Brona Wingell is a truly compelling visionary artist with innovative composition skills and profound colour sensibility. She has a deep reverence for the spirit in all things and paints for the beauty inherent in the process and to share her love.
Brona’s unique experience in the arts dates from before age 15, although only recently she began to produce paintings. The trigger which sparked her interest was in meeting and painting with Ritchie Sinclair; a well established Canadian woodland artist. His paintings deeply moved her and inspired her to pursue her own artistic path as a painter. Since 2013 she has created an extensive array of paintings and drawings, including painting large-scale collaborative murals with Sinclair.
Brona’s art has been deeply influenced by the sacred symbolism inherent in Canadian Woodland art, and with the art-form’s prominent colors and black outline, so reminiscent of stain-glass windows. Her artistic medium of choice is acrylic paint applied to canvas or reclaimed furniture. She also converts her black & white drawings into striking prints using a contrast inversion technique.
As a former professional dancer and dance teacher, Brona’s stunning paintings are intricately choreographed with beautifully fluent form and razor-sharp lines. From nature, she derives personal inspiration and a sense of the interconnection between all life forms. Simply put; her paintings celebrate love. Using symbols she explores various aspects of life, death, femininity, motherhood, freedom, relationships, and the sanctity of sexuality.
Brona’s paintings bring simple joy, peace and harmony to the viewer, as well as sparking our own imaginations to dream dreams, and create anew.
- October 2016 – ETA Awards, “GALA of HEROES” District 28, Toronto
- March 2015 – “The Nature of Spirit”, Galerie Pierre Léon, Alliance Francaise, Toronto
- December 2014 – “Spirit Island”, La Boheme, Toronto
- May 2014 – “Lovescapes”, La Boheme, Toronto
- May 2014 – “Inspired by Love”, La Boheme, Toronto
Related artistic professional experience:
1988-2001 – Professional ballroom dancer and dance teacher
- Performances at events and venues in Barcelona, Spain and Toronto, Canada.
- 1987-1991 – World and European Standard Formation dance finalist as a team member of the Slovak Ballroom dance formation team (“Humoreska” and “Capriccio” Interklub Slovnaft Bratislava)
- Designed and taught Standard, Latin and Swing courses to children, teenagers and adults in beginners, intermediate and advanced levels in Bratislava-Slovakia, Barcelona-Spain and Toronto-Canada.
- Choreographer for both group dance and individual couples dance.
- Organized dance events for students with as many as 100-150 participants.
1985-1996 – Ballroom dance costume designer
- Designer and manufacturer of ballroom dance costumes for both formation and individual dance performances.
- 1992 – Paris Open-Best ballroom costume design winner.
2001-2012 – Artistic Translation
- Translated artistic material from Slovak to English for the Faculty of Sculpture, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava, Slovakia
- Provided Slovak-English translations for members of the Slovak art community.
2001- 2015 – Creative Mentoring
- Art projects for primary school students – various schools in Toronto
- Assisting with special projects in classes for children with ASD
- Ballroom Dance and Etiquette program, North Toronto Collegiate Institute