Light within the Shadows; a painter’s memoir

April 7, 2017 Posted by pnina

Pnina Granirer’s memoir. Light within the Shadows, will be launched during the Artists in our Midst /West side of Main Open Studios event, on May 25th, from 7 – 9 pm, at Lord Byng School, 16th and Crown (entrance on Crown).

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Pnina Granirer’s memoir of her life from 1935 to the present describes a true artist’s odyssey conceived as a drama in three acts, starting with a perilous childhood as a Jewish girl in 1940s Romania, continuing with emigration to Israel in the early years of the state, and concluding with a long creative period in North America, mostly based in Vancouver. 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.

Granirer shares her creative process and how it relates to her life experience in three very different cultures, with their different opportunities and limitations

This thoughtful and fascinating memoir would appeal to anyone interested in the creative life, and how it was lived by one gifted and determined artist through the vicissitudes of the 20th century and into the 21st.

Graham Good

Professor Emeritus of English, UBC

Author of The Observing Self and Humanism Betrayed

About pnina

Pnina Granirer has exhibited locally, nationally and internationally in numerous solo and group shows. Her works are found in public and private collections in Canada, the U.S., Europe, Australia, Israel and Chile. Her prize 1989 winning limited edition book THE TRIALS OF EVE won the Alcuin Citation Award and a film based on the book was produced by Gretchen Jordan-Bastow. In 1993, together with artist Anne Adams, Granirer initiated and organised the ongoing ARTISTS IN OUR MIDST Open Studios event, the first art walk in Vancouver. A Forty years' Retrospective of her work was held in January 1997 at the Richmond Art Gallery; a book on her life and work, PNINA GRANIRER: Portrait of an Artist by Ted Lindberg, was published by Ronsdale Press and a film by the same title was launched in 2005 on BRAVO!TV. Granirer's work has always reflected personal experiences. She works in series, allowing an idea to grow and develop. Her interest lies in unifying shape with content through various media.

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