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Shira Toren

Artist Biography

Shira Toren
Visual Artist
Bushwick, NY
Shira Toren is an American-Israeli artist. Born in Tel-Aviv.
She moved to New York City to study fine art and design.
Toren received her BFA from the Pratt Institute and An Associate Degree in Art Therapy from The New School.
She Attended classes in Paintings and Printmaking at The Arts Student League NYC.
Ms.Toren is currently working in her studio in Bushwick, NY
Solo Shows:
11/2015 Eternal Return Cross Contemporary Art Saugerties NY
04/2014 Six Depot West Stockbridge, Berkshires MA
10/2013 Ditto, works in blue, NYU Gallery Network, New York University NYC, NY
01/2013 Graphite Reflection, Grace Institute NYC, NY.
05/2010 Beyond the Path, J Klaynberg Gallery, Chelsea NY
Recent Selected Group Shows:
03/2017 Life is the art of drawing without an eraser. Say What? Contemporary Tannersville NY
02/2017 Noir, Defining the Melodrama, Longwood gallery Hostos, CUNY, Bronx NY
12/2016 Word Count Cross Contemporary Art Saugerties NY (3 Person show)
09/2016 Creative Climate Award Human Impacts Institute NYC
06/2016 Islip Museum NY Private viewing Curator: Eileen Palmer
03/2016 Space, Bergamot Station LA, CA Curator : Bill Fishman
05/2015 De Amerikanen komen Galerie Bij de Boeken, Ulft The Nederland
04/2015 The National Weather Center Biennale, Fred Jones Museum of Art, Norman, OK Group
03/2015 The Asia Contemporary Art Show HONG KONG


My Abstract Monochromatic work is process oriented.
In an eclectic method, uniquely developed over time, I rub-in graphite powder, pigments and ink on to plaster substrates, applied to canvas. In multiple layered applications, the mineral ink, when mixed with water, follows the brushstroke, and deposits pigment at the edges of the line. Graphite powder settles on the surface, and leaves a tactile smooth cool satin finish skinlike.
My imageries often change, varied from elements of nature, to graphic patterns. It is an individual vocabulary of themes, that is distinctively taken from personal experiences, and interactions with the environment around us through time and space.
The finished paintings invoke vague memories, aged images – like old photographs, worn, partly-faded, and treasured.

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