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A Few Previous Exhibitions

Vivian Reiss: Portraits

Solo show at the Prince Takamado Gallery, Canadian Embassy Tokyo. The show took place in 2006, and was in conjunction with Vivian Reiss' show at the Echigo Tsumari Triennial.  The Embassy show consisted of portraits of Canadian in the Arts

Vivian Reiss: Works on Paper

Solo show at the Gallery Concept 21 in the Omotesando area of Tokyo. The show took place in 2006, and featured a collection of gouache on paper paintings.

“Colour in Motion, Portraits of Food

Solo show at the Reiss Gallery, It took place April 28 , 2007 to September 15, 2007

, Vivian Reiss is a woman who responds to life fully. An artist and bon vivant, Reiss' vivid colours and bold interpretations are evidence of her vibrant life.

Reiss is committed to living her life with creativity, originality, and innovation. For Reiss, the creation of art has always been inextricably linked to the sustenance of life. An urban farmer, Reiss cultivates a garden that could stock an exotic produce shop … replete with edible flowers. She hosts modern-day Salons in her opulent and offbeat home - the ideal showcase for her art - with artists, politicians, rogues and vagabonds!

In a long tradition dating from Egyptian tombs to Dutch still lifes, depictions of food through colour and form have enchanted the eye and the palate. COLOUR IN MOTION, PORTRAITS OF FOOD is an enticing new exhibition of paintings by Vivian Reiss dealing with the themes of cuisine, feasting and festivities. An exuberant exhibition, Reiss' culinary compositions are a sensory delight. Featuring portraits, landscapes and still lifes, COLOUR IN MOTION, PORTRAITS OF FOOD combines Reiss' fresh bold colour palette with fresh bold flavours.

"Nourishment is derived form all five senses - taste, smell, sound, touch and sight. With my paintings, I add the heart and the mind." Vivian Reiss

COLOUR IN MOTION, PORTRAITS OF FOOD is Reiss' fourth show in her custom designed gallery. The V. Reiss Gallery offers one of the few opportunities in Canada to view a body of work in an environment designed by the artist herself, offering a uniquely encompassing aesthetic experience.

Renowned for her deep sense of beauty and joy in her paintings, Reiss' 35-year career as an artist reached new heights after three shows in Japan last year, including the prestigious international showcase Echigo-Tsumari Triennial, drew more than 300,000 enthusiastic viewers.

Reiss' career began with her training at The School of the Museum of Fine Art in Boston and currently includes 25 solo shows and more than 15 group shows. Her paintings can be found in collections belonging to former heads of state for Canada and Hungary; Canadian Embassies in Tokyo, Washington and Paris; and in private and corporate collections in more than 15 countries.

Through her emotionally and visually charged art; and her endeavours in painting, design, architecture, gardening, cooking, philanthropy, fundraising, mentoring, travel, cross-cultural dialogues, and serving as an artistic ambassador; Reiss is a committed veteran of the Canadian art scene and the living embodiment that art, like food, is integral to life!

The Satoyama Story: Vivian Reiss in Japan
August 9, 2007 to October 25, 2007

At The Japan Foundation, Toronto
131 Bloor St W, 2nd floor, Toronto, in the Colonnade Building at Avenue Road and Bloor

An artist's reflection of life and art in a tiny rice-farming village in the mountains of Japan

The Japan Foundation, Toronto
131 Bloor Street West, 2FL of the Colonnade
416-966-1600 x. 224

Living for three months in a rice-farming village in Japan, Toronto painter Vivian Reiss created an extraordinary body of artwork. She painted a series of intensely personal portraits of the inhabitants of the village, which express on a deep level the soul of the individuals and the culture of the village. The work was part of the Echigo Tsumari Triennial, the largest international art exhibition in Japan, visited by 300,000 people. This exhibition showcases her paintings from this period, including portraits; paintings of mountain flowers, snow monkeys & Japanese toys & antiques, which are contextualized with some of the objects themselves. Two stimulating lectures by Reiss and a concert accompany the exhibition.

Lecture & Interview with Phil Silver Dean of Fine Arts at York University:
Thursday, Sept. 27, 7 PM. RSVP 416.966.1600 x500 or rsvp@jftor.org with Vivian Reiss and Phillip Silver, Dean of Fine Arts at York University

Artist Tour & Concert:
Saturday, Oct. 13, 2 PM. RSVP 416.966.1600 x600 or rsvp@jftor.org


..July 23, 2006 to September 10, 2006

Echigo-Tsumari Triennial, Japan

"Satoyama Storehouse"

Tel: 81 (0)3 5376 4360

Artwork located in Hachi Village, 10 minutes by car from Tokamachi Station

Reiss has spent 3 months intimately in the tiny mountain village of Hachi, painting portraits of the elderly inhabitants. Reiss's stunningly personal and vibrant portraits are installed in the village's abandoned elementary school as part of the Echigo Tsumari Triennial, Japan's foremost international art exhibit.

To see photos click here Satoyama Storehouse.

.. October 19 - December 25 2007

Reiss Gallery, Toronto
500 College St, Toronto, (W of Bathurst)
phone 416-836-4575

"The Satoyama Story Continues" works inspired by Japan, companion exhibit to the Japan Foundation show

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.. January 31 - February 2, 2008


Art Sense-ational: The Neuroscience of Molecular Gastronomy

Vivian Reiss and Ariel Garten
Reiss Gallery
500 College Street

Molecular gastronomy is the hottest topic in the world of cuisine. It uses science to explore how food is transformed and allows flavours and textures to be isolated and recombined in surprising and delightful ways.

What is it like to taste colour? Join brain guru Ariel Garten for a stimulating lecture illustrated by a molecular gastronomical tasting of food. The event takes place surrounded by Vivian Reiss’ paintings of food for a complete sensory experience of the art and science of taste.

Ariel Garten was recently featured as lecturer on TVO's Big Ideas show.

Thursday, Jan 31, Friday, February 1 and Saturday Feb 2, 2008.

Seatings at 8:00 - 10:00 pm and 10:00 PM - 12:00

$20 + taxes

416- 839-9943