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Deb Chaney Biography



These bodies of work of contemporary abstract paintings began in 2009 and continues to evolve today. Each of my paintings is an echo of my own personal evolution and life journey. I begin with a white sheet of roughly textured 23” x 30” 300 pound watercolour paper, a palette knife, some heavy body acrylic paint and the compelling need to create. In the beginning I often don’t know what the painting is about. As the process evolves, I learn about the painting and myself. Each painting can be a culmination of up to 20-30 layers added and taken away, taking anywhere from a week to several months to reach completion.

During this time I am in a relationship with this piece, understanding what the painting has to teach me and show me. Often there is contradiction and tension – fuel for the creative fire. The blending and glazing of colours, the scratching and removing of paint to reveal under colours, the embedding of collage ephemera, the use of pencil and conte markings and scribblings all expressions of feelings of the beauty and the pain, the freedom and the frustration, the evolution and sense of being suspended in time, all encompassed in this journey of life. All these paintings are the fragments of my life.




2016 ‘Selected Works’, Performance Works, Solo Exhibit, Granville Island, Vancouver, BC
2015 ‘Where Spirituality Meets Physicality’, The Cultch, Group Show, Vancouver, BC
2014 ‘We Are East Van’, Group Show, International Design Show, Taiwan.
2014 ‘Fragments of Life’, Gallery 117, Group Artist Exhibit, South Delta, BC
2014 ‘Elected Members Exhibition’, SCA, Etobicoke Gallery, Toronto, ON
2013 Group Exhibit ‘We are East Van’ International Design Show West, Vancouver, BC
2013 Group Show, Rob Wall Gallery, Bowen Island, BC
2013 Group Juried Exhibit, Britannia Library Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2012 Juried Members Exhibit, Society of Canadian Artists, The Halifax Club, Halifax, NS
2012 Juried Group Show, ‘3, 2, 1… Art Party’, Seymour Gallery, North Vancouver, BC
2012 Solo Show, Pure Abstraction, Havana Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2011 Two-Person Exhibit, Little Gems, The Beaumont Studios, Vancouver, BC
2010 Group Show, Little Gems, The SCA, Galerie Ouest, Toronto, ON
2010-2013 Open Studio Events, Eastside Culture Crawl, Vancouver, BC



2014 -current.
D2ART and Sala Interiors, Los Angeles California, USA.
2014 – current.
Kunat Fine Art Gallery, Germany
Rob Wall Gallery, Bowen Island, British Columbia, Canada
2010. Castle Antiques and Estate Dealers, Vancouver, BC



2000 – B.Sc. Earth and Ocean Sciences. University of Victoria, BC, Canada
1998 – current – Workshops, Private Study, & On-going Continuing Education.


2014. 1 month painting residency. Toffia, Italy330 C Creativa Officiana
2014. Diploma of Excellence. 9th Annual Female Art Addiction based in London UK.
2011-2014 Live/Work Artist Residency, The Artist Resource Centre (ARC), Vancouver, BC
1982 Sophie Clapham Memorial Award for Recognition in Fine Art