Vivian Reiss
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The fullness of Vivian Reiss' life is reflected in the vibrancy of her paintings. Her work is large scale, luminously colorful, and endowed with a vibrant sense of joie-de-vivre. The vitality of her life is channelled in her vivid portraits, still-lifes, and landscapes. Reiss' work is a passionate exploration of form and color, thriving off the interplay and tension between both. Her large scale oil-on-canvas works, developed over a 35 year career, reflect deep aesthetic concerns, as well as a sophistication in the expression of the joyous and the beautiful. Her compositions brim with movement, thriving off the tension between a sense of perspective and flatness; and multiple compositional concepts thematically replayed in numerous guises throughout the canvas. Her works concentrate not on technique but on expression. Form and perspective are expressed by color which is both intense and employed with a intensively detailed eye towards hue and the mixing of multiple shades. The impression is of movement expressed on the static surface of the canvas, as compositional dialogues within the paintings are always in flux. Reiss' work has been put in context with Alice Neel, Florine Stettheimer, Daivd Hockney and Matisse and she lists influences as varied as Pop Art, Dutch & Flemish paintings from the Renaissance, Expressionism, The Spanish School and Persian miniatures as her influences. Reiss also has the energy of the abstract expressionists, reflecting the influences of her New York youth.
Her work can be viewed at her website Artist Vivian Reiss www.vreiss.com
Her blog features her garden and culinary adventures Vivian Reiss Blog www.vivianreiss.com
Her design practice can be visited here: Vivian Reiss Designer (Architecture, Furniture, Landscape Design) www.vreissdesign.com
Her unique artist designed apartments for rent in Toronto can be found here
Designer Apartments for Rent Toronto www.annexrentals.com
Reiss' artist designed office space in Toronto can be found here: Artist Designed Office Space for Lease www.124Merton.com

Entries by Vivian Reiss

A Boutique Office Building That Provides Serious Culinary Inspiration

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 2:10 PM

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Red and Yellow Boar, Indigo Rose, Striped Tonnelet, and Striped Marvel Zapotec Tomatoes and Marigolds, a useful culinary flower, all from 124 Merton rooftop farm.


Most office buildings are cloistered away from nature, let alone agriculture. One...

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VIDEO: A Valentine's Day Pudding Recipe

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2013 | 4:23 PM

Mention chocolate pudding to a friend, even on the phone, you can feel their brain pleasure centres light up, their chest warm and their hearts fly open.

Their verbal response will probably be "my Mother used to make me chocolate pudding... from a mix!" My-T-Fine, Jello, etc., will be the...

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It's a Long, Long Time From May to December (And How to Make Latkes for a Crowd)

(0) Comments | Posted December 28, 2011 | 4:01 PM


The song "It's a Long, Long Time From May to December" chronicles the stages of love, womanhood and relationships. In retrospect the "Malus Maypole's" journey to my rooftop garden started before May, but considering the purchase of this particular tree, who could have...

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