Internationally recognized as the “Gold Lady,” Barbara McGivern is a well-known artist who has exhibited her work throughout the United States, Canada, England, France, Ireland, Germany and Dubai. Ms. McGivern earned the moniker because she incorporates the use of gold leaf into her work and represents gold as a color rather than a precious metal. Her series, “The Extraordinary Journey,” was inspired by her trips through the deserts of Oman and Saudi Arabia. Ms. McGivern was also inspired by the English artist Beryl Cook, French artist Henri Matisse and Colombian artist Fernando Botero. She produced her own interpretation of Botero’s “The Barnes Collection,” a series which she saw at the Pushkin Museum in Moscow.
During her prestigious career, Ms. McGivern has held numerous solo exhibits, including, most recently, at Gallery 26 in New York and the Brantford Station Gallery in Ontario. She has also had solo exhibits in Edmonton, Toronto, London and Paris. Also, Ms. McGivern has held group exhibits in Madrid, Geneva, Berlin, Innsbruck, Zurich, Florence and Dubai, to name just a few, and has had her work shown at museum galleries in Lindsay, Ontario; Vernon, British Columbia; and Haileybury, Ontario.
Ms. McGivern has received several commissions for her artwork, specifically from Swarovski Crystals in Dubai, Frayland Consulting and Interiors in Dubai, Luigi Malones in Dublin, the Matrix Hotel in Edmonton, and from UNESCO for their Christmas cards. In recognition of her huge body of work, Ms. McGovern has appeared in various magazines, newspapers, and radio and television shows, including “Nizwa Magazine,” “Liberty Magazine,” “Bold Magazine,” “The Gulf Times,” “Gulf News,” “Women in Art,” “Mudd Magazine,” “The Expositor,” Dubai Radio, BBC 4, Media Television CITY TV, the Spanish magazine “Lostidos,” and Oman TV.
Ms. McGivern earned a Bachelor of Arts in experimental arts from the Ontario College of Art. Before obtaining a bachelor’s degree, she took additional courses at the Toronto School of Art, the University of Toronto, Georgian College, and Art’s Sake. Ms. McGivern’s aim is to create an explosion of energy with her art. She intends to encourage her viewers to explore each of her pieces individually and eventually make them their own.
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