About the Artist
Born in Romania, Pnina Granirer later moved to Israel and studied at the Bezalel Academy of Art in Jerusalem, Israel. After some time spent in the United States, she and her husband came to Canada in 1965. Granirer has lived and worked in Vancouver since the 1960s.
Her travels to France, the Netherlands, Spain, Japan, and Mexico inspired several series of works, including the Alhambra Series and the Kyoto Suite. Granirer has shown her work locally, nationally and internationally and it may be found in numerous private, corporate and public collections.
In 1989 she published the Trials of Eve, a book based on a series of works by the same name. A film, The Trials of Eve by Gretchen Jordan-Bastow, was launched in 1990 at the Pacific Cinemateque in Vancouver and later shown at the UNESCO International Art Film Festival, Paris.
In 1998 the artist had a 40-year retrospective at the Richmond Art Gallery. For the occasion, Pnina Granirer: Portrait of an Artist, a lavishly illustrated book written by former Vancouver Art Gallery curator Ted Lindberg, was published by Ronsdale Press. More information can be found below.
The Dancers Suite is one of Granirer's most important bodies of work. The mixed-media works capture dancers from Ballet BC in charcoal and pastels. The work was shown in three separate exhibitions that included installations using mylar transparencies and featured live dance performances.
In 1993, together with artist friend Anne Adams, Granirer initiated Artists in our Midst which allowed members of the public to visit several West Side artists in their homes and studios. Artists in our Midst has become a successful annual community-oriented open studios event in Vancouver, British Columbia. The event now involves more than 70 artists living and working on the West Side of Vancouver.
Since 2003 Granirer has showed extensively in International Group exhibitions in Europe, South America and Israel.
The Trials of Eve explores in visual and poetic form the history of woman based on the ancient story of Adam and Eve. The pictoral and verbal narrative, in the form of a three- act play, describes Eve's courtroom trial and subsequent tribulations. The disturbing drama ends on a note of hope for the future of men and women.
The hardcover edition was first published in 1989 in a limited edition of 100 copies and is now a collector's item. It can be found in special collections of public art galleries and university fine art libraries in Canada, the U.S. and France. This edition was awarded the 1989 Alcuin Citation Award for book design, the only one of its kind in Canada. There are 12 full colour tipped in images accompanied by twelve poems in English and French.
The bilingual limited edition with an original wood engraving is sold out. A few copies without a print are still available directly from the artist. The soft cover ($30 ) is almost sold out, but re-sale copies may be found on Amazon and Abebooks. To purchase Trials of Eve please contact the artist.
Pnina Granirer, Portrait of an Artist. Over the past forty years, Pnina Granirer has
been exploring and extending her perception of the world around us with exuberantly
colourful and formally innovative paintgs and prints.
Ted Lindberg analyzes in detail Granirer's art, from her early years in Romania through her
student experiences in Israel to her mature works in Canada. Lavishly illustrated, the book contains 195 full colour pages of Granirer's paintings
with a special section devoted to her works as a print maker.
To purchase Pnina Granirer, Portrait of an Artist, please order direct from Ronsdale Press
Bookstores: order from General Distribution Services ISBN: 0-921870-54-X
Softcover $39.95, hardcover with original print $199.00 (edition of 100)