AN ARTIST’S LIFE – BOOK LAUNCH
with the Zack Gallery
Thursday, November 16, 6:00pm
PNINA GRANIRER / Light Within the Shadows, A Painter’s Memoir
SPONSORED BY THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF JEWISH WOMEN
“The hackneyed phrase that ‘an image is worth one thousand words’ may well be true, but along with my paintings, now I need those thousand words to tell my stories.“ – Pnina Granirer
Light Within the Shadows: a painter’s memoir, is the story of Pnina Granirer’s life as a painter whose career spans almost sixty years. Conceived as a play in three acts, it unfolds from her hometown on the Danube River in Romania during the war and the Communist takeover, to art school in Jerusalem, followed by three years spent in the USA and finally arriving in Vancouver in 1965. Granirer candidly shares her successes and failures, addressing issues of dislocation, ‘otherness,’ and the uprooted soul’s wish for permanency and belonging.
Amidst the joys and restrictions of family life, Granirer created a large body of art, ignoring trends and searching for renewal and new ideas. With wry optimism and humour she openly discusses the politics and obstacles encountered by artists and gives an inside view of how art is forged and released into the world.
“Granirer writes with a painter’s eye, vividly evoking cities from Jerusalem to Paris to Montreal, and landscapes from the coastal sand dunes of Israel to the far north of Canada.” – Graham Good, Professor Emeritus of English, UBC
Opening Reception and Art Exhibit 7:00-9:00pm
This exhibit is a celebration of Pnina Granirer’s newly published book; it follows the written words, becoming a small retrospective of works featured in the book. Drawings, wood engravings and watercolours from her life in Jerusalem, Illinois, Montreal and Vancouver that have never been shown before, will give the viewer a deeper understanding of her beginnings as an artist.
“…a lively and touching act of memory and affirmation, as vivid, theatrical and perceptive as Granirer’s paintings themselves. It shows both an artist’s eye for the telling detail and a historian’s awareness of social and political context.” – Max Wyman, critic and cultural commentator.