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Biography

Bonnie Baxter was born in Texarkana Texas and has had a studio and residence in Val-David, Québec since 1972. She is a interdisciplinary artist who has maintained an extensive exhibition record both nationally and internationally for more than 4 decades. Her work ranges from Public-Art installations to large-scale pieces in Print Media, video projection and Sculpture.

She studied at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan and received an MFA degree from Vermont College, Norwich University. She lectures extensively including workshops in Canada, Mexico, USA, Turkey and China. She has taught in Concordia’s Print Media Program since 1984.

In 1985 she founded the custom print studio the Atelier du Scarabée in the mountain village of Val-David, Québec. At the Atelier she collaborated and produced etchings, relief prints, and screen-prints for a select group of artists. In 2005 The Musée d'art contemporain des Laurentides presented Rewind, a 10 year survey of Baxter’s work; the exhibition then traveled across Canada and the USA.

Baxter has been awarded grants from The Counseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Canada Council for the Arts, and the Concordia University Part-Time Faculty Association. In 2016 she was awarded the President’s Excellence in Teaching award from Concordia University. She has participated in international print biennials in Bhopal, Russia, Hungary, India, and Taiwan R.O.C.. In 2005, in the context of the Grands Prix de la culture des Laurentides, she was awarded the Prix à la création artistique from Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.

She is represented by Division Gallery in Montreal where she presented 40 new print works in a solo exhibition in 2016.


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Artist’s Statement

I believe in bold colours and strong images made subtle through layers of content. I see that life is not complicated, but it is dense, and that it is easy to get caught in this density - a tiny insect in a mass of layers, struggling to find the surface. I would rather see these layers as opportunities, evidence of the simultaneity, synchronicity, serendipity that abounds in life. And so, my work is about layers, whether in print or in video imagery. To see the sense and beauty in diversity—to find transcendence in the commonplace and to see that the extraordinary is common. With my series “Jane’s Journey,” I cover fresh ground by treading old paths. In the persona of “Jane” I traveled across Europe and the United States to see how they, and I, have changed, and how memory and time have their own way of layering imagery.
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