Nomi Drory

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I was born in Bolivia of immigrant parents, raised in Israel, and then I moved to Canada as an adult. My interior map has been irrevocably stamped by the immigrant experience: by both a pervasive sense of dislocation and a paradoxical attachment to disparate places. The contrasting cultures and environments of four continents have helped to mould the realm of my consciousness and to direct the material and thematic content of my art.



A large red and black acrylic media painted abstract shape encloses two deconstructed different mixed media painted views of the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, one of building interior space, and the other of the Bloor Street view from the building entrance. An image of a Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaur is interlaced within both vies.

Pivot 9, mixed media on canvas, 40 x 60”

The mixed media works that I have created for Pivot are grounded firmly in Toronto, my home of the past twenty odd years. The show evolved from Mixing Toronto, a project I helped to initiate for Nuit Blanche 2014 as part of the Spring Collective, which involved video projections of sites in the city. My initial training in Israel as an architect has also influenced my artistic process and concerns. In each work, I have juxtaposed subjects mined from photographs that I took while exploring Toronto. At times, the subjects are from photographs that I took in the same general locale— at other times, in different locations. The pieces also include a third major element: a large abstracted colour-saturated shape/window/frame/division. This third element directs the viewer’s interaction with the paintings’ main subjects.



Pivot 7, mixed media on canvas, 42 x 52.5”

I’ve used a variety of methods and media, including enlarged photographs, oil, acrylic, and metallic paints; graphite, charcoal, and pastels; and stencils and cut outs of paper and mylar. My goal is to spark a visual inquiry into architectural, spatial and metaphorical contradictions, and their resolve. My approach is dialectical, implicit and explicit in the tension, collision and collusion between drawing and painting, photography and painting, and the abstract and representational.



A Large dark burgundy abstract shape encloses two juxtaposed images of my back yard in downtown west of Toronto, one is a representational image and one is abstracted image.

Pivot 3, acrylic on canvas, 42 x 52.5”


Mixed media of acrylic paint and graphite drawing depicts the deconstructed view of the Village by the Grange and the Ontario College of art And Design University from the Art Gallery of Ontario, enclosed by two large abstracted windows, one of them is metallic and the other is yellow.

Pivot 4, acrylic on canvas, 42 x 52.5"


Mixed media of acrylic paint and graphite drawing depicts the deconstructed juxtaposed view of the Ontario College of Art and Design University building beside the Victorian building that houses the Above Ground art supply store in Downtown toronto

Pivot 5, mixed media on canvas, 42 x 52.5"


Two different mixed media acrylic painted images, one of a Victorian house in Little Italy neighborhood in Toronto and the other of a patio in the Fort york Condominium district in Toronto, intersect a large oil Mixed media acrylic orange yellow abstract shape.

Pivot 6, mixed media on canvas, 40 x 60”


A large red acrylic media painted abstract shape encloses two different mixed media painted views, one of the  John P. Robarts Research Library of the University of Toronto, and the other of the city view from within the library building.

Pivot 8, acrylic on canvas, 42 x 52.5”


Pivot 1, oil on canvas, 42 x 52.5”


An oil painted image of a Victorian house, and a mixed media painted abstract image of a view through a cutout window, intersect a blue abstract shape painted with large oil based media.

Pivot 2, oil and acrylic on canvas, 40 x 62”



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