient of both the Ted Marshall Scholarship and the Morton Baslaw Watercolour Scholarship at the Ottawa School of Art. She has also won Best in Show at the Ottawa School of Art Instructors and Student Annual Show and Sale for three consecutive years – 2009 to 2011.
Virginia won Juror’s Awards in the Arteast Annual Juried Awards Show for five consecutive years, each in a different medium, as well as the Juror’s Award for AOE Arts Council Selections 2011 show. She was awarded a grant from the AOE Arts Council to present her work on the Lalande and Doyle Exhibition Space in Shenkman Arts Centre, as well as Exhibition Assistance grants from the Ontario Arts Council.
Virginia is a juried member of Art Lending of Ottawa and an elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists.