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Danica Lundy Biography

Danica Lundy is a Canadian artist whose works draw from personal experience and wider cultural narratives to depict the intimate emotions of adolescence. Her paintings and drawings often contain complex, crowded scenes, and explore multiple perspectives through figuration and symbolism. Lundy lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

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Early Years

Danica Lundy was born in 1991 in Salt Spring Island. In her childhood, Lundy studied her father's Renaissance books and practised drawing by copying sculptures.

In 2013, Lundy graduated from Mount Allison University in Sackville with a Bachelor of Fine Arts specialising in painting. In the same year she presented her first solo exhibition at START Gallery, Sackville. In 2017, Lundy attended the New York Academy of Art to complete her Master of Fine Arts.

Danica Lundy Artworks

Lundy's practice depicts intimate moments in adolescence, merging personal memories with cultural references to capture moments in the period between childhood and adulthood. Her paintings portray fragmented narratives that are both visceral and unsettling, fusing reality with dreamlike scenery to evoke an array of sensations and perspectives. Lundy works largely with oil on canvas, using vivid colour palettes and bold brushstrokes.

Chamber (2022)

Produced for the exhibition Stop Bath at London's White Cube, the oil on canvas painting Chamber (2022) portrays two young women sitting beside the artist's sick father in a hospital bed. The composition mimics a camera lens, with the circular aperture placed at the centre of the canvas, and parts of a disassembled camera framing the border of the painting.

Chamber combines Lundy's personal experience with her technical skill. The loose wheels, bolts, and mirrors scattered across the canvas represent the artist's interest in different ways of seeing, while the technical camera details reference the importance of photography in her father's life.

Romancing the Sink (2022)

Romancing the Sink (2022) depicts a young woman lying despondently with her head resting against a bathroom sink. Executed in oil on canvas, Lundy uses expressive brushstrokes and vibrant streaks of colour to capture the deep emotion experienced by the model.

Like other works by Lundy, Romancing the Sink explores a narrative that highlights the turbulent emotions experienced through adolescence. The rough application of paint is juxtaposed with watered-down brushstrokes, suggestive of the sudden changes and accelerated physical development experienced in youth.

Awards and Accolades

Lundy was the recipient of several awards and residencies, including the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant (2019); Tryfon Art Residency, Molyvos (2019); New York Academy of Art Chubb Fellowship (2017); The Eileen Guggenheim and Russell Wilkinson Scholarship (2016); Leipzig International Art Programme, Leipzig (2016); New York Academy of Art Academy Merit Scholarship (2015); British Columbia Arts Council Scholarship (2015).

Exhibitions

Danica Lundy has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions internationally.

Solo exhibitions include Stop Bath, White Cube, London (2022); Three Hole Punch, Magenta Plains, New York (2022); Cherry Log Road, Super Dakota, Brussels (2021); bleach cologne, GNYP Gallery, Berlin (2020); The ghost I made you be, C+N Canepaneri, Milan (2018); How I Know I'm Here, START Gallery, Sackville (2013).

Group exhibitions include Women of Now: Dialogues of Memory, Place, and Identity, Green Family Art Foundation, Dallas (2022); Art Antwerp, Super Dakota, Antwerp (2021); Rear Window, White Cube, London (2020); Off-Nostalg(h)ia, Super Dakota, Brussels (2020); Is Anybody Home LOL, Super Dakota, Brussels (2020); Auguries of Innocence, Fredericks & Freiser, New York (2020); Dialogue, Tryfon Gallery, Lesbos (2019).

Collections

Lundy's artworks are included in the collections of the Dallas Museum of Art; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami; and Sydney Modern Project, New South Wales.

Website and Instagram

Danica Lundy's website can be found here, and her Instagram can be found here.

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