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Maureen Doody

Artist member since 2020
Ottawa, Ontario

Maureen is an award-winning contemporary artist, photographer and former elite athlete, from Ottawa, Canada.

Maureen’s journey of intrinsic personal exploration has led her to become an abstractionist with international reach. Employing unconventional colours, compositions and tonal schema, her paintings are an authentic expression of ‘revelations of self’; and by virtue, capture the transient nature of life and the essence of the human condition. An anthropologist, her paintings reflect her connection to the world around her, where one can discern reoccurring themes of truth, unity of nature, healing, reinvention, resilience, and the power of “I am”.

Maureen holds a degree in Anthropology and Film Studies from the University of Western Ontario; and, a Masters in Cultural Anthropology from Carleton University. During her studies, Maureen competed on both the Varsity Basketball and Track and Field teams, is a multiple Academic All-Canadian and a 2018 UWO Sports Hall of Honour Inductee.  Throughout the course of her esteemed athletics career, including numerous national honours, Maureen was heralded as one of Canada’s elite long jumpers.

Maureen conjointly conceived and launched one of Canada’s most prestigious wedding/portrait studios.  Her award-winning work has had international reach and has been featured in national wedding publications.  

A cancer diagnosis in 2017 ‘awakened’ the artist to pursue her passion for painting.

Maureen’s early influence in painting stems from her east coast heritage, namely her late father, the renowned Newfoundland ceramicist William Doody. Under his guidance and mentorship Maureen developed and honed her skills as a painter in both oil and acrylic mediums.  In addition, she learned the craft of various ceramic techniques, such as glazing, staining, acrylic paint application and kiln firing.  

Maureen also had the privilege of further developing her skills and artistry in oil painting and relief/sculpture technique, in the mediums of wood and clay, from family friend and international artist, author and teacher, Fr. Herman Falke, O.C.A. (Life member of the Sculptors Society of Canada; painter and sculptor of the "human landscape”).

In 2018, Maureen was selected as one of 17 “New” artists from across Canada for the ‘Get Noticed’ Art Exhibit at the Red Head Gallery in Toronto. This is a biannual exhibition of visual artists selected by Toronto gallerists noted for actively raising the bar for Canada’s commercial art world. In addition, she was one of 35 artists selected by the Ontario Society of Artists for their biannual Emerging Artists Juried Exhibition.

Her paintings have been featured in Ottawa Photography and Art Label (OPAL) magazine and the international publication Studio Visit Magazine.

Selected for numerous juried art exhibits, her work can be found in galleries and private collections throughout Canada and the United States. 

Maureen is currently in the studio creating new pieces for two upcoming solo exhibits at the Shenkman Arts Centre, Ottawa, May - June, 2020 and Exposure Gallery, Ottawa, September - November, 2020.


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Q+A

Only thing you need when you leave the house

Lip balm! I'm obsessed!

In a previous life I was (a) ...

Nationally ranked track athlete (long jump) and competed nationally for over ten years. Training and giving back to the sport community are very close to my heart.

Favourite book

A Secret History by Donna Tartt. It would be my dream to adapt this story into a movie (hire me!).

When I'm not making art, I'm (a) ...

Writing!!! I currently have two screenplays and two non-fiction short stories in the works!

Why is art important to you?

I believe that art can forge the path to one’s true self-expression and nurture a mind-body-spirit connection. Abstraction has allowed me to distill and better communicate my emotions and ideas about life, nature and our respective place within it. It is a means of exploring subjective experiences as a gateway to broader human concerns. I too, believe in the power of art to heal. I hope to engage, inspire and help others find and nurture their true purpose in life through art.

Upcoming Exhibitions
2020-05-24

Shenkman Arts Centre, Ottawa
Solo Show

2020-09-30

Exposure Gallery, Ottawa
Solo Show

Chandler, AZ
Resident Artist

Select Past Exhibitions
2018

Uxbridge Municipal Building, Uxbridge
Celebration of the Arts Exhibition

2018

Neilson Park Creative Centre, Toronto
Ontario Society of Artists biannual 2018 Emerging Artists Exhibition

2018

Red Head Gallery, Toronto
‘Get Noticed’

2018

Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery , Toronto
Colour and Form Society’s 66th Annual Exhibition

2019

Propeller Art Gallery, Toronto
Blue|Bleu Impulse

2019

Freedom Factory, Toronto
Broken Bits: International Women’s Day

2019

Freedom Factory, Toronto
Visual Arts Movement

2019

Alice’s Cafe and Art Studio, Ottawa
Solo Show

2019

Aberdeen Pavilion, Ottawa
Wall Candy

2020

Twist Gallery, Toronto
Extracting the Abstract

Accolades
2018

Gallery Ring
"Juror's Choice" Award

Press
2019

OPAL Magazine
Issue 3

2020

Studio Visit Magazine
Volume 45/46

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