b. 1941 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
David Samila attended the Winnipeg School of Art between 1958 and 1962 and the Slade School of Art, University College in London between 1962 and 1963. He traveled extensively though Europe afterward, in 1964, with periods of residence in Athens and Rome.
Samila usually works with acrylic on canvas and canvas on plywood. His paintings are kinds of constructions: from a rectangular or square piece of plywood he cuts out rather capricious shapes which he then covers with canvas and paints in acrylics. He mounts chosen elements onto a piece of plywood, and a playful, exuberantly colored painting emerges.
Samila’s works are in the collections of several Canadian institutions, including The National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa. He has received several awards, including an award from the Canada Council in 1967, and First Prize for the Spring Exhibition at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University, in Kingston, Ontario, in 1969. He has participated in many shows, including Young Contemporaries, London, in 1963, and The Seventh Biennial of Canadian Painting at The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, in 1968.
Acrylic on shaped canvas
48” x 60”
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Achilles Chreptowsky