Artists > Lila Lewis Irving >
back to artists




Lila Lewis Irving is the recipient of many art awards and is the first ever winner of the Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM) ‘Artist of Distinction’ award in May 2013. She is also a member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour and the Ontario Society of Artists.

Lila Lewis Irving's painting is an energetic and intense process, which results in emotional abstracted work, deeply felt. The impetus is a response to a visual, an emotional or a musical world, or all three. The shapes are bold and simplified, the colours saturated, the brushstrokes energetic.

Lila was born and educated in United States and moved to Canada in 1964. She has a BA in English from Brooklyn College , New York , an MFA in Theatre Arts from Iowa State University and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin .

Lila has had numerous exhibitions in Canada , the Unites States, England and Japan and is the recipient of many art awards. She has works in many private and corporate collections including: Scotia Bank, Torstar, Zurich Insurance, Princess Margaret Hospital , Noranda and IBM


2012 Con Spirito, Art Gallery of Mississauga

2011 Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville

2006 Leonardo Galleries, Toronto

2003 Westdale Gallery, Hamilton

2002 Lila Lewis Irving with Emma Kokai , Cedar Ridge Studio Gallery, On

2001 Black Magic , Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville

2000 The Bronze Series , Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville Avenue Studios , Toronto

1999 Celebration , Simultaneous Solo Exhibitions: Trias gallery, Toronto and Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville

1998 Appassionata , The Art Gallery of Mississauga
Elephant Barn Gallery, Georgeville, P.Q
"Lila Lewis Irving and Vivian Felsen" , Wallace Avenue Gallery, Toronto
The Forge Studio Gallery, Terra Cotta, On
Gallery Gabor, Toronto , On

1989 Boedeker Gallery, Toronto

The Royal Victoria Hospital Bebefit Exhibition, Montreal

1985 Springbank Visual Arts Centre, Mississauga , On,

1984 Milton Fine Arts Gallery, Milton , On 1983 Goethe Institute, Ottawa : With Almuth Lutkenhaus, Sculptor
Yukon Gallery, Whitehorse
Fairways Gallery, Mississauga : With Alan Kingsland, Painter

1982 Centennial Gallery, Oakville

1981 Woodblock Prints, Peel Museum and Art Gallery , Brampton
"Shape and Substance" , The Little Gallery, Oakville