Preston Pavlis’ work on canvas and fabric represents his interest in the fusion of painting and textiles as a means to explore narrative, form and color. Focused on poetic association and metaphor, the resulting works in oil, embroidery, and collage are personal charts for time and memory. The works situate solitary figures on often non-descript grounds, their gazes shift between the viewer and somewhere beyond the space of the spectator. Whether their expressions are pensive, contemplative, ebullient, or intent – there is an interiority that is palpable. Pavlis’ figures convey a subtle energy and a deep sense of presence that is enhanced by their imposing scale.
Pavlis was born in Loma Linda, California. He resided in Edmonton, Alberta, and currently lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he is completing his studies at the Nova Scotia College of Arts and Design. Pavlis was Alberta’s regional winner of the BMO 1st Art Competition in 2019 and recently won the 2021 Eldon + Anne Foote Edmonton Visual Arts Prize. He has presented his work in exhibitions at Bradley Ertaskiran, Montreal, at Half Gallery, NYC, and at the John & Maggie Mitchell Gallery, Edmonton. His work has also been included in recent art fair presentations including Frieze New York and NADA Miami.
Born in Loma Linda, California, 1999
Lives and work in Halifax, Nova Scotia