Veronika Pausova’s paintings are manifestations of a series of challenges the artist sets up and addresses upon the surface of a canvas in order to evoke short stories within each piece. Her works often begin with a fairly straightforward idea, such as to represent objects or entities at once inside and outside of a particular circumstance. Flies on either side of a window ajar, for example, that are rendered with such precision as to look like photo-collaged elements on the surface of the painting. However the notion of a window and the landscape beyond are completely abstracted into a combination of geometric line drawing in fine brush, and a background motif created by soaking the canvas via paint imbibed sponges, or fabric. Pausova ultimately makes distinctly graphic paintings that are funny and captivating, she offsets her skill with her humour, creating surreal compositions that are uniquely hers.
Veronika Pausova was born in Prague, Czech Republic and lives and works in Toronto, Canada. She received her BFA from Glasgow School of Art in 2009 and her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2013. Recent solo and two-person exhibitions include A to C at Simone Subal, New York, USA; Busy Bodies at Parisian Laundry, Montreal, Canada; Drawing the Curtain at Hunt Kastner, Prague, Czech Republic; Age me a Heavy Twig at Franz Kaka, Toronto, Canada; Forest House at Tatjana Pieters, Ghent, Belgium; Chests in the Current at Motel Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, USA; and Tasting the Waters at SARDINE Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, USA. Recent group exhibitions include If I have a body at Remai Modern, Saskatoon; An Assembly of Shapes at Oakville Galleries, Oakville, Canada; Line and Verse at Andrehn Schiptjenko, Stockholm, Sweden; You are Here at Peana Projects, Monterrey, Mexico; and Seek Professional Help, Bureau, NYC, New York.
Born in 1987 in Prague, Czech Republic
Lives and work in Toronto, Canada