Toronto-based painter Celia Neubauer received her BFA from York University in 1986 and Higher Diploma in 1990 from the Slade School of Fine Art in London, England. Celia has taught as a part-time lecturer at the University of Toronto`s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, the University of Guelph,and most recently as a sessional instructor of painting and drawing at Queen’s University in Kingston. Since 1986 to date, Celia has mounted 14 solo exhibitions in various venues in Canada; and numerous group exhibitions regionally and internationally. Her works are in the collection of Four Seasons, Hewlett-Packard Canada Ltd, Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement Board, and Tory Tory DesLauriers & Binnington, Toronto. Celia’s paintings explore the ephemeral beauty and fleeting passage of the serendipitous image. Through the subtractive and additive action of a brush, she allows her imagery to materialize, bringing out a tenuous play between obliteration and recovery.
In her landscape visions, Neubauer has achieved something far deeper than the mere imitation of nature, and has managed to reveal a tenuous and vulnerable series of meditations on mind and matter. Form and content are utterly resolved in these landscapes, as is the predominantly western notion of art as both image and idea. They are poised and perfect, but also restless and wild. “Into the Blue” and “Progress?” are excellent examples of this pictorial paradox. Their gentle push and pull brings us to a state of visual and mental tranquility, a harmony almost as rare in the west as it is common in the east. – excerpts from “Austere grandeur, stark elegance: The Landscape Paintings of Celia Neubauer”, an essay by curator/art-critic Donald Brackett.