Dinah Andersen (b.1956) is a multi-disciplinary artist who works in diverse media, including stone carving, painting, printmaking, and traditional craft practices. After completing Memorial University’s Teacher Education Program, Anderson graduated from the University of Ottawa in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts and a Major in Fine Arts. During university, Anderson had begun carving in soapstone and found the medium to be, “exciting, and a challenge for me,” acknowledging that, “there are not many women carvers around, and I like to do something different.” Andersen carved throughout the late ‘80s, but also began experimenting with pastel drawings and painting. Today, she maintains a thriving two-dimensional art practice developed during her Fine Arts studies at the University of Ottawa.
Her paintings are well-regarded within Labrador and elsewhere; she has participated in numerous exhibitions including First: Aboriginal Artists of Newfoundland and Labrador, which was organized by the St. John’s Native Friendship Centre and first mounted at the Christina Parker Gallery in St. John’s Newfoundland in 1996; a contemporary Nunatsiavummiut exhibition Sikumiut: People of the Sea Ice, (Aboriginal Art Centre, AANDC, Ottawa 2000); and a show at the Labrador Interpretation Centre in 2011. Experimenting with curatorial practice, Dinah also created an exhibition for the Eastern Edge Gallery in St. John’s, NL in the winter of 1994 entitled Pieces of Labrador. Her work in printmaking has also met critical success, and the linocut And They Call Themselves Leaders (1997) is in the collection of The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery. Anderson began by working with pen and ink and pastels to create drawings of primarily coastal animals and birds of prey, later progressing to painting in acrylic and oils and expanded her subject matter to include landscape and figural works.
Time & Location
St. Michael's Print Shop
72 Harbour Drive #2, St. John's, NL A1C 5J2
7:00 - 10:00 PM