Con Spirito | Lila Lewis Irving | From The Teacher

With a career that has spanned over 50 years, and a following of devoted fans, Lila Lewis Irving’s latest exhibition Lila Lewis Irving: Con Spirito | Retrospective will conclude on April 29 at the Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM).

Throughout the late 1980s, Irving was a pupil of famed American abstract expressionist painter Helen Frankenthaler who is best known for her work Mountains and Sea (1952).

The exhibition featured Irving’s selected works through more than three decades including woodcut prints from the 1970s, watercolour and gouache on paper from the 1980s and acrylics on paper and canvas from the 1990s.

The exhibition also featured multimedia components with an accompanying book and documentary film.

Appassionata was published in celebration of Irving’s life and body of work and features entries from many of her friends, followers and art professionals alike.

Con Spirito, a 30-minute film, chronicled Irving’s creative process, which she has been perfecting for decades. Produced by Chris Vandijk and edited by Joel-Adam Powley, the film details Irving’s approach to life and her work and how she grew to become an artist.

As April 29 approaches, the AGM will continue to celebrate Irving’s work through a series of blog posts based on entries written by Irving’s own students. The posts will contain memorable anecdotes of what her students best remember of Irving and her teaching methods.

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