Hello and welcome to my page, I am a Visual Artist, Mixed/Multi Media
Deborah Bakos is a photo-based / mixed media painter from Vancouver. She is a member of the all-female art collective 13 Feet Off The Ground and a founder/member of Parker Art Salon. Deborah holds a Certificate of Fine Arts/Painting from Emily Carr University and a Bachelor of Education in English/Fine Arts/Media Literacy from Simon Fraser University. She is a former Humanities Educator (English Literature and Social/Media Studies) with 14 years of experience culminating in published curriculum for University of Victoria’s Center for Addictions Research. Deborah currently provides demonstrations for Opus Art Supplies and studio based workshops for individuals, corporations and not for profit collectives. Through artwork donation, she is an annual supporter of numerous charities related to women, children and health and the environment. Deborah’s paintings are exhibited in public spaces and commercial galleries with work held in international and local collections/publications in Vancouver, Istanbul, Toronto, Cincinnati USA, San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico and Treviso, Italy.
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Samples of my work
My photo-based paintings re-imagine gendered messages in media and advertising. I use photographs of women over the past 100 years to explore and comment on relationship hierarchies that have tipped the scales in men’s favour. By altering the contexts of these photographs, placing women centre stage, I aim to expose contradictions and further the dialogue around gender equality. Humour is an integral part of my work. I use it to engage viewers and to make palatable conversations that might otherwise be avoided. Gender discrimination has long and insidious history. Currently riding its 4th wave towards our collective conscience, feminism is a belief system that still has its detractors. Employing a little dark humour is a means to reveal the absurdity of paternalistic rituals that rob more than 50 percent of our global population of opportunities to make more meaningful contributions to society. A bold and vibrant aesthetic is also made purposeful in my paintings. I use blocks of acrylic paint in complementary hues to create a playful, contemporary style and to highlight the black and white protagonists in my narratives. With a nod to “women’s work”, traditionally disregarded in the male dominated art world, some of my paintings include brightly patterned fabrics, embroidery thread, ribbons, lace and beads. I use these materials to both embellish and to celebrate our “herstory” as makers.