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FB • Dori Vanderheyden@vanderheydenart Dori Vanderheyden was born to new immigrant Dutch parents and raised in Toronto in an Italian immigrant community. Little English was heard or understood until she entered school. A quiet and keen observer drawing became a constant activity. Her parents joined a nudist camp for families just north of Toronto, and there the human form in a natural setting of lakes and forests made a profound visual impact. As an adolescent Vanderheyden spent countless hours filling her sketchbooks with mostly female nudes from memory. These were secret and separate from her high school art class sketchbooks. Graduating with an Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Toronto, the Dean of Fine Arts chose Vanderheyden’s large self-portrait oil painting for the schools collection. She then spent 6 years painting and exhibiting before becoming an artist-instructor. Vanderheyden's work consistently investigates the tension between the deceptive qualities of the beautiful surface and the potential realities and histories that lie beneath. Another idea Vanderheyden is concerned with is the slippage between individual perceptions of the physical world. Layered colour represents alternate perceptions, self-deceptions, hidden experiences, and unknown histories. Always fascinated by the ordinary, both people and places, her bodies of work vacillate between the two subjects in an attempt to reveal some other analysis. EDUCATION Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design MFA student, OCAD University Honours Bachelor of Fine Art, University of Toronto Painting, Mixed Media, Photography, OCAD University Fashion Arts, Ryerson University PRIZES Kingston Art Prize Finalist 2017 Justina Barnicke Gallery Open Juried Show 3rd PUBLICATIONS Living With Strangers Film by Elli Raynai, entire series of large oil paintings a prominent visual feature for main character artist 2013 Book cover, Counselling Ethics: Issues and Cases, “Rock Your World” was used for the entire cover2006 Winnipeg Free Press 05/5/2004, Interview article 2004
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